Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. » 4/07/14 2:31pm 4/07/14 2:31pm

Why DRM in Cars Is Going to Drive Everyone Mad

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Forget extra cup holders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that… » 11/14/13 10:51am 11/14/13 10:51am

Nuclear-Powered Vehicle Concepts from the Mid-20th Century

One of the promises of the Atomic Age was the notion that, one day, we would all be riding around in nuclear-powered cars, trains, and airplanes. Even if our roads were never filled with nuclear cars, many designers came up with prototypes and concept art for atomic transportation. » 8/17/13 4:43pm 8/17/13 4:43pm

The 15 Most Ludicrous Superhero Vehicles

What superheroes have in high morals and immense powers, they often lack in common sense, at least as regards to vehicles. That’s the only way to explain the plethora of weird, garish or outright idiotic superhero cars, jets and other nonsense clogging our nation’s highways and airspace. Here are 15 vehicles that were… » 7/17/13 2:30pm 7/17/13 2:30pm

Four Insane 60s Military Prototypes That Crashed and Burned

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If the music‘s anything to go by, pretty much everyone was on something in the ’60s — and that includes the engineers. BAE Systems has recently dug up some totally batshit-crazy ideas that were seriously being kicked around by its ‘crack’ team of engineers, and they’re both totally ridiculous and dangerously awesome. » 6/18/13 3:40pm 6/18/13 3:40pm

How to Bring Your Car into the 21st Century with a Few DIY Upgrades

Whether you bought a new car yesterday or you’re riding along in a decades-old junker, your vehicle of choice may not have all the modern capabilities you desire. A few key upgrades can fix that, providing you with everything from a killer Bluetooth audio system to a smoother, more enjoyable ride. » 5/06/13 11:30am 5/06/13 11:30am

Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… » 4/29/13 1:22pm 4/29/13 1:22pm

Protect your car from Halloween tricksters with a fresh coat of wax

Halloween isn't always the most wholesome holiday, and it's the one evening out of the year where you have to worry about flying eggs and toilet paper (among other things). If you're worried about your car suffering through a few holiday "tricks," Consumer Reports suggests preparing with a fresh coat of wax. » 10/24/11 3:45pm 10/24/11 3:45pm

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Miles Highway Speed: The Silent Yet Violent Electric Vehicle

Thousands of inches of print and webspace have been dedicated to electric cars like the Tesla Roadster and countless more opining on hybrids and near-electrics like the Chevy Volt, but what about the Miles Electric Highway Speed? If you've never heard about it before, don't worry, we hadn't either.

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Advocates Want To Grill And Drive With Propane Power

A cleaner-burning fuel than unleaded with an average price of under $3 per gallon, propane is an appealing alternative fuel, despite its lower energy content when compared to gasoline. Brian Feehan, VP of the Propane Education and Research Council, is aiming to have 10 percent of "select auto fleets" running on propane… » 8/25/08 1:00pm 8/25/08 1:00pm

GM Bringing E85, Biodiesel And Gas Sipping Commercial Vehicles To…

General Motors will be showing off a line of commercial vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show featuring GM's latest usable green technology. While we won't be seeing a fuel-cell pursuit package Impala, there will be enough E85, B5 biodiesel and hybrids for everyone. Vehicles getting the treatment include the HHR Panel,… » 1/31/08 3:15pm 1/31/08 3:15pm