This zone includes interviews with top designers, information on software and design tools as well as design strategies used by automakers and automotive suppliers.

The Nissan solid-oxide fuel-cell on a test stand. Another version  is packaged inside an e-NV200 as a concept vehicle
Automotive Design

Nissan’s Ethanol-Powered Fuel Cell Vehicle

Arguably, Nissan Motor has developed what can be considered a clean-energy vehicle squared, as it has revealed the e-Bio Fuel-Cell, a prototype vehicle that is not only a zero-emissions fuel-cell truck, but one that uses ethanol to charge the 24-kWh battery.

From a design perspective, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is pretty much like the non-hybrid versions of the sedan. The aluminum hood has a different shape. There are blue accents on the front grille, the headlights and taillights. Speaking of lights: there are LED daytime running lights, taillights and fog lights for all trims and LED headlights for the Touring trim. There are unique 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Automotive Design

On the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

For model year 2014 Honda came out with a two-motor hybrid system for the Accord. For model year 2017 Honda went back at the system and provided improvements to what was already a segment-leading system.

Porsche’s Mission E first appeared as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but has swiftly moved to production status. The four-door/four-seat sedan has a system power output of more than 600 hp (440 kW), and should propel the car from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds while offering a range of more than 310 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are integrated into the floor, and charged by an 800-volt charger developed specially for the car, making it possible, Porsche claims, to give the Mission E an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes. Production is expected in 2020.
Automotive Design

The EV Future

Battery electric vehicles may be coming to a suburban driveway near you sooner than you might think—especially if your neighbors buy premium cars.

Light Rider

When you think of the forthcoming LA Auto Show and Los Angeles in general, you may think of (1) very expensive, very large vehicles being piloted by very egotistical stars and (2) very jammed freeways full of the aforementioned, as well as numerous other vehicles of a less ostentatious variety.

Mercedes Pairs Hydrogen with Plug-in

While there is increasing attention—thanks, largely, to Tesla in general and the forthcoming introduction, by General Motors, of the Chevrolet Bolt EV—to electric vehicles powered by, well, electricity, there is another type of EV out there that may gain some ground: electric vehicles powered by hydrogen.

Cybersecurity on Wheels

  According to IHS Automotive there are on the order of 112-million vehicles on the road today that are “connected,” that is, “have a connection through the internet, though telematics, an onboard modem or a paired device in the vehicle, such as a mobile phone or other device.” With that last bit about the mobile phone being paired with the car, it is surprising that the number of connected vehicles isn’t greater.