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2013-11-13
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The large cylindrical pressure tanks typically used for onboard CNG (compressed natural gas) storage are notorious for compromising passenger and cargo volume in light-duty vehicles. Chrysler is exploring the idea of using multiple smaller tanks to conquer the packaging challenge.
2013-11-12
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Kia will begin selling an all-electric vehicle based on the Soul in 2014, the company announced Nov. 11. Called the Soul EV and equipped with a 27-kW·h lithium-ion battery pack, it has a target range of 120 mi (193 km) and is geared for city commuters.
2013-11-06
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Regulatory authorities in Germany decided to develop a new aircraft category called volocopter to accommodate the new 18-motor VC200.
2013-11-06
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From new vehicles to new technologies and shared production capacity, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and the Renault-Nissan Alliance will greatly broaden their current level of collaboration, the two Japanese automakers announced Nov. 5.
2013-10-31
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New R-1234yf production is promised by Arkema. SAE Cooperative Research Group shows R-445A blend has potential, and vehicle prototype charging equipment for assembly line and service shop is undergoing testing. German automakers resurrect the R-744 (carbon dioxide as a refrigerant) development program.
2013-10-31
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Combustion simulation has the potential to help engine manufacturers design better engines in less time with less cost.
2013-10-30
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Panasonic Corp. will supply almost 2 billion lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla Motors over four years under an agreement announced today. The cylindrical cells (18650 form factor) will be used in the Model S and the Model X—the latter slated for production start-up by the end of 2014. 
2013-10-28
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Heavy use of automation, a strong concern for environmental impact, and innovation in materials and processing technologies are major elements in the BMW i3 body manufacturing story.
2013-10-25
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Carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoset composites continue to be difficult to recycle, as they are a complex mixture of different materials such as thermosetting polymers, carbon fibers, and fillers. Researchers from the Universite Du Quebec at Montreal, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, and the National Research Council Canada investigated using carded recycled carbon-fiber mats and epoxy resin to fabricate thermoset composite plates.
2013-10-25
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Long overshadowed by batteries, supercapacitors are exploiting niches in microhybrids and hybrid buses.
2013-10-21
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Stable pricing, low emissions, and fuel savings are prompting more engine manufacturers to develop natural gas engines.
2013-10-16
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Allison Falender, Technology Manager for Shell’s Lubricants Discovery Hub, speaks with SAE Magazines about some cutting-edge lubricant technologies and how they can help OEMs meet stricter fuel-economy regulations.
2013-10-09
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Splitting the solar power supply from the aerodynamics was the innovative approach taken by the U.K.-based Cambridge University Eco Racing team.
2013-10-04
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NH Research Inc. offers a 40-V model as a part of its 9200 family of high-power battery charge/discharge test systems.
2013-10-04
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NRG eVgo and Simon Property Group Inc. have opened what they claim is the first station in the U.S. offering ac Level 2 charging for EVs along with two different types of dc fast charging. The station is in San Diego.
2013-10-01
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Expanding on a demonstration project in Hawaii, General Motors Co. and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) will again collaborate on fuel-cell technology under a new cooperative research and development agreement.
2013-09-25
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Chemical reaction-based "thermal batteries" could provide HVAC services to lighten the load on electrochemical batteries.
2013-09-24
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Balqon Corp. and Polar Power Inc. have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to develop a series plug-in hybrid system for Balqon’s line of heavy-duty electric trucks and buses. Development of a 40-kW onboard dc hybrid generator to charge lithium batteries during the daily drive cycle is expected to increase driving range.
2013-09-23
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Southwest Research Institute says it has deployed the first electric-vehicle aggregation system using SAE International’s J1772 standard for dc fast charging. The system, part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Phase II program, is controlling five fast-charge stations at the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, CO.
2013-09-19
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Optical engine studies carried out at Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility are helping engineers fine-tune combustion to avoid NOx and soot emissions.
2013-09-13
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The U.S. Department of Energy recently opened what it describes as a "one-of-a-kind national secure data center" at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. The National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC) allows industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel-cell technology.
2013-09-10
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The French company is pursuing electrification via so-called “E-aircraft” projects, which include an electric general-aviation training aircraft, a serial hybrid-electric motor glider, and a hybrid propulsion system for larger aircraft.
2013-09-09
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Robert Bosch GmbH is leading a new €4.3 million German research project to use the power circuitry in a lithium-ion battery for the secondary purpose of transmitting data about the health of the individual cells.
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.
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