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2013-12-02
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VIA Motors says it has begun retrofit electric vehicle production of vans at plant in Mexico, using General Motors commercial vehicles, with pickups based on Chevy Silverado to follow in 2014. Traction motor replaces OE transmission. Lithium-ion battery pack has 21.4 kW·h rating for 40 mi (64 km) all-electric range for truck, 35 mi (56 km) for van.
2013-11-29
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Citing biofuel production constraints and an ongoing decrease in demand for gasoline usage, the U.S. EPA is proposing in today's Federal Register to lower the amount of renewable fuel that refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel in calendar year 2014.
2013-11-26
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The current Banks Super-Turbo Freightliner Cascadia that tore up Pikes Peak earlier this year features plenty of technology, notably a souped-up 14-L Detroit Diesel 60 series engine and a water-methanol injection system. But the future involves hybridization and alternative fuels, said Gale Banks and racer Mike Ryan at the 2013 SEMA Show.
2013-11-26
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ARPA-e targets "robust" batteries that not only bear loads but also absorb crash-impact energy to save weight.
2013-11-25
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A "stretchy" polymer developed by scientists at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, could open a path to self-healing electrodes in the lithium-ion batteries of future electric vehicles.
2013-11-25
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CAFE isn't a mistake with unintended consequences, EPA and NHTSA say, but rather a carefully crafted way to meet the Congressional mandate to maintain the current vehicle fleet's vehicle-size distribution, Scenaria President says in SEMA presentation.
2013-11-13
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If batteries could be integrated directly into car structures such as doors and body panels, EVs could weigh less and travel farther on a single charge, according to Emile Greenhalgh, a researcher at The Composites Center of Imperial College London. Volvo recently demonstrated in an S80 sedan a prototype underhood plenum panel that is made of carbon-fiber composites that contain lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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