Category Archives: Automotive

Storing Volts

While electric vehicles have been around since the late 19th century, they only became practical with the development of energy storage systems that sport a lot better horsepower-to-weight ratio than bulky lead acid batteries. By the mid-90’s automakers had pretty much … Continue reading

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How Green Is Your Prius?

Electric vehicles (EVs) would seem to have everything going for them: Aside from being quiet and cool, they’re also environmentally friendly and cheap to operate. But are they really? In this month’s issue of IEEE Spectrum (Unclean at Any Speed) … Continue reading

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Storing Volts

While electric vehicles have been around since the late 19th century, they only became practical with the development of energy storage systems that sport a lot better horsepower-to-weight ratio than bulky lead acid batteries. By the mid-90’s automakers had pretty … Continue reading

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Get on the Drivetrain

There are a lot of reasons for thinking of buying a hybrid electric car—ecological, economic, political, and just getting cheesed off at seeing all those hybrids with one passenger whiz by you in the Diamond/HOV lane. Besides, admit it—the technology … Continue reading

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Toyota and Ford: “It’s the software, stupid!”

As Toyota’s ongoing troubles start to resemble a slow-moving train wreck, one thing is becoming apparent: these guys make some very sophisticated hardware, but they’re yet to master tying it all together with software. Debugging Your Car The Prius brake … Continue reading

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