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2008-12-30
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The central government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has approved China BAK Battery Inc.'s lithium-phosphate project for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as a key project in the PRC's prestigious National High Technology Research and Development Program or 863 Program.
2008-12-30
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Honda Motor Co. and GS Yuasa Corp. have agreed to create a joint venture for the production of lithium-ion batteries for applications with a central focus on hybrid-electric vehicles. The new company, which the two partners hope to officially establish by spring 2009 with a capitalization of about ¥15 billion, will also conduct research into Li-ion technology.
2008-12-22
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Recognizing the criticality of cultivating American expertise in the development and production of lithium-ion batteries for automobiles, the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting a new government-industry alliance to do just that.
2008-12-22
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The European Parliament on Dec. 17 settled on binding long-range targets for climate impact and energy consumption. All industries are expected to contribute to achievement of year-2020 targets in three main areas.
2008-12-22
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PSA Peugeot Citroën and energy company Electricité de France (EDF) have formed a collaborative partnership to support the development and marketing of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
2008-12-22
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The city of Burbank, CA, has been selected as a national test market for Proterra LLC's HFC35 plug-in/fuel-cell composite-body bus, with trials slated to begin in spring 2009. The bus—which employs fuel cells developed by Hydrogenics Corp., fast-charge (full recharge in 6 min) batteries by Altairnano, and an electric propulsion system by UQM—can travel 250 mi (400 km) before recharging and offers double the fuel economy of a bus powered by a diesel engine, according to the city.
2008-12-19
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Revolve Technologies, formerly Roush Technologies of the U.K., has developed a hydrogen bi-fuel conversion system for gasoline engines. The company recently displayed its demonstration vehicle based on a Ford Transit cargo van powered by the 2.3-L four-cylinder gasoline engine available as an option with Transit models sold in Europe.
2008-12-17
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Daimler AG has acquired a 49.9% stake in Evonik Industries AG's Li-Tec subsidiary to advance Evonik's lithium-ion battery technology. The German companies are seeking a third partner with expertise in electical and electronic systems integration.
2008-12-15
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California has adopted a sweeping set of measures, including some targeting the automotive industry, to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the state to 1990 levels. CARB (California Air Resources Board) will promulgate the target-setting measures into specific regulations over the next two years.
2008-12-15
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The EPA recently approved rules that require heavy-duty trucks over 14,000 lb to be equipped with an onboard diagnostic system. The rule applies to trucks with a gasoline or diesel engine. Trucks under 14,000 lb already are under EPA mandate.
2008-12-15
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CARB (California Air Resources Board) on Dec. 12 adopted several measures designed to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks. The measures are contained in two sets of rules. The Statewide Truck and Bus rule will require owners of in-use heavy-duty diesel trucks to install exhaust filters under a phase-in schedule that calls for 100% compliance by 2014.
2008-12-10
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Audi's announcement of a smaller, lighter, "even more efficient" diesel engine for the June 2009 Le Mans 24-h race is a glimpse of the tip of the development iceberg that includes many environmentally friendly production programs.
2008-12-09
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Development of lithium-ion battery cells is a daily newsmaker, and the recent history of nickel/metal hydride in hybrid cars is a statistical fact. However, Johnson Controls Inc., which claims to be the world’s largest automotive battery maker, believes the much-maligned 12-volt lead-acid still battery has a bright future.
2008-12-08
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Two SAE International cooperative research programs (CRPs) sponsored by most of the world's largest automakers have found that the alternative refrigerant HFO1234yf offers "significant environmental benefits" while posing no significant risks related to safety (e.g., toxicology, flammability) when used in vehicle A/C systems.
2008-12-08
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As Bosch announced another application of its stop-start system—on the Fiat 500, it also stated that it anticipates half of all new vehicles in Europe will incorporate the technology by 2012.
2008-12-08
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More than 150 auto-industry watchers, government officials, and academics from South Korea, Japan, and China got together at the end of October in Seoul for a three-day automotive environmental forum held and sponsored by Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group for the first such meeting in Asia.
2008-12-05
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A late-October panel sponsored by TechKnow, a Michigan technology advancement organization, made some predictions recently about plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Expect them to be expensive to buy and cheap to operate, while reducing pollutant and carbon emissions. However, do not expect their volumes to be large.
2008-12-04
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According to InterRegs, representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council have reached a tentative compromise on the draft regulation introducing mandatory CO2 emissions limits for passenger cars.
2008-11-24
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Clean diesel engine technology powered 23 Audi vehicles from New York to California as journalists participated in a performance and fuel economy-focused marathon covering more than 4,800 miles.
2008-11-21
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As fuel-cell technology makes progress in research labs, forklifts are serving as a proving grounds. Crown Equipment Corp. has developed a range of fuel-cell vehicles, striving to take the technology beyond research into production.
2008-11-18
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Ricardo Inc. has received a contract as part of the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator program launched by the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to identify the best combinations of technologies for achieving the highest possible fuel efficiency for military ground vehicles while maintaining vehicle performance.
2008-11-17
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The Indian Tata Motors company, which plans to launch an electric model – the Indica EV – in Europe next year, has bought a majority stake in a Norwegian specialist company.
2008-11-16
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With 272 technical presentations in eight parallel sections, the FISITA Automotive World Congress held in Munich in September covered the full spectrum of current automotive innovation. And yet there was one common denominator that every plenary and panel session speaker repeated.
2008-11-16
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Although there will be some­ growth in alternatives, 80% of world energy needs will continue to be supplied by oil, natural gas, and coal as far ahead as 2030, according to projections by ExxonMobil. A recent spike to over $140 per barrel of crude was unsustainable, an ExxonMobil executive told a joint meeting of SAE Met Section and the New York City chapter of NAFA Fleet Management Association.
2008-11-16
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Lithium-ion-cell designs reduce size and weight compared to the battery technologies now being used in hybrid vehicles, but their costs remain higher than alternatives already in high volume. Battery researchers are examining ­every aspect of their materials and processes to make lithium technologies more cost-effective.
2008-11-15
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Nov. 5 revealed details of the rules it will use in disbursing federal loans to automakers and component makers. To be considered for the first round of loans from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program and its $25 billion pot, companies must apply by Dec. 31.
2008-11-05
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The steady electrification of the vehicle and rapid emergence of biofuels are driving new product-development activities across the automotive-electronics sector. For analog and mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuit supplier ZMD, exhibiting at Convergence 2008, these trends have made sensor technologies a major growth area.
2008-10-27
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According to InterRegs, the introduction of hydrogen-fueled vehicles into the European market came a step closer to reality recently when the European Parliament adopted a draft European Commission regulation on hydrogen fuel systems.
2008-10-27
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Better known as a producer of motorhomes in Europe, German manufacturer Hymer unveiled a prototype electrically powered light cargo van at the recent IAA Commercial Vehicles show. Designed around what the company refers to as a boat chassis, the spaceframe construction would accommodate the complete electric drivetrain beneath the sandwich floor toward the rear of the chassis.
2008-10-23
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Congress rushed to provide two important incentives to the auto industry in early October, and more lifelines are probably on the way when Democrats and Republicans return to Washington, D.C., in November.
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