Renovo Coupe: The Electric Dream Car For Gasoline-Crazy Gearheads

A Silicon Valley startup just revealed the latest piece of electronic future-tech, a 500-horsepower, all-electric supercar that does zero to 60 faster than a Porsche 911. But the most important part of the Renovo Coupe isn't cutting-edge at all: It's that gorgeous body, designed in 1964. » 8/15/14 11:35am 8/15/14 11:35am

Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone

Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars. » 8/12/14 3:08pm 8/12/14 3:08pm

A Drag Racing Icon Just Set a 184 MPH World Record for Electric Cars

Don "Big Daddy" Garlits is one of the Old Masters of drag racing. The first driver to officially break the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, and 270 MPH barriers on a 1/4 mile drag strip, his name is plastered across racing's many halls of fame. Last week, at 82 years old, Garlits earned another record, driving the world's… » 5/07/14 11:00am 5/07/14 11:00am

Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:20pm 4/07/14 2:20pm

Which State Will Get Tesla's Gargantuan Battery Factory?

Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013. » 4/01/14 4:54pm 4/01/14 4:54pm

Riding in the Car of the Future, Built in an Illinois Barn

At first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride. » 1/21/14 12:00pm 1/21/14 12:00pm

This Futuristic Car Has No Engine and No Transmission

A team of engineers at Ohio State University want to change the way cars work. Not only do they want to build a more efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicle, but they also want to build a car with better parts—in fact, so much better that you can do away with major components... like the engine. » 11/18/13 1:40pm 11/18/13 1:40pm

These New Graphene Supercapacitors Could Finally Power An Electric Car

A team of South Korean scientists has developed a new graphene supercapacitor that can store almost as much energy as a lithium-ion battery, but charge in only 16 seconds. This makes it an ideal material to store braking energy and could be exactly what the electric car industry needs. » 11/12/13 6:00pm 11/12/13 6:00pm

Adult Power Wheels Racing Is Real, Wonderful, And Totally Insane

If there is a way to race something, people will race it. Enter the Power Racing Series, which is basically souped up Power Wheels built on a budget of $500. It is one of the most ridiculous, crazy, innovative, fun, and dangerous racing experiences I've ever seen, and you need to do it now. » 9/27/13 2:16pm 9/27/13 2:16pm

Tesla Could Use Up All The World's Laptop Batteries

Based on current production predictions of 21,000 cars this year, and up to 40,000 by 2015, it's possible Tesla could use the entire global supply of 18650 model LiOn batteries for its Model S sedans. Sure, there's way more laptops sold with those batteries, but every Model S with the 85 kWh battery pack uses over… » 9/04/13 3:19pm 9/04/13 3:19pm

Parking's a Breeze in This Foldable, Smartphone-Controlled Electric Car

Researchers in South Korea hope to solve all kinds of problems with a revolutionary new vehicle that's a real-life Transformer. The Armadillo-T is an ultra-light, ultra-compact electric car that literally folds in half at the flip of a switch. Sure it looks a little bit goofy but come on—you know you want one. » 8/20/13 5:40pm 8/20/13 5:40pm

This Is Officially How You'll Be Fueling Your Car In The Future

The future of automobiles is upon us. Or at least it's getting a lot closer. This week, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International announced the first official charging plug standard for North American cars. The brand new plugs may arrive as early as next year, meaning that, someday soon, the new American… » 10/18/12 6:20pm 10/18/12 6:20pm

Wireless Power Transferred Through Thick Concrete Could Mean Electric…

One of the biggest issues preventing the electric car from taking over the roads is their incredibly limited battery life. But researchers at the Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan have demonstrated a new system that could let electric cars constantly recharge while they're being driven. » 7/07/12 7:00pm 7/07/12 7:00pm