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  • The Dutch-built electric Superbus in the snow.

    The Dutch-built electric Superbus recently took advantage of some snowy weather to test the ABS and low-traction handing.

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    40 MPG Dart, Detroit Looms, Skip Barber Racing School: Today's Car News

    Today we all continue our preparations for the Detroit Auto Show, with perhaps the most impressive detail yet revealed being the 2013 Dodge Dart's claim of 40 mpg combined. That's a significant number for a non-hybrid, and not just for the Fiat-Chrysler merger. In non-show news, we just got back...

  • FedEx to use Nissan NV200 electric van in London
    Nissan Pathfinder, Electric Van Concepts Coming To Detroit Auto Show

    Nissan will debut the all new Pathfinder SUV concept and an electric-powered van at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

  • Nissan's 10 minuite rapid charger
    Nissan Unveils 10-Minute Electric Car Charger, But It's Still 10 Years Away

    There are at least three obstacles standing between electric cars and mainstream drivers: range-anxiety, battery recharge times, and the fledgling charging infrastructure. The good news is, Nissan may be well on its way to eliminating one of the three. Working in partnership with Japan's Kansai...

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono
    Solar Tech Could Be Improved Thanks To 13-Year Old Student

    Solar panel technology has, thus far, not been of much use for automobiles. You may be able to specify a small solar panel on the 2011 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Toyota Prius, but it's mainly used to top up the energy needed to power accessories such as your air conditioning or in-car entertainment. As a...

  • Thorium could be used as car fuel
    Thorium Powered Cars: A Million Miles Without Refuelling

    It reads more like a 1950s space race vision of the future than a pragmatic 21st Century theory, but we could now be a step closer to driving a nuclear-powered car. In light of the recent events in Japan following the tsunami that caused meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and previous events...

  • Nissan Carwings App for Android OS

    2011 Nissan Leaf owners are right on the cutting edge of car technology, but so far only Apple iPhone users have been able to enjoy the full experience of controlling the car's climate control and charging timer functions from a mobile device. No longer. Android smartphone users are now privy to the party with the new Nissan Leaf app for Android OS devices. Like the clever iPhone app the Android version is free to download and through a subtly redesigned interface users can control their Leaf's state of charge, view estimated range and pre-heat or cool the cabin using Nissan's Carwings...

  • 2010 GM EN-V Concept
    General Motors Picks U.K. For EN-V City Car Euro Manufacture

    Small cars are becoming big business. The smart fortwo, Scion iQ, Gordon Murray's upcoming T.25, the Renault Twizy... more and more carmakers are developing tiny vehicles to provide our city transportation of the future. General Motors has jumped on the bandwagon too. GM showed the cleverly named...

  • NAO Ecco electric camper van
    What's That Ecco? High Tech, Green, Electric Camper Van

    Going straight onto All Car Tech's list of things we want is a new electric camper van by design collective NAU, known as Ecco. Describing it as a camper van almost doesn't do it justice, though. The teardropped vehicle is more like a Transformer, changing from efficient and spacious vehicle into a...

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono
    Solar Windows For Buildings: Will Cars Get The Tech Next?

    A Californian start-up has just received an award of $100,000 as part of the "GE ecomagination Challenge" for an energy-saving idea that could change the way that buildings are constructed. Pythagoras Solar from San Mateo has created windows laced with solar cells and the potential benefits for...

  • Google and DOE map of alternative fuel locations
    Need To Charge Your Electric Car? There's A Google Map For That

    Despite the best efforts of some in the auto industry to keep electric cars off the roads, they're back. Given the current state of technology, the EV's revenge will likely be slow and steady, but most experts agree that electrics are the future of transportation. There are, however, several...

  • BMW EVolve app
    New 'EVolve' App From BMW Decides Whether You're Ready For An EV

    Electric vehicles and other alt-fuel rides are big news these days. Tech fans and green enthusiasts can't wait to get their hands on 'em, while others think that hybrids and their eco-friendly kin are part of a vast communist conspiracy. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, there are many...

  • Fabio shills for Plug-In America

    The life of a model/actor is hard. "Oh, right", you say, "lying on a sofa and staring vacantly into a bank of cameras is way tougher than military service or manual labor or having no job at all." But hey, we've seen All About Eve and Valley of the Dolls and America's Next Top Model. Like Gina Gershon's character says in Show Girls, we understand that model/actors live in constant fear of someone younger and hungrier pushing them down the stairs. Not surprisingly, most of us here at High Gear Media turned our backs on the high-stakes Entertainment-Industrial Complex and chose far more...

  • 2009 Audi R8 e-tron Concept
    Audi Opens New Development Center For Hybrid And Electric Vehicles

    The era of mainstream electric vehicles is nearly upon us. Next month first deliveries of the Nissan Leaf will officially start and soon after the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric vehicle will be in showrooms. The major luxury automakers are a step behind but even they are focused on...

  • U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview: U.S.-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    Mitsubishi was one of the first major automakers to announce plans for a mass produced electric vehicle and even had a working prototype out testing back in 2008 in the form of the first generation i-MiEV. Since then the i-MiEV has gone through a series of redesigns until finally being launched in...

  • 2004 Audi RSQ Concept
    Audi Developing Sound Generators For Future Electric Vehicles

    Although the relative silence of electric vehicles would make them the number one choice of TV gangsters for drive-by shootings, the rest of the world will almost certainly be less than enamored with the difficulty involved in hearing one coming--especially when trying to cross the street. Several...

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