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

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 —… » 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