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

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 maker by far. Lithium-ion cells, on the other hands, are the only ones with sufficient energy density to be used in the much... read more

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2017 Jaguar XE

2017 Jaguar XE: Surprisingly Similar To Tesla Model 3, But For One Thing

It won't be available until the 2017 model year, its sleek body is largely made of aluminum, and it uses advanced new technology for remarkable efficiency gains over... read more February 3, 2015 by 


 
Bosch eClutch electronic clutch

Bosch eClutch: Cheaper, More Fuel-Efficient Automated Manual Gearbox

Less than 10 percent of new cars sold in the U.S. are equipped with manual transmissions. The ease of automated shifting has proved more alluring for drivers, even for many... read more February 2, 2015 by 


 
Subaru LinearTronic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

GM To Fit CVTs To Many Car Models For Higher Fuel Economy

Most car buyers don't think a lot about transmissions. In the U.S., more than 9 out of 10 of them opt for an automatic, and that's that. But transmission technology turns out... read more January 30, 2015 by 


 
2015 Audi A4

Famed Audi Quattro AWD System To Go Electric As e-Quattro

Back in the 1980s, Audi was one of the very first carmakers to promote all-wheel drive aggressively--first in rally cars, then in production sedans and coupes. Quattro... read more January 29, 2015 by 


 
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Plans Hybrids, Electric Cars & More: 5 Questions With Green R&D Head Ki-Sang Lee

The Hyundai Motor Group, encompassing both the Hyundai and Kia brands, is known as one of the most aggressive competitors in the global auto business. And the company has big... read more January 20, 2015 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt

Is The 2016 Chevy Volt GM's Future Hybrid System In Disguise?

At 50 miles, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt offers the longest range of any plug-in hybrid (though the range-extended BMW i3 electric car is rated at 72 miles). Announced this week... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Johnson Controls 12-volt lithium titanate battery

12-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery For Advanced Start-Stop Coming In 2018

As fuel-economy rules get stricter, lithium-ion batteries may no longer be limited to electric cars. An increasing number of new cars are now being fitted with engine... read more January 16, 2015 by 


 
Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show  [photo: Matthew Askari]

CES 2015: 3 Things We Learned From Mercedes, Ford, Audi, Toyota & More

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show took over Las Vegas this week, and more than ever, we’ve been given a glimpse into how the automotive industry may evolve and... read more January 11, 2015 by 


 
2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: Less Power On Regular Gas

Many carmakers are using smaller engines with turbochargers to try to boost fuel efficiency in new cars, but Ford has been among the most public in promoting the technology... read more January 9, 2015 by 


 
BMW turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine

Conventional Gasoline Engines A Minority In 2 Years? Not So Fast...

Progress must be coming at a much faster pace than we thought: Conventional gasoline engines will power only a minority of the new cars sold just two years hence, according... read more January 7, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Toyota Offers To License Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Patents, For Free

Toyota announced today that it would make more than 5,600 patents on fuel-cell technologies available for use, free of royalty payments, to a wide array of companies in the... read more January 5, 2015 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
LC Super Hybrid lead-carbon battery technology

Lead Batteries Likely To Be With Us A Long, Long Time: European Study

Lead is terrible stuff: damaging to humans in even small quantities, and persistent if it's improperly disposed of. Nonetheless, it's a central element of technology that has... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S body-in-white

How To Boost Efficiency: Lighter Cars That Carry More People

Efficiency is a many-splendored thing, and cutting vehicle weight has multiple beneficial effects. A lighter car requires less energy to move, meaning engine output can be... read more December 22, 2014 by 


 
Volvo three-cylinder engine

Volvo 3-Cylinder Engine Echoes Ford, BMW, Daimler & Others With Threes

With its lineup of Drive-E four-cylinder engines, Volvo is becoming one of the biggest champions of engine downsizing. Now, the Swedish carmaker is taking that philosophy... read more December 12, 2014 by 


 

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