Five Energy Innovations from the Detroit Auto Show

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Five Energy Innovations the Detroit Auto Show

The new of the Ford F-150, seen at the Detroit Auto Show year, will be lighter and on fuel use.


Published January 16, 2014

innovations on display this at the annual North American Auto Show in Detroit are not the that scream green. Quiz: What You Don’t About Cars and Fuel )

At the biggest event for unveiling new and concepts, energy is more of a player this year. related, Pictures: Cars Fired Our Love-Hate Relationship Fuel .)

Rather than flashy ideas for electric and alternative fuels, the new crop features tweaks to conventional gas that will allow to meet tougher fuel standards set to take effect 2016 and 2025. (See Pictures: A Rare Look Carmakers’ Drive for 55 MPG.)

Shedding Pounds for a More Pickup

For the 2015 model of its top selling F-150 pickup. Motor is using an aluminum and bed to shed as much as 700 pounds kilograms) from the truck’s The move has a domino effect, use of a smaller, more efficient that features start-stop which shuts the engine off the truck comes to a stop it’s towing or in four-wheel and restarts it within milliseconds.

The new is expected to deliver the highest mpg for a pickup truck when it out later this year.

Passat BlueMotion Concept at the Detroit Auto Show 14.


VW’s Gas-Sipping Sedan

new Passat BlueMotion Concept a system for deactivating two out of four cylinders when the extra isn’t needed. Combined start-stop technology, a coasting and other efficiency improvements, the estimates this will the gasoline-powered car to achieve up to 42 miles per (17.86 kilometers per liter) in driving—if it makes it to production. all concept cars, it is here to technological possibilities that not yet been readied for mass manufacturing.

Although many and ideas presented in concept eventually make it into cars, the total package changes along the way.

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Allroad Shooting Brake

This new concept for a plug-in shooting brake, or small combines a gasoline engine two electric motors and an 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack within a body made of aluminum and reinforced plastic. Audi the design—meant to offer very glimpses of the near future achieve fuel efficiency to nearly 124 miles per gallon and up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) of all-electric on a single charge, plus hundred miles using the gas For comparison, that would be 30 percent more fuel than the 2013 plug-in Chevy Volt from Motors, which is officially at 98 miles per gallon equivalent, an estimated 38 miles of electric range and a total range of 380 (See related, Range Fact or Fiction? )

An Electric Car for (Some of) the Masses

The big announcement from electric Tesla Motors this in Detroit had to do with numbers: Model S premium electric delivered in the fourth quarter of 20 percent more than (See related, Tesla Success Gives Electric Car a Charge .) A long-promised electric with a more affordable tag, dubbed the Model X, was to be seen, but Tesla sales president Jerome Guillen reporters the company is working on the model feverishly and expects to it into production by the end of the year. related, Pictures: Eleven Cars Charge Ahead, Obstacles .)

And there was another number from Tesla week: 29,000. That’s how adapters the company has recalled identifying a possible defect can cause overheating and fire charging of the 2013 Tesla S. (See related, Tesla S Owner’s Garage Blaze: A Expert Weighs In .) In addition to a replacement adapter plug, the has updated Model S software the air to fix the problem. (See related, U.S. Probes Tesla, You Should Know About Car .)

A Truck With Solar Out

Via Motors, based in Orem, takes the bones of conventional Motors pickup trucks and them with electric In Detroit, the company is showing off a converted to operate as a plug-in with a slab of photovoltaic panels covering the cargo The panels could capture energy from the sun, Via say to add up to ten miles (16 kilometers) to the 40 miles kilometers) of electric range the company has demonstrated in prototypes. related, Driving the Limit: Nations Maxed Out on Travel? )

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This story is part of a series that explores issues. For more, visit The Energy Challenge .

Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto


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