GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 10/16/2013 8 comments In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 10/7/2013 39 comments Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 10/3/2013 24 comments The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 10/2/2013 16 comments General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 9/24/2013 9 comments These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 9/20/2013 40 comments If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 9/4/2013 10 comments When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
Why Electric Cars Are Safer
Captain Hybrid 9/3/2013 42 comments Tesla's recent five-star sweep in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety ratings shed light on an important aspect of electric cars: They’re inherently safer than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 7/16/2013 48 comments Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Captain Hybrid 7/15/2013 28 comments The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 6/11/2013 41 comments Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 5/17/2013 29 comments The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.