High school and college competitors race not to go fast, but to achieve super-impressive fuel economy. The ultra-aerodynamic cars definitely look weird, but boy, do they save gas.
The average new car costs more than $30,000-- out of reach for median-income people in nearly every major city, in a recent survey. The good news? Under-$15,000 sub-compacts are offering great value and fuel economy. Electrics are looking better, too.
Honda partners with SolarCity for a unique project, subsidizing solar power for car owners and dealers.
Supporting the American battery industry against foreign competition makes sense, but here's one $249 million grant that didn't go well. The grants were designed to help U.S. firms be competitive against Asian battery giants, but it's one of the latter that's walking away with A123's assets.
Automakers love to show off self-driving cars, but few think they'll be on the road in the next 10 years. Instead, the cars--bristling with sensors, cameras and lasers--are rolling test beds for advanced (and lifesaving) safety systems.
Jay Rogers' Local Motors has produced 60 off-road rally cars. The really interesting part is how they were built--with a crowdsourced design and many suggestions from the Internet, which changed everything from the engine (goodbye BMW, hello Corvette) to the door fit.