Where The Hell Are Tesla's Battery-Swapping Stations?

It's been nearly a year since Tesla showed off its hugely hyped 90-second battery swap for the Model S. Elon Musk said on stage that the first station would be operational by the end of year. Six months later, nothing. Then we heard that it was happening in the first quarter of 2014. Still nothing. So where the hell… » 6/03/14 12:45pm 6/03/14 12:45pm

How Two Wacky Concepts Make The S-Class Coupe Lean Like a Skier

Back in 1997, Mercedes-Benz showed off the F 300 Life Jet. Like most concepts it was an impractical flight of fancy fueled by weak German pilsner and strong German coffee. But 16 years later, the Life Jet inspired the suspension wonks in charge of the new S-Class Coupe, and now the luxo-sled leans into corners. » 5/30/14 10:03pm 5/30/14 10:03pm

New Fuel Tanks Can Prevent Explosions Despite More Than 600 Hits

It's the easiest way to blow up a vehicle in Grand Theft Auto. Just shoot up the gas tank, boom, and you've got a nifty little explosion on your hands. That's entertaining in video games, sure, but when it's real life and you're in a real war zone, the prospect of such an event occurring is downright terrifying. » 9/07/13 11:05am 9/07/13 11:05am

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Door Panel Edition: USA vs Germany vs…

Those of you who read my posts about easy Honda speedometer replacement and hellish Ford window regulator replacement know my oft-repeated rants about German over-complexity, Detroit quality corner-cutting, and Japanese cheap-but-well-thought-out engineering. Where do I get my facts? The junkyard! » 12/13/09 11:30pm 12/13/09 11:30pm