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The Terberg Type YT202-EV, 4x2, which BMW will electrify for road use in Munich from mid-2...

With its all-electric i3 urban car hitting the road in 2013, BMW is now going bigger – much bigger. The Bavarian automotive giant has just announced that as part of a one-year pilot project, a 40-ton (36-tonne) all-electric drive truck will begin making deliveries on public roads in Munich from mid-year.  Read More

The truck-mounted LEAPTech Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (Photo: Joby Aviatio...

It might look like it was designed by a six-year-old, with 18 motors crammed onto a too-thin wing, but the Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) experimental wing demonstrator could be the future of electric aircraft. A key component of NASA'S Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) project, it is designed to test whether electric propulsion can allow for a tighter wing design leading to greater efficiency and safety.  Read More

The GloW microlight/glider hybrid

UK-based ProAirsport has developed a hybrid microlight/glider with electrically powered wheels used for taxiing and takeoff, and a jet turbine for climbing and cruising. During flight, the engine can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch, allowing the aircraft to be flown as either a microlight or glider. Unlike typical microlights and self-launching gliders, ProAirsport's GloW is propeller-free.  Read More

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is practical as well as efficient

BMW has chosen a variant of its X5 SUV to be its first plug-in hybrid production car. Although this might seem a bit of an odd choice, the BMW X5 xDrive40e has lots of trick engineering slickly packaged in a vehicle that could bring plug-in hybrid technology to a wider potential audience than if it was used in a sedan or a sports car.  Read More

The rear interior can work as a mobile office (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)

It may look like a minivan with a power cord hanging out of it, but what lies beneath the rather suburban skin of the Mercedes Concept V-ision e plug-in hybrid might just be the future of hybrid drive technology.  Read More

The VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE, stylish, fast and economical (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com...

Volkswagen just hit the automotive world with a hell of a one-two punch this week in Geneva. Long wanting to get into the sporty coupe game, VW has been on again, off again with various show cars. And plug in hybrids? Why hasn't one of the world's largest automakers cracked that territory in a big way yet? Volkswagen's answer: Why not do both?  Read More

SEAT is pinning its future design language on the 20V20 Concept

Spanish brand SEAT has provided a glimpse into its future styling direction with the 20V20 Concept, an SUV with a coupe-style roofline and broad range of TDI and TSI engines under the hood.  Read More

The Magna MILA Plus at the Geneva Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag)

Automotive supplier Magna has unveiled a new concept car that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Magna MILA Plus is part of the company's MILA innovation and technology brand. It's a plug-in hybrid two-seater sports car with an all-electric range of 75 km (47 miles).  Read More

The Trail'ster uses a combination of turbo engine and rear electric drive

Usually one of the last car brands you'd think of when you think "off road," Kia is looking to pull urbanites out of city limits and into the great outdoors. The all-new Soul-based Trail'ster concept it's showing at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the vision of a small crossover that's as comfortable roaming wide-open public lands as it is maneuvering cramped city streets.  Read More

Nissan is taking on big time sportscar racing with a clean sheet of paper design that is s...

Unveiled earlier this week, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 is, to put it bluntly, one of the craziest ideas to pull out onto a race track in decades. The twin-turbo, V6, kinetic-hybrid, front engined, front-wheel-drive car puts out over 1,200 horsepower (895 kW). Yes, you read that correctly: A front engined, front-wheel-drive racecar. Obviously, we need to take a look under the hood.  Read More

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