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Nissan could release a car with an engine rated at 50% thermal efficiency

Nissan is developing an engine for road cars that could reach 50% thermal efficiency, meaning the potential for much more fuel-efficient cars. An engine’s thermal efficiency is a measure of how much of the heat energy generated by combustion is actually converted into useful work. A good rating for a road car is about 40% …

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Flying taxi startup Joby Aviation to go public via SPAC deal

It’s not just electric-vehicle startups taking advantage of the current interest surrounding SPAC deals, or reverse mergers as the deals are also referred to. Joby Aviation, based in Santa Cruz, California, is one of the handful of startup companies in the race to develop electrically powered, low-noise flying taxis capable of vertical takeoff and landing …

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Next Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 will reportedly be a plug-in hybrid with a 4-cylinder, 550 hp

Mercedes-Benz this week unveiled its redesigned 2022 C-Class and once again the nameplate will offer a high-performance C63 developed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG skunkworks. Former AMG chief Tobias Moers let slip as early as 2018 that the next C63 will have a hybrid powertrain, and CAR in a report published Friday listed the alleged specs …

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2022 Infiniti QX60 arrives soon with 295-hp V-6, 9-speed automatic, and 6,000-pound towing capacity

A redesigned Infiniti QX60 will arrive on the scene later this year and the first details on the mid-size crossover SUV have been revealed. The new QX60 has been developed alongside the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder that debuted in early February, and is also coming as a 2022 model. So what can buyers expect? Infiniti …

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Toyota develops packaged fuel cell system to cut carbon footprint

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it has developed a packaged fuel cell system module, as it hopes to expand its usage and accessibility of the zero-emission technology amid the industry’s shift towards electric vehicles (EVs). The world’s biggest automaker, which launched a revamped Mirai in December, has not been successful in winning …

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BMW boss: Tesla won’t maintain growth as industry catches up

Tesla humbled the established German luxury automakers by leading the way for electric cars, but the rest of the industry is catching up, BMW’s chief executive believes. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Tesla’s 2020 deliveries were up nearly 36% from 2019, at just under 500,000 cars, the automaker said in its year-end financial results call. Tesla …

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