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2013-08-30
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Ford engineers and university research partners are exploring adsorption-based thermal batteries that could provide power for HVAC systems and lessen the load on battery packs, allowing electric vehicles to travel farther.
2013-08-29
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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new oxygen "sponge" that can easily absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures. Materials with these novel characteristics would be useful in devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters, and fuel cells.
2013-08-27
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A European Union-funded collaborative research project designed to convert exhaust waste heat into onboard electricity via is moving into the prototype stage, according to Ricardo. The company, a partner in the project (called PowerDriver), reported that recently completed simulation work on a potential automotive application of the thermo-electric generator technology (TGEN) indicates a possible output of 300 W and equivalent fuel savings over the NEDC drive cycle of 2.5%.
2013-08-20
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Scientists in the U.K. have developed a lead-free, high-temperature ceramic capacitor using a dielectric material they call Hiteca (HIgh TEmperature CApacitor), which has a high energy density and operates stably at 200°C (392°F) and above.
2013-08-16
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Ever-tightening fuel economy and emissions regulations are prompting many design teams to explore the benefits of hybrid technologies. Engineers are looking at controls and power electronics as they strive to trim costs and improve efficiency of these powertrain alternatives.
2013-08-13
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Imagine a tiny self traveling along in one of the air-powered containers used in drive-through banks. That thought experiment (or something akin to it) happened at some point in the mind of the boldly entrepreneurial Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, and on Aug. 12 he began to publicly push his tube-and-air concept in earnest.
2013-08-06
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DOE-funded research effort aims to develop more affordable, high-strength lightweight steels. The Colorado School of Mines and the Los Alamos National Laboratory research team will pursue the quenching and partitioning (Q&P) processing method to achieve the desired material capabilities.
2013-08-05
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Engineers have demonstrated motorized vehicles that run on natural gas, pure hydrogen, biofuels, and electrons. By 2035, if present trends hold, vehicles using these alternative fuels will remain a tiny fraction of vehicles on the road. What could change in the next few years to drive adoption of one or more alternative fuels?
2013-07-31
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PowerGenix announced on July 31 that it has entered into an innovation contract with PSA Peugeot Citroën Automobiles of France for evaluation of the supplier's nickel-zinc batteries as a replacement for lead-acid types in stop-start vehicles.
2013-07-31
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Michigan is aiming for its first victory in next month’s 2013 World Solar Challenge with a new asymmetrical racecar that is ready for 1860 mi (2990 km) in the Australian sun.
2013-07-31
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The next world-girdling version of the fuel-less flier will rely on featherweight polymers and composites.
2013-07-30
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Behr America’s Visco technology for engine-coolant pumps reduces power losses that affect fuel economy.
2013-07-17
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Ford on July 16 announced it will increase its electrification engineering workforce by this year 50% to 500 salaried employees and invest $50 million in electrified-vehicle development and testing centers in Dearborn.
2013-07-15
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A safe, reliable, and easy-to-use charging infrastructure is key to further market acceptance of plug-in vehicles. With that in mind, SAE International is seeking participation from OEMs and electric-vehicle-supply-equipment (EVSE) manufacturers in a project to develop consensus-based industry standards and test procedures addressing EVSE-vehicle interoperability.
2013-07-10
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Engineers and other specialists at Ford of Europe’s Aachen, Germany, Advanced Technology Center are concentrating on what materials and powertrains will be needed—and which will be feasible—for the vehicles of the 2020s and 2030s.
2013-07-03
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In this engine developed at Germany's DLR, pistons cycle back and forth through a linear generator to augment battery power.
2013-07-03
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The two automakers rank No. 1 and 2 globally in fuel cell patents. They have agreed to an "all in" major effort to create a common design and bill of materials for a stack architecture and hydrogen storage system for use in GM and Honda vehicle applications by 2020.
2013-07-02
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Partitioned evaporator and heater cores, unique case airflow pattern, and in-dash welded ductwork aid packaging and eliminate the need for rear HVAC in the three-row crossover vehicle. Performance is claimed to be equal to the previous dual HVAC. The system was developed at Honda R&D Americas and is supplied by Delphi.
2013-07-01
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The Zurich, Switzerland-based power and automation technology company has developed a new boost-charge technology that will help power what it claims is “the world’s first” high-capacity, flash-charging electric bus system, with no overhead cables necessary.
2013-06-28
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The consulting company demonstrated a highly engineered, high-tech upgrade to an energy storage system that is thousands of years old.
2013-06-26
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Solar Impulse relies heavily on suppliers for energy production and storage demands.
2013-06-25
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The risk of a vehicle occupant being exposed to a fire due to use of the new refrigerant R-1234yf is conservatively estimated at 3 x 10-12 event per vehicle operating hour—almost six orders of magnitude less than the current risk of vehicle fire due to all causes and "well below risks that are commonly viewed as acceptable by the general public," according to a cooperative research project (CRP) administered by SAE International and referred to in a June 25 press release from the organization.
2013-06-24
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There are many different lightweighting materials and methods, but which one to pursue? Various recent studies try to sway automakers to choose one material over another.
2013-06-24
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Nissan sees public charging stations as essential to building "range confidence" and opening the EV market to apartment dwellers and commercial vehicle users; the faster-charge 220-V system is standard on higher-trim models of the Leaf, and the company will offer a battery-replacement program for the Leaf on a lease-like basis starting next year.
2013-06-21
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Dr. Blake Zuidema, Director of Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal Global R&D, discusses with AEI the results of a comprehensive study evaluating various lightweighting materials’ abilities to help OEM fleets meet the 2025 fuel-economy target.
2013-06-17
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The most exciting opportunities are those emerging around V2X technologies, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. For now, that does not include V2G, the vehicle-to-grid approach promoted by many plug-in advocates.
2013-06-17
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During the last few years, auto manufacturers have been building cars that use less fuel and emit fewer greenhouse gases when customers drive them.
2013-06-11
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The reliability of fast-charging of plug-in vehicles got good grades in a recent joint testing program by General Motors and BMW. Engineers conducted dc fast charging according to the SAE J1772 standard over several days and came away from the experience confident that the charging stations of several suppliers that participated in the test program “will consistently allow an electric vehicle to take on an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes.”
2013-06-10
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Mechanical CVTs on LE-Eco and S-Grade models are U.S. firsts for a Toyota. LE-Eco model's 1.8-L four-cylinder engine, with infinitely variable intake-valve lift and timing and higher compression ratio, is said to deliver "over 40 mpg" fuel economy.
2013-06-10
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China Yuchai International Ltd.’s main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd. (GYMCL), and GYMCL’s joint venture (JV) company Y&C Engine Co., Ltd. have entered into a framework agreement with Baotou Bei Ben Heavy Duty Truck Co., Ltd. and Inner Mongolia First Machinery Group Co., Ltd.
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