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Talk about going zero to 100: Aston Martin, which today has no hybrid cars, will go fully hybrid across the board by the mid-2020s. But I guess when you only offer about five models at a time, hybridizing all of them isn’t a huuuge task.
I have a friend who is unusually good at salvaging crap. Just this weekend he found, in an abandoned house, a perfect rear bumper (and brackets!) for my Beetle. That’s amazing enough, but he also found a set of NASA documents from the 1970s. Surprisingly, one of those volumes had, of all things, some fascinating…
I bet most of our readers who don’t live in apartments have some kind of Briggs & Stratton engine around, to blow things or cut things or turn things into piles of little thing-chips. Maybe apartment dwellers have them in some badass vacuum cleaner, even. Who knows. What I’m excited about is the one time Briggs &…
When you hear the name Beechcraft, if you think of anything at all, you probably think of small airplanes. What’s less known is that in 1946 Beechcraft once considered building a car, a radically advanced car that could have been the Tesla of its time. That time never came.
One of the biggest concerns with electric vehicles is whether they’ll be able to hold enough juice to get you from A to B. But what if we didn’t have to worry, because we could charge our cars on the highway? England will soon be pilot-testing tech that could lead to EV charging lanes.
BMW and Toyota got together to boost each other’s fuel cell research, while BMW is also busy jamming the i3’s hybrid technology into the 2 Series Active Tourer. This is BMW’s electric future.
Truth fact: Porsche’s hybrid lineup is better than your hybrid lineup, other automakers.
Yes, it’s just a concept, and I’d be genuinely surprised if they ever made it. But I have to admit I got pretty excited yesterday over the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid. Is this a sign to come that affordable performance hybrids are finally on their way?
We'll start off today's column with a little game. It's called: Guess which automaker currently offers the most plug-in hybrid vehicles. I'll give you a minute to think it over.
It's Independence Day, so I wanted to focus on something patriotic. And what's more patriotic than a prototype American race car named Patriot? Nothing, that's what. The Patriot was Chrysler's amazing early '90s experiment with flywheels and electric drivetrains. Too bad it would have killed us all.
Do you own a hybrid Ford or Lincoln? Are you not getting the mileage you expected? Then get excited for some swell news — you're about to get paid!
To most Jalops, this may seem like a car I have to drive it as part of some court-ordered punishment. But it's actually pretty good for what it is.
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo swears the prancing horse brand won't be doing an electric car on his watch, but we do know he's keen on high-performance hybrids. Now, documents filed with the European Patent Register could offer clues on the next Ferrari hybrid, which looks to be a front-engine grand tourer.
Ferrari has repeatedly stated that its hybrid cars will never run on an electric-only mode, like a Prius. Does this quiet LaFerrari video serve as proof that they've been lying?
Autoblog reports that Ford and Toyota are breaking up their hybrid collaboration plan before they ever got to third base. Word is they'll stay friends.
Subaru kind of had a banner today at the New York Auto Show today. They debuted two cars that just perfectly encapsulate their two main audiences: granola-loving hippies who need all-wheel-drive and rally hoons one speeding ticket away from losing their driver's licenses. The Subaru WRX Concept took care of the…
Go ahead and sit down if you aren't already, because I have some news that may upset you: it is possible that our beloved Toyota GT-86 (aka Scion FR-S, aka Subaru BRZ, aka The Toyobaru) could get a hybrid version in the near future. Gasp!