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Tomorrow's Car

Worries over the future of gasoline supplies and the effects of carbon dioxide emissions are driving innovators to rethink how we get around.

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    Demonstrating a CO2 Recycler

    Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.

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    Tesla Roadster

    A look under the hood of the electric sports car that is generating a buzz.

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    Electric Cars Primer

    Hybrids, plug-ins, and extended-range electric cars are hitting the market. Use this interactive primer to learn how they work.

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    Heating Plug-in Hybrids

    Heating and air-conditioning systems that use thermoelectrics could make plug-in hybrids more practical.

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    The New CAFE Standards

    Fuel standards will likely be achievable but won’t encourage innovation.

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    Electric Cars 2.0

    Plug-in hybrids could bring gas-free commutes. But will they make it to market?

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    Lithium-Ion Motorcycles

    Better batteries are making electric motorcycles possible, providing a cleaner alternative to pollution-spewing gas-powered bikes.

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    Stanford’s New Driverless Car

    Junior the autonomous car passes an initial round of tests in preparation for DARPA’s Urban Challenge, slated for later this year.

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    GM’s New Fuel-Cell Car

    The flexible electric car platform is innovative, but the fuel-cell version is freighted with hydrogen’s flaws.

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    Hell and Hydrogen

    No matter how well they’re engineered, hydrogen cars offer no real answer to the imminent threats posed by global warming.

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    GM’s Plug-In Hybrid

    How super-hybrids could slash gas consumption and usher in a new era of transportation.

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    BMW’s Hydrogen Hopes

    Hydrogen may never be feasible as a fuel for vehicles, but BMW is pushing ahead anyway with an advanced hydrogen-gas combustion hybrid.

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    Safer, Longer-Lasting Batteries

    Thin-film technology is still expensive, but it could soon run remote sensors and medical implants–and one day electric vehicles.

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    Ethanol vs. Biodiesel

    Diesel from soybeans is a far better biofuel bet, research shows

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    Hybrid Power Swap

    GM and partners vow to beat Toyota with mechanical engineering.

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    Heavy-Duty Hybrids

    Hybrid trucks and buses could significantly cut U.S. fuel consumption, but initial high costs are holding them back.

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    Plug-In Hybrids Are on the Way

    Cars with advanced batteries get 100 mpg and boast far greater range than all-electric vehicles.

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    More Powerful Hybrid Batteries

    A123 Systems has built a powerful, lightweight lithium-ion battery pack that could lower the price of hybrid vehicles.

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    Better Biofuels

    MIT’s Gregory Stephanopoulos is making microbes work harder to make ethanol production more efficient.

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    Better than Hybrids

    A proposed engine design approaches the efficiency of gas-electric hybrids, but could be far cheaper.

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    Clean Diesel from Coal

    A novel catalytic method could let you fill up your tank with coal-derived diesel, cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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    Cheaper Fuel Cells

    A new membrane makes fuel cells more powerful and less expensive to produce.

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    Methanol: The New Hydrogen

    Advances in methanol synthesis, coupled with improved fuel cell technology, could make it a viable alternative to gasoline.

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    The Lithium-Ion Car

    Altair Nanotechnologies plans to road test an advanced electric vehicle prototype.

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    Prying Open the Prius

    A look under the hood and inside the battery of the world’s best-selling gas-electric hybrid car.

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    Battery Breakthrough — An Update

    As President Bush talks up the need for more research, scientists are making advances in hybrids and all-electric vehicles.

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    Free Power for Cars

    Automakers look to thermoelectrics to help power tomorrow’s vehicles.