German automaker BMW AG announced Tuesday that it will be collaborating with Japanese car maker Toyota to develop a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will power future models of the Prius and other hybrids. Collaboration finally in effect BMW and Toyota have been in talks about the collaboration for more than a year Read on! →


Nissan is working to make its eco-friendly Leaf car into an alternate power source for homes in times of emergency. The Japanese car maker is developing the technology as it simultaneously attempts to gear back up to full production after the country was devastated by severe natural disasters in March. A pure electric car The Read on! →


Late Monday evening, Chrysler Group LLC pulled off the kind of social media striptease maneuver that quickens the pulse and leaves supercar fans wanting more. At 11:59 p.m. Monday, the automaker revealed the first official image of the next SRT Viper supercar. The black-and-white line drawing on the driveSRT Facebook page showcased the performance coupe’s Read on! →


Batman has become such an iconic character in our culture that he is constantly being reinvented for new generations. And, as we have seen, so is his car. Our look at the history of the Dark Knight’s ride continues. Schumacher’s Batmobile twins Director Joel Schumacher took over the series after Tim Burton, and with the Read on! →


Making the most efficient use of fuel is the new name of the game in car manufacturing. At the 2011 auto show, Ford representatives confirmed that the company is researching seven- and eight-speed transmissions. These high-efficiency transmissions are already being used in BMW, Audi and Lexus vehicles. The benefit of high-gear transmissions Transmissions that use Read on! →


Ford Motor Co. and its suppliers have made a $220 million commitment to expand its Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The expansion will add hybrid transmission production capability to support assembly of the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and more, reports Read on! →


Though not the main selling point of electric vehicles, their quiet operation has often been cited as a great side benefit. Legislation that would require electric vehicles to make noise, however, is in the works. The technology is available to make cars noisier, but the government is considering mandating it. The problem with silent vehicles Read on! →


Toyota Motor Corp., Duke Energy Corp. and the not-for-profit Energy Systems Network are collaborating in Indiana on a pilot program to test standards for plug-in vehicles and charging stations that communicate with the power grid. Toyota team-up seeks to answer questions How will power companies assess charges for a future infrastructure supporting electric and plug-in Read on! →


California Governor Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in Mountain View Tuesday aboard a┬áPrius that was driving itself. He was there to sign a bill into law that establishes regulating standards for driverless cars. Driverless Cars Bill reads like science-fiction After his journey by magic Toyota, Governor Brown spoke at a signing ceremony for the Read on! →