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China and India both aspire to embrace electric cars to cut petroleum dependence over the next decade. But there’s a big reality check: Electric cars are only as clean as the power sources that charge them. So far, in both of these rapidly changing markets, the electrical grids are quite dirty. Both China and India fall into a group of nations in which EVs aren’t much better for carbon emissions than some of the more efficient gasoline-powered cars. Based on new calculations from Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University...Continue reading »

There are a number of charging “breakthroughs” under development in the world of electric vehicles. Some seem more realistic than others, especially when you factor in costs, but they depend on a number of factors. Battery density, materials, charging output and onboard charging capability are all variables at play, and automakers, tech companies and universities are among the entities racing to advance EV energy technology past the fabled “tipping point” when they offer more advantages than internal combustion...Continue reading »

Hennessey Performance recently unveiled its upcoming Venom F5 hypercar, along with some impressive projected performance figures, including a claimed 301 mph top speed. But the unveiling only showed the exterior of the car. Now the interior has been revealed, and it’s a cozy, carbon fiber cockpit. Seriously, there’s carbon fiber everywhere. The wheel appears to be made of carbon fiber, the dashboard is made of it, and it appears the LCD instrument panel is surrounded by it. Anything that isn’t made of exposed carbon...Continue reading »

Going into production in 2019, Tesla says its Semi will provide a far better driving experience for truckers, as well as increased safety, and “significantly reduced” transport costs. In numbers, that translates to an insane 0-60 mph time of five seconds while empty, which Tesla claims is three times faster than what a comparable diesel truck can achieve. More importantly, the Semi will reach the same speed in 20 seconds under its full 80,000 lbs. load, which is five times better than what a diesel can do, according to Mr....Continue reading »

Munich. BMW i is looking forward to welcoming the third member of the BMW i family. In 2018 the BMW i8 Roadster will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions. Here’s the next look in Plant Leipzig: About BMW i BMW i is a BMW Group brand focusing on connected mobility services, visionary vehicle concepts and a new understanding of premium strongly defined by sustainability. BMW i is represented in 54 countries with the BMW i3 electric car for urban...Continue reading »

It’s still a Mustang. With the exception of the bastardized Pinto that became the Mustang II, Ford’s pony car hasn’t strayed from the original blend of herbs and spices that made it a hit in 1965. Now we’re getting into the meat of the 21st century and the 2018 Ford Mustang continues to offer a V-8, rear-wheel drive, two doors, and a manual transmission. It still looks the business too, even though the 2018 may look a little beady eyed. There’s nothing beady about what’s under the hood. A 0.8-mm larger bore, a...Continue reading »

The Ram 1500 is the oldest of the Big Three trucks, debuting back in 2009. There have been some pretty heavy updates since then, most notably in 2013. This particular truck is the Laramie Longhorn trim, which is only eclipsed by the Limited model in the Ram 1500 lineup. It comes with a number of love it or hate it accoutrements and trim pieces. While a diesel V6 is available, this model has the tried-and-true 5.7-liter Hemi V8. In this guise, it makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. My night in the Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork...Continue reading »

For millions of parents, that day will come when their teen asks to get behind the wheel of the family vehicle. When that day presents itself to you, how will you react? Knowing that your teen wants to drive and knowing when they are best suited to do that are two different things. That said you can’t deny them what many view as a right of childhood by telling them they can’t drive. So, do you feel your teen is ready to drive at this point and time? Keeping Your Teenager Safe Behind the Wheel The initial step when your teen says they...Continue reading »

Toyota sounded a cautionary note on self-driving cars amid the global hype that fully autonomous vehicles could soon become a regular sight on public roads. The focus on increasingly sophisticated stages of autonomous driving that lead to Level 5 cars, which need no steering wheel or human input, is misplaced, according to Toyota’s top researchers. Level 5 cars will need an achievement in performance in artificial intelligence that no one knows how to do, Gill Pratt, head of the Toyota Research Institute, said last month at a seminar...Continue reading »

Aston Martin is in the midst of refreshing its entire product line, which is undoubtedly a good thing, but it does mean we have to say goodbye to some excellent cars. One of the best, the current-generation Vanquish, is headed out of production soon, but not before it gets sent off in style. The 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate is a 175-car limited-run farewell to this lovely car. Unfortunately for US enthusiasts, the Vanquish S Ultimate will only be sold in the UK, where it’ll cost £211,995 ($281,000), and Germany, where...Continue reading »