Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

    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 cars at some future point. But when it comes to self-driving cars, different automakers may not be talking about the same thing. Some vehicles on sale today offer driver-assistance systems that take over certain driving functions on a limited basis. Those are a far cry from systems that can pilot a vehicle from point to point with no human intervention at all. DON'T MISS: GM releases second Chevy Bolt EV autonomous driving...

  • Fuel gauge
    If College Kids Can Get 1000 MPG, Why Can't You?

    Many green car enthusiasts love a hypermiling challenge. They'll eagerly drive in the slow lane, forego air-conditioning, and take different routes to and from work to make the most of downhill traffic, just to boost fuel economy by a couple of miles per gallon. But as hard as those folks try...

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J-1772 "combo" electric-car charging plug
    This Monstrosity Will Be Your Next Electric-Car Charging Plug

    It's almost the size of a misshapen softball, but it may be the charging combo you will have to use for quick charging on future electric cars. The U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is in the process of expanding its J-1772 standard for an electric-car coupler from the current round...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf at quick-charging station
    U.S. Carmakers To Japan: Don't Need Your Stinkin' Fast-Charge

    So you bought a 2011 Nissan Leaf, and paid for the optional $700 quick-charge connector. Now you're able to get an 80-percent battery recharge in just 30 minutes, albeit from very few places right now. Promising, right? Not so fast, sonny. It appears that U.S. makers of electric cars are likely to...

  • 2012 Ford Focus
    Did Hyundai Elantra Ad Make Ford Stretch Focus Leg-Room Claim?

    We're eagerly looking forward to driving the 2012 Ford Focus. It's won raves in reviews--including the first-drive report on TheCarConnection--and been the subject of downright fawning coverage in Detroit media. It has many unique features and options for a compact car, from Ford's excellent...

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