Chen Mingqiao, designer of China's first 3D printed car (unveiled March 24, 2015)
3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers.
Ford] has revealed a system that may help prevent unintended speeding—and, in some cases perhaps, speeding tickets themselves.
The BMW i3 and Chevrolet Volt are two very, very different approaches to offering an electric car with a gasoline range extender. The little BMW is a battery-electric vehicle that offers a small two-cylinder "REx" range-extending engine as an option for around $4,000.
Teaser sketch for potential Mercedes-Benz pickup truck
Already a formidable force in the commercial van market, Mercedes-Benz may be about to branch out into the light truck segment with a new pickup. The automaker’s commercial vehicles unit has released a statement that a Mercedes-badged pickup truck will be launched by the end of the decade as a means to further boost global growth.
Toyota is implementing a raft of measures to ensure it remains among the top automakers not only in terms of volume but profitability, too. And one of the key measures is the introduction of a new modular platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), designed for mid-size cars.
It was at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show where Mitsubishi presented three concept cars all previewing future production models. One of these was a concept called the “GC-PHEV” (shown below), which Mitsubishi presented again at the Chicago Auto Show just last month.
Daimler Trucks North America SuperTruck
Heavy-duty trucks make up a fairly small percentage of the traffic on U.S. roads, but they cover many more miles each year than the average passenger car--with much worse fuel economy. Even small efficiency improvements for the biggest trucks can have a major impact on overall emissions, and perhaps lower the cost of the goods they transport as well.
There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point.
State tax credits and purchase rebates have proven effective in kickstarting the early market for plug-in electric cars and other green vehicles. But they don't last forever, as buyers in Illinois and Georgia are learning; the Illinois program has been suspended, and Georgia seems likely to kill off its program as well.