All automakers expect to lose money at first when they launch expensive new powertrain technologies. But if one European official with deep experience in alternative-fuel infrastructure is right, the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell sedan may be losing its maker quite a lot of money indeed. DON'T MISS: 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Car At Los Angeles Auto Show (Video) At the Challenge Bibendum green-car competition held last month in Chengdu, China, a panel discussion on fueling and charging infrastructures for different green vehicles included some cost estimates. They came from Pat Cox, a...
2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: What do You Want to Know?
Earlier this year were were granted exclusive access to Volvo’s Gothenburg headquarters where we were given a sneak peak of its 2012 V60 Plug-in Hybrid a full week before its official unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Although we were given a chance to look at the V60 PHEV’s...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Challenge Bibendum: 7 Cars from The Sustainable Future
The Challenge Bibendum brings the sustainable-mobility world together every year or so--though sometimes, the 2010 edition of the Bibendum didn't come together as quickly as planned. It's a long way from North America to South America, after all. On day one, our travel group was cleaved in half by...Martin Padgett
2010 Michelin Challenge Bibendum: The Greener Side of Rio
For decades, the world's been wondering what comes next--after the era of gasoline, that is. And since 1998, a global convocation of scientists, politicians, transportation companies and journalists have gathered somewhere in the world for the Challenge Bibendum, a sort of green-car congress that...Martin Padgett
The Next Big Range Extender for Electric Cars? New Tires
Automakers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to squeeze the last erg of electric energy from a whole range of forthcoming electric cars. Expensive software controllers and astronomically costly bits of composite body pieces are part of the game plan for vehicles like the 2011 Nissan Leaf...Martin Padgett