The Nature of Things

Supercar: Building the Car of the Future (29 Jan. 2009)

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The internal combustion engine that powers most automobiles is not a sustainable technology, primarily in an efficiency, cost and environmental perspective. Newer technologies will have to ... See full summary »

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David Suzuki ...
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Brian Fleck ...
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Robyn Allen ...
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David Brabham ...
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Ryan Chin ...
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Jonny Cocker ...
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Paul Drayson ...
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Doug Fehan ...
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Ryan Harty ...
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Anna Jaffe ...
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William Lark Jr. ...
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Mike Montemerlo ...
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Clifford Nass ...
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Don Sadoway ...
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Jeremy Snyder ...
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The internal combustion engine that powers most automobiles is not a sustainable technology, primarily in an efficiency, cost and environmental perspective. Newer technologies will have to come into vogue if society's love affair with the car can continue. Some of these technologies are on the fuel side of the equation. New fuel technologies include hybrid electric/internal combustion, parallel hybrid, 100% electric, hydrogen cell and 100% hydrogen. Even if internal combustion engines are in use, ethanol blends can be used as the fuel. Some of the technologies are on the body material side, making the car lighter and easier to propel. The next generation of automobile may use smart technologies where the human factor is taken out of the equation, leading to the car making smarter and thus more efficient and safer choices. And a group at MIT are working on an entire new infrastructure of compact folding electric vehicles called the "city car", much like existing bicycle sharing ... Written by Huggo

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