Laser sparks revolution in internal combustion engines
For more than 150 years, spark plugs have powered internal combustion engines. Automakers are now one step closer to being able to replace this long-standing technology with laser igniters, which will enable cleaner, more ...
Three-wheel $6,800 car gears for 2015 US launch
The sleek three-wheeled car looks futuristic, but, as its creator acknowledges, it uses no new technology.
Flexible, paper-based supercapacitor could improve performance of hybrid electric vehicles
Volkswagen Passat sets world record for longest distance on one tank of clean diesel fuel
The world's most fuel-efficient couple has done it again. John and Helen Taylor were determined to break the record for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. They decided to attempt the ...
Chevy Volt's official mileage: 93 mpg on electric
Delphi gasoline-injection engine technique rivals hybrid's edge
New combustion strategy accelerates hydrogen-engine development
(PhysOrg.com) -- Car manufacturers aspire to create hydrogen-powered vehicles that could one day allow energy-efficient, cost-effective travel that emits no greenhouse gases or other pollutants. To further ...
Fuel efficiency of vehicles on the road: Little progress since the 1920s
(PhysOrg.com) -- Vehicles on America's roads today get only about three miles more per gallon than vehicles back in 1923, University of Michigan researchers say.
Researchers discover less expensive low-temperature catalyst for hydrogen purification
(PhysOrg.com) -- Engineering researchers from Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University have demonstrated the low-temperature efficacy of an atomically dispersed platinum catalyst, which ...
Unique air shutter helps morph Chevrolet Cruze into 40 MPG leader (w/ Video)
Squeezing out every last drop of fuel efficiency is one of the key tasks for Greg Fadler, aerodynamics engineering group manager at Chevrolet.
Pulling the plug on hybrid myths
(PhysOrg.com) -- Whether you call them myths, urban legends, fables or old wives' tales, there's a lot of misinformation out there about plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. These vehicles, abbreviated PHEVs, ...
Toyota says new Prius, fuel cell car due in 2015
Toyota has two important vehicles coming in 2015: the next-generation Prius hybrid and the company's first hydrogen fuel cell car.
Engineers gain insight into turbulence formation and evolution in fluids
in the patterns that natural gas makes as it swirls through a transcontinental pipeline or in the drag that occurs as a plane soars through the sky. Reducing such turbulence on say, an airplane wing, would ...
Fuel economy of new vehicles still at lowest point in the past year
(PhysOrg.com) -- For the second straight month, the average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States remained the same, according to a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation ...