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Evonik debuts at Auto Shanghai 2011; focus on technologies for lower-carbon vehicles

For the first time at the event, Evonik Industries will demonstrate a wide range of applications for cars at the 14th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2011) from April 21 to 28 in Shanghai, China.
The theme of Auto S…

Nissan unveiling LEAF NISMO RC (Racing Competition) electric demonstrator

Nissan LEAF NISMO RC Click to enlarge.

Nissan will unveil the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC (Racing Competition) battery-electric racer at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on 20 April. Nissan says it is looking at the racing world as a way to draw …

How Ford’s use of Ecolon has cut its oil consumption by 430,000 gallons

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, Etc., Ford
Did you know the carpet underfoot in homes often ends up in strange places? Well, thanks to Ford’s drive to use sustainable materials in its vehicles, some old carpet is landing in an usual spot – the cyli…

How do you protect yourself?

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Dear Carolyn,

You asked us how we protect ourselves on the road? Well, I use extra strength/extra large Trojans!!!
Dear Frank,
That was funny the first time. But you are about the 11th one to send this and well, I’ve moved from laughing to rolling my eyes. Really? This is a serious topic.–protection-on-the-road
I’ve had a lot of comments […]

Development of the advanced combustion system in new Ford Power Stroke

Several bowl concepts were considered for the combustion system. These bowls are all scaled to the same volume. Styron et al. Click to enlarge.

Ford developed a new 6.7L V-8 turbo diesel, code named “Scorpion,” for the full-size pickup truck an…

Leyden Energy providing Li-ion cells with imide electrolyte for electric Dream Car

Li-ion battery manufacturer Leyden Energy provided its high energy-density, high-performance Li-ion battery cells for SSI Racing’s electric Dream Car at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Dream Car, which holds three world records an…

Scuderi working on turbocharged variant of split-cycle engine; smaller, more powerful, and more fuel efficient

Cartoon of the proposed turbocharged split-cycle engine. Note the reduction in size of the intake/compression cylinder. Click to enlarge.

The Scuderi Group announced at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit that boosting one of its air-hybrid spli…

UK-India project on solid oxide fuel cells

A UK-India project is aimed at obtaining a greater understanding of the factors which affect solid oxide fuel cell performance and durability, particularly in relation to using readily available fuels, including waste biogas.
Professor Mark Ormerod, of…

Arctic Whisper hybrid bus debuts in Sweden; uses Opbrid’s Busbaar overhead charger [w/video]

Filed under: Emerging Technologies, Hybrid

Opbrid Busbaar overhead charging system – Click above to watch video after the jump

Umea, a city in northern Sweden, has just unveiled its overhead-charge capable hybrid bus, the “Arctic Whisper,” which…

Lux Research projects that bulk of energy storage market for vehicles will be for e-bike and micro-hybrids

The overall market for energy storage technologies that power electric vehicles is set to grow from $13 billion in 2011 to $30 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18%. Despite the visibility of plug-in passenger cars with large pac…