Daimler starts production of FUSO eCanter in Europe; first series all-electric light-duty truck

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has started production of the all‑electric light-duty truck Fuso eCanter in Tramagal, Portugal. The Fuso eCanter is produced in line with the conventional Canter light-duty truck at the Tramagal plant.

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The light-duty engine is a “basic” Achates opposed piston 2-stroke engine, said Redon—i.e.,

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Next-gen Audi A8 introduces new four-material space frame; light weight and rigid

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A comparison with the predecessor model shows that it contributes a 28% weight savings.

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ICCT working paper highlights benefits of current and emerging light-duty diesel technology; “promising pathway for compliance”

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Diesel vehicles have had a rough time penetrating the US light-duty vehicle market, reflecting outdated negative perceptions, higher fuel prices for diesel than for gasoline, the cost of complying with stringent US emission standards, and rapidly improving gasoline engines.

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Rice study finds Houston intersections with traffic lights 9x more likely to see fatal pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes

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A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has found that intersections with traffic lights in Houston are nine times more likely to see fatal car crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists than expected by chance. In comparison, intersections with stop signs were only 1.48 fatalities are attracted to traffic light-controlled intersections). fatalities are separated from traffic light-controlled intersections).

2017 79

EU-funded project develops diesel engine for light helicopters

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EU-funded scientists developed a novel 320 kW (429 hp) diesel engine for light helicopters as an alternative to conventional turboshaft engines. The EU-funded project “Diesel engine matching the ideal light platform of the helicopter” ( DELILAH ) developed a lightweight, high-power diesel engine that can also operate on biofuel. The technology demonstrated substantial reductions in fuel consumption and emissions.

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Japan Ministries propose light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards for 2022

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The new standards will require that the fuel economy of model year 2022 light and medium commercial vehicles sold in Japan average 17.9 Global comparison of light truck/light commercial vehicle fuel economy standards (in mpg or km/L under CAFE test cycle).

2015 78

Ricardo demonstrates processes for evaluating light-duty diesel emissions under coming Real Driving Emissions (RDE) regs

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Despite the continuing and significant reductions in the legislated limits of light-duty diesel vehicle NO x emissions under the European Euro 1 through 5 regulations of recent years, many studies have demonstrated that real-world NO x emissions appear not to have been reduced as significantly. May, John; Bosteels, Dirk; Favre, Cécile (2014) “ A Comparison Of Light-Duty Vehicle Emissions Over Different Test Cycles And In Real Driving Conditions ” FISITA 2014 F2014-CET-058.

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Ford researchers: global light-duty CO2 regulatory targets broadly consistent with 450 ppm stabilization

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Broadly, the Ford team found that new light-duty vehicle fuel economy and CO 2 regulations in the US through 2025 and in the EU through 2020 are consistent with the CO 2 glide paths. 15 years and to facilitate comparison with regulations.…

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Emissions testing shows Lighting Hybrids hydraulic hybrid drive delivers significant reduction in NOx, up to 18% improved fuel consumption

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Previous testing at SGS provided two sets of baseline results which LH uses for comparison to allow the improvements provided by the hybrid system to be quantified. The LH gasoline hydraulic hybrid shows an extreme reduction in NO x compared to a diesel baseline. Source: Lightning Hybrids.

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Progress on ATLAS: Cummins’ Tier 2 Bin 2 light duty diesel project

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The baseline vehicle for comparison is a 2010 Nissan Titan, outfitted with a 5.6L Light Truck Diesel Engine (Ruth, DEER 2011). The ATLAS project is targeting 210 hp and 500 N·m in its fuel-efficient package. Click to enlarge.

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Light duty RCCI can deliver engine-out Tier 2 Bin 5 NOx; potential for 52% gross indicated efficiency

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Rolf Reitz of the University of Wisconsin found that reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) ( earlier post ) in a light-duty engine can meet Tier 2 Bin 5 NO x levels without aftertreatment, while offering a 4% improvement in fuel consumption and 7.3% The modeling shows that over 52% gross indicated efficiency can be achieved in the light-duty engine while meeting NO x targets in-cylinder. A study by Sage Kokjohn, Senior Engineer in Combustion Research at Cummins Inc.,

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IHS: average age of light vehicles in US rises slightly in 2015 to 11.5 years; length of new vehicle ownership hits record high

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The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the US has climbed slightly to 11.5 Registrations for light VIO in the US also reached a record level of 257,900,000—an increase of more than 5.3 Average age for both passenger cars and light trucks increased just slightly in 2015, and both now stand at 11.5 In comparison, a record high of more than 14 million vehicles were scrapped in 2012.

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Pinnacle 4-stroke opposed-piston SI engine shows fuel economy improvements of between 30-60% at light loads, 12-30% at medium loads over conventional

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Comparison of ISFC (@42.9 The results represent a light-load indicated efficiency improvement of 15-30% (up to 40.9%). For a comparison engine, Pinnacle used a 200 cc, conventional two-valve, air-cooled, carbureted model.

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DOE to Fund Up to $240M for Class 8 Supertruck and Advanced Technology Light-Duty Powertrains

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Area 2: Advanced Technology Powertrains for Light-Duty Vehicles. The improvement is based on comparison to a baseline state-of-the-art port fuel-injected gasoline vehicle maintaining comparable vehicle performance. Demonstration requirements for light-duty vehicles.

2009 78

Comparative study finds that B20 increases emission rates of a number of pollutants in both light- and medium-duty diesel engines at idle

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A new study led by researchers at the University of Michigan compared regulated and unregulated emissions from both light-duty passenger car (1.7 Emission rates for the 1.7 and 6.4 L engines at idle.

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FEV to show compressed natural gas light-duty concept engine with ATAC combustion system at 2011 SAE World Congress

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The engine is designed for use in light-duty vehicles, and demonstrates the potential of modifying passenger vehicle engines to achieve diesel-like fuel efficiency and power using CNG as an alternative fuel. The lean burn combustion process also offers significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions in comparison with more conventional CNG technology as a result of dethrottling and better combustion efficiency. FEV Inc., (FEV)

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U. of Wisconsin RCCI combustion work progressing; modeled 53% gross indicated efficiency in a light-duty engine could result in 2x fuel savings compared to SI gasoline

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In a recap of RCCI efforts he presented at the SAE 2011 High Efficiency IC Engines symposium earlier this year, Reitz noted that their latest work has shown that, with only small changes in injection parameters, the efficient and low-emission combustion characteristics of a heavy-duty engine using RCCI can be adequately reproduced in a light-duty engine. The team has modeled a 53% gross indicated efficiency for the improved light-duty engine.

EC proposes 95 grams CO2/km target for new cars by 2020, 147 grams for light vans; super credits for cars below 35g

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The European Commission today proposed targets for the further reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020. By way of trans-Atlantic comparison, 95 g/km is equivalent to 152 g/mile; the current US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas emissions standard (part of the joint national standard with NHSTA) calls for 250 g/mile in MY 2016.

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JATO Dyanmics Finds Overall Light-Duty Vehicle CO2 Improvement of 2.8% from 2008 to 2009, Based on EPA Data

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Historical comparisons are complicated following changes in the EPAs methodology for 2008 which suggests an increase in CO 2 , versus previous years, although this was nothing to do with manufacturer or consumer action, JATO said. JATO Dynamics recently analysed US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CO 2 data for 2008-2009, summarizing volume-weighted average CO 2 by make, model and segment. Earlier post.)

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Lotus Omnivore Engine Shows Up To 10% Better Fuel Economy Than Spray-Guided GDI Engines; Achieves HCCI At Extremely Light Loads

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Comparison of fuel consumption of Omnivore, homogeneous Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Spray-Guided GDI engines. Click to enlarge.

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UK Department For Transport Study on Light Goods Vehicle CO2 Concludes that Potential CO2 Reduction from Low-Carbon Technologies Within 5 Years is Quite Low, But Much Larger by 2020

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The UK Department for Transport has published the findings from the Light Goods Vehicle (LGV or van) CO 2 emissions study completed earlier. Light goods vehicles (LGV) are defined as goods vehicles whose gross vehicle weight (GVW) does not exceed 3.5 A comparison of regulatory test cycles with the real-world operating conditions of vans in the United Kingdom, with particular reference to the accuracy of the regulatory cycles as predictors of real-world CO 2 emissions.

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Daimler begins deliveries of electric FUSO eCanter; UPS first commercial customer; NGO fleets

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The FUSO eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan.

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Achates showcases 2.7L, 3-cylinder opposed piston gasoline compression ignition engine in F-150; estimated 37 mpg combined

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A comparison between the 2.7L We chose to demonstrate our ultra-clean, ultra-efficient OP Engine in a full-size light-duty pickup truck because of the significant need and opportunity for improvement in this segment.

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ICCT: real-world NOx from Euro 6 diesel passenger cars more than 2x Euro VI diesel trucks

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In other words, on an engine-load basis, heavy-duty vehicles are about 10 times better than light-duty diesels at reducing NO x. Top: Average real world NO x and CO 2 emissions of Euro V/VI/6 heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles.

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EU validates Audi LED headlight technology as fuel saving

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The EU Commission has measured the fuel savings achieved by LED headlights from Audi—testing the low-beam headlights, high-beam headlights and license plate light in dynamometer testing. By comparison, LED headlights from Audi operate with significantly better energy efficiency—the low-beam lights only consume around 80 watts. LED daytime running lights made their debut in the Audi A8 W12 back in 2004.

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Steel LCA study: lightweighting with advanced high-strength steel produces lower GHG emissions than with aluminum

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Comparison of life cycle GHG emissions based on the range of methodologies studied. In some cases, the aluminum vehicles had higher life cycle GHG emissions than even the original (pre-light-weighted) baseline vehicles.

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BNL, VT team creates Ru,Rh supramolecular photocatalysts for enhanced hydrogen production via artificial photosynthesis

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Artificial photosynthesis requires a molecular system that can absorb light; transport and separate electrical charge; and catalyze fuel-producing reactions.

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Rice study finds using natural gas for electricity and heating, not transportation, more effective in reducing GHGs

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However, residential uses and exports of natural gas were not considered in those comparisons. Comparisons for CNG- and gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles were conducted with the December 2012 release of Argonne National Lab’s GREET.

2016 84

CALSTART survey of major auto suppliers finds 70% don’t want US to change CAFE targets; split on amount of electrification needed

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Deployment of electric vehicles is required under the ZEV mandates that exist in California and various other states (requiring electrification in 15% of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, which equates to about 4% of new light-duty vehicle sales nationwide).

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Stanley Engineered Fastening bringing next-gen self-pierce rivets to NA market; lightweight materials assembly

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In addition, the joint has higher dynamic strength in comparison to a spot welded joint.

2016 78

BNEF forecasts EVs to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040; cost of ownership below conventional-fuel vehicles by 2025

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A new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that sales of electric vehicles will hit 41 million by 2040, representing 35% of new light duty vehicle sales worldwide. However, that cost comparison is set to change radically in the 2020s.

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California ARB holding informational meeting on feasibility of measuring LEV III PM mass standards

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PM emissions from light- and medium-duty vehicles are regulated by California’s Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulations. LEV III tightens the PM standard for light-duty vehicles (cars and trucks) and medium-duty passenger vehicles in two phases.

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Rice team develops “antenna-reactor” plasmonic catalysts for increased energy savings and efficiency in catalytic processes

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Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), with colleagues at Princeton University, have developed a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts, creating an “antenna-reactor” plasmonic catalyst.

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Fuel Economy Keeps Rising: 24.6 MPG In March

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will sound a little poor in comparison. But that''s the average economy of all cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in the U.S. If you''re used to driving around in a Prius then average miles per gallon of 24.6 in March--and it''s an all-time high. mpg is 0.2 mpg higher than January and February''s revised figures, both the previous

Kreisel Electric introduces Li-ion home energy storage systems; 9.6 kW output for faster EV charging

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As one point of comparison, Tesla’s Powerwall home energy storage unit offers 3.3 An innovative lighting design (ambient interface LED) communicates the battery level and the charge and discharge activities.

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Volkswagen prices 2017 e-Golf starting at $30,495; longer range, better fuel economy, more power

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As a comparison, the 2017 LEAF (107 miles total range) consumes 30 kWh/100 miles according to the EPA; the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric (124 miles total range) consumes 25 kWh/100 miles; while the 2017 Honda Clarity (89 miles total range) consumes 30 kWh/100 miles. Volkswagen of America Inc.

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GS Yuasa develops 12V Li-ion battery for start/stop applications

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The new lithium-ion battery uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate / Graphite combination and offers advantages in comparison with the traditional lead-acid battery in terms of light weight, high power and long life.

2014 78

Study finds ethanol blending appears to reduce significantly genotoxic emissions from gasoline direct injection vehicles

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These vehicles have been introduced promising enhanced engine power and fuel efficiency and hence lower CO 2 emissions in comparison with PFI vehicles. They used the worldwide harmonized light-duty vehicle test cycle (WLTC), which includes urban, extra-urban, highway, and motorway driving.

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Federal-Mogul low-copper and copper-free brake pads for heavy-duty vehicles

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Building on the success of its existing Eco-Friction pads for light vehicles ( earlier post ), the new formulations meet forthcoming environmental legislations without compromising pad performance and allow customers to satisfy all markets with a single specification. We were able to use our experience from light vehicle applications by following a similar development process, but the actual material formulations are quite different for heavy-duty applications.

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