May 30, 2016Were you one of the almost 400,000 people who preordered the Tesla Model 3? Well, the Gigafactory where your car will be manufactured is almost complete. There have been operations happening at the factory in the middle of the Nevada desert for a little while, but the plant has yet to be officially opened by Tesla.
By Robin WhitlockFebruary 27, 2016An EV charging point in Central Point, Oregon Image Source:Oregon Department of Transportation, Flickr Two of the common barriers delaying the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) are range anxiety and charging time. It is therefore very important for government’s seeking to decarbonize the transport sector to initiate a program of EV charging point installation in order to encourage more people to make the switch away from conventionally fueled vehicles.
March 07, 2016Mercedes-Benz has congratulated BMW on their centenary with not only a very friendly advertisement, but an invitation to visit their museum. In what is likely the most heated competition between automakers, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been battling for the top spot in their automotive fields for as long as they have existed.
February 21, 2016A ship larger than an American aircraft carrier was just launched and has started making U.S. port visits. In total, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 20 stories tall and can transport over 18,000 shipping containers. To put it into perspective, the ship is larger than the Empire State Building, a previous holder of the title world& 39;s tallest building.
February 16, 2016During the heat of the cold war between the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1960s, both countries experimented with the idea of a turbo jet train. It is debated about which country first came up with the idea, but somewhere in time it was decided that strapping jet engines to a normal rail car was a good idea.
Tesla Model S Image Source: Raneko, Flickr For those who have never owned a Tesla Model S and don’t really know that much about it, you might be amused to know that the well-known electric car has something called a ‘Ludicrous Mode’. This gives the P90D variant (the ‘90’ refers to the kilowatt hour battery pack) the equivalent of 762 horsepower with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 2.
March 29, 2016In recent times, it seems to be the trend to design the fastest jet plane you can imagine without taking concern with physics or even practical engineering. However, a new supersonic jet has set its sights on an achievable goal, and the plan has even been backed by Virgin Galactic and other venture capital firms.
March 31, 2016Japan literally runs the world – the rest of us always fall behind when it comes to the innovative robotic systems, electronic devices and, of course, the automobile industry. Speaking of the last point, they aren’t just good at manufacturing cars, they are also thriving at engine motors.
April 08, 2016Self-driving cars have started to make more of an appearance, but did you know that a convoy of self-driving semi trucks just drove across Europe? Just today a group of trucks arrived at the Dutch port of Maasvlakte after completing a cross-continent trip in what is being called truck platooning.
April 14, 2016If you didn& 39;t know, Apple has begun production of an electric car, but it has mostly ben kept a secret, until test video of what is likely the current design was leaked on Youtube. Tesla and Apple have been in quite the competition in designing electric cars, with both companies said to be stealing employees from the other.
April 13, 2016 Image Source: pfsk website Online used car retailer, Carvana, has successfully cut out the most annoying part of buying a car: the used car salesman. But that& 39;s not all. Carvana decided to disrupt the car-buying process even further by giving you the option to pick up your car out of a five-story vending machine.
In March this year, Federal regulators in the US proposed the introduction of new protective measures to prevent drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) from suffering an electric shock. According to the Transportation Department’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the measures are intended to prevent drivers from suffering harm in the event of crashes and during everyday operations such as charging the car.
April 20, 2016Mitsubishi has just released a statement saying that their employees did not conduct proper testing on fuel consumption of their vehicles. This false testing affects 625,000 cars manufactured over the course of the last three years. They claimed that the vehicle testing was done differently than what is required under Japanese law, causing many to worry.
April 20, 2016Tesla has been making headlines with the announcement of their Model 3 sedan, but the company& 39;s high-tech autopilot feature has also garnered much attention. The versatile feature incorporates many sensors throughout the car to brake, switch lanes, and deliver blind spot warnings, all autonomously.
April 20, 2016Tesla is currently known as the leading developer of autonomous vehicle software, but one Chinese company is hoping to knock them off their throne. Autonomous technology incorporated into Tesla& 39;s vehicles typically only functions to assist the driver – avoiding accidents and helping to park the car.
April 24, 2016India is starting development on its first bullet train which will link the city of Mumbai to Ahmedabad, and sections of it will run completely underwater. This will be the first high-speed train in the country, and passengers will be able to get the thrill of riding under the water for what is possibly the first time on a bullet train in their lives.
May 02, 2016College students from the University of Laval in Quebec have just won the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon with a car that can travel 2,585 miles on just one tank of gasoline. More than 1,000 students from countries across the Americas competed in the April 22-24th competition, all creating super fuel efficient cars.
April 29, 2016Youtuber Colin Furze has just built a homemade Hoverbike with no background in mechanical engineering, or any engineering degree for that matter.The rambunctious YouTuber left school at the age of 16 to become a plumber before he left his trade when he decided to go full time doing gadget Geeks for Sky.
May 02, 2016You& 39;ve probably seen the videos of Tesla& 39;s autopilot system saving drivers from crashes, but just how safe does having the software installed in your car make it? According to Elon Musk, Tesla& 39;s studies have shown that the autopilot system decreases the amount of roadway crashes by 50 percent.
May 07, 2016The Trocadero Fixie is a bike that looks mind boggling to ride, and it twists in the middle allowing for some incredibly tight turns. The bike isn& 39;t for sale yet, and it would appear that it was created by a couple of brothers in France who started tinkering around with bikes in their free time.
May 05, 2016The McLaren F1 is the dream of every supercar collector, and it is still the fastest production supercar with a naturally aspirated engine. With such a beautiful and impressively designed car, you would think that only the best of the best technology accompanies it nowadays. Only 106 McLaren F1s were ever built back in the early 1990s, and it turns out the company still needs a 1990s computer to service the supercars, according to the Verge.