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New micro hybrid cars could cut CO2 emissions

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The micro-hybrid technologies include an electric supercharger, a belt-integrated starter/generator and a carbon-enhanced advanced VRLA UltraBattery. Tags: Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AVT Controlled Power Technologies micro hybrid cars micro hybrid technologies VRLA UltraBattery

Forecast puts global lead acid battery market at $76.44B by 2022

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VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% In a new report, Grand View Research, Inc. forecasts that the global lead acid battery market will reach US$76.44 billion by 2022. Growth of the automotive industry in Indonesia, Mexico, India, Vietnam and Thailand is expected to propel the industry. Brief

Pike Research forecasts global stop-start vehicle sales to reach 37M units annually by 2020; 16:1 ratio over HEVs

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Annual sales of SSVs and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), world markets, 2011-2017. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge. Source: Pike Research.


M5BAT 5MW storage system integrates multiple battery technologies

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The project will deploy Exide Technologies’ innovative VRLA gel and CSM copper plate technologies, which deliver high cyclic application capacity and high-current discharge. The E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, E.ON The project will be coordinated by RWTH Aachen University. The E.ON Board of Management.


Axion Power and ePower Engine Systems enter 5-year agreement for use of PbC batteries in diesel-electric drivetrains for Class 8 trucks; tests suggest up to 35% improvement in fuel economy

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the diesel engine powers a generator that in turn provides power directly to the traction motors. —Axion Chairman and CEO Thomas Granville.

Axion supplying PbC batteries to Norfolk Southern for all-battery switcher and working on line-haul hybrid locomotives; micro-hybrid and stationary expansion

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Micro-hybrid testing against VRLA. The battery-electric NS-999, “under the long hood”. Source: NS. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) PbC battery.

CPT/AVL Study: New Generation of Micro-Hybrid Technologies Can Enable More than 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption at Lower Cost Than Full Hybrid Drive Systems

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The use of a carbon-enhanced valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery will help maximize energy recuperation during deceleration, fully realizing SpeedStart’s potential for high power generation and hence electrical energy recovery. Click to enlarge. —Morris et al. TGDI engine and close to the 146 g/km of the current Passat 2.0L

Firefly Energy Receives Additional $3.3 Million Army Contract for Further Enhancement of Microcell Lead Acid Technology

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Firefly’s microcell battery technology delivering 4-6 times the lifetime energy compared with traditional Valve Regulated Lead Acid (“VRLA”) batteries. Firefly Energy has signed a $3.3 million contract extension for continuing enhancement of its first two advanced battery technology designs. Earlier post.).

UK Collaboration Develops Plug-in Hybrid Retrofit for Conventional Vehicles

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Battery pack state of charge vs. distance for the ADDZEV vehicle under all-electric power on the UDDC cycle. Source: Cranfield. Click to enlarge.

Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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The LC Super Hybrid demonstrator. Click to enlarge. The demonstrator further develops AVL’s efficient low carbon ELC concept ( earlier post ). to 12.5

Honda announces second plug-in vehicle testing program; Japan joins US, China may follow

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VRLA (lead-acid), Panasonic. The plug-in hybrid electric test vehicle for Japan. Click to enlarge. Honda Motor Co., The specifics of the testing program, testing vehicles, and solar-powered charging stations made their public debut in Japan. Earlier post.) Solar-powered charging station for the test vehicles. Click to enlarge. Engine. 4 cyl.