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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns. Fuel Efficiency Materials Weight reduction

Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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Having started his career at Ford, he was Head of Volkswagen Group Research from 2000 to 2003. He has been Head of the Design Department at Porsche AG since 2004 and was also given responsibility for styling the 2007 Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera and the 918 Spyder. Wolfram Thomas takes charge of Group Production. Brief

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Ford puts the pedal down on performance … but not with electric drive technology right now

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The new Ford GT on display in the Ford stand at NAIAS. Ford’s electric drive vehicle sales. Ford GT. Click to enlarge.

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford C-Max Hybrid & Energi Plug-In Concepts

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While Toyota dominates global hybrid production, Ford was the first company to launch a hybrid SUV: the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004. Now, Ford is pioneering another hybrid model: the small minivan, or as Europeans call it, the people carrier.

EPA Reports Fifth Consecutive Annual Increase in US New Vehicle Fuel Economy; Up 9% Since 2004, Back to Levels of Early 1980s

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mpg, or 9%, since 2004. Adjusted CO 2 emissions and adjusted fuel economy by model year. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. mpg US (11.2 L/100km).

Ford Produces 100,000th Hybrid

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Ford Motor Company has produced its 100,000th hybrid SUV and used the milestone to restate its commitment to ramping up production of hybrid vehicles this year. Ford began sales the Ford Escape hybrid in 2004, followed by the Mariner Hybrid in 2005.

Ford unveils Fusion Hybrid research vehicle for autonomous driving

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Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle with four LiDAR sensors. —Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Click to enlarge.

Kansas City Assembly Plant comes on line as second US plant building new Ford F-150

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Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In 2011, Ford announced a $1.1 Retail sales increased 7% in February. Brief

Ford investing additional $4.5B to add 13 new electrified vehicles by 2020; new fast-charging Focus Electric next year

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Ford is investing an additional $4.5 infusion is Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period. Ford also is reimagining how to set itself apart in the marketplace by focusing on the customer experience and not just the vehicle itself. —Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development.

2011 edition of EPA Fuel Economy Trends report shows several advanced powertrain technologies making significant gains

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From MY 2004 to MY 2010, CO 2 emissions decreased by 67 g/mi (15%), and fuel economy increased by 3.3 Data: EPA. Click to enlarge. Data: EPA.

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Severstal North America achieves up to 42% weight reduction in steel vehicle parts

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—Jon Powers, Manager, Advanced Engineering and Product Applications. Severstal North America was established in 2004 when OAO Severstal acquired the assets of the former Rouge Industries and its operating subsidiary Rouge Steel Company. As a result of these efforts, 20% mass reduction was achieved in select vehicle parts. Brief

Ford Begins Manufacture of EcoBoost Engines at Cleveland Plant

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Ford Motor Company is resuming production at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, which becomes the first manufacturing site to build Ford’s new fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Ford invested $55 million for tooling and equipment upgrades at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to build the EcoBoost engine. Cleveland Engine Plant No.

Ford Making Aggressive Push With EcoBoost and Technologies Such as Ti-VCT for Improved Fuel Economy; Roadmap for Future Generations of EcoBoost Highlights Role as Company Strategy as Well as Product

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Ford planners concluded that the most impactful thing they could do in the short term was to leverage currently available technology. Ti-VCT.

Ford Bringing New 7-Seat C-MAX to North American Small Car Lineup in 2011

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All-new, 7-seat Ford C-MAX. Ford introduced two pre-production C-MAX models at Frankfurt: the 7-seat Grand C-MAX as well as a 5-seat model.

CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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CAM also selected Mercedes-Benz as the most innovative brand; BMW came in second, followed by Volkswagen, Audi and Ford. Source: CAM.

LG Chem to establish new electrolyte production plant in Michigan

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Granholm announced that LG Chem will establish a new electrolyte production plant in Holland in West Michigan, expanding the state’s battery supply chain. The new electrolyte production plant will be located near LG Chem’s $303-million battery cell plant in Holland which is under construction. Michigan Governor Jennifer M.

Norwegian Investors Rally to Revived Think Electric Car

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Many of Norway's tycoons and heirs are making significant investments in the company which is planning production of as many as 10,000 cars by 2009.

Pike ranks Volkswagen Group as the global leader in clean diesel vehicles

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Peugeot Citroën (PSA); General Motors (GM); Mazda; Mercedes; Mitsubishi; Ford; Honda; the. Ford. 8. Pike Pulse Grid for clean diesels.

Ford Unveils Next-Generation Global Focus at NAIAS; Features New 2.0L DI Engine with Powershift Dual-Clutch Transmission for NA Market

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The next-generation Ford Focus 5-door hatchback, revealed at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

High Performance Computing key enabler for accelerating development of high efficiency engines

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Scussel, Simko, and Wade, “The Ford PROCO Engine Update”, SAE Technical Paper 780699, 1978). Wagner and Pannala. Click to enlarge. Bansal et al.

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DOE releases final report from 6-year national fuel cell vehicle demo; key targets met, with twice the efficiency of today’s gasoline vehicles

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The Learning Demonstration project began in 2004 when DOE competitively selected four automaker and energy partner teams. Daimler and BP; GM and Shell; Chevron, UTC Power and Hyundai-Kia; and Ford and BP.) 3/gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) hydrogen production cost (based on volume production). —Final Report.

How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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Conversions are mostly for the Prius, with a few for the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner hybrid SUVs. They are early adopters, buying "Version 1.0"

EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. mpg (9.76 l/100 km)—a 0.5 Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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In 1999, Ford acquired Volvo as part of its Premier Auto Group. The XC90 was the Nº 1 selling European luxury SUV in 2004. Earlier post.)

DOE awards $1.5M to Gentherm (Amerigon) for thermoelectric-based energy recovery system for heavy-duty vehicles; expands existing LDV program

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Stack-designed cylindrical TEG, built with TE cartridges, developed for LDVs in first project. Click to enlarge. TEG & Exhaust System in Lincoln MKT.

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

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Just weeks after announcing production, perhaps, in 2010, the industry's hometown paper lets us know this is no done deal. DaimlerChrysler AG promised a production fuel-cell vehicle by 2004, but couldn't deliver despite spending $1 billion on the technology. Last year, Ford Motor Co. And little came of a $1.5

Last Chance Hybrid SUVs

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News that Mercedes will stop production of its ML-450 hybrid started coming in around September 2011 ( here ). Ford Escape Hybrid.

Mobileye unveils Gen4 system-on-chip EyeQ4; visual processing for ADAS and automated driving; design win for 2018

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Series production is supported for early 2018 start of production. The products are also available in the aftermarket. Another 1.3

Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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This shows that the production process itself bears considerable room for improvement in terms of sustainability performance. Click to enlarge.

University of Michigan Report Finds Focus on Fuel Economy Would Be Very Profitable for Detroit 3; Says Rapid, Wide-Reaching Change in Business Models Required for Turnaround

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The key to a long-term recovery is executing an excellent portfolio of products, and we find that increasing fuel economy standards will lead to a portfolio of products that is more likely to raise the profits of the Detroit 3 automakers than to lower them. points of market share since 2004 (GM down 8.8 points and Ford down 5.4

Toyota Prius named WhatGreenCar of the Year

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The judging was completely independent and showcased the most innovative green cars available to drive in the UK during 2009.

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Plug In America - Links and Resources

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Plug In America makes no representations as to the workmanship, creditworthiness, or any other attributes of the companies listed or of their products or services. Romm, 2004 "Out of Gas, The End of the Age of Oil", by David Goodstein, 2004 "Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage", by Kenneth S. Great Gifts!

Perspective: US Needs to Transition to Hydrous Ethanol as the Primary Renewable Transportation Fuel

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The government assisted the shift by giving sugar companies subsidized loans to build ethanol plants, as well as guaranteeing prices for their ethanol products. Both production and consumption of ethanol were basically flat for much of the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. by Brian J. Donovan, CEO Renergie, Inc. 40 CFR § 80.27 Conclusion.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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In late 2008, BYD started selling the first production PHEV in China. Ford Escape PHEV-40 around 2012. Expects production around 2014.

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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Power and Associates 2004 report ]. At the moment, only 2004-2007 Priuses , and to a limited extent, the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrids.