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Can New Titanium-Dioxide Battery Last 20 Years, Recharge In 5 Minutes?

Can New Titanium-Dioxide Battery Last 20 Years, Recharge In 5 Minutes?

Lithium-ion batteries help make modern electric cars possible, but they're also responsible for those vehicles' limitations. That's why so much attention is given to improving lithium-ion chemistry, which can help electric cars overcome current limits of range, charging times, and battery lifespan... read more

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2013 Ram 1500  -  engine start-stop system

Start-Stop In U.S.: 7% Now, 57% In 2020, But Drivers 'Resist': Analyst

Start-stop systems have finally started to arrive on U.S. new cars in noticeable numbers. The systems, which simply turn off a car's engine when it's sitting stationary and... read more October 9, 2014 by 


 
Volvo Drive-E engine with electrically-driven turbocharger

Volvo's Triple-Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine: 450 HP From 2.0 Liters

As carmakers downsize internal-combustion engines, they have to balance increased efficiency with the performance that many buyers demand. Volvo is proving that there is... read more October 8, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

Sakti3 Battery Firm: Key To GM 200-Mile Electric Car, $100 Per kWh By End Of Decade?

By all indications, there will be an all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV for which General Motors is targeting a range of 200 miles. And one of the keys to achieving such a... read more September 29, 2014 by 


 
2014 Mazda 6 Sport

Will Ultracapacitors Save Start-Stop Systems From Consumer Wrath?

Start-stop systems, which switch off a car's engine while it's stopped to boost fuel efficiency, are now entering the U.S. market in serious numbers. Many European makers... read more September 24, 2014 by 


 
2013 Ford Police Interceptor concept

Ford Adds Tesla-Like Touchscreen (But Smaller) To Police Interceptor: UPDATE

What does the Ford Police Interceptor have in common with the Tesla Model S electric car? The Tesla has a massive center-stack touchscreen for secondary controls, and now the... read more September 10, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Self-Driving Cars From Tesla In About 3 Years, Says CEO Elon Musk

Autonomous vehicles have become a hot talking point in recent years, as major firms like Google continue high-profile development of the technology. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla... read more September 10, 2014 by 


 
Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheels

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

You probably don't think about your car's wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they're an essential part of every car. They're also surprisingly heavy, as... read more September 8, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction

Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers... read more August 28, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Volt

Sakti3 Claims Solid-State Battery Breakthrough For Electric Cars

A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 claims it has battery chemistry that doubles the energy density of today's best lithium-ion batteries. Speaking to Scientific American... read more August 27, 2014 by 


 
2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid  -  First Drive, December 2014

2014 Acura RLX Hybrid: 3 Motors, AWD--Most Sophisticated Hybrid Yet?

Several manufacturers now offer gas-saving hybrid versions of their vehicles but it's surprisingly rare to find two companies who have gone about it in the same way. The... read more August 21, 2014 by 


 
2015 Ford Fusion

2015 Ford Fusion: Smaller EcoBoost Engine, Manual Gearbox Gone

Time was when mid-size sedans routinely came with V-6 engines of 3.0 to 3.6 liters. But these days, those are rare and expensive high-end options--if they're even offered at... read more August 19, 2014 by 


 
2015 Audi A8 L W12 Exclusive Concept

Audi Patent Reveals Plan For Four-Cylinder Engine As Smooth As Six Or V-8

There's a reason people like big, multi-cylinder engines and it isn't just about the noise they make or how much power they produce. It's also to do with smoothness. And it's... read more August 18, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Hopes To Hire Hackers To Ensure Security Of Its Cars, Present And Future

The term "hacker" conjures up images of shady individuals stealing your personal details through loop-holes in your internet security, but in the modern world a professional... read more August 12, 2014 by 


 
2016 Jaguar XE teaser

2016 Jaguar XE: Compact Sedan Built From Aluminum To Boost MPG

In recent years we've finally seen a reversal of the trend towards heavier cars, but Jaguar will take that a step further when it launches the 2016 XE sedan. Long-awaited... read more July 29, 2014 by 


 
nanoFLOWCELL Quant e-Sportlimousine concept

Quant Limousine With Flow-Cell Battery Tech Begins German Road Trials

At the Geneva Motor Show in March, German firm Quant revealed a car powered by what it called 'nanoFLOWCELL' technology. Now, the flow-cell vehicle will make its road-going... read more July 18, 2014 by 


 
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