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

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: Shedding weight. A survey of 900 automotive engineers and designers conducted by Wards Auto and sponsored by DuPont showed that... read more

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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 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Is Detroit Responding To Tesla Patent Offer With Collective 'Meh'?

Last month, electric car maker Tesla Motors took the unusual step of opening up its patents to other automakers. Automakers usually guard their patents very closely, ensuring... read more July 17, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Hack A Tesla Model S And Win $10,000

The word "hack" is a little over-used in today's lexicon, but in the general sense it refers to the process of cracking the software system of a computer, a smartphone--or a... read more July 10, 2014 by 


 
Ferrari LaFerrari

Even Ferrari To Cut Carbon Emissions, With Hybrid V-12 & Turbo V-8 Engines

The fastest, most expensive sports cars and supercars must constantly boost performance to stay competitive--and now they're also having to cut their carbon emissions at the... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade With Repeated Charging

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they... read more June 20, 2014 by 


 
Vanadinite crystals (Image: Flickr user Géry Parent, used under CC License)

Are Vanadium Flow Batteries The Solution To 'Too Much' Solar Power?

It's a statement of the obvious, but solar panels do their best work during the day, specifically noon and early afternoon when the sun is at its strongest. The trouble is... read more June 17, 2014 by 


 
2013 Audi Q7 TDI S Line

Next Audi Q7 To Launch Electric Turbocharger For Better Fuel Economy

Electric motors can improve the fuel efficiency of a car--even if they're not driving the wheels. Using electric power to run accessories like power steering lets engineers... read more June 16, 2014 by 


 
Aston Martin Vantage GTE at Bahrain

Could Solar Energy Cool Aston Martin Racing Drivers In Future?

This past weekend, race teams competed in the 82nd running of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, one of the oldest--and toughest--events in motorsports. For... read more June 16, 2014 by 


 
University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Facility to test self-driving cars, Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan's Mock City: Where Robot Cars Will Drive (And, Ideally, Not Crash)

Seven years ago, dozens of professional stunt drivers in identical Ford Tauruses drove for hours through a ghostly and abandoned suburban California subdivision of one-story... read more June 9, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept

Ford Fusion Lightweight Concept: How To Make A Car 25 Percent Lighter

Light weight will soon be big business at Ford. The company's F-150 truck, going aluminum for the first time with the 2015 model, sheds 700 lbs over its predecessor, thanks... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
Michael Thwaite tests the BMW i3's Park Distance Control function

Watch The BMW i3 Electric Car Park Itself, As Owner Reacts (Video)

Parking is one of those maneuvers that we all screw up now and then, no matter how experienced we are at driving. And there's nothing worse than having an audience just as... read more June 4, 2014 by 


 
Lithium-ion battery yarn (Image: Wei Weng)

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Soon, Woven From 'Yarn' That Carries Energy?

Could your car seats become large, comfortable batteries? If experiments by scientists at Fudan University in Shanghai, China become reality, perhaps they could--as the group... read more June 1, 2014 by 


 
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