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Tomorrow's Car

Worries over the future of gasoline supplies and the effects of carbon dioxide emissions are driving innovators to rethink how we get around.


Tesla Roadster

A look under the hood of the electric sports car that is generating a buzz.

Electric Cars Primer

Hybrids, plug-ins, and extended-range electric cars are hitting the market. Use this interactive primer to learn how they work.

Heating Plug-in Hybrids

Heating and air-conditioning systems that use thermoelectrics could make plug-in hybrids more practical.

Making Electric Vehicles Practical

New infrastructure may help launch electric cars in Israel and Denmark.

Hell and Hydrogen

No matter how well they're engineered, hydrogen cars offer no real answer to the imminent threats posed by global warming.

The New CAFE Standards

Fuel standards will likely be achievable but won't encourage innovation.

Electric Cars 2.0

Plug-in hybrids could bring gas-free commutes. But will they make it to market?

Hybrid Power Swap

GM and partners vow to beat Toyota with mechanical engineering.

GE's Two-Battery Strategy for Fuel-Cell Buses

Design effort could make fuel cells practical while pushing the state of the art in hybrid propulsion for all kinds of vehicles.

The Air Car Preps for Market

Some still question the vehicle's chances of success, despite a boost from India.

A Carbon-Free, Stackable Rental Car

An MIT group hopes that its foldable electric vehicles will cut pollution, and ease congestion.

Plug-In Hybrids: Tailpipes vs. Smokestacks

Plug-ins will lead to lower overall emissions, even if the electricity that powers them comes from coal.

A Land Rover That Drives Itself

MIT’s robotic car is headed to California to compete in DARPA’s upcoming Urban Challenge.

Stanford's New Driverless Car

Junior the autonomous car passes an initial round of tests in preparation for DARPA's Urban Challenge, slated for later this year.

Lithium-Ion Motorcycles

Better batteries are making electric motorcycles possible, providing a cleaner alternative to pollution-spewing gas-powered bikes.

GM's Plug-In Hybrid

How super-hybrids could slash gas consumption and usher in a new era of transportation.

BMW's Hydrogen Hopes

Hydrogen may never be feasible as a fuel for vehicles, but BMW is pushing ahead anyway with an advanced hydrogen-gas combustion hybrid.

How Plug-in Hybrids Will Save the Grid

The use of vehicles that run on electricity could be a boon to the ailing electrical grid.

Demonstrating a CO2 Recycler

Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.

Toyota Applies the Brakes

The company hopes a "smart pedal" will help defuse criticism.

Ford in car systems

Ford and the University of Michigan are developing social networking apps.



Jack Dorsey Talks Technology




Technology Review's primers on key emerging technologies.

Social Networks

These online communities are redefining how we find and share information, but will operators be able to assuage privacy concerns?

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