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Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could hit the market for electric vehicles by 2019 Image: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could not only store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries but also be safer, cheaper, smaller and lighter, new research finds. The results suggest zinc batteries could find use in mild hybrids (microhybrids), electric vehicles, electric bicycles,(…)

GM to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Self-Driving Cars, Documents Reveal

GM to Launch the World’s Largest Fleet of Self-Driving Cars, Documents Reveal

FCC documents reveal car maker’s plan to test 300 autonomous Chevrolet Bolts with new radar Photo: Paul Sancya/AP Photo GM Chairman Mary Barra stands next to an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt General Motors is set to dramatically expand its fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco, Detroit and Scottsdale, Arizona, according to documents filed with(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

It avoids crashing—but if it does, it helps you survive Photo: Daimler Photo: Daimler Danger, Will Robinson: When the AMG E63 S senses an imminent crash, it braces every part of you, even your inner ear. ENGINE 450 kilowatts 0–100 km/h 3.3 seconds TORQUE 800 newton meters Most owners, I suspect, will prefer to drive Mercedes’s new missile by their(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars

The all-electric Chevy Bolt, with a range of 383 kilometers, tops our list Photo: General Motors Co. Photo: General Motors Co. Bolt Upright: A Chevy Bolt takes shape on an assembly line, where economies of scale help make this super-long-range EV super affordable. You can show people an Italian supersedan that set a lap record on(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Infiniti QX50

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Infiniti QX50

The world’s first variable compression-ratio engine Photo: Infiniti Photo: Infiniti Beauty Lies Within: An engine that can vary its compression ratio at will forms the technological heart of the Infiniti QX50. We tend to eschew concept cars for our Top Ten list on the grounds that anyone can build a prototype and float pie-in-the-sky claims. But(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Alfa Romeo Giulia

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Alfa Romeo Giulia

Digital smarts with an old-school feel Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Bravura Analog Response: The Alfa Romeo Giulia gives you that old-time performance by means of digital magic, such as brake-by-wire. We here at IEEE Spectrum cheerfully accept our mandate of extolling the wonders of digital this and electrified that. But sometimes we(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

Born for the rally race Photo: Ford Motor Co. Photo: Ford Motor Co. Take a Spin: The Ford Focus RS’s engine spins up turbocharged torque that tests the tires when the car is in Drift Mode, essentially a controlled, curving skid. Back in the 1980s, when Volkswagen birthed the hot hatchback with the GTI, owners(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Chevrolet Bolt

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Chevrolet Bolt

This EV is fast, long range, and affordable Photo: General Motors Co. Photo: General Motors Co. A Big Charge: The Chevrolet Bolt is the world’s first affordable long-range electric car. The Chevrolet Bolt hums off of Mulholland Highway and swings east toward Malibu, a view of frothy Pacific surf filling its steeply raked windshield. After 3(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Energy efficiency today, robotic driving tomorrow Photo: Daimler Photo: Daimler An exciting minivan: Even in all-electric mode, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gives superb performance and range while using energy efficiently. Surprisingly, there’s never been a hybrid minivan of any kind on the U.S. market. So, when Chrysler rolled out not only a hybrid minivan but(…)

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Porsche Panamera

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Porsche Panamera

The world’s fastest diesel Photo: Porsche Photo: Porsche Quick, clean diesel: The Porsche Panamera comes in many tech-packed versions, but the diesel is really a standout. The original Panamera sedan, in 2009, dazzled everyone with its performance but drew brickbats for its Hunchback-of-Stuttgart styling. The 2017 edition looks like a proper Porsche while packing even(…)