GE to purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; companies collaborate with Georgia Tech to accelerate alternative fuel vehicle adoption and research

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Researchers will use Ford’s MyFord Mobile app with real-time battery charge status and value charging that automatically recharges at lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates. Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration with GE, in which GE will purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet—Ford’s largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale.

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Three fire trucks with Volvo Penta electric drivelines heading to Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai to begin customer testing

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With this tandem, the RT becomes a fully integrated power plant that is able to automatically recharge its batteries when more energy is consumed than they store. Volvo Penta has developed an electric driveline for leading fire service vehicle manufacturer Rosenbauer’s pioneering fire truck, named “Revolutionary Technology” (RT). The truck was officially launched at an event in Austria.

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Nissan introduces 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid SUV with FF hybrid system; 24% improvement in fuel economy over conventional

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A regenerative braking system automatically recharges the battery by converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy that would be otherwise lost in braking. The system lets the driver choose full-time 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when the confidence of full-time 4WD is desired. 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan to begin production of Pathfinder hybrid in Russia; importance of Russian market

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A regenerative braking system automatically recharges the battery by converting the vehicle’s kinetic energy that would be otherwise lost in braking. Power comes from a 87 hp (65 kW) version of Datsun’s 1.6-liter 8V engine, while a four-speed automatic transmission is optionally available in place of the standard five-speed manual transmission. Nissan launched its Pathfinder range in the Russian market at the Moscow Motor Show.

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PNNL Develops Plug-in Vehicle Smart Charger Controller for Managing Peak Demands in Grid

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a Smart Charger Controller for plug-in vehicles that will automatically recharge vehicles during times of least cost to the consumer and lower demand for power. If a million owners plug in their vehicles to recharge after work, it could cause a major strain on the grid.

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Jaguar provides some details on its concept hybrid C-X16 to be introduced at Frankfurt

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The battery is constantly and automatically recharged, the entire system overseen by a Hybrid Vehicle Supervisory Controller. The concept hybrid C-X16. Click to enlarge. Jaguar has released details of the C-X16 concept ahead of its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The two-seater concept hybrid features a next-generation supercharged 3.0L

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BMW shows future drive technoliges; 2 Series PHEV prototype, direct water injection in 3-cyl. engine, and fuel cell eDrive

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Flexibility: the high-voltage battery can be recharged from conventional domestic power sockets, the BMW i Wallbox or at public charging stations. Once the speed exceeds approximately 80 km/h (50 mph) or under strong acceleration, the engine cuts in automatically. In Comfort mode, the high-voltage battery is automatically recharged by the high-voltage generator to a charge up of around 15%.

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