BMW Wants to Put a Vehicle Charging Station In Every Street Light

For electric vehicles to truly supplant their gas-guzzling predecessors, there needs to be as many charging stations on the roads as there are gas stations—if not more. So BMW proposes upgrading the street lights that already line roads everywhere with charging capabilities and energy-efficient lighting. » 6/17/15 4:12pm 6/17/15 4:12pm

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

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