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CVT vs. Automatic Transmission

CVT vs. Automatic Transmission

Are CVT and automatic transmissions really all that different?

In general, there are three types of transmissions – manual, automatic, and CVT. Each of them have their own pros and cons. The automatic and CVT gearboxes are similar in that they do not require driver input in order to change gears. However, where they differ is in the way they function internally. So what’s the difference? Let’s find out!

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Elon Musk and Tesla's Battery Day - What To Expect

Elon Musk and Tesla’s Battery Day - What To Expect

Tesla Battery Day 2020 announcements could make EVs more mainstream sooner than expected

Tesla Battery Day is one of the most anticipated events in the EV world, and this year, the automaker has decided to hold it in conjunction with the annual shareholder meeting. This year was going to be all about the tech-related advancements from Tesla and not any new products per se, so there are a lot of hopes pinned on this event.

The company has been working on battery technology for quite some time now and nothing concrete is known yet. Musk’s tweets hinted that some major revelations could happen, but he made it clear it will all take time to touch “high-volume production”.

Now that D-Day has arrived, here’s what to expect from the event that will take place following the annual shareholder meeting in Palo Alto, California.

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New Battery Tech Could Double EV Range, But There's A Tradeoff

New Battery Tech Could Double EV Range, But There’s A Tradeoff

Are You Willing to Charge More Frequently for Extra Range?

Batteries in electric cars have come a long way. The Tesla Model S, for example, has broken the 400-mile barrier while the upcoming Lucid Air and its 113 kWh battery back will offer as much as 4.58 miles per kWh or more than 500 miles of range With that in mind, it looks like the Lucid Air’s claim to fame might be short-lived as a new battery tech has been developed and it could offer up more than double the driving range and enable fast charging to more than 80-percent in just five minutes. But, there’s a catch (as there always is), and you might not like it.

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Here's The First-Ever Solar Panel Tonneau Cover

Here’s The First-Ever Solar Panel Tonneau Cover

Interestingly, this isn’t limited to just electric trucks

Until battery technology gets fuss-free and people stop having range anxiety, we’ll have to look at alternatives to extract the maximum EV range possible. A concept that’s been discussed for a long time is having solar panels on EVs so that they help aid the range. However, we haven’t seen anything materialize in production form yet.

Now, a company called WorkSport has come up with a tonneau cover that helps with this. But, it’s not limited to just EVs. It can also be used on fuel-powered trucks for portable on-demand power. That’s a pretty creative idea.

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Eight cool Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept features that won't make it on the production model

Eight cool Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept features that won’t make it on the production model

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept comes with impressive features, but not all of them will go into production

After years of rumors and speculation, Jeep finally revived the iconic Wagoneer though the Grand Wagoneer concept. The production model won’t arrive until 2021, but this so-called concept vehicle doesn’t seem very different from what we will get in showrooms. However, it showcases a range of cool and fancy features that most likely won’t make in on the production model, despite its luxury-oriented status. Here’s a list of items you should expect to find on the upcoming, factory-built Wagoneer.

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Audi To Over-Complicate Cars With Supercomputers and Repair Costs Could Skyrocket

Audi To Over-Complicate Cars With Supercomputers and Repair Costs Could Skyrocket

Supercomputers in cars sounds fun, but when you house most electronic controls in one place, a single failure could mean big bucks

If you strip down most modern cars on the road today, you’ll find a handful of different computer systems. You’ll find a body control module, an engine control module, and some even have smaller computers like modules that control the anti-lock brakes, airbags, or various other bits of technology. This was accurate ten years ago, and as cars have gotten more advance, these very control modules have been tasked with doing more while being interlinked together via a CANBUS system, and some are even complemented with additional control modules for smaller tasks. If one module failed, you could usually replace it and go about your life, albeit after paying a small fortune for the new computer, programming, and installation. Soon, however, Audi looks to simplify things by bringing everything together into by big supercomputer that’s being called an “Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Computer.” It sounds simple, but it’s actually far from simple. Let me explain…

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Kia's Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Explained

Kia’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) Explained

Is Kia’s intelligent manual transmission a game changer or just needless technology?

Hyundai and Kia are two peas in a pod. As sister companies, they share technology, drivetrains, and platforms, among other things. So, when we broke down Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission – you know, the one with no clutch pedal – we figured Kia would be quick to follow suit. And, it has, but only to a certain extent. We’ve now learned that the mild-hybrid versions of the Kia Ceed Hatch, Xceed crossover, and the facelifted Rio will all be available with an iMT. But Kia’s version is a little different compared to Hyundai in that it still has a clutch pedal. This is getting interesting, huh?

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The Science Behind Nissan's VQ Engine is Beyond a Stroke of Genius

The Science Behind Nissan’s VQ Engine is Beyond a Stroke of Genius

The VQ is that mill that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves

Nissan’s family of V-6 engines falling under the VQ nameplate has an aluminum block and a DOHC setup with aluminum heads. It came to replace the VG series in 1994 and ever since, it’s been a loyal presence in Ward’s 10 Best Engines rankings.

How did Nissan manage to design and build such a terrific engine? This video will run you through every tech aspect of the VQ.

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The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS Could Have 720 HP Or More Thanks to 3D Printed Pistons

The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS Could Have 720 HP Or More Thanks to 3D Printed Pistons

Porsche’s New 3D Printed Pistons Offer Optimized Combustion, Less Weight, and Better Performance

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a beast of a car that, as of today, delivers a cool 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six. It’s fast enough to get to 60 mph in a spleen splitting 2.7 seconds and tops out a respectable 211 mph. Those numbers represent an improvement of 0.8 seconds and six mph over the model it replaced. One could argue, then, that the next-gen 911 GT2 RS doesn’t need more power, but Porsche simply wouldn’t agree. This time, however, extra power and better performance aren’t coming from bigger turbos and more most. No, this time it comes, at least in part, thanks to 3D printed pistons.

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Hyundai's Intelligent Manual Transmission Means You Can Row Your Own Without Pressing a Clutch Pedal

Hyundai’s Intelligent Manual Transmission Means You Can Row Your Own Without Pressing a Clutch Pedal

Hyundai’s iMT is a real manual transmission, but clutch duties are done automatically

The death of the manual transmission has been lurking for some time as laziness kicks in and sales continue to decrease. But, what if there was a middle ground where you can still shift on your own without dealing with finessing a clutch pedal? As it turns out, Hyundai has a solution for that, and it’s called the Intelligent Manual Transmission. That’s right; Hyundai now has a manual transmission that doesn’t have a clutch pedal. How the hell does that work?

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Engineering Explained Exposes the Genius Behind Porsche's New Tungsten Carbide Brakes

Engineering Explained Exposes the Genius Behind Porsche’s New Tungsten Carbide Brakes

This bit of technology is so awesome that only Porsche could have coined it

Porsche is one of the leading carmakers when it comes to innovation and high performance. The new Taycan stands as a more recent testament to Stuttgart’s appetite for new tricks, which is also visible in less obvious places.

Take Porsche’s fancy new tungsten-carbide brake disc, which doesn’t rust, produces little to zero brake dust, and most importantly, offers a no-fade experience.

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This Video Really Puts the Evolution of Aerodynamics Into Perspective

This Video Really Puts the Evolution of Aerodynamics Into Perspective

It took a long time for manufacturers to perfect the aero recipe on their cars

We all know that the great Enzo Ferrari once said that aerodynamics is for people that can’t build engines. While that’s partly true, the way air flows over a surface - car’s surface, in this case - influences a lot of performance areas, from fuel consumption to high-speed stability to how fast the said car can go or how much downforce it makes to keep it glued to the ground.

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