Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:31pm 4/07/14 2:31pm

Watch The Inventor Of The Iconic Dune Buggy Drive An Electric Beetle

Finally, I'm an Eskimo Driver with the Myers Manx inventor Bruce Myers — we've both had a chance behind the wheel of the Zelectric Bug. Of course, Mr.Manx is much more accomplished, important, and old-man adorable than I'll ever be, so watch this one. » 3/09/14 9:30am 3/09/14 9:30am

Cadillac's Ad With That Dipshit Reveals A Trivial But Big EV Issue

You know that Cadillac ELR ad with that smug jackass who struts around his house braying about how hard America works before insta-changing into a suit? Then he unplugs his ELR and climbs in to go to work in the Smug District, where he's VP of InsuffraDouche, LLC? That stupid ad revealed the Achilles' Heel of EVs:… » 2/14/14 3:40pm 2/14/14 3:40pm

Riding in the Car of the Future, Built in an Illinois Barn

At first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride. » 1/21/14 12:04pm 1/21/14 12:04pm

Electric Cars Depreciate Faster Than Their Gas-Powered Counterparts

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:30 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 12/30/13 9:30am 12/30/13 9:30am

Man Arrested For 'Stealing' $0.05 Of Electricity To Charge His Car

Electric car owners know firsthand about range anxiety and the times when you need just a little more juice to make sure you can get where you need to go. One Nissan Leaf owner didn't think he was hurting anyone by plugging his car in for just 20 minutes at a public electrical outlet. Turns out, you can go to jail for… » 12/04/13 10:03am 12/04/13 10:03am

Saleen Says It Will Make Electric Car Because Everyone's Making One

In today's crowded automotive landscape, you'd be excused for not having a Saleen Mustang anywhere on your radar – it's 2013, after all. The little California company has had a rough go of things in the last few years, including insolvency. But things are on the up, and after supercharging some more muscle cars, Saleen … » 12/03/13 4:40pm 12/03/13 4:40pm

The Secrets Of Ferrari's Next Hybrid Grand Tourer Revealed In Patent

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo swears the prancing horse brand won't be doing an electric car on his watch, but we do know he's keen on high-performance hybrids. Now, documents filed with the European Patent Register could offer clues on the next Ferrari hybrid, which looks to be a front-engine grand tourer. » 11/26/13 2:12pm 11/26/13 2:12pm

Did Somebody Invent A Long-Range EV Solution 20 Years Ago?

Range has been the Achilles heel of EVs ever since the first one. The problem with batteries is that they weigh a lot, take forever to charge, and aren't really efficient ways of storing energy. Everyone from the likes of the Top Gear UK crew, to Dr. Evil's alter ego, Elon Musk, to the mighty GM have tried to tackle… » 11/24/13 3:44pm 11/24/13 3:44pm

This Is The McLaren F1 Designer's Vision For A Better Smart Car

Legendary McLaren F1-designer Gordon Murray has been obsessed with his T.25 and T.27 city cars lately, and now it looks like engine-maker Yamaha could put some of Murray's fascinating ideas into production with the Yamaha MOTIV. Just think of it as a Smart Car you'd want to drive. » 11/22/13 8:50am 11/22/13 8:50am

The BMW i3 Is Officially Much Greener Than Almost Every Other Car

When I say officially, I mean it. The BMW i3 got ISO certificates 14040/14044 from Germany's respected TÜV inspectors on the car's carbon footprint and product life cycle, and it's very good news for polar bears. » 11/12/13 2:20pm 11/12/13 2:20pm