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2008-06-19
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By some accounts, off-highway equipment engineers have been struggling to grasp the impact that the EPA Tier 4 standards—and the resulting compulsory phase-in of compliant equipment scheduled for 2008 to 2015—will have on their engineering design and development.
2008-06-10
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As pressure mounts on OEMs and suppliers to develop more practical and longer range electric vehicles, Volkswagen has announced that it is to work with Sanyo on high-performance energy-storage systems.
2008-06-10
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The pace of research into low-carbon technology is growing, with significant financial inputs by governments. In the U.K., sixteen low-carbon vehicle-development projects are being funded by the Government's Technology Strategy Board.
2008-06-10
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PSA’s R&D Director, Pascal Henault, talks about super-efficient new powertrains in development, and the challenge of an OEM doing niche vehicles.
2008-06-10
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Reinert, that is. And he has not yet joined the plug-in-electric bandwagon.
2008-06-09
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The government, as part of the country’s 10th Five-year plan in 2001, has urged automakers to familiarize themselves with all types of alternative powertrain and alternative fuel technology.
2008-06-09
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Yet another application is poised to switch from metal to plastic. Mann+Hummel unveiled a plastic oilpan at April’s SAE World Congress, saying the technology is already designed into a model year 2009 North American vehicle.
2008-06-09
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The Tau V8 engine powering Hyundai’s Genesis sedan is the first in a family of “premium” engines up to 5.5 L.
2008-06-09
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“World firsts” are rife in the automotive industry and BMW M has come up with another, claiming the accolade for its new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox (M DCT) with Drivelogic control.
2008-06-09
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Work by the Innovatial project, which is supported by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Program for Research and Development, involves 24 high-profile European partners in the automotive and aerospace sectors focused on developing innovative processes and materials for components such as diesel injection.
2008-06-02
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The energy bill approved in December calls for a 40% increase in CAFE levels—to 35 mpg by 2020 for passenger cars and light trucks.
2008-05-28
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The Asian market is providing high-volume growth for the motorcycle industry as emerging countries such as Vietnam consume many scooters and low-power cycles. Though these low-end vehicles already boast high fuel-economy ratings, manufacturers are striving to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions with hybrid technologies.
2008-05-19
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Ricardo and partners have completed testing on a prototype engine designed to switch between two- and four-stroke modes.
2008-05-18
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AVL, a provider of powertrain engineering, test systems, simulation software, and instrumentation products, expects to double its Michigan-based staff in the next five years in order to meet industry needs.
2008-05-15
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Reaction Design’s new software tool, Chemkin-Pro, increases the speed of accurate combustion simulation to meet the needs of engineers designing clean, efficient engines and aftertreatment systems.
2008-05-13
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The two companies are strengthening their partnership in powertrains, extending it to hybrid controls. The move comes as Freescale hits a number of milestones during its transition to a new CEO.
2008-04-25
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Nanostellar uses Rational Catalyst Design, which combines computational nanoscience and advanced synthetic chemistry, to overcome the limitations of materials currently being used in emissions-control technologies. The company determined that the addition of gold to the platinum/palladium alloy used in more recent diesel catalytic converters is beneficial in terms of cost and performance.
2008-04-25
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Key to the ultimate success of plug-in hybrids, as well as other hybrids and all-electric vehicles, is the battery technology, with lithium-ion batteries garnering much attention from automakers and suppliers, including lesser-known companies working with nanomaterials to enhance performance. One such company is Altair Nanotechnologies, which has developed a nano-lithium titanate (nLTO) spinel material for batteries.
2008-04-25
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Volvo Trucks has invested in a Swedish company, Datachassi, that is developing a system to reduce theft from trucks. By using sensors connected by radio technology, the system can link the truck and trailer together. Volvo has also extended its hybrid-truck testing program by adding two hybrid refuse trucks to its test program ahead of planned series production in 2009.
2008-04-25
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The first modern automotive accessory drive belt to operate without a tensioning device is making its debut on the 5.3-L V8 in the 2008 Hummer H3. The ribbed belt is sufficiently “stretchy” to be installed without permanent deformation, yet can maintain the required tension for as long as a conventional belt with a tensioner, while transferring the power required to operate the compressor.
2008-04-25
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GM’s 2010 Duramax 4.5-L V8 is now in its Gamma development phase and Charlie Freese, Director of Diesel Engineering, is pleased with its progress. Freese recently gave AEI a status report on the new light-truck diesel program, including details of its innovative cylinder heads which improve performance and save cost. The heads feature inboard-facing exhaust ports feeding a single turbocharger nestled in the valley of the 72-degree CGI block.
2008-04-24
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Mercedes-Benz has launched the third generation of its Actros European heavy-truck range, featuring a series of changes while retaining the same basic cab and V6 and V8 powertrain options. The most significant change is the adoption of the PowerShift 2 twelve-speed automated manual transmission as standard equipment.
2008-04-24
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Packaging heat-sensitive components in an underhood environment can be a challenge for design engineers. Specialist coating company Zircotec has just conducted what it terms “independent testing by one of the U.K.’s leading test and development centers” to confirm that the use of advanced flame-sprayed ceramic coatings can reduce heat transfer by up to 26.7%.
2008-04-11
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When supercar-beating performance is the main development bogey, vehicle engineers often embrace new solutions. Nissan went to BorgWarner for expertise in developing the six-speed dual-clutch transmission for its all-new 2008 GT-R, which features a rear-mounted transaxle.
2008-04-11
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General Motors is making energy conservation a key part of its strategic focus, with a number of programs designed to cut fuel consumption in all parts of the globe. And though Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is confident that GM can gain a lead position in the new focus on green vehicles, he’s not shy about criticizing government regulations that are helping drive the transition.
2008-04-11
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Of all the production piston engines in GM’s 100-year history, only the Allison aero V-12 that powered World War II fighter planes produced more power than the new LS9 V8 that will power the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Although GM has yet to certify the 6.2-L LS9 to SAE J1379 standards, its maximum torque target is above 600 lb•ft (813 N•m), and dyno testing has shown that 90% of peak torque is produced from 2600 to 6000 rpm.
2008-04-11
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The BYD F6 with plug-in hybrid system is claimed by BYD to have a 100-km (62-mi) range on electric power, 330 km (205 mi) in hybrid mode. The company estimates a price premium of $6000 over its conventional model.
2008-04-11
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At the center of the powertrain technology warfare that rages across most of the automotive industry, technology provider Ricardo continues to optimize the gasoline and diesel engine and the hybridization of both. The company is also assessing some novel solutions, and is considering the impact of legislation on global markets and emerging consumer tastes to identify a range of technologies that it needs to develop and have ready.
2008-03-31
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Three variations on a theme, the theme being environmentally responsible cars propelled by advanced powertrain systems. In a nutshell, that describes Chrysler’s intent with the three very different-looking—but technology-wise, somewhat similar—concept vehicles it revealed in January at the NAIAS.
2008-03-31
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As government regulations spur automakers to trim emissions and fuel consumption, engine control systems are getting increased attention from chipmakers. Infineon has boosted the performance of its controllers, prompting BMW to tap the chipmaker's line for its M Series engine.
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