BMW's Ominous Black i8 Fuel-Cell Prototype: What It Sounds Like (Video)

BMW's Ominous Black i8 Fuel-Cell Prototype: What It Sounds Like (Video)

Very, very few people on the planet have ever seen a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells, much less ridden in or driven one. But if you've wondered what they sound like in operation, now's your chance. At a recent technology presentation, BMW showed off two different prototype vehicles powered by... read more

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid concept, New York City, May 2015

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Hybrid Concept: Quick Drive

A large red electrical shutdown switch inside a car says it all: You're driving a prototype. New York City passers-by who looked approvingly at our shiny bronze Volkswagen... read more May 29, 2015 by 

2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

VW Beetle Hybrid Prototype Previewed Outside New York Auto Show

At the 2015 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced four Beetle Special Edition concepts as a way to rekindle interest in the rounded retro hatchback. Just outside the show... read more April 7, 2015 by 

Tesla Model X in camouflage being tested at former Alameda Naval Air Station  [video: Juan del Real]

Tesla Model X Caught On Video In Acceleration, Cornering Tests

Thank heavens for the Interwebs, which have now surfaced a video of a Tesla Model X electric SUV being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's just over 60 seconds of... read more January 30, 2015 by 

2016 BMW 3-Series eDrive plug-in hybrid prototype

BMW Unveiled Not Just One, But Three Plug-In Hybrids Last Week

If there was any doubt that we'll see a spate of new plug-in hybrids over the next few years, a set of three different announcements from BMW last week should put that to... read more December 1, 2014 by 

Volkswagen Passat HyMotion hydrogen fuel cell prototype  -  Los Angeles, November 2014

Volkswagen Passat HyMotion Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Prototype: Brief Drive

The 2016 Toyota Mirai may have been the biggest news in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show, but it wasn't alone. VW Group brought two fuel-cell... read more November 26, 2014 by 

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan pre-production prototype, Southern California, Sep 2014 [Mike Magrath]

2016 Toyota Mirai Sedan Photographed Testing In Southern California

Pity the poor automotive spy photographer. She spends months in Death Valley with an expensive camera, only for her paying clients to be swamped with cellphone shots snapped... read more September 15, 2014 by 

Nissan Frontier Diesel Prototype, Nashville, July 2014

Nissan Frontier Diesel Pickup Truck: Prototype Drive Review

As automakers seek to improve fuel economy across their entire lineups, diesel engines are beginning to trickle down from heavy-duty, full-size pickup trucks to lighter-duty... read more July 11, 2014 by 

Creative Workshop 'eCarriage' electric car prototype, New York Auto Show, April 2014

Electric 'Vintage Car' Proposed To Replace NYC Horse Carriages: New York Auto Show

Animal rights and electric cars don't usually intersect much, but a long-running New York City battle has produced one of the more unusual electric-car designs shown in... read more April 21, 2014 by 

BMW X5 e-Drive plug-in hybrid prototype, test drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 2014

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: We Drive Future Electric SUV

They're not here yet, but in less than two years, U.S. buyers will have a choice of at least three plug-in hybrid SUV models to choose from. Now, we've driven a prototype... read more April 15, 2014 by 

Tesla Model S all-wheel-drive prototype testing in California, March 2014

Is This A Tesla Model S AWD Prototype Caught Testing? (Video, Photos)

It's long been expected that sooner or later, the Tesla Model S electric sport sedan will be offered with all-wheel drive. Now, two different Tesla fans have captured photos... read more March 4, 2014 by 

Prototype 2015 Kia Soul EV electric cars, July 2013 [photo: Lee Colleton, used under CC-BY-SA]

2015 Kia Soul EV: Electric Car Spy Shots, But Compliance Car Only?

Ten days ago, spy shots of a new battery-electric car--from a maker that hasn't yet offered one yet--burst onto the scene. Electric-car fan Lee Colleton shot the 2015 Kia... read more July 18, 2013 by  8

Prototype 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid X5 in San Francisco, July 2013 [photo: Alister Oliver]

Spy Shots: 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid X5 Prototype

Is BMW planning an ActiveHybrid X5 model for the next-generation X5 crossover, due to launch this fall as a 2014 model? That's what it appears from one reader's sighting of a... read more July 5, 2013 by  1

Natural-gas vehicle prototypes, Los Angeles, May 2013 - group shot at Playa del Rey storage field

Prototype Natural-Gas Vehicles Use Gasoline As Range Extender

To date, natural-gas vehicles have come with significant compromises. The high-pressure tanks that hold enough compressed natural gas to run 200 miles or more take up many... read more June 25, 2013 by  22

Volvo S60 KERS Engineering Prototype

Volvo S60 KERS Hybrid Prototype: Brief First Drive

Can you really improve fuel economy and performance just by taking a production car with a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and adding Formula 1 race technology? To find out... read more May 17, 2013 by  15

2014 Volkswagen XL1 spy shots - Image courtesy of Motor Authority

Prototype 2014 Volkswagen XL1 Ultra-Efficient Car Spied Testing

Last year at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen wooed the audience with its XL1 plug-in hybrid concept car, a vehicle it said would get an amazing 0.9 liters per 100... read more August 29, 2012 by  11


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