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A team of researchers from the US and China have developed novel polymer−graphene nanocomposites as high-rate cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries. Compared to the pure polymer, the polymer-graphene nanocomposites possess much higher active material utilization ratios and superior ultrafast-charge and -discharge ability; one of the materials maintained a discharge capacity of 100 mAh/g even at 100 C, when the whole discharge process takes only 16 seconds.     The ...
In a new marketing effort to promote its pure-electric Focus, Ford says it will make history this month, as the battery-powered version of its compact hatchback will become the first all-electric pace car to lead the pack at a NASCAR race.     The new Focus Electric, which rolled off the production line in December at the company's Michigan Assembly Plant, will perform all pace care duties for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway on April 28.   ...
Taking the principal that to see through something you need to see what's behind it, they covered the driver's side of the car in mats of LEDs, and mounted a digital SLR camera on the opposite side of the vehicle.     The camera shoots video on the passenger side of the car and the video is displayed in real time on the driver side of the automobile. This ingenious approach, originally pioneered by scientists at the University of Tokyo, works on the same principles of the blue scre ...
An annual Driver Power survey by Auto Express magazine has revealved the best cars to own based on feedback from 29,000 of its readers. The survey questions motorists on all aspects of car ownership, including reliability, running costs, comfort, performance and handling, with each car getting a score out of 100.   Click here to see what made the top 20. ...
By Stephan Lehmann — Many in the automotive industry believe that the automobile will undergo more changes in the next 15 years than it has since its inception 125 year ago. Through partnerships, this industry is working towards fuel efficiency and a world without accidents. Vehicles will connect to each other and to the cloud creating opportunities beyond imagination.   In this video, Tim Nixon, Karla Wallace and Mike Grimes from GM, as well as John Schneider from Ford, share incred ...

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