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Did you know Exxon researched hybrid cars (then ignored them)?

Did you know Exxon researched hybrid cars (then ignored them)?

Hybrid cars are often thought of as a fairly recent development, but few things under the sun are truly new. In response to the 1970s oil crises, engineers began contemplating ways to move the auto industry beyond fossil fuels, using much less sophisticated technology than what became available in... read more

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2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 upgrade would have averted fatal crash, Musk says

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a history of making bold claims about the capabilities of his company's products, and the latest version of Autopilot is no different. Over the... read more September 14, 2016 by

2016 Tesla Model S

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Since news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate... read more August 26, 2016 by

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of... read more August 17, 2016 by

Audi eROT electromechanical rotary damping technology

Audi regenerative shock absorber recaptures energy

Regenerative braking is commonly used in hybrids and electric cars to recover energy normally lost as heat during braking. But that isn't the only potential source of energy... read more August 15, 2016 by

BMW i8 Mirrorless concept - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Japan may beat U.S. to allowing camera-based side mirrors

The first Tesla Model X renderings may have shown unobtrusive camera pods in place of side-view mirrors, but production models have conventional mirrors. That's because Tesla... read more July 8, 2016 by

Pump with multiple ethanol/gasoline blends.

Nissan takes a different approach to fuel cells: ethanol

When the world at large thinks of fuel-cell vehicles—to the extent it does, at least today—they are associated with hydrogen as the fuel to power them. But a fuel... read more June 14, 2016 by

Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Electric-car energy density to approach gasoline by 2045: report

The lithium-ion battery packs that power modern electric cars are far less energy-dense than the liquid hydrocarbon fuels that power internal-combustion cars. They can't hold... read more May 24, 2016 by

UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai with experimental nanowire-based battery cell

Experimental nanowire-based battery cell recharges 100,000 times or more

Many of the obstacles impeding widespread electric-car adoption—including range, durability, charging times, and cost—can be traced to the limits of current... read more April 28, 2016 by

Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car’s V-4 engine

Electrification, sure, but gasoline engines will endure: supplier

Increasingly stiff limits on carbon emission and minimum fuel economy in most of the world's car markets mean that more plug-in electric cars must be sold. With battery costs... read more March 22, 2016 by

BMW Vision Next 100 concept

BMW marks 100th birthday with autonomous, zero-emission concept

BMW is now a century old. To celebrate, the brand has unveiled a concept car that emits nothing from its tailpipe and can drive itself. The automaker hasn't said just how the... read more March 9, 2016 by

2017 Audi SQ7 TDI

New diesel Audi SQ7: electric turbo, 48-volt electrics aid efficiency

Given the diesel scandal lingering over Volkswagen's operations, it might come as a surprise that Audi has unveiled a new, high-performance flagship crossover powered by the... read more March 8, 2016 by

Mercedes-Benz 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (OM 654)

Mercedes Announces Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

Diesel may be a dirty word for some but for the major automakers, especially those with a significant presence in fuel-conscious Europe, it commands a lot of importance. One... read more February 16, 2016 by

Bosch active gas pedal

Haptic-Feedback Gas Pedal Tells Drivers When To Shift To Save Fuel

Technology can do a lot to improve fuel economy, but in the real world, changes in driving technique can also pay off with fuel savings. This latest fuel-saving measure uses... read more February 7, 2016 by

Matthias Müller

VW CEO Müller: Automotive Future Must Not Be Left To Silicon Valley

Like many automakers, Volkswagen Group has had a research facility in Silicon Valley for many years. In 2011, Its Electronics Research Laboratory--first launched in... read more January 27, 2016 by

Volkswagen Budd-e Concept

Volkswagen’s Future Battery Packs, EV Platform: Development Details

The Volkswagen Budd-e Concept that was revealed at CES this week marks several firsts. While there are some radically different design and interface approaches (like expanded... read more January 7, 2016 by


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