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Friday, November 20, 2009

When gasoline-powered cars sleep at night, they dream of being electric

As combustion engined cars have been refined over the decades, the ultimate goal seems to have always been make them perform more like electric vehicles.

From computer controlled semi automatic and constantly variable gearboxes that produce seamless gear changes to variable valve timing and fly by wire throttle controls to flatten torque curves.

Electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf start life with all those refinements built in as Dan Neil at the LA Times describes very well.

Los Angeles Times

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