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Renault, Qualcomm show off electric-car road charging at 60 mph

Renault, Qualcomm show off electric-car road charging at 60 mph

It's long been an inspiring futuristic concept: electric cars that can recharge continuously at speed, driving along roadways with built-in inductive charging. Think a modern-day version of slot cars, but at 1:1 scale. Now French automaker Renault has demonstrated a prototype of just such a system... read more

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Mercedes-Benz integrated starter generator (ISG)

Don't start-stop systems wear out your car's starter?

Some are almost unnoticeable, others make the car shudder each time they activate—but start-stop systems are here to stay. First rolled out in Europe and Asia, where... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
Riding in prototype of fully autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car, March 2017  [video: Fully Charged]

Riding in prototype autonomous Nissan Leaf electric car: what it's like (video)

It's been a vision of the future for decades now: self-driving cars that let you get in, specify your destination, and then curl up for a bit more sleep, waking when you... read more April 3, 2017 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

What is a self-driving car?

Self-driving cars are a popular topic in both the auto industry and general media coverage these days, with several makers testing vehicles and promising fully autonomous... read more February 22, 2017 by


 
Achates opposed-piston two-stroke diesel engine, as it would be packaged for truck installation

Full-size diesel pickup truck that gets 37 mpg? Achates says yes

Could a full-size pickup truck ever get a fuel-economy rating of 37 mpg? California-based Achates Power believes it can, and its novel engine uses a design that dates back to... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge compression engine next year

The differences between gasoline and diesel engines lie not only in their fuels, but in how those fuels are ignited. Gasoline engines use spark plugs, while diesels simply... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

What will you be driving 10 years from now? Poll results

With news stories literally every day about autonomous vehicle tests, and the growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on sale, the future is ... well, up in the air... read more January 5, 2017 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

Toyota changes course, offers to share hybrid technology with rivals

Over the past six months, Toyota has made some remarkable decisions about its present and future car technologies. After years of staunch opposition to battery-electric... read more December 21, 2016 by


 
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

When will electric cars cost no more than equivalent diesels? VW says 2025

The point at which electric cars will become truly cost competitive with internal-combustion cars is a subject of vigorous discussion by advocates and skeptics alike. But... read more December 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Why did Tesla take capabilities out of latest Model S + Model X?

Automakers rarely "de-content" their cars, much less take away some of the very features that provide sizzle and PR value. But Tesla's new and more advanced "Hardware 2"... read more November 22, 2016 by


 
Tesla self-driving demonstration video screenshot

What a prototype self-driving Tesla 'sees' on public roads

Like a human driver, a self-driving car needs to "see" its environment in order to navigate through it. But instead of eyes, autonomous vehicles use an array of... read more November 21, 2016 by


 
1976 Chrysler Cordoba Sport Coupe

Did you know Exxon researched hybrid cars (then ignored them)?

Hybrid cars are often thought of as a fairly recent development, but few things under the sun are truly new. In response to the 1970s oil crises, engineers began... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
Apple store

Why lithium-ion cells with hollow cores matter (Apple Car or not)

One of the biggest news stories in the automotive industry has been a car that still isn't officially confirmed to exist. It's "Project Titan," Apple's much-discussed project... read more October 11, 2016 by


 
Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Infiniti variable-compression engine: more complexity, incremental gains

To meet stricter global emissions standards, carmakers are trying to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. That has led Infiniti to turn to... read more October 6, 2016 by


 
Google's autonomous Lexus RX450h

Maybe Apple and Google won't take over the car industry after all?

Over the past few years, a common refrain among analysts and pundits has been that the future of the U.S. car industry lies not in Detroit, but in Silicon Valley. With their... read more September 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 upgrade would have averted fatal crash, Musk says

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a history of making bold claims about the capabilities of his company's products, and the latest version of Autopilot is no different. Over the... read more September 14, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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