A Whopping $1.38 Million Crowdfunded For Solar Roads

What if, instead of asphalt, our nation's roads were covered in solar panels designed to power our homes and businesses? It's a crazy idea, but evidently it's one a lot of people like. A proposal by one company has crowdfunded $1.38 million on Indiegogo over the past few weeks. » 5/27/14 3:19pm 5/27/14 3:19pm

Ford Will Debut 100 MPGe Solar-Powered Car At CES

Get your Race The Sun jokes ready now: Ford will show a solar-powered version of their C-Max plug-in at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. It's a C-Max you don't have to plug in at all and it should get around 100 MPGe. » 1/02/14 10:00am 1/02/14 10:00am

A solar-powered flight made history last night when it successfully landed at JFK airport, capping off a cross-country trip. The Solar Impulse first took off from San Francisco in May and stopped in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and D.C. along the way to New York. » 7/07/13 12:36pm 7/07/13 12:36pm

The Solar-Powered Car Clark Griswold Would Drive

Most solar-powered vehicles are so tiny and light that they can only carry one environmentally cautious driver. But not any more. The big-boned Stella, designed by Solar Team Eindhoven, is the first solar-powered car with enough room to fit your whole four-person family. » 7/05/13 7:35pm 7/05/13 7:35pm

COTD: The Highway Of Tomorrow Is Lined With Powerdicks

One of the coolest cars revealed at the Paris Motor Show was the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive. It's got 737-lb-ft. of torque all-wheel-drive goodness, but the coal-powered Merc reminds us of a looming problem with electric cars. » 9/27/12 5:00pm 9/27/12 5:00pm

A Hyper-Detailed 3D Map of NYC, Made by Laser Airplanes

New York is fairly forward-thinking when it comes to energy innovation, but it's pretty terrible when it comes to solar. City College of New York wants to change that, so they created an interactive solar map of the city using laser airplanes. » 6/18/11 8:00am 6/18/11 8:00am

Captain Piccard's Solar Powered Plane Flies, Kinda

Captain Bertrand Piccard's photovoltaic-powered plane "Solar Impulse" flew 1,148ft yesterday in Switzerland at three-foot altitudes. The 262-foot wingspan plane weighs 4,409lbs and has been under construction since 2003. The caveat? They were flying with battery-power assistance. Gallery below » 12/04/09 5:15pm 12/04/09 5:15pm

Save The Giant Rear Wings, Save The World

Conventional wisdom states all rear wings do on FWD cars is increase drag and reduce fuel economy. Chinese designer Leon Zhu wants to challenge that notion, using the vast empty space inside them to store a solar shade. » 11/25/09 11:00am 11/25/09 11:00am

BOcruiser Knows Solar Power, Set For 1,800 Mile Road Race

This is the solar-powered 'BOcruiser,' presented yesterday in the western German city of Bochum. Set to compete in the 3,000 km (1,864 mi) World Solar Challenge later this month in Australia, it's certainly an odd-looking solar car. » 9/02/09 8:30am 9/02/09 8:30am

Report: Toyota Possibly Developing Solar-Powered Car

Remember reports Toyota was working on a solar-powered Prius? Maybe they weren't entirely wrong. According to The Nikkei, Toyota's secretly developing a vehicle powered solely by solar energy, some on the car and others not-so-much. » 1/01/09 10:00pm 1/01/09 10:00pm

Toyota Turns Parts Center Roof Into Giant Solar Installation

Solar Prius » 9/25/08 1:20pm 9/25/08 1:20pm? That's amateur. Toyota has opted to create a 242,000 square-foot solar installation on the roof of its North American Parts Center in Ontario, California. The installation, which will be the largest single-roof installation in North America, will provide about 3.7 million kWh of juice, about 60% of the…

Solar Panels Coming Soon To An Auto Parts Store Near You

It's not often you hear about Wyoming around these parts, but a company from the Cowboy State is looking to make solar panels the next hip and useful car accessory. The company is developing solar cells a couple inches thick and as big as three feet by four feet to be mounted atop your vehicle to supply power to a… » 2/21/08 12:40pm 2/21/08 12:40pm

Solar Driveway Lights Guide Your Hybrid Home

Hell, you just bought that hybrid, why not go all out turning yourself into a green-bean with solar powered-driveway lights? You don't have worry about crushing these suckers, either, unlike some other solar driveway-lighting solutions on the market. » 2/05/08 3:00pm 2/05/08 3:00pm

Austrailian Solar Bus is Mighty Green, Mighty Ugly

A bus by the name of "Tindo" has debuted in Australia, carrying with it the pretty hefty title of "world's first solar-powered electric bus." This free-ride, air-conditioned 42-passenger bus is powered by 11 zebra sodium-nickel batteries that can provide the big green bus 124 miles worth of travel on a full charge. » 12/21/07 4:00pm 12/21/07 4:00pm

The Solar Bug Solar Powered Car

It may be a stretch to call it a car, as Steve Titus' Solar Bug is mostly an electric ATV with a cartoonish fiberglass frame. Nevertheless, you've got to give the guy credit for trying to live the dream. The mini two-seater features a bank of batteries connected to roof mounted solar panels. The Solar Bug isn't fully… » 11/16/07 3:00pm 11/16/07 3:00pm

No Solara Panamericana This Year: Dell-Winston Solar Challenge Confined…

A year ago, a band of high school students set off from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, California, a trek we would replicate ourselves a few scant months later. Only we did it in an overloaded SUV pulling an overloaded trailer, rather than in a featherweight solar-powered car. And we didn't build the Dodge ourselves,… » 7/13/06 10:30pm 7/13/06 10:30pm

A Dutch Threepeat: Crafty Netherlanders Put Down Bong, Win Solar…

Holland's Nuon team, with their world-conquering Nuna 3 solar-powered car, has dominated the World Solar Challenge for the third time in a row, running 3021 kilometers in 29 hours, 11 minutes. The distance, slightly more than that covered by Snowman and Bandit during their infamous 1977 beer run, would've actually… » 9/29/05 11:32am 9/29/05 11:32am

Dutch Lead World Solar Challenge, MasterBlaster Miffed?

The Dutch Nuon team (reportedly not an anagram of a major sponsor's favorite guitarist, Nuno Bettencourt) and their Nuna 3 solar racer are on an expected record pace in this year's World Solar Challenge. Currently an hour ahead of the rest of the pack, The Fliegende Niederl nder are expected barring rain, errant… » 9/27/05 7:07am 9/27/05 7:07am

Solara Australiana: Sun-Powered Vehicles to Race Across Australia

As autumn descends on us in the Northern Hemisphere, things are just warming up Down Under. With the Australian spring comes sun, and with the sun comes solar car racing. Starting this weekend, the run from Darwin to Port Augusta has attracted teams from all over the world. Widely touted as the most grueling of all… » 9/22/05 2:58pm 9/22/05 2:58pm