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This Guy Says He Can Fly an Electric Plane 3,500 Nonstop Miles — Across the Atlantic

This Guy Says He Can Fly an Electric Plane 3,500 Nonstop Miles — Across the Atlantic

Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic when he made the flight in 1927. Electric aviation is in its infancy, and its longest flight thus far is less than 1,000 miles. Chip Yates plans to fly 3,500 ...

Mission Motorcycles Hopes You’ll Pay $60K for a Tesla on Two Wheels

Mission Motorcycles Hopes You’ll Pay $60K for a Tesla on Two Wheels

Mission Motorcycles president Mark Seeger wants to do for electric bikes what Tesla did for electric cars: Match the performance and range of gasoline-powered superbikes, but do it with a massive battery pack, an electric motor and zero emissions.

Driving Volkswagen’s 261-MPG Diesel-Electric Supercar Spacepod

Driving Volkswagen’s 261-MPG Diesel-Electric Supercar Spacepod

It's time to redefine the supercar, and the 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1 is the first draft in a new history of uber-capable machines.

Pinpoint Your Car’s Troubling Rattle With a ‘Sound Camera’

Pinpoint Your Car’s Troubling Rattle With a ‘Sound Camera’

It's a common problem encountered by shade-tree mechanics. You can hear the noise inside the engine bay, but you can't figure out where it's coming from. That's where a sound camera comes in.

The Boat That Could Sink the America’s Cup

The Boat That Could Sink the America’s Cup

Larry Ellison planned the biggest, fastest and most exciting yacht race in history. Then Team Oracle wrecked one of his massive catamarans in San Francisco Bay, showing just how fragile the big boat, and the event itself, really is.

University Team Wraps Up Work on Top-Secret Solar Racer

University Team Wraps Up Work on Top-Secret Solar Racer

The University of Michigan's solar car team is legendary, but new regulations for this year's competition across Australia put their skills to the test.

Can’t Afford an Electric Supercar? Build This Racing Terror at Home

Can’t Afford an Electric Supercar? Build This Racing Terror at Home

Dedicated track cars comes in all shapes, sizes and prices, but they have one thing in common: a gas-powered engine, usually pulled out of some uninspiring econobox. Birmingham City University and the stripped-out sports car purveyors at Westfield have built ...

Russian Hackers Mod a Dilapidated Opel to Drive by iPad

Russian Hackers Mod a Dilapidated Opel to Drive by iPad

Remember Pierce Brosnan's remote-controlled BMW in Tomorrow Never Dies? A group of Russian tinkerers do. But rather than gutting a Bimmer and snagging a phone from Q Branch, they've hacked together a driverless car using nothing more than a dilapidated ...

Road-Going Baddies, Fear the SQUID

Road-Going Baddies, Fear the SQUID

You’re undoubtedly familiar with the spike strip, the tire-piercing steel nails that stop baddies in their tracks. That basic idea just received a major upgrade that lets law enforcement end a chase even more quickly, and from a safe distance.

Electric Buses Test Wireless Charging in Germany

Electric Buses Test Wireless Charging in Germany

Passengers on the 63 bus route in Mannheim, Germany may notice their ride got a little quieter. That's thanks to a trial of two electric buses in the city, but it's the use of inductive charging to stay on schedule ...