Truck transported on a ropeway going up a 5,400-foot mountain

Linthal 2015 is one of the most fascinating power projects going on in the world right now. When finished, this 2.35-billion-dollar pumped storage system will be able to generate as much power as a nuclear power plant—1,480 MW. The only problem is that there are no roads connecting the construction sites, so they have… » 5/15/14 2:23pm 5/15/14 2:23pm

Tazzari Zero Electric Car Recharges In 45 Minutes, Offers 93-Mile Range

New Italian company Tazzari aims to address one of the key shortcomings of electric cars — recharge time — by offering a vehicle capable of taking a full charge in just 45 minutes. Tazzari hasn’t clarified what kind of outlet is required for this compressed recharge time, but as it’s an Italian company, we’ll assume… » 10/07/08 10:40am 10/07/08 10:40am

A Peek Under The Tesla Roadster’s Hood

Ever been curious what takes place under the Tesla Roadster » 8/29/08 3:30pm 8/29/08 3:30pm’s hood in the absence of internal combustion? Well, here’s an explanation of what the parts are and and what they do, conveniently numbered so you can follow along at home. Make the jump to see why "Tesla mechanic" would be a totally cush job. Number 1: This…

Matt Damon To Save World Again, This Time With Tesla Roadster

Everyone's favorite Film Actors Guild member, Matt Damon, was spotted yesterday driving a baby blue Tesla Roadster. Just like the common people, Damon's been unable to purchase a Tesla yet, the company is still sorting out nagging quality issues and ramping up for full production. Tellingly, Damon's tester was only… » 6/02/08 1:20pm 6/02/08 1:20pm

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

Petersen Museum to Feature History of Alternative Propulsion

It began with the first neanderthal who lit his mammoth-bone pipe over a methane vent in LaBrea and rocketed himself into Laguna Hills: Human propulson. After that, man developed more advanced forms of transport propelled by steam, electricity, coal, wombat feces, petroleum, turbines, french-fry oil and hydrogen — and… » 4/18/06 6:01pm 4/18/06 6:01pm

Tilting at Filling Stations: Could a Wind Turbine Power an Electric Car?

In case you hadn't noticed, none of us here at Jalopnik is a physicist. That's clearly evident by one of our early inventions, inspired by a Popeye cartoon; that is, a sailboat powered by an on-board electric fan. It didn't work, and we narrowly escaped electrocution. We recalled our ill-conceived efforts as one… » 3/09/06 3:49pm 3/09/06 3:49pm