Elon Musk: Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are "Extremely Silly." Are They Really?

Elon Musk has never been a proponent of the universe's most abundant element, hydrogen. Well, at least in the context of a fuel source for an electric car. This is not a new stance for him, but it is one he reiterated last month at a press conference. So, why, exactly, is he such an H-phobe, and is he right? » 2/18/15 3:40pm 2/18/15 3:40pm

The Next Prius? What It's Like To Drive Toyota's $57,000 Hydrogen Car

Hydrogen fuel cells are a cool technology that were perfected to enable humans to go to the moon. Now that they're perfected even more, they're enabling humans to go to work or the liquor store, and, incredibly, this is progress. The Toyota Mirai is an example of this remarkable progress. Funny looking, maybe, but it… » 11/20/14 3:20pm 11/20/14 3:20pm

Mazda Once Built A Rotary Miata Powered By Miraculous Science-Fuel

Imagine! A world in which you can own a small, cheap, rear-wheel drive sports car that burns not the finite processed dinosaur juice extracted from the ground, but hydrogen in all its abundant glory! This isn't some science fiction dream — it's something Mazda actually did back in the early 1990s. » 7/16/14 12:00pm 7/16/14 12:00pm

Why It's Great News That Hyundai's New Fuel Cell Car Is So Boring

I could stand you right in front of the very first really mass-production capable hydrogen-powered vehicle and say "Look at that car. That's a hydrogen car that could be the future of motoring." And you would say "What car? What are you pointing at? Behind that white SUV thing?" Then maybe we'd kiss. » 6/16/14 3:57pm 6/16/14 3:57pm

Why You Shouldn't Believe Stories About Rocket Fuel For Cars

A few days ago this article about the "European Space Agency working on using rocket fuel in cars" was brought to my attention, and I'll admit it made me a little excited. Perhaps not exactly visibly, but close. Upon reading the article, however, I was disappointed. I'll explain why, and also try to help you, curious… » 11/13/12 9:30am 11/13/12 9:30am

These Are The High Tech Gas Stations Of The Future (Maybe)

Besides getting stuck in traffic, dealing with auto accidents, making loan payments, paying your car insurance, and being forced to compete in demolition derbies by Russian drug lords you owe money to, the most annoying consequence of car ownership is probably having to make trips to the gas station. » 9/29/12 12:30pm 9/29/12 12:30pm