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France’s RS2E (Réseau sur le stockage électrochimique de l’énergie or “research network on electrochemical energy storage”) has launched the second edition of the YESS Award (Young Energy Storage Scientist Award)—a €12,500 prize split between two young innovative researchers/scientists in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Green Car Congress
Zubie, a connected-car platform and telematics service provider, is partnering with major auto manufacturers to leverage its repository of data and analytics to enhance the manufacturers’ understanding of vehicle performance and reliability. Zubie’s data, collected as frequently as every second,... Continue reading
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Led by Tesla, China’s BYD, and Volkswagen, the battery market for plug-in vehicles will rise to $10 billion in 2020, with electric vehicles (EV) emerging as the drivetrain of choice, according to a new forecast by Lux Research. Volkswagen will... Continue reading
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Volvo Trucks North America is adding a turbo compounding option for the Volvo D13 engine. By converting wasted heat energy, the 13-liter D13 with turbo compounding improves fuel efficiency by up to 6.5 percent%, while also delivering up to 100... Continue reading
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UK-based Ceres Power Holdings, a spin-out from Imperial College, is leading a consortium that includes Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd and M-Solv to develop a compact, on-board solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack as a range extender for an electric... Continue reading
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Under a class action settlement agreement filed today (earlier post), Volkswagen and Audi in the US will pay more than $14.7 billion to settle complaints arising from its cheating on emissions from its 2.0-liter diesel engines. The class settlement creates... Continue reading
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Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) have developed and are investigating the characteristics of a prototype of a dual-piston spark-ignition (SI) free-piston engine coupled with a linear alternator... Continue reading
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Wrightspeed Inc., developer of heavy-duty range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, was named one of the current crop of World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers—and was the only purely automotive technology company so selected. Designed as a replacement for conventional piston engine and... Continue reading
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Even with wide-ranging unpredictable gas prices, US automakers will remain profitable and suppliers will benefit under existing national fuel economy standards slated to be in place until 2025, according to a new economic analysis brief prepared by independent automotive industry... Continue reading
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Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a new cost-effective electrocatalyst for water-splitting to produce hydrogen. The monolayer of nickel–vanadium-layered double hydroxide shows a current density of 27 mA cm−2 (57 mA cm−2 after ohmic-drop correction) at an overpotential of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
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JATO Dynamics reports that 20.44 million LCVs and passenger car units were sold across all segments globally in Q1 2016—a 2.8% increase (558,700 more units) on the same period in 2015—largely driven by growth in the Chinese and European markets.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Green Car Congress
MDI, a Luxembourg-based company striving to commercialize a compressed air engine vehicle (earlier post), reported last week that its founder, Guy Nègre, had died. The core of MDI’s work is a piston engine powered by the expansion of electronically injected... Continue reading
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At the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil a new “Ground Tourer Concept” high-end plug-in hybrid SUV coupé. The reveal will follow on the introduction of the “Concept XR PHEV II” at the 2015... Continue reading
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GKN Driveline has produced more than 300,000 units of its eAxle range at its eDrive centers of excellence in Italy and Japan. GKN introduced the eAxle technology in 2002, acquiring systems integration and production experience to transfer the technology from... Continue reading
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A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that energy policy choices backed by a 7% increase in total energy investment through 2040 could cut premature deaths from air pollution roughly in half by 2040. Under such a... Continue reading
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Juniper Research forecasts that smart traffic management and smart parking initiatives will save some 4.2 billion person-hours annually by 2021—equivalent to each city driver saving nearly an entire working day per year. Juniper found that while the smart city remains... Continue reading
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Scotland-based route optimization specialist Route Monkey (earlier post) has signed a partnership agreement with global GPS navigation expert Sygic. The partners aim to develop jointly a fully integrated optimization and navigation platform for electric vehicles (EVs). The new platform will... Continue reading
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $70 million for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on improving technologies and processes to achieve cost parity of recycled and waste materials with primary feedstocks, while improving... Continue reading
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The Alliance AutoGas has launched a single-plug connector, no cut or drill fuel system, for the RAM ProMaster van. The Ram ProMaster, in great demand in the government and service sectors and the second most popular European-style van in the... Continue reading
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Researchers at Tsinghua University, along with Professor Rolf Reitz at the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, have investigated for the first time the the characteristics of homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) of polyoxymethylene dimethyl ether (PODE). PODE is a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
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The largest and most powerful engine from MAN Diesel & Turbo’s portfolio ever designed and built has entered service. Built by Doosan Engine in Korea and rated at 75,570 kW (103,000 horsepower), the engine is an MAN B&W 11G95ME-C9.5 two-stroke... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Green Car Congress
At the 2016 International VDI Congress “Drivetrain for Vehicles” in Friedrichshafen, Germany, John Fuller, Director of Concepts & IP for Torotrak Group, presented and discussed the company’s latest advances to optimize its full-toroidal variator technology for the light vehicle market... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Green Car Congress
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Among the changes in its Model Year 2017 line-up, Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid. (Earlier post.) VW sold 227 units of the hybrid in the US from Jan-May of this year, down 0.9% year-on-year, according to figures... Continue reading
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Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich have reproduced one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis using artificial molecules. Their results have been published by the journal Angewandte Chemie (international edition). Green plants are able to temporarily store... Continue reading
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The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68.4 million (DE-FOA-0001584, DE-FOA-0001450) for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will help to secure the safe and permanent storage of CO2 during carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations. Funding is subject to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Green Car Congress