VW Could Have Made A Hybrid Beetle Over 30 Years Ago

I've always maintained, loudly, and with a lot of dramatic hand motions, that Jalopnik readers are the best readers of anything, anywhere. That goes for bibles and copies of The Utne Reader, too. They're great because they sometimes send me books with amazing information, like how VW had hybrid tech back in 1979. » 3/20/15 3:10pm 3/20/15 3:10pm

BMW's First 'Mainstream' Plug-In Will Be This 71 MPG X5 Hybrid

BMW knows you progressive gentry love hybrids, but their 'i-car" sub-brand is a little too wacky ( i3) and flashy (i8) for many. So they're porting their hybrid tech to the ever-popular X5; which gets 313 horsepower and supposedly as much as 71 MPG as the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e. » 3/16/15 1:26pm 3/16/15 1:26pm

Kia Trail'ster e-AWD Could Be An Ultra-Efficient Jeep Renegade Fighter

With hype around the 2015 Jeep Renegade maxing out, Kia reckons it can come play with its own spin on the micro "off-roader" idea. The Kia Trail'ster concept has meaty cladding, a roll-back softtop, and a drivetrain that makes it a very interesting proposition, especially if you value efficiency over dirt driving. » 2/12/15 10:24am 2/12/15 10:24am

Warren Buffett's Chinese Car Company Is Making A Cheap SUV With 505 HP

The BYD Tang 542 has just arrived as the most powerful plug-in hybrid SUV in the world. 505 horsepower, 530 ft-lbs of torque, starting price of about $48,000. Sounds like it's going to move quick, even though "542" has nothing to do with displacement. » 1/21/15 10:25am 1/21/15 10:25am

Boeing Funded Airplane Goes Hybrid-Electric

An aircraft with a parallel hybrid engine – the first ever to be able to recharge its batteries in flight – has been successfully tested in the UK, an important early step towards cleaner, more efficient air travel. » 12/27/14 10:26am 12/27/14 10:26am

​The Mercedes S550 Plug-In Hybrid Has An Eco-Friendly Foot Massager

Mercedes is out with its plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class, and in addition to packing a 8.7 kWh battery that can run the S for up to 20 miles on pure electricity, it's featuring some pretty interesting tech, including a gas pedal with haptic feedback. » 9/15/14 3:26pm 9/15/14 3:26pm

Ford Is Planning A Dedicated Hybrid To Take On The Prius

Unnamed sources have stated that Ford is planning to produce a dedicated hybrid specifically to compete with the Toyota Prius sometime around 2018. This would be Ford's first dedicated hybrid car, and not a hybrid that's derived from one of their gasoline models, like the hybrid Fusion, or that Pinto your uncle… » 8/21/14 9:22am 8/21/14 9:22am

The 2015 Volvo XC90 Has 400 HP And Is Cleaner Than A Prius

Volvo engineers must be wizards because their new Twin Engine drivetrain translates to the top of the range XC90 T8 having 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque with CO2 emissions of around 60 g/km. That's better than the Prius and its 91 g/km of emissions. » 7/08/14 8:15am 7/08/14 8:15am

Excerpts from The Announcement of Formula PowerBoost World Series

In the heartland of England, a not much covered press conference took place about probably one of the most exciting racing series in the future. Here are some samples. » 4/28/14 10:50am 4/28/14 10:50am

Off-Duty Toyota Engineers Build MR2 Hybrid Roadster

Everyone needs a hobby, but what if you're a Toyota engineer and building technologically advanced prototypes is your hobby? Don't you get enough of that at work? Apparently not, since that was the motivation behind the plug-in sportscar you see here. Built on an old MR2 platform using from Toyota's corporate… » 2/02/14 11:46am 2/02/14 11:46am

Next Year's F1 Cars Will Develop The Hybrid/Turbo Tech Of The Future

For years, car companies could either make cars cleaner by downsizing their engines with laggy turbochargers, or they could give them weak-chested hybrid setups. New technology combines the two into hybrid turbos, and it's being tested in next year's F1 cars. » 11/14/13 3:45pm 11/14/13 3:45pm

Video: The 2014 Porsche Panamera is a Supercar and a Daily Driver in One

This is the new Panamera Turbo, and... no, really. This is the new Panamera Turbo, not the old one. They changed it, I swear. You just can't really see it unless you look close. See in that picture, they moved the license plate down and there's a new side skirt? Right, new, like I said. Some people don't like the… » 10/07/13 1:27pm 10/07/13 1:27pm

Neighbourhood VW XL1 – some more impressions

This morning I couldn't resist taking some more shots of the VW company XL1 that ended up in my area. There are a few shots that go a long way to show just how much the actual size differs from the perceived size in press shots etcetera. » 9/07/13 3:55pm 9/07/13 3:55pm

This Is Volkswagen's Crazy Awesome 261 MPG Car

It's been more than ten years since Dr. Ferdinand Piëch started playing around with the idea of a car that asks for only 1-liter of fuel in exchange for 62 miles of travel. A decade on, the XL1 is production ready. Here is how it works. » 2/21/13 2:28pm 2/21/13 2:28pm

The Horribly Ironic Reason Why 338 Fisker Karmas Were Destroyed

When we exclusively reported on dozens of Fisker Karmas being destroyed by water and flames during Superstorm Sandy, we didn't yet have a full picture of just how bad the damage to the luxury hybrid brand was. » 1/03/13 9:00am 1/03/13 9:00am

For $78,500, Italia So

Hybrid cars didn't always mean ICE/electric drivetrains, that term was previously applied to furrin cars with American thumpers. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Intermeccanica is a prime example of such a hybrid, but is its price too high to warrant a bid? » 1/03/13 8:00am 1/03/13 8:00am

Porsche's 918 Hybrid Supercar Will Be Ludicrously Expensive

We were never expecting the Porsche 918 Spyder to be cheap. From the start, prices were rumored to be in the $800,000 range. That isn't exactly affordable. » 10/24/12 1:40pm 10/24/12 1:40pm

Leaked Brochure Shows Off Porsche's 800 Horsepower 78 MPG Hybrid 918…

Ever since the first day we saw the Porsche 918, we wanted one. Sure it gets 78 MPG, but it also makes 800 horsepower and a noise that would make Switzerland go to war. This is the kind of hybrid we can get behind. » 9/19/12 2:30pm 9/19/12 2:30pm

Sexy Porsche Hybrid Gets Sexy Paint Job Sexy Sex Sex Sex

The Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid super sports car packs a 570 hp 4.6-liter V8 (and two electric motors that produce another 200 hp) and gets 78 mpg, but forget all of that. It looks great. So great we're doing a story on its new paint job. » 7/31/12 10:30am 7/31/12 10:30am

Is Ford's $29,995, 95 MPGe C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid A Prius Killer?

This fall, Ford will begin selling the C-MAX Energi, the plug-in version of its hybrid utility vehicle. Ford claims that it will be able to travel 20 miles in electric only mode, putting it ahead of the Prius plug-in and not far behind the much smaller Chevrolet Volt. » 7/24/12 3:20pm 7/24/12 3:20pm