A new nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2014-04-15
People who pack their cars and drive like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” pay a steep penalty when it comes to fuel economy.
–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2014-04-09
This index provides the public with a more accurate reflection of the true country of origin of a car and the impact of its purchase on the U.S. economy. Ideally it will hold manufacturers accountable for the claims they make in marketing to U.S. consumers.
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won’t take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting progress on a “breathing” battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today’s EVs. They presented their work at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.
–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2014-03-15
The world’s growing fleet of plug-in cars will put strain on aging electrical distribution systems. Now research presents a solution: to prevent the electric grid from crashing, break-up requests for power from each car into packets. The new tool is efficient, fair, and protects drivers’ privacy and freedom.
–University of Vermont|2014-02-21
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to design the integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.
–Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)|2014-02-13
Electric cars could travel farther on a single charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can last longer. PNNL has developed a novel anode that could quadruple the lifespan of these promising batteries.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2014-01-09
Snowplows are getting more intelligent this winter, thanks to a new digital intelligence system that equips them with custom sensors to measure road and weather conditions. The system, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and designed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is intended to reduce accidents and save states millions in winter maintenance costs.
–National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)|2013-12-17
A chemical system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago can efficiently perform the first step in the process of creating syngas, gasoline and other energy-rich products out of carbon dioxide.
–University of Illinois at Chicago|2013-12-02
Yanliang Zhang wants to make vehicles more efficient by using a resource most people aren't even aware of — the waste heat that results from the inherent inefficiency of engines when converting fuel into energy.
–Boise State University|2013-11-18
Much more is expected of cars and trucks than in the past. Pollution has been cut dramatically and fuel efficiency has risen. That’s a difficult feat for manufacturers to pull off, since equipment to reduce pollution typically adds weight, potentially reducing fuel economy.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2013-10-18
The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is evaluating the potential for new lighting technologies and approaches to improve driving safety at night, including new car headlight systems—swiveling or bending headlights that direct light into roadway curves, and adaptive or glare-free high beam headlight systems, which allow drivers to use high beam headlights while selectively dimming a portion of the beam when oncoming drivers are present, preventing glare to the oncoming drivers while providing improved visibility along the rest of the road.
–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)|2013-10-11