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Peugeot Fractal Electric-Car Concept: 3D Printing, Audio Tech Of Future

Peugeot Fractal Electric-Car Concept: 3D Printing, Audio Tech Of Future

Concept cars can run the gamut from the spectacular to the mundane. Some are spectacularly unrealistic fantasies, while others are barely-disguised production models. Peugeot's concept for the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show doesn't quite fit into either category, though. DON'T MISS... read more

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Tesla automated charging-station prototype video screencap

Tesla Releases Video Of Snake-Like Charger Plugging Into Electric Car Automatically

While it continues to expand its network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations, Tesla Motors is looking at ways to improve those stations. That's led it down a rather... read more August 9, 2015 by 


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Car Buyers Unprepared For Coming Wave Of Plug-In Hybrids, Electric Cars

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules require carmakers to achieve a U.S. fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025--meaning about 40 mpg on the window sticker. That has... read more August 3, 2015 by 


 
Ford F-150 wind tunnel testing

2015 Ford F-150 'Air Curtain' Cuts Aerodynamic Drag

The 2015 Ford F-150 arrived last year with a greater focus on fuel economy than any previous generation of the best-selling full-size pickup truck. Its weight-saving aluminum... read more July 17, 2015 by 


 
Maxion Wheels

Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

It seems carbon fiber is starting to show up everywhere in cars to cut weight, with wheels being one of the latest examples. There are already some aftermarket carbon-fiber... read more July 15, 2015 by 


 
BMW 1-Series Hatchback prototype with direct water injection

BMW: Water Injection Can Boost Power And Cut Fuel Consumption

Electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles may get a lot of attention, but every carmaker is still searching for ways to improve the fuel efficiency of internal-combustion... read more July 7, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Is Next Battery Advance Not In Chemistry But Fabrication?

Electric cars today are hampered by relatively short ranges, long charging times, and higher costs than comparable internal-combustion models--all problems that stem from... read more June 26, 2015 by 


 
2015 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Opens Electrified-Vehicle Patents, Adds 200 Engineers To Work On Hybrids, Electrics

Ford Motor Company announced this morning that it would open its portfolio of patents related to electrified vehicles--meaning both hybrids and electric cars--to competitive... read more May 28, 2015 by 


 
Possible fourth-generation Toyota Prius prototype. Video by Vimeo user Savior1974.

Next Toyota Prius Hybrid: 40-Percent Thermal Efficiency From Engine, Toyota Says

You may not hear about the thermal efficiency of engines much: It's the ratio of how efficiently they use the energy in the fuel they burn. Conventional gasoline engines have... read more May 22, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors website hacked, Apr 2015

Tesla Website, Twitter Account, Musk Twitter Briefly Hacked

Electric-car maker Tesla sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, a place where software security is--or should be--a constant focus of attention. Still, corporate websites... read more April 26, 2015 by 


 
Hybrid supercapacitor developed by UCLA

Hybrid Supercapacitor Gives Energy Density Of Lead-Acid Batteries (Video)

The need to increase electric-car ranges and decrease charging times has led to huge amounts of research into improved battery chemistries. But why stop at the stuff that... read more April 23, 2015 by 


 
2016 BMW 7-Series prototype

Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

The BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe are audacious examples of advanced technology in many ways. Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber... read more April 20, 2015 by 


 
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Patent For 11-Speed Automatic: Transmission Wars Escalate

Time was that the most gears you could get in an automatic transmission was three or four. Then came five- and six-speed automatics, which are now pretty much the standard... read more April 14, 2015 by 


 
Prototype aluminum-ion battery cell developed at Stanford University, Apr 2015

Aluminum-Ion Battery Cell Is Durable, Fast-Charging, Bendable: Stanford Inventors (Video)

Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated a new type of aluminum-ion battery cell last week that is flexible enough to be bent without damaging it. The chemistry team... read more April 8, 2015 by 


 
1977 Volkswagen Microbus

VW Bus Hybrid That Never Was: The Microbus Prototype Of 1977

There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point. While hybrid cars have only... read more March 27, 2015 by 


 

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