The age of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is over. Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to Electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.
Combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles. The combustion engine will often persist as a component in plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles.
Atkinson Cycle Engine
Toyota has developed two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement gasoline Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.
A graduate student studying the effects of advanced biodiesel fuel on a John Deere engine.
Silicon Valley is recognized as the spawning ground of technology start-ups in the world of computers. Lower Manhattan has long been the place to set up shop for financial institutions. And of course the epicenter of American automaking is Detroit. Detroit has been evolving in recent times from a manufacturing center to a headquarters city. Still, there is no guaranty that its dominance is permanent.
You will remain transfixed for the duration of this ten minute video as you watch the craftsmanship and engineering prowess of a man machining and assembling every part of the world’s tiniest V-12 engine.
Netherlands has a new outlook on alcohol.
Starting December 1st, the Netherlands will be giving their drunk drivers a holiday gift. Drivers who have been pulled over with high blood alcohol content will be given “alcolocks” to install into their cars. The device acts as a breathalyzer that can keep an engine turned off…
The less you have to brake, the better your fuel economy.
With gas at nearly $4 per gallon you don’t need to buy a new car to get better mileage on your road trip this summer. Popular Mechanics put fuel-sipping advice to the test by outfitting an ordinary ten-year-old car with an extremely accurate fuel economy gauge and trying out all the gas-saving driving tactics we could think of. Here are six strategies that work, plus more quick tips for better MPG.
Lasers could replace spark plugs.
Spark plugs have powered internal combustion engines for more than 150 years. Car manufacturers are one step closer to being able to replace this long-standing technology with laser igniters. The laser ingniters will enable cleaner, more efficient, and more economical vehicles.
Wave rotor motor
Piston engines are big, heavy, dirty, complicated, and expensive pieces of machinery that have been around for a century. It’s about time for something better, and one option could be wave disk engines, which are small, light, clean, simple, and cheap pieces of machinery that aren’t around yet. But they’re close.
IBM developing a system to control your vehicle engine.
Thinking about zipping through that red light? Well, you won’t physically be able to if IBM has anything to say about it. The technology giant’s recent patent application for “A System and Method for Controlling Vehicle Engine Running State at Busy Intersections for Increased Fuel Consumption Efficiency” prevents cars from running red lights by–get this–remotely stopping vehicle engines.
Ash does not blast.
Nearly a week into the volcanic ash crisis plaguing swaths of Europe, passengers and airlines alike are starting to tire of the restricted airspace. The haunting cloud drifting thousands of feet above Earth’s surface is often invisible to the naked eye both at ground level and high into the reaches of the troposphere, causing many to wonder how this material could impact a flight. Could all of these microscopic particles of ash really be that big of problem?
What a sucker selection!
Some people collect stamps, but James Brown of Nottingham collects vacuum cleaners. In fact, “Mr. Vacuum Cleaner” has so many of them that he opened a museum:
He was eight, and desperate for a cleaner of his own, when he spotted a red Goblin 800 lying on a rubbish dump. “I took it home, wiped all the muck off it, plugged it in, and it worked,” he sighs.
“That was one of the most fantastic moments of my life…”