Carbon Fiber

 
Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

The limited-production Volkswagen XL1 ultra-economy two-seater gets astounding fuel efficiency from its two-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's well over 100 miles per gallon if you use the European test cycle (which differs from U.S. tests). But at a six-figure price and a production... read more

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2015 BMW i8 construction at Leipzig plant

Research Backed By BMW Halfway To Carbon-Fiber Cost 90% Lower

Lightweight materials can help improve fuel efficiency, but they also add cost. One case in point is carbon fiber, which is light and strong, but also expensive. Now, a... read more October 14, 2014 by 


 
Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheels

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

You probably don't think about your car's wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they're an essential part of every car. They're also surprisingly heavy, as... read more September 8, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept

Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept: How To Make A Car 25 Percent Lighter

Light weight will soon be big business at Ford. The company's F-150 truck, going aluminum for the first time with the 2015 model, sheds 700 lbs over its predecessor, thanks... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material's environmental... read more May 26, 2014 by 


 
Rolls Royce Phantom 102EX World Tour

Next Rolls-Royce Phantom Cuts Weight, Offers Plug-In Hybrid

Rolls-Royce is known for many attributes. Luxury. Expense. Cars with performance wryly described as "adequate". Light weight and frugality are two attributes you won't often... read more May 15, 2014 by 


 
2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that... read more May 14, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

Do The BMW i3 And i8 Electric Cars Pose A Threat To Tesla?

With the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car now being delivered to its first buyers, and the range-extended i3 REx version to follow within several weeks, BMW is at last in the... read more May 9, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2014 BMW i3: Cheaper To Repair, Insure Than You'd Expect

Carbon fiber is not a cheap material. If it was, we'd all be driving around in cars made from it--rather than it being limited to a few supercars and high-end sports cars... read more December 12, 2013 by 


 
Nano structured batteries and super capacitors integrated into carbon fiber panel

Volvo Develops Structural, Supercapacitor Nanobatteries For Future Electric Cars

Batteries in electric and hybrid cars--and this may not come as much of a surprise--are large, and they're heavy. Reducing the size and weight of these vital components is... read more October 17, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3

2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Specifications And Details Released

With the global unveiling of the 2014 BMW i3 less than three weeks away, BMW has revealed a few more details on its radical new electric car. The i3 battery-electric... read more July 10, 2013 by  21


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013

2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car

Look out, owners of 200-mph testosterone-supplement poster cars. If there ever was a real hypercar, it's the Volkswagen XL1. Although in recent years the term hypercar has... read more July 3, 2013 by  5


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf, at 2013 New York Auto Show

2015 VW Golf Sheds Even More Weight With Optional Carbon Roof

Volkswagen has made large strides in most areas with the 2015 Golf, but largest of all is the car's weight reduction. Some models are over 200 pounds lighter than their... read more May 7, 2013 by  1


 
Carbon Motors E7

DoE Dings Loans For Startup Carbon Motors' Police Cruisers

Log one more startup car company the U.S. Department of Energy has declined to fund. The latest entry on the lengthening list that includes Virtual Vehicles Co. (renamed... read more March 8, 2012 by  1


 
2011 BMW 7-Series

BMW To Use Carbon Fiber In Next 7-Series Luxury Car

Not too long ago Mercedes-Benz announced they would be making a carbon-fiber derivative of the next E-Class sedan, and now BMW has also announced it will use the material in... read more February 23, 2012 by  1


 
MercedesSport E-Class Individualization

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Top Model Goes Carbon Fiber In 2015

The launch of a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is always important, given the influence the car has in the luxury sedan sector. We'd be hard-pressed to call it exciting though... read more January 17, 2012 by  1


 

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