Editorials

How Turbochargers Work – Part 2

Where does the extra power come from? Turbochargers give a car more power, but that extra power is not coming directly from the waste exhaust gas—and that sometimes confuses people. With a turbocharger, we harness […]

Editorials

How Turbochargers Work – Part 1

There’s no such thing as a perfect invention: we can always make something better, cheaper, more efficient, or more environmentally friendly. Take the internal combustion engine. You might think it’s remarkable that a machine powered […]

Editorials

How A Manual Transmission Works

When the first automobile was built, the tiny engine was connected directly to the driveshaft. It worked, but the Benz Patent Motorwagen offered a slow and jerky ride. The vehicle would lurch forward as soon […]

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How Do Electric Cars Work?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a growing industry. While they still represent only about 2% of the new vehicle market in the United States, sales in Europe and China are rising steadily. Given current rates of […]