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Toyota's free-piston engine could change cars forever

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Electrically propelled cars aren't going anywhere, but until battery tech delivers a significant range breakthrough, combustion-engine range-extenders will be part of the deal. But how do you make those better suited to the task of supplying juice while not powering any wheels? Toyota might have the answer.


Jason Cammisa takes you through why Toyota's Free Piston Engine Linear Generator represents the first true change in gas-engine fundamentals in well over a century, and how important that is to the future of cars and driving in general.

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