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

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 body and available downsized 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 were meant to increase gas mileage. But those weren't the... read more

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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 


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition

VW To Decide On QuantumScape Solid-State Battery Technology By Summer

Volkswagen will soon decide whether to pursue an entirely new type of battery technology for its future electric cars. The German carmaker has acquired a small stake in... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
Dyson DC31

Dyson Invests In Solid-State Battery Startup Sakti3 To Bring Cells To Market

Advanced battery technology startup Sakti3 has received a further round of investment capital to help bring its solid-state cells to market. A new investor, British... read more March 17, 2015 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt

Why Can't Other Plug-In Hybrids Copy Chevy Volt's All-Electric Running?

The distinguishing feature of the Chevrolet Volt has always been that as long as it has charge left in its battery, it runs solely on electricity. The gasoline engine doesn't... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
Goodyear concept tires

Goodyear Shows Concept Tire That Generates Electricity From Motion

It's common for automakers to preview new styling or technology elements with concept cars, but now tire companies are doing the same with their wares. Concept tires may not... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai: 'A car that breathes in air,' posted by Toyota, Feb 2015

Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Car's Ad Agency Should Study Engine Technology More Closely

Oh, Toyota ... really? It's not bad enough that your Lexus brand put out two ads that inaccurately slammed plug-in electric and diesel vehicles, respectively. Now your own... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

The division is pretty clear: nickel-metal-hydride batteries are for use only in hybrids--at least those from Toyota, which has used more of the batteries than any other... read more March 2, 2015 by 


 

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