Why the Chinese are getting America's most efficient car and we're not

Oliver Kuttner is tired. He's tired of your attitude. He's tired of your conclusions. Mostly, he's tired because he just got back from Germany and is so jet-lagged he's almost drunk. Germany was good. They get it in Germany. They definitely get it in China. Not here. Not in America. You don't get it and, even if you do … » 11/07/11 2:30pm 11/07/11 2:30pm

Automotive X Prize Contestant To Build Hover DeLorean

Remember the 2004 movie I,Robot starring Will Smith, a bunch of crazy Apple-inspired robots and the spherical drive-equipped hovering Audi RSQ? Now there's a company trying to bring that to life, building a hover DeLorean as an entry for the Automotive X prize. » 12/08/08 12:00pm 12/08/08 12:00pm

Progressive Automotive X Prize Mustang Claims 400 HP, 110 MPG; We…

Doug Pelmear is claiming his '87 Stang is good for 400 HP and a 3 second 0-60 MPH time, all while returning a 110 MPGe figure. MPGe? Yeah, that's miles per gallon equivalent; because he's using E85 ethanol, that figure might be about 80 real miles per gasoline gallon. So, is Doug one of those garage tinkerers who… » 7/07/08 4:20pm 7/07/08 4:20pm

Hybrid Technologies Building 220mpg Supercar That's Faster Than ZR1

Hybrid Technologies, makers of electric Minis and the Mullen Motor GT, are working on a lithium-ion/gas plug-in hybrid not only capable of achieving 220mpg, but horsepower numbers that promise to eclipse those of the 638bhp Corvette ZR1. Speaking to Popular Mechanics, product development engineer Ron Cerven revealed… » 5/28/08 4:40pm 5/28/08 4:40pm

100 MPG Or Bust: Motive Industries Release Renderings Of Their X PRIZE …

At the Automotive X PRIZE debut party at the NY Auto Show there were a few interesting prototypes of cars their makers believed could meet the Auto X PRIZE requirements of making a marketable vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon of dinojuice. The folks from Motive Industries were around to talk-up their proposed… » 4/29/08 5:00pm 4/29/08 5:00pm

Progressive Automotive X Prize Officially Announced

Today in the Javits Center during the 2008 New York Auto Show, X Prize Foundation President Dr. Peter Diamandis, along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced Progressive will be the corporate sponsor of the long stewing Automotive X prize. The Progressive Automotive X Prize will award $10 million to the… » 3/20/08 3:45pm 3/20/08 3:45pm

Automotive X Prize Showcase Coming To Detroit Auto Show

We previously mentioned that the good folks at the X PRIZE foundation would be bringing X PRIZE entrants to Detroit, and now we've got a full list of all the cars that will be vying for the $10 million prize. For those not in the know, the X-PRIZE will be awarded to the company that can build and market a 100 MPG… » 1/08/08 11:15am 1/08/08 11:15am

Detroit Auto Show: X-Prize Automotive Entries to be Unveiled

The Automotive X-Prize competition is jumping the gun this year and will be unveiling all 43 entrant at the Detroit Auto Show next month. This is big news for the entrants because it will allow surveying of the competition three months prior to the actual beginning of the $10 million competition in March at the New… » 12/11/07 2:15pm 12/11/07 2:15pm