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

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 the former to encourage the latter. Automotive supplier Bosch now has a "smart" gas pedal that uses haptic feedback to tell... read more

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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


 
Guayule plant [Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr]

Cooper Tire: We Will Make Complete Tire From Desert Shrub In 2017

Sometimes, lowering the environmental impact of a car can be done by changing the materials its components are made from. For years, the U.S. tire industry has sought... read more August 24, 2015 by


 
BMW M4 GTS concept, 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Future BMW M4 To Use Water Injection For Power, Efficiency At Same Time

BMW recently demonstrated water injection on a small hatchback, but its first planned production use of the feature will be on quite a different type of car. At the 2015... read more August 14, 2015 by


 
2016 Kia Soul EV

Hyundai, Kia Do It All: Electrics, Hybrids, Prius Fighters, Hydrogen, Even Diesel

When it comes to advanced automotive technology, most global carmakers are placing their bets with care. Toyota is all-in for hydrogen fuel cells, while Nissan is betting on... read more August 11, 2015 by


 
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


 

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