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  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

    Scrambling to do a bit of damage control after news broke last month that production of its Insight hybrid will end this year, Honda issued a press release touting its renewed commitment to hybrid technology. The death of the Insight model begged the question, what about the tiny two-seat CR-Z hybrid hatchback? And, for that matter, what about the Civic Hybrid sedan too, now in its third generation but still saddled with Honda's aging mild-hybrid system? In response to a question from Green Car Reports, Honda said only that there are "no production changes" to the CR-Z and Civic Hybrid models...

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    Sulfur In Gasoline To Fall By Two-Thirds In 2017 To Cut Emissions

    New emissions standards will reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline to 10 ppm.

  • Semi trailer
    Gasoline-Fueled Diesel Truck Engine Cuts Fuel Use, Emissions

    Running a diesel engine on gasoline could significantly improve efficiency, researchers say.

  • Gas pump
    Will Your Local Gas Prices Rise or Fall? Fuelcaster Knows (It Says)

    A free app from Esurance claims to predict future gas prices.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Lawsuit Accuses Ford Of Infringing Hybrid Technology Patents, Once More

    Ford isn't having much luck with its hybrid vehicles. Don't get us wrong, they're selling well, but after complaints that Ford's hybrids couldn't hit their stated EPA mileage figures, Ford is now facing a lawsuit that accuses it of infringing on technology patents in its hybrid vehicles. Bloomberg...

  • Mitsubishi electric drive system with silicon carbide inverter
    Mitsubishi's Mini-Motor For Electric Cars Integrates...Well, A Lot

    Electric vehicles already offer car designers much greater freedom than internal combustion vehicles, eliminating the need to find space for the rigid shape of an engine, its transmission and its ancillaries. That's not to say electric vehicle packaging can't be improved though, and Mitsubishi is...

  • PSA Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air concept

    Last year French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen launched a whole new take on the hybrid system: Hybrid Air. While previous air-powered cars have had little more substance than the air that drives them along, the French carmaker's system is set to appear in actual Peugeot production cars over the next few years. According to Autocar and Auto Express, the system is likely to make its debut in Peugeot's 2008 subcompact crossover in 2016. From there, it's likely to spread to other small Peugeot and Citroen models. The system uses compressed air exactly as a regular hybrid would use its battery...

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car at quick charging station
    Three Lithium-Ion Giants Join To Build Better Electric-Car Battery

    Three large global companies--Bosch, GS Yuasa, and Mitsubishi--have announced a joint venture to improve development of the next generation of batteries for electric vehicles. The group's aim is to double energy capacity, helping electric cars become truly mass-market in the next decade. Today...

  • 1970s Los Angeles smog depicted in the Honda short film "Never Ending Race."
    Honda Film: Controlling Air Pollution A 'Never-Ending Race'

    The latest film in Honda's Environmental Short Film series focuses on the company's response to 1970s California air pollution.

  • 2015 Ford F-150
    2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Pickup Body Points Toward Fuel-Economy Gains

    Making a large, heavy vehicle like a pickup truck economical isn't the easiest of tasks. You can drop in a more efficient engine, of course. But it'll struggle against poor aerodynamics and ample weight. Ford has done both the first and the third of these, the latter handled by a new aluminum...

  • 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
    Nissan's Greener Non-Electric Cars: Hybrids, Diesels, But No Plug-In Hybrids?

    In the world of green cars, Nissan is best known for its Leaf electric car--which is the world's best-selling electric vehicle ever, with more than 100,000 delivered. But like any global automaker, Nissan is pursuing a variety of powertrain and other technologies to boost the efficiency of all its...

  • Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport
    Audi Quattro Hybrid System, Aero-Efficient Wheels Revealed In Patents

    Audi is launching a technological offensive over the next few years, and among its innovations are a new hybrid powertrain and a wheel design featuring active aerodynamics. The details were revealed in patent drawings, and were spotted by Autocar. Most complex, though perhaps most interesting, is...

  • Brazilian sugarcane

    Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals. Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It's only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries. As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a working sugar-powered fuel cell with energy density greater than that of current lithium-ion batteries. Sugar, or more accurately glucose, is an excellent source of energy in biological beings, as it's energy-dense and easy for a plant or animal...

  • Rossi Honda in Vineland, New Jersey.
    Honda Dealer In NJ Is First In U.S. To Use No Net Electricity

    Rossi Honda of Vineland, New Jersey is the first dealer to go electric-grid neutral.

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.
    Very Small Cars Fail New IIHS Small-Overlap Frontal Crash Test

    Minicars are the worst-scoring group in the small-overlap frontal crash test, the IIHS says.

  • AMC Amitron concept car, 1967
    Electric-Car Trivia: When Was Regenerative Braking First Used?

    Regenerative braking is a standard and expected part of any electrified car now, from Honda's mild hybrids up through battery-electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S. It lets the car recapture energy from momentum, which would otherwise be wasted as brake heat, by running the electric motor in...

  • 2014 Cadillac ELR
    2014 Cadillac ELR Software Gives Hints Of Future Voltec Uses

    General Motors' Voltec drivetrain, the range-extended plug-in setup used on the Chevrolet Volt and the new 2014 Cadillac ELR, is among the most advanced drivetrains on the roads. That's not to say there isn't room for greater improvement though, and that's exactly what GM is doing. In fact, as...

  • Audi Sport quattro concept with laser headlights, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show
    Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Plug-In Hybrid Concept To Premiere At CES

    Most modern concept cars are lightly glitzed-up versions of the cars we'll see on the streets in subsequent years, but every so often an automaker develops a concept simply to show off its future technology. That's certainly the case with the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight plug-in hybrid concept...

  • BMW laser headlights

    BMW's plug-in hybrid i8 sports car is set to be one of the most exciting cars of 2014, but it'll also be one of the most technologically advanced. As well as the use of a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, its part-electric drivetrain and unique styling, it'll also be the world's first production car to use laser headlights. Headlights are so much a part of automobiles that it's easy to forget they exist. But along with safety technology and in-car infotainment, they've come a huge distance in the past decade, far more so than they have over the previous century. Automakers are...

  • Envia Battery Technology
    Collapse of Battery Startup Envia: What Really Happened

    The race to find battery technologies of the future is not one without casualties. The trail left behind Envia, one of the most promising battery startups in recent years, has left something more akin to a warzone--and even huge companies like General Motors have taken shrapnel during their...

  • Magnesium vehicle construction
    Magnesium The Next Material For Lighter, More Efficient Cars

    A car's mass affects virtually every aspect of its performance, handling and efficiency, and reducing it has become an all-encompassing pursuit for carmakers aiming to meet tough new fuel economy targets. High-strength steels, aluminum and even carbon fiber are now widely used, but the industry is...

  • 2014 Lincoln MKT
    Ford: Predictive Logic Can Boost Cruise-Control MPG 5 Percent

    Cruise control is an American driving staple. We use it on long road trips to reduce fatigue. And with the advent of adaptive cruise control systems, we're even using it on parts of our commutes, and during traffic-jammed holiday weekend slogs. For the most part, cruise control can save a lot of...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
    Annual 10 Best Engines List: Diesels, Turbos, And Electric Too

    You might think that a list of the best engines on sale would be dominated by screaming sports car engines or a muscular V-8 from the latest muscle car. And while it's true that both feature on the Wards Automotive list of its 2014 Ten Best Engines, as well as several other high-performance units...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2012
    Modern Electric Cars, Three Years Later: Lessons Learned

    Three years ago yesterday, the first retail buyer of a brand-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was handed his keys in Denville, New Jersey. Just three days earlier, the first Nissan Leaf buyer had received his battery-electric car in a large ceremony at San Francisco's City Hall...

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