Why the Chinese are getting America's most efficient car and we're not

Oliver Kuttner is tired. He's tired of your attitude. He's tired of your conclusions. Mostly, he's tired because he just got back from Germany and is so jet-lagged he's almost drunk. Germany was good. They get it in Germany. They definitely get it in China. Not here. Not in America. You don't get it and, even if you… » 11/07/11 2:30pm 11/07/11 2:30pm

The X-Prize Farce

The $10 million Automotive X-Prize was billed as a "Revolution Through Competition," which backers said would promote real-world-capable 100 miles per gallon vehicles that are "safe, affordable and desirable." The reality is it's a complete farce. » 6/14/11 1:45pm 6/14/11 1:45pm

Raceabout: Finland’s First Electric Sports Car

Equipped with four in-wheel electric motors, the Electric Raceabout can hit 60 MPH in less than five seconds. And with suspension borrowed from the Audi R8, it should probably handle pretty well. » 4/13/10 9:30am 4/13/10 9:30am

Spira Foam Car Inspired By Crocs

Surrounded by six inches of foam, Spira claims their vehicle is the ideal solution not only to pedestrian impact protection, but to the average vehicle's lack of sex appeal and flotation too. » 6/05/09 4:30pm 6/05/09 4:30pm

Automotive X Prize Contestant To Build Hover DeLorean

Remember the 2004 movie I,Robot starring Will Smith, a bunch of crazy Apple-inspired robots and the spherical drive-equipped hovering Audi RSQ? Now there's a company trying to bring that to life, building a hover DeLorean as an entry for the Automotive X prize. » 12/08/08 12:00pm 12/08/08 12:00pm

Hybrid Technologies Building 220mpg Supercar That's Faster Than ZR1

Hybrid Technologies, makers of electric Minis and the Mullen Motor GT, are working on a lithium-ion/gas plug-in hybrid not only capable of achieving 220mpg, but horsepower numbers that promise to eclipse those of the 638bhp Corvette ZR1. Speaking to Popular Mechanics, product development engineer Ron Cerven revealed… » 5/28/08 4:40pm 5/28/08 4:40pm

100 MPG Or Bust: Motive Industries Release Renderings Of Their X PRIZE…

At the Automotive X PRIZE debut party at the NY Auto Show there were a few interesting prototypes of cars their makers believed could meet the Auto X PRIZE requirements of making a marketable vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon of dinojuice. The folks from Motive Industries were around to talk-up their proposed… » 4/29/08 5:00pm 4/29/08 5:00pm

Aptera: Skip X Prize, Proceed Directly To Movie Set

The Aptera, which has been the poster child for the entire Automotive X Prize, is forgetting about trying to win that $10 million trophy and getting famous elsewhere—and that elsewhere is on the big screen. Recent reports are saying that the Aptera has been spotted on the set of the new Star Trek movie.

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Progressive Automotive X Prize Officially Announced

Today in the Javits Center during the 2008 New York Auto Show, X Prize Foundation President Dr. Peter Diamandis, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced Progressive will be the corporate sponsor of the long stewing Automotive X prize. The Progressive Automotive X Prize will award $10 million to the… » 3/20/08 3:45pm 3/20/08 3:45pm