Pressure from the government to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and toxins has engine-makers taking a closer look at how new fuels combust
There is a host of existing technologies that could radically improve the internal combustion engines that power our cars. David Biello reports
It won't be hydrogen fuel cells or plug-in hybrids, but rather refinements to the internal combustion engine, aerodynamics, drivetrains and tires that reduce emissions and kick up mileage...
Getting your V6 to act like a V8, while saving gas
The history of engine improvements in the U.S. has tended primarily in one direction: raw horsepower. Engines have gotten bigger and more powerful over time—and that's certainly what automakers have used as a key selling point...
New fuel efficiency standards: Too much or not enough?
The Obama administration unveiled a plan to boost fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks to an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016—four years ahead of current schedule and up from an average of just 25 miles per gallon today...
Detroit Tour, Part 1: General Motors
Part one of a tour of the Detroit Auto Show. Tomorrow we'll be hitting up Toyota and Honda, and then in parts three and four you'll see news from Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Fisker, Tesla, VW, Mercedes and more!...
Tesla Motors debuts the Model S
After providing some teaser shots, Tesla Motors yesterday let everyone get an eyeful of the new Model S, the company’s $57,400 all-electric new prototype vehicle.
GM Plugs Its Chevy Volt Hybrid, but Will It Be Road-Ready In Time?
It's the battery, stupid...
Pollution-Free Hydrogen SUV Hits the Driveway
A contender in the race to be the car of the future is in the hands of regular drivers
The Price of Gas in China
The cult of the car is growing in China, along with its attendant environmental woes
Jumbo Jet No Longer Biofuel Virgin after Palm Oil Fuels Flight
One short hop for jet travelers, one (giant?) leap for biofuel-based jets
Can you explain how jet propulsion engines work?
Forget Diamonds--Is Zirconia a Jet Engine's Best Friend?
Although not exactly the faux rocks that dazzle on home shopping networks, a new diamondlike coating protects jet turbines from extreme heat, allowing the engines to run hotter and cleaner...
Fact or Fiction?: Premium Gasoline Delivers Premium Benefits to Your Car
Exploding the myth that premium gasoline delivers better performance in the average automobile
Rotor in Motor
Replacing aluminum with copper in electric motors saves energy
How to Build Nanotech Motors
Catalytic engines enable tiny swimmers to harness fuel from their environment and overcome the weird physics of the microscopic world
Accelerating an energy transformation in the auto industry
Carbon Dioxide from Cars
U.S. states are beginning to attack another major source of global warming pollution besides power plants: your car. David Biello reports
Hybrid help: Can Bill Gates make the electromagnetic combustion engine a reality?
It's no wonder inventors are racing to develop the best type of engine to power tomorrow's fleet of hybrids as automakers rush to get enviro-friendly cars on the road and consumers are tempted by a new $7,500 tax incentive being offered for buying one...