Dan Goldstein starts off this week with a look at advanced engine technology. The internal combustion engine has been the mainstay of the automobile for more than 100 years. But a new generation of engineers believe they can build a better engine, one that runs more efficiently and gets better gas mileage. In “Not Your Grandpa’s Engine,” Dan looks sat some of the new designs being pitched to auto makers and finds out how they’re accepted in Detroit.
Next, on “Energy Then” — a look at one of the predecessors to today’s electric vehicles, the Both Electric, produced in Australia in 1940. This spunky three-wheeler was used mainly for deliveries and essential transport. But it was touted as an urban transportation solution that was easy to drive and parallel park.
On “The Mix,” anchor Thalia Assuras talks with Jeremy Anwyl , CEO of car rating website Edmunds.com and Mary Beth Stanek, Director of Environment and Energy at General Motors to explore if electric plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles could replace internal combustion engines.
Next up, electric cars are hitting showrooms this year, but they’re not new. Just as the thousands of drivers who have converted their internal combustion vehicles to run on electricity. In “Taking Charge: Electric Car Conversions,” Lee Patrick Sullivan meets the people who make it possible and one of their happy customers.
Finally, in “The Hot Zone,” William and Princess Catherine made their first drive as a married couple in a car that ran on biofuel made from wine – among other things. The 1969 Aston-Martin Volante on loan to William from his father, Prince Charles, who had it and other royal vehicles converted to bioethanol in 2008. Charles originally got the car from his mother, Queen Elizabeth.