…thanks Yogi Berra for the gift of a headline for this post. The featured image, captured from Street View, shows one of the UK’s dwindling number of original car dealership operating models – where purchase, service and everyday running are all available under one canopy. Here’s another, and they usually sport a small market town […]

Are we (finally) about to see the end of the hides, masks and various disguises for trailing wires and extension leads that have tethered auto retailers to the power sockets? US Oak Ridge Labs released they have achieved “wireless EV charging as effective as routine plug-in options”. They write “a 20kW wireless charging system that is […]

Spotted this today, the Riversimple hydrogen-powered car manufacturers ‘sale of service’ ownership model – ‘We’re not selling products. We’ll retain ownership of the cars and sell mobility as a service.’ With a product platform and business culture designed around sustainability, it’s good to see how that philosophy has been neatly and clearly integrated into a full-scale […]

Google Auto was formed as a limited liability company in late 2011. Who knew? Not me at least, as the information came to light through an FOI request by the Guardian. Working in partnership with Roush, it might be that the smarts for bringing the tech-sector’s take on the (perhaps very specific type of) car […]

Range anxiety: the thorn in the side of electric vehicles and their proponents. Since entering the lexicon, this frustrating phrase has stubbornly remained there. Yes, EVs can meet the needs of many drivers, most of the time. But that’s a major obstacle to purchase if the ‘other times’ cause major inconvenience. It’s long been reckoned […]

A notable feature of this year’s Geneva Motor Show was the proliferation of powertrain options. Plug-in petrol-electric hybrids, diesel-electric hybrids and plug-in diesel-electric hybrids joined ‘pure’ electric vehicles, cleaner diesels and the broadest-ever range of turbocharged petrol engines. Some manufacturers have even revised their naming conventions to reflect the abundance of engine and transmission types. […]

…more likely to steer drivers towards new models of ownership? Kandi Technologies is a company based in Hangzhou, China that wants to challenge the idea of traditional car ownership. In a country where air pollution is a serious environmental and health hazard, the company has created a giant vending machine that allows citizens to rent […]

From the Nautilus article, “Internal combustion is surviving by adapting”. Invented before the lightbulb (so what appeared above our heads when we had ideas, before bulbs?), the ‘heat engine’, while amazing inefficient, looks like hanging on until at least the middle of this Century – “It endures—and dominates—because it is so adaptable”. Here’s the article […]

Because there is one and we need to start facing the challenges it presents, especially  us drivers. Some of the alternatives are explored by David Biello in this article “Biofuel: Natural gas is shaking up the search for green gasoline” in the always excellent Nautilus. Helping to keep us mobile, new energy businesses comprising an […]

According to spectrum.ieee.org (the website of IEEE, the world’s largest professional technology association)  2030 Forecast, self driving cars are on the way. Google’s fleet of driverless Prius has covered over 300,ooo miles, 50,ooo of them in one car with no human intervention at all. So the next question is, surely cars that can make their […]