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
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.
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.
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!
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.
It's the battery, stupid...
A contender in the race to be the car of the future is in the hands of regular drivers
The cult of the car is growing in China, along with its attendant environmental woes
One short hop for jet travelers, one (giant?) leap for biofuel-based jets
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
Exploding the myth that premium gasoline delivers better performance in the average automobile
Replacing aluminum with copper in electric motors saves energy
Catalytic engines enable tiny swimmers to harness fuel from their environment and overcome the weird physics of the microscopic world
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—By 2030, the people of the world will be driving as many as two billion cars—up from 700 million today—according to John Viera, director of sustainable business strategies for Ford Motor Company.
U.S. states are beginning to attack another major source of global warming pollution besides power plants: your car. David Biello reports
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.