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2008-10-10
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Mercedes-Benz gave its S400 BlueHYBRID its first public airing at the Paris Motor Show. The company claims that it is the first production hybrid car to be equipped with a lithium-ion battery specifically developed for automotive use.
2008-10-10
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Volkswagen launched its Mk VI Golf range in Iceland, but the extra cool news was its serious intent to pursue development of a production plug-in hybrid version. Called the TwinDrive, both common-rail diesel (TDI) and turbocharged direct-injected gasoline (TSI) engines are being considered.
2008-09-18
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The crew had a challenge: make sure that one of the most technically advanced sports cars ever developed by General Motors could flat-out race on ethanol fuel. Developed to compete in ALMS races on E85 racing fuel, GM's LS7.R engines were modified from the E10 specifications of the 2007 race season.
2008-09-05
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Lotus Engineering, Jaguar, and Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, are collaborating on a variable compression ratio research engine project targeted at maximizing fuel efficiency when burning renewable fuels.
2008-09-04
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Thousands of feet above ground level, specially equipped airplanes are acquiring data that are used to create 3D road geometries, and those terrain profiles could become a viable tool for tailoring a vehicle's powertrain control strategies for better fuel efficiency.
2008-09-04
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General Motors, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Natural Resources Canada have picked the participants for EcoCar, a contest that lets college students customize an SUV to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. The three-year contest is the successor to the ChallengeX contest that ended last year.
2008-08-14
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Volvo Powertrain will begin trials with dimethyl ether (DME) fueled trucks in Sweden between late 2009 and early 2010. The trials will involve 14 trucks, with funding from the Swedish Energy Agency and the European 7th Framework Program.
2008-08-14
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The British Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly and Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn have set out the U.K. government’s approach regarding biofuels. The statement follows the publication of the “Gallagher Review,” commissioned by the U.K. government in February. The review was prompted by rising food prices and recent research into the effects of land-use change stimulated by the growing demand for biofuels.
2008-08-14
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Volvo CE is investing SEK 341 million in a new paint shop in the company’s articulated hauler plant in Braås, Sweden. This investment will lead to an increase in capacity in the plant, a reduced impact on the environment, and added improvement in quality.
2008-08-06
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The green theme continues as suppliers and automakers stay focused on developing eco-friendly powertrains.
2008-08-04
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Two utility companies, Southern California Edison and DTE Energy, have joined a private-public group focused on delivering plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and other next-generation propulsion technologies to the marketplace.
2008-07-21
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A new center that accents chambers and specialized battery-cycle test and simulation equipment will provide a unique environment for developing complete high-voltage battery pack systems for hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and electric vehicles.
2008-07-10
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The move by major automotive companies towards a high-profile presence in the lithium-ion energy dimension has been underlined by a partnership between Continental and the Japanese company Enax.
2008-07-10
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The shift towards technology partnerships to more effectively develop electric vehicles seems to bring new alliances by the week. Now PSA Peugeot Citroën and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have announced today that they are to embark on a joint feasibility study on an extended technical collaboration in the field of electric powertrains.
2008-07-03
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Honda is challenging you to a race—“you” being every automaker and automotive supplier in the world, and more intimately, each and every engineer working for those companies; the race being one to “greener mobility,” with the ultimate goal of “dramatically reducing” CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.
2008-06-30
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For the past nine years, South Africa-based Sasol has supplied a fuel mixture comprised of a coal-to-liquid (CTL) component blended with crude-oil-derived kerosene to international airlines operating from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
2008-06-24
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PSA Peugeot Citroën recently demonstrated the H2Origin research vehicle, based on a Peugeot Partner Origin cargo van. The project is a joint development in partnership with U.K.-based Intelligent Energy, which provided the fuel-cell system, with part-funding from the U.K.’s Technology Strategy Board. The H2Origin was designed to extend the range of an electric variant of the Partner Origin from 78 to 308 km (48 to 190 mi).
2008-06-17
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If only vehicles could run off the steam being created by the fevered reaction of consumers to high fuel prices. For now, though, the spotlight is on ethanol and other altern­ative fuel choices.
2008-03-31
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The European Commission in December said that soon it will propose a regulation on “the carbon content of fuels, notably through a greater use of biofuels.” The commission also expects to propose a rule on the efficiency of tires and other components (aside from the engine) that contribute to improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
2008-01-17
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Sikorsky selected Eaton to design, develop, and supply the integrated fuel system for its new military heavy-lift helicopter, the CH-53K. Eaton was also recently issued a contract for the hydraulic power generation system and fluid conveyance package.
2008-01-17
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At November’s Dubai Airshow, Qatar AirwaysQatar Petroleum, Qatar Fuel, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Shell, and the Qatar Science and Technology Park signed an agreement to research the feasibility and potential benefits of using gas-to-liquid synthetic jet fuels in aviation engines.
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