Prototypes

 
First 'release candidate' Tesla Model 3 driven: video posted by Elon Musk

First 'release candidate' Tesla Model 3 driven: video posted by Elon Musk

The news earlier this week that the Tesla Model 3 would skip its usual "beta" development phase came as a shock to the industry and even to Tesla fans. With no reported sitings to date of Model 3 development versions on the roads, that seemed a startling and risky thing for Tesla to do. Especially... read more

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ESB Sundancer experimental electric car, test drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct 1973 [Frank Lodge]

Electric Cars Of The Future...As Imagined In The 1970s

Cars of the future--especially those from the past--always exert a powerful pull on our imaginations. They range from the outlandish (no wheels) to the bizarre (extreme... read more March 8, 2013 by 1


 
Infiniti JX Hybrid prototype, Nissan GranDrive test track, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012

Infiniti JX Hybrid: What Do Suburban Moms Want In A Hybrid Crossover?

Every carmaker will soon have at least a handful of hybrid models, and Nissan is no exception. The company’s luxury brand, Infiniti, let reporters drive a prototype... read more October 19, 2012 by 3


 
Ram 1500 Plug-In Hybrid pickup truck and Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivan, April 2012

Chrysler Yanks Plug-In Hybrid Test Fleet Off Roads, Will Replace Batteries

Ask most people about Chrysler's plug-in hybrid prototype program, and you'll get something like, "Huh? Chrysler has plug-in hybrids?" In fact, the company does: 23 minivans... read more September 24, 2012 by 19


 
Nissan e-NV200

Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van Headed To U.S. For Testing

Over the past year, we’ve seen quite a bit of Nissan’s e-NV200, an all-electric minivan, and its taxi-based variant. A cross between the gasoline NV2000, a... read more September 20, 2012 by 0


 
Audi A3 e-tron prototype: first drive, June 2012

Audi A3 e-tron Prototype: First Drive Video (Exclusive)

Unlike other carmakers--including BMW with its ActiveE program--Audi has chosen to use only in-house drivers to test the fleet of electric A3 e-tron prototypes it has brought... read more June 18, 2012 by 4


 
Alfa Romeo Giulietta development prototype, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2012 [photo © by Thomas Bey]

Exclusive: Spy Shots Of Next-Generation Jeep Liberty Mule (Updated)

Always carry a camera; you never know what you'll see parked on the street. That's how our contributor, Thomas Bey, shot these exclusive spy shots of an engineering prototype... read more April 29, 2012 by 3


 
Toyota electric race car prototype live photos - Copyright High Gear Media

Toyota's Electric 'Ring Racer: Japanese Maker Sets Up EV Hot-Rod Business

There’s a new race among automakers and independent startups all around the world, and that is to be the leader in the advanced world of high-performance electric cars... read more August 25, 2011 by 2


 
2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept

Electric Supercars: The New Breed Of Fast And Sexy

Forget the Jaguar C-X75 or BMW i8 range-extenders. When it comes to the greenest supercars around, pure-electric drivetrains are a must. Whether its single motors, dual... read more August 18, 2011 by 0


 
2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media

2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion First Drive

Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world's leading automaker by 2018 and that means being top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric cars. Previously, the... read more July 8, 2011 by 7


 
Gordon Murray Design T.27 electric car prototype

Gordon Murray Design Reveals T.27 Electric Minicar Prototype

About a month ago we first brought you details on the new T.27 electric minicar prototype from automotive industry legend Gordon Murray, one of the chief designers of the... read more June 30, 2011 by 9


 
Gordon Murray Design T.27 electric car prototype

Gordon Murray's T.25 Minicar Spawns T.27 Electric Variant

It’s been a while since we heard about Gordon Murray and the British engineer’s enigmatic T.25 minicar. The last we heard, Gordon Murray and his eponymous design... read more June 29, 2011 by 3


 
Volvo flywheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS)

Flywheel KERS Boosts Gas Mileage By 20 Percent, Volvo Says

It's interesting to see the variations among green technologies as automakers, both in production cars and motorsports, strive for greater fuel efficiency and reduced... read more May 26, 2011 by 0


 
Porsche Boxster E electric car prototype

Porsche Boxster E Electric Sports Car A Hit At 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is an annual event run by the French tire company aimed at promoting the development of sustainable mobility. At this year’s event in... read more May 24, 2011 by 3


 
2011 Audi A3 e-tron prototype

Audi Presents Battery-Powered A3 e-tron Prototype

The growth of Audi’s ever-expanding family of ‘e-tron’ electrified concept cars and prototypes shows no signs of slowing with two more additions joining the... read more April 12, 2011 by 1


 
BMW and Brilliance 5-Series plug-in hybrid prototype

BMW 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: 2011 Shanghai Auto Show

BMW has taken the wraps off a new plug-in hybrid prototype based on its long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan, which it will be showcasing in just a few weeks at the 2011 Shanghai... read more April 7, 2011 by 0


 

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