XR-3 Hybrid: 225 mpg Electric/Diesel Available in May?

There's a hybrid hoedown happening, with innovative ideas for efficient vehicles zipping around left and right, but this XR-3 Hybrid is different: It might actually find its way to the reality-based world as soon as two months from now. This diesel/electric hybrid is an odd-looking three-wheeler with a 40-mile range… » 3/21/07 6:45pm 3/21/07 6:45pm

Hybrid Concepts From Toyota and Honda Roll Out at Geneva Auto Show

Well, well. Look what those Japanese automakers are playing around with in the hybrid arena. On the left is what some wags are saying could be the next Toyota Prius, but for now it's called the Hybrid X concept, loved by many but called such epithets as "jellybean" and "suppository" by others. Inside this concept… » 3/07/07 10:15am 3/07/07 10:15am

VentureOne is One Quick Tryke, Electric or Hybrid

Electric tricycles seem to be a growing trend, and we can now add this VentureOne to that list. This one gives you a choice of either all-electric or hybrid power. It leans when you turn, can reach 0-60 in 6 seconds and goes 100mph with an impressive 100mpg fuel efficiency. Perhaps the most startling of all is its… » 2/16/07 10:19am 2/16/07 10:19am

Toyota Teases With Upcoming Hybrid Concept

Toyota, you're such a tease. Unveiling the second of two of your latest hybrid vehicle prototypes at the Geneva Motor Show this month, and all you're showing us is this quarter shot of its ass end. So far, this Prius successor is called the Hybrid X, and it's said to have ideas that are so new they'll require a "new… » 2/14/07 1:33pm 2/14/07 1:33pm

Toyota FT-HS Hybrid: 0-60 in 4 Seconds

Yeah, it's just a concept car, but this one might find its way onto the highway. It's the 400hp Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, set to roll out on January 7 at the Detroit Auto Show. What really caught our eye was the Electric Tesla-like numbers of zero-to-60 in 4 seconds, and one big figure that's actually… » 12/28/06 12:51pm 12/28/06 12:51pm

Obvio Tribrid Sports Car: Electric Pocket Rocket Runs on Anything

If you can figure out front from back in this cab-forward next-gen vehicle, the next thing you can do is figure out what sort of fuel to put inside. It's called a "tribrid" car because it can run on any combination of regular gas/bio ethanol (that's kinda like french fry grease), natural gas, or electricity.… » 12/27/06 10:29am 12/27/06 10:29am

Dual-Mode Vehicle Takes to Road and Rail

Is it a bus or a train? This dual-mode mini train is both. The JR Hokkaido Railway Company in Japan has been testing a bus that can switch between steel wheels and street-ready rubber tires, tooling around on the train track as a solo vehicle and avoiding accidents with satellite assistance, and then driving on city… » 12/15/06 1:17pm 12/15/06 1:17pm

Toyota Designs Hybrid Vehicle Using Pedal Power and Electricity

Toyota has designed a concept car for that time when we'll all be towing our Priuses with a team of horses, calling its creation a Renewable Lifestyle Vehicle (RLV). It takes the word "hybrid" to the next level, splitting its powertrain between pedal power and a battery-powered electric motor. » 11/28/06 10:08am 11/28/06 10:08am

Venturi Astrolab: First Commercially-Available Solar Hybrid

From that forward-thinking French company Venturi, here's Astrolab, the first commercially available solar electric hybrid car in the world. The company says it can go 74mph and has a range of 68 miles, probably long enough for most commutes. The entire top of the vehicle is equipped with photovoltaic cells—3.6 square… » 10/02/06 11:59am 10/02/06 11:59am

Google Sets Up Foundation to Develop Plug-In Hybrid Engine

Google has set up a for-profit foundation dedicated to fighting poverty, disease and global warming. One of its goals will be to develop a 100mpg plug-in hybrid car engine that's a triple play of fuel-efficiency, running on ethanol, electricity and gasoline, or combinations of the three. The company will start out… » 9/18/06 11:11am 9/18/06 11:11am

Hybrids Bound for Formula One

Our beloved blood brothers at Jalopnik tell us that hybrid vehicles may be soon winding their way into Formula One racing, where overlords of that heady luxo-sport world are sniffing around the technology. Two big players who build such Formula One dream machines, N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l., have teamed up… » 8/30/06 10:00am 8/30/06 10:00am

Aptera Concept Car: 330mpg, Under $20K

Yeah, you're laughing at this weird-looking half-egg-shaped concept car now, but when gasoline costs $10 a gallon not too long from now, this 330 mile-per-gallon Aptera concept car might start looking pretty damn good. It cops that high-mpg efficiency with a fuel-sipping diesel engine lashed onto hybrid technology,… » 8/11/06 10:00am 8/11/06 10:00am

GM Builds Its First Hybrid Trucks

We like to follow hybrid vehicles around here, and now even pickup trucks are getting into the act. GM will reportedly roll out its first hybrid trucks—versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra—for its Fall 2007 launch. » 8/03/06 10:16am 8/03/06 10:16am

GM to Build Plug-In Hybrid?

As we keep you posted on the latest developments in hybrid vehicles, we can't help but notice that General Motors has been lagging behind, and has even discontinued building promising cars that run on anything but internal combustion engines. But now, our greasemonkey brothers at Jalopnik tip us off about how the… » 6/26/06 2:20pm 6/26/06 2:20pm

Next Prius: 100MPG, Turbocharged?

We're not really gearheads or grease monkeys, but our Gawker brothers at Jalopnik convinced us to tell you about the next Toyota Prius, since we all know that it's really just one big gadget. Anyway, they're telling us the next Prius might be a firebreather, where its 1.8-liter engine could be turbocharged. Meanwhile,… » 6/06/06 12:55pm 6/06/06 12:55pm

Next-Gen Prius: 94mpg, 0-60 in Under 10 Seconds?

We know those car manufacturers are fast and footloose with MPG figures, but we had to take notice when we got word that the next Toyota Prius will be capable of 113 miles per gallon (in the UK, which is equal to 94mpg in North America). That's more than double the mileage the best hybrid vehicles get now. The Prius's… » 4/11/06 10:48am 4/11/06 10:48am

EDrive Systems Testing Plug-In Prius Hybrid

EnergyCS of California is deep into testing of a plug-in Toyota Prius, and it's delivered a prototype to California's South Coast Air Quality Management District for evaluation. One of the next generation of hybrid vehicles, the EDrive-equipped Prius barely sips gas while its more powerful plug-in batteries do most of… » 4/07/06 12:01pm 4/07/06 12:01pm

Sports Hybrid, Built by Kids, Runs on Soybeans, Zero-to-60 in 4 Seconds

The top auto designers in Detroit have been slam-dunked by a group of high school kids from Philadelphia who built the K-1 Attack Hybrid, a sports car that gets 50 miles per gallon and can go from zero to 60 in four seconds. During auto shop class, the group took a Honda Accord chassis, a Volkswagen turbo diesel… » 3/06/06 11:48am 3/06/06 11:48am

Better Batteries for Hybrid Vehicles on the Way

MIT researchers have figured out a way to make a better battery for hybrid cars. They're using lithium nickel manganese oxide instead of the nickel metal hydride that s used in batteries powering today's hybrid vehicles. These new batteries can charge up ten times faster than current batteries, which means they can be… » 2/17/06 1:45pm 2/17/06 1:45pm

Gizmodo Video Review: Honda Civic Hybrid, Part 2 - iPod On Board

Here s part 2 of our 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid review, where Gizmodo s Charlie White shows you the iPod-compatible components that are part of the DVD-based navigation system inside this newly-redesigned hybrid vehicle. There s now an optional iPod Music Link installed, and you ll see how that works along with the… » 2/09/06 8:57am 2/09/06 8:57am