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Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

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And the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers. The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. China energy policy plug-in cars renewable energy solar wind energy

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Dana presenting VariGlide beltless transmission technology at International VDI Conference

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Dana’s VariGlide technology features a unique planetary, coaxial configuration, which eliminates belts and pulleys used in conventional CVTs.

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SAE International updates J3016 standard defining autonomous vehicles; free download

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SAE International (SAE) announced a free update to its technical standard, “J3016: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to On-Road Motor Vehicle Automated Driving Systems.” John Tintinalli, Product Group Director for SAE International said recent news served as a catalyst for the decision. Brief

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SAE International and @GM announce new collegiate competition for autonomous technology; Chevy #Bolt as platform

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SAE International and General Motors have partnered to headline sponsor AutoDrive Challenge, the latest of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series. This newly established, three-year autonomous vehicle competition will task students to develop and demonstrate a full autonomous driving passenger vehicle. Brief

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New SAE International symposium on range extenders for electric vehicles

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SAE International will hold a new two-day symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee on 2-3 November 2016 on range extenders for electric vehicles (REX). fuel cell stacks as well as engines); recent powertrain advances for enabling REX; infrastructure role on range extender options; and the future of REX from a prime mover perspective. Brief

Is it all over for the internal combustion engine?

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News of the death of the internal combustion engine (ICE) has been greatly exaggerated, to misquote Mark Twain.

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ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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The ASTM International Board of Directors approved the launch of a new technical committee dedicated to developing standards for the growing field of recovered carbon black (rCB). James Thomas, president of ASTM International, said, “We’re thrilled to see this committee spring forth from the vibrancy of one of our existing committees.

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US International Trade Commission votes to investigate alledged hybrid patent infringement by VW Group

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The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute a formal investigation of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche based on Paice’s earlier complaint of infringement of its hybrid vehicle patents. Earlier post.) An official evidentiary hearing will be held before an ITC Administrative Law Judge at a date to be determined. Brief

Supplier Bosch Defends Diesels, Blames VW, Investigates Internally

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Automotive supplier Bosch says it had nothing to do with Volkswagen's use of "defeat device" software to cheat on emissions tests. Almost immediately after news of the scandal broke in September, it emerged that Bosch had supplied some components in the affected TDI diesel models, including control software. But Bosch says individual carmakers.

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VW Internal Diesel-Cheating Probe: So Far, 50 Employees Have Talked

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German prosecutors raided corporate offices, and Volkswagen has conducted its own internal investigation. Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a news conference ten weeks ago that Volkswagen used illegal software to cheat emissions tests, the company has been under heavy scrutiny.

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SAE International approves TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging; targeting finalized standard by 2018

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SAE International approved for publishing “SAE TIR J2954 Wireless Power Transfer for Light-Duty Plug-In/ Electric Vehicles and Alignment Methodology,” a milestone industry guideline to establish wireless power transfer between infrastructure, vehicle suppliers and OEMs for plug-in electric and electric vehicles (PH/EV). Earlier post.)

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EPA official: the future of the internal combustion engine is bright and clear

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Bunker’s emphasis on the general ongoing importance of the internal combustion engine—along with the different technology pathways for improving their efficiency—were echoed by a number of DEER speakers, looking at light-duty as well as medium- and heavy-duty sectors. Earlier post.) should not discount novel engine designs.

China Yuchai International introduces prototype Euro VI-compliant diesel engine

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The Euro VI-compliant YC6L-60. Click to enlarge. The report shows NO x emissions of 307.3 mg/kWh and particulate emissions of 6.5 China Diesel

Nissan Leaf S 30-kWh, German internal-combustion ban, Formula E: Today's Car News

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Today, the Nissan Leaf S base model gets the same 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack previous offered only on higher trim levels, Germany contemplates a ban on sales of new internal-combustion cars after 2030, and automakers show more interest in the Formula E electric-car race series. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

New Internal Combustion Tech Could Improve Range-Extended Electric Cars

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As any Chevrolet Volt owner will tell you, the range-extended electric car concept is very well adapted to the average car ownership experience.

Five Engines That Prove Internal Combustion Isn't Dead Yet

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Like it or not, the majority of the world's vehicles are still powered by internal combustion engines, rather than batteries, hydrogen and other alternatives. Even in the last few years, internal combustion has taken huge steps forward to

EPA's internal watchdog to check vulnerability to emission cheating

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Even with a new leader apparently at odds with its mission, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to function on some level. On Thursday, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said carbon dioxide released by human activity is not a major cause of climate change, directly contradicting the scientific consensus. The day before that, however, the.

NIST, partners create new international standard to improve sustainable manufacturing

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A public-private team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a new international standard that can “map” the critically important environmental aspects of manufacturing processes, leading to significant improvements in sustainability while keeping a product’s life cycle low cost and efficient.

Fiat beats electric rivals in International Engine awards

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Fiat’s tiny 875cc, two cylinder engine has been named as the finest engine in the world in this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards. As voted for by a jury of 76 international motoring journalists, Fiat’s innovative fuel efficient ‘TwinAir’ engine not only won the overall engine of the year award but even won [.].

New international safety rules agreed for electric cars

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An international safety standard for electric and hybrid vehicles has been adopted this week as the ‘World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations’. The adoption of the new type approval clears the way for the early uptake of electric cars across 41 countries which have mutual recognition of this approval.

Toyota and Daihatsu plan internal company for emerging-market compact vehicles; new DGNA vehicle architecture

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Toyota Motor Corporation and its fully owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor plan to establish an internal company that will be responsible for compact vehicles for emerging markets, from product planning to production preparation. Toyota and Daihatsu will work toward establishing the internal company in January 2017. Brief

New Telit autonomous navigation IoT module relies on internal sensors to deliver class-leading dead reckoning accuracy

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The SL869-3DR is a flash-memory based module capable of tracking three constellations simultaneously. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Sensors

International Truck invites Class 8 competitors to open event for head-to-head testing on fuel economy, aerodynamics and drivability

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International Truck (Navistar’s flagship vehicle brand) has invited each of its Class 8 competitors to participate in an open performance testing to compare fuel economy and drivability of their new trucks during the week of 31 August at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana. Fuel Efficiency Heavy-duty

International Rectifier showcasing advanced energy management system to extend battery life in EVs

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Power management technology company International Rectifier is showcasing an advanced energy management system, Evaira, designed to extend battery life in electric vehicles at SEMA 2011 in Las Vegas, 1-4 November 2011. Click to enlarge. The unit has isolated digital I/O expansion lines available for custom applications. Batteries

SwRI launches International Alternative Fuel Technology Center

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SwRI’s new International Alternative Fuel Technology Center ( IAFTC ) is intended to maximize the Institute’s decades-long expertise in fuels and fluids. Many companies offer one or two aspects of alternative fuels research and development. But there are few companies that can offer the full spectrum of services that we can. Brief

Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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The locomotive will run on torrefied biomass (biocoal), a biofuel created through an energy-efficient processing of cellulosic biomass. Brief

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Cummins to purchase SCR doser assets from Hilite International

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has signed an agreement to acquire the assets associated with the emissions control products of Hilite International. Click to enlarge.

ACS launches International Year of Chemistry calendar

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On 1 January, the American Chemical Society (ACS) began a global, year-long observance of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) by launching an online calendar that serves as a virtual time machine, transporting the public back to some of the events and great intellects that shaped modern society through chemistry. Brief

ORNL, HTS International to collaborate on manufacturing research; conformal cooling

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and HTS International are exploring collaborations in advanced manufacturing research such as conformal cooling.

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Engines

Sandia hydrogen program begins to engage international hydrogen research community more ambitiously

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Through the new International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I 2 CNER) and the Research, Engineering, and Applications Center for Hydrogen (REACH), Sandia hopes to expand its hydrogen research activities and engage the global hydrogen research community even more ambitiously than it has in the past. I 2 CNER. REACH. Hydrogen

Samsung SDI to acquire Magna International’s automotive battery pack business

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Samsung SDI has agreed to acquire the battery pack business of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier. Samsung SDI expects the acquisition to enhance its capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the company’s established position in battery cells and modules with Magna’s expertise in battery packs.

SAE International releases 2nd edition of book on hybrid vehicle design

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SAE international has released a second edition of the book Hybrid Powered Vehicles , intended to provide executives and decision-makers with the necessary information for making the best choices pertaining to hybrid vehicle engineering. Engineering of vehicles will be the differentiator for consumers. John M. Brief

SAE International committee develops safety standards for Li-ion systems

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SAE International’s Battery Standards Committee has created safety performance standards for lithium-ion battery systems. These are the first minimum base standards for safety performance expectations—i.e., pass-fail criteria— for lithium-ion battery systems. —Galen E. Brief

Worldwatch: Fossil fuel subsidies continue to outweigh those for renewable energy; international pledges on reform unfulfilled

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of the GDP for 2011–12, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative ( GSI ). billion).

Mazda’s quest for the better internal combustion engine

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The Japanese manufacturer is proving that there’s plenty of life left in the development of the 150 year-old internal combustion engine as the shroud is lifted from its new SKYACTIV technologies work. While other manufacturers look to hybrid and electric powertrains, Mazda is doing things differently.

Quimera, IMSA and ALMS aim to launch international Electric Vehicle motorsport series in 2013

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Quimera all-electric GT prototype. Click to enlarge. —Javier de Rocafort, Quimera Chairman of the Board. Quimera AEGT 1st prototype specs. TTXGP.

International study identifies 14 key measures to reduce methane and black carbon emissions; reduction in projected global mean warming of ~0.5 °C by 2050

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National benefits of the CH 4 plus BC measures versus the reference scenario. Source: Shindell et al. Click to enlarge. C (~0.9 °F) Shindell et al.,

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New international Climate and Clean Air Coalition to focus on reduction of short-lived climate pollutants

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The United States is already actively engaged in efforts to reduce these pollutants on the national and international levels. Source: UNEP.

International study of role of soots impact on Arctic climate

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Scientists from the US, Norway, Russia, Germany, Italy and China are participating in a study examining the potential role of black carbon, or soot, on the rapidly changing Arctic climate. The Arctic climate is changing faster than some scientists expected. Black carbon is contributing to this warming.