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Nissan takes a different approach to fuel cells: ethanol

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 cell, more broadly speaking, is any device that produces electricity from a variety of input fuels or energy carriers. This... read more

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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


 
BMW i Future Interaction concept - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

BMW i Future Interaction Concept At CES Hints At i8 Spyder (Again)

Way back in 2012, BMW unveiled a convertible i8 Spyder as a followup to the original i8 plug-in hybrid coupe concept. But while the coupe went into production as a 2014... read more January 6, 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


 
Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat

Will Nissan Leaf Offer Autonomous Driving Just Like A Tesla?

With the IDS Concept that Nissan showed at the recent Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker hinted that Nissan may be readying a suite of autonomous technologies—and a... read more November 12, 2015 by


 
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Limited Grille

Hyundai 'AE' Hybrid To Beat 2016 Prius On MPG? Detroit Debut On Tap

While we don't yet know the model name, we do know Hyundai is expected to launch its first dedicated hybrid vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January. That car--codenamed... read more November 11, 2015 by


 
Mazda RX-Vision concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

New Mazda Rotary Engine Likely To Feature Turbo, Not Electrification

At last week's Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled a new sports-car concept called the RX-Vision. Beneath the car's sleek bodywork was what will likely be the first production... read more November 5, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius: A Few Details On Engine, Hybrid System Released

While it has unveiled the all-new 2016 Prius hybrid twice--once at a glitzy event in Las Vegas, once at the Frankfurt Motor Show--Toyota has been very stingy with technical... read more October 12, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

European Makers: NOx Limits Must Rise For Real-World Emissions Tests

Carmakers in Europe, Asia, and North America have met exhaust emission limits for decades, as measured by strict standardized vehicle tests on dynamometers, or "rolling... read more October 5, 2015 by


 
Film-based heating system for electric cars from Fraunhofer Institute

Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show

Onboard accessories can be a major drag on the efficiency of cars. While it's hard to imagine a new car being sold without heating or air conditioning, these systems draw a... read more September 14, 2015 by


 
Peugeot Fractal concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

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... read more September 3, 2015 by


 

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