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Electric rear axle project uses 48-volt system to electrify small cars

Electric rear axle project uses 48-volt system to electrify small cars

As an alternative to costlier full-hybrid systems, many suppliers are looking to mild-hybrid powertrains to boost the efficiency of internal-combustion cars. A small 48-volt battery can provide supplementary electrical power, taking some of the load off the gasoline or diesel engine. One company... read more

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2016 Nissan Leaf

Plug-In Electric-Car Sales Will Bounce Back After 2015 Decline: Report

Despite record overall new-car deliveries, the market for electric cars and plug-in hybrids actually declined slightly in 2015. Plug-in car deliveries stood at around 115,000... read more February 4, 2016 by


 
Penn State EC Power "all-climate battery" self-heating lithium-ion cell

Self-Heating Lithium-Ion Battery Could Cut Winter Range Woes

For some electric-car drivers--and potential buyers--range loss in cold winter weather is a significant concern. "Range anxiety" is already an issue for many consumers, and... read more February 1, 2016 by


 
NASA LeapTech electric-motor research project (Photo by Joby Aviation via NASA)

Experimental Electric Wing: Lower-Carbon Airplane Research

The next big thing in low-carbon aircraft isn't really an aircraft at all. It's a wing, mounted to the back of a Peterbilt truck. NASA is using this rig to test a concept... read more January 12, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

What Comes After Lithium-Ion Batteries To Power Electric Cars, And When?

All mass-market plug-in electric cars on sale today have one thing in common. They are powered by battery packs composed of cells with lithium-ion chemistries. But to surpass... read more December 3, 2015 by


 
Teaser for Chevrolet Colorado hydrogen fuel-cell research vehicle

Hydrogen For Military Use: Chevy Colorado Fuel-Cell Truck

While General Motors has cut back its fuel-cell research efforts for passenger cars, it has joined forces with the U.S. Army to build a Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup... read more November 23, 2015 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Why Exxon Is Attacking The Media Over Climate Change Research

Beginning in the 1970s, Exxon conducted research that confirmed the occurrence of climate change, and that the burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to it. But--at... read more November 12, 2015 by


 
Vauxhall Ampera

Younger Car Buyers In U.K. Want Electric Cars Far More Than Older

Electric cars represent a relatively small number of new-car sales today, but could a change in buyer demographics change that? Cars with plugs still seem fairly alien to... read more October 23, 2015 by


 
Carbon nanitube optical rectenna [Image: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech]

From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

It's been the dream of visionaries for decades: Sunlight converted into direct current to use for recharging emission-free electric cars. Photovoltaic cells offer that... read more October 12, 2015 by


 
Flow-cell battery prototype developed by Harvard University

Flow Batteries Could Back An Affordable Tesla Powerwall Rival

As renewable-energy use becomes more widespread, energy storage could become a major business. Using stationary battery packs to store energy increases the effectiveness of... read more October 2, 2015 by


 
2015 Ford Focus Electric

Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases, Energy Use: New EPRI-NRDC Study

Electric cars charged on the grid generally have a lower carbon footprint than internal-combustion vehicles--and their wells-to-wheels carbon emissions only shrink as more... read more September 23, 2015 by


 
'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

Heading into another U.S. presidential election year, getting more biofuels into the U.S. gasoline supply continues to pose both political and logistical hurdles. But... read more August 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study: 1 Percent To 30 Percent Is The Challenge

Even two years ago, about a third of Canadian car buyers were open to buying a plug-in electric car--but they need a lot more practical and real-world information about the... read more July 21, 2015 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis... read more July 1, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

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... read more June 17, 2015 by


 
2015 Tesla Model S P85D - 'Chiseled by man and nature'  [photo: George Parrott]

Tesla Not Disruptive, Future Is Tiny Electric 'Golf Carts': Harvard Scholar

Friday's the day we use for the stranger and more oddball stories in our lineup, and one of the more unusual we've seen in a while comes from Harvard University. It's an... read more May 29, 2015 by


 

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