Mazda range-extended electric car may help the rotary live on

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The Wankel rotary, the peculiar pistonless internal combustion engine design that Mazda built so much of its heritage around, may see a resurgence after all. Plug-In Hybrids Rotary Wankel rotary engine Range-Extended Electric VehicleEarlier reports and remarks from Mazda executives have suggested that while the rotary will make a comeback, it will be relegated to what’s essentially an emergency generator—a.

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ESA completes further design validation of Reaction Engine’s air-breathing SABRE rocket engine

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UK-based Reaction Engines has received further endorsement of its SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) design ( earlier post ) via its collaboration with ESA and the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

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Longer-range Nissan LEAF PLUS starts at $36,550 in US with up to 226 miles of range

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The “PLUS” designation refers to the increased energy density of the model’s 62 kWh battery pack and the higher 214-horsepower output of its powertrain versus the 40 kWh option. The Nissan 40kWh battery LEAF with up to 150 miles of range is available at a starting price of under $30,000.

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Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The range extender system uses a turbine to drive a generator which charges the battery pack.

2018 93

GM using Autodesk generative design software for lightweighting work

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GM is using new generative design software technology from Autodesk to support its vehicle lightweighting efforts. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. GM is utilizing the innovative technology on future product designs.

2018 94

Irizar Group introduces electric ie truck with CNG range extender

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The Irizar Group is introducing the electric Irizar ie truck into its range of zero-emissions products. The low position of the driver’s seat, the width of the windscreens and side windows and ergonomic access to all the controls and the dashboard screen are features emphasized in the design.

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Wärtsilä introducing portfolio of hybrid tug designs

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The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Notably, the enhanced efficiency enables the total installed main engine power to be less than with conventional designs.

2017 78

SunLine Transit puts new long-range fuel-cell range extended electric bus into service

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With funding from the private sector, the Federal Transit Administration, and the California Energy Commission, SunLine Transit unveiled an electric bus with a fuel cell range extender to support a 250-300-mile daily route.

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Revolve Technologies shows new PCB-based fuel cell range extender

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A Renault Kangoo ZE van with a PCB fuel cell range extender was displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week past. With the PCBFC fitted, an additional range of around 80 miles can be expected on a NEDC cycle with 1.7

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Range Rover Hybrid Coming

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The 2014 Range Rover is designed to be the most capable luxury condo on the market. Redesigned just last year, 2014 Range Rover is meant to offer a luxurious oasis in the midst of an Arabian oil field, or a suburban soccer field. The 2014 Range Rover Hybrid is powered by 3.0L

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Robert Allan Ltd. designs new battery-electric pilot boat

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Twin small auxiliary generators give “get home” and range extension capability but are normally not running. The propulsion motors are 500 kW 2,800 rpm permanent magnet 750 volt AC electric motors controlled by frequency convertors providing a full range of speed.

2018 78

New BMW X1 xDrive25Le PHEV boosts electric range 83% to 110 km; new NCM battery technology

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The compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) developed exclusively for the Chinese automotive market with extended wheelbase and plug-in drive now achieves an electrically powered range of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) due to its new battery technology. The 83% increase in range as compared to the predecessor model and the reduction in fuel consumption by 72% to 1.3 At Auto Shanghai 2019 in April, BMW Brilliance Automotive will present the new edition of the BMW X1 xDrive25Le.

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EU-Live project unveils electrified 3-wheeler; designed by Groupe PSA

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Groupe PSA was involved as the only automaker in the project, and as a result has expanded its design expertise beyond the automotive industry. The light vehicle has a total range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (81 mph).

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Sandia-led team designs feasible hydrogen fuel-cell coastal research vessel; implications for large hydrogen-fueled vessels

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The report found feasible a 10-knot vessel with 2400 nautical mile range, able to perform 14 Scripps science missions, that could be refueled with liquid hydrogen at 4 different ports of call along the US west coast. Once completed, the vessel design was reviewed by DNV GL and the U.S.

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Boeing NeXt autonomous electric passenger air vehicle completes first flight; eVTOL with 50-mile range

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In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype. Powered by an electric propulsion system, the PAV prototype is designed for fully autonomous flight from takeoff to landing, with a range of up to 50 miles (80.47

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Delta Motorsport introduces Micro Turbine Range Extender

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At the LCV 2016 event in the UK last week, Delta Motorsport unveiled a new low-cost micro-turbine applied as a range-extended in an electric car. The company developed the E-4 Coupe extended-range electric electric vehicle in a £3.1-million (US$4-million) collaborative R&D project.

2016 130

Argonne team identifies optimized engine designs for a given fuel

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have pinpointed optimized engine designs for a given fuel.

2017 78

Fisker Karma wins Design of the Year award

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Range-extended luxury car, the Fisker Karma has been named as the Automobile magazine’s 2012 ‘Design of the Year’. The US publication’s editor honoured the model for its sleek lines and sporty look, writing that the Karma: “stands to become an icon, even without mention of its range-extended electric powertrain”. Fisker Automobile award design Karma Sedan

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New white label EV to achieve 430 mile range

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British electric vehicle firm Gevco has revealed a new ‘white label’ design for electric cars which can achieve up to an impressive 430 mile range. In collaboration with international automotive engineering and testing firm, MIRA, the new design is planned to form the base for a range of electric cars by 2015. Electric cars design electric car ev GEVCO MIRA production range white lable

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Changing tires on Chevy Bolt EV electric car: your range, grip, and noise may vary

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Specially designed to reduce the energy wasted as heat from the friction between the tire and the road, these tires can boost efficiency by a few percentage points in an electric car. Tires Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Range TestOne of the many tactics used by carmakers to boost efficiency in their vehicles is fitting low-rolling-resistance tires.

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Rice, Penn State study shows machine learning can improve catalyst design

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Chemical engineers at Rice University and Pennsylvania State University have shown that combining machine learning and quantum chemistry can save time and expense in designing new catalysts.

2018 83

Wärtsilä introduces HY hybrid tug design for Chinese market

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The technology group Wärtsilä has adapted its hybrid tug design ( earlier post ) specifically to meet the needs of the Chinese market. The Wärtsilä HYTug design is based upon Wärtsilä’s fully integrated hybrid power module. The design is available in three different hull sizes: a 28m harbor tug with a 50t bollard pull; a 29.5m A bollard pull range of 40 to 90t can be covered with the appropriate Wärtsilä equipment modules.

2017 60

AVEVAI introduces IONA e-LCVs with more than 300 km range; supercapacitor-battery hybrid technology

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AVEVAI , a new B2B e-mobility and logistics solutions and technology provider based in Singapore, launched its range of IONA electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) at the 5 th Guangzhou International Electric Vehicles Show in China (16-25 November 2018).

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Visedo introducing new SRPM motor design for buses; 10% increase in power, better cooling

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Finnish manufacturer Visedo is unveiling a new electric motor design at BusWorld 2017 that is optimized for the bus market and ready for mass manufacture. The new S-model is part of a design upgrade across the entire PowerDRUM line.

2017 83

Loop Energy fuel cell range-extended yard truck in operation

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Canada-based Loop Energy’s fuel cell range extender system ( earlier post ) is fully functional and operating in a heavy-duty terminal tractor (or yard truck) with partner China National Heavy-Duty Truck Company (CNHTC).

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GM details 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid powertrain design and operation

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Ability to package in a range of front-wheel drive vehicles, and reduction in overall packaging volume and mass. Ability to support a range of engine displacements depending on vehicle requirements. However, the transaxles were designed with unique rotors specific to the application.

2016 83

Audi updates A3 Sportback g-tron with increased tank volume for greater natural gas range

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lb) of CNG extends the range during gas operation. The two plastic tanks storing the gas with an operating pressure of up to 200 bar follow the Audi lightweight design philosophy. The Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is starting the new model year with a technology update.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Accenture to design connected smart ships

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Accenture are collaborating to design a ‘connected smart ship’ that will enable ship owners to better manage their fleets and achieve potential operational savings through the application of digital technologies.

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Study finds holey graphene promising design route for noble-metal-free HER catalysts for acidic electrolytes

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Our results reveal that the combination of a non-noble metal with holey graphene is a promising design route for noble-metal-free catalysts that are chemically stable in acidic electrolytes.

2018 83

BMW introduces iPerformance designation, starting with three 7-Series plug-ins

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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW will officially introduce the new iPerformance model designation, which will be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles starting in July 2016, as a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand.

2016 83

Alcoa develops new all-aluminum space frame and design for BYD electric bus; 40% weight reduction, 10% range extension

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Alcoa has developed a new all-aluminum space frame and bus design for BYD that has reduced the weight of the new BYD Electric Bus body by 40%—or nearly one ton—versus steel options. The new bus has a range of approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) on a full charge.

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AAA: EV HVAC use in frigid temperatures causes substantial drop in range

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C) and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of an electric vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41%. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F would be reduced to 59 miles. Testing was performed according to guidelines established in SAE International standard J1634, Battery Electric Vehicle Energy Consumption and Range Test Procedure. New research from AAA finds that when the outside temperature hits 20°F (-6.7 ?C)

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Renault EVs sponsor Grand Designs Live

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Smart, energy-efficient design can benefit both home and car – perhaps that is why Renault, with its range of low-running cost EVs, has become the official automotive sponsor for Grand Designs Live for both the Birmingham and London shows.

NIO launches ES6 electric SUV starting at $52K and 317-mile range

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The ES6 sports the only body design with a hybrid structure of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber in its class. PM and IM motors and a 510-km range. The ES6 features a lightweight design and drag coefficient Cd of 0.28 This newest model continues the NIO family design language.

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GM researchers posit simple model to assist in balancing high energy density vs fast charging in EV design

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The end result is a qualitative model that can be used to calculate the optimal EV range (which maps back to the battery size and performance), including the influence of fast charge. Optimal value of EV range x.

2018 93

Symbio intros 40 kW hydrogen fuel cell range-extending module for heavy-duty electric vehicles

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit in Montreal, hydrogen fuel-cell company Symbio intoduced a 40-kW fuel cell system—H2Motiv L—targeting range-extending conversion applications for heavy-duty electric vehicles.

2018 130

NREL develops Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device to help improve Li-ion battery design

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The intent of the ISC is to enhance the designs of Li-ion batteries by testing the effects of a latent internal short circuit and related escalating temperatures, which can lead to thermal runaway and hazards.

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BMW and MIT Self-Assembly Lab collaborate to design the first printed inflatable material; liquid printed pneumatics

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The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that selftransform, adapt and morph from one state to another. —Martina Starke, head of BMW Brand Vision and BMW Brand Design at BMW Group.

2018 83

Purdue, Notre Dame, Cummins discovery could lead to new SCR catalyst design for improved NOx control

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Researchers at Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and Cummins have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve SCR catalyst designs for pollution-control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust.

2017 88

Lucid reveals design for its luxury Air sedan, a Tesla competitor

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Lucid Motors—the California automotive startup formerly known as Atieva—had previously announced its intention to build a long-range electric luxury sedan, putting it in competition with Tesla Motors. We now have some key details and a first look at the design of this car, as well as its name: the Air.

2016 78

Fisker Karma Will Be Relaunched With 2012 Design, Updates

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The future of the Fisker Karma range-extended luxury electric sedan has been in the hands of new owner Wanxiang America for many months, with little known about its relaunch plans or timing. Now, however, a Reuters article says that the company plans to relaunch the existing vehicle--last sold as the 2012 Fisker Karma--"by next year," presumably

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Gordon Murray Design announces electric car specifications

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City Car from Gordon Murray Design have been revealed. The pure electric drive vehicle has been designed to fully optimise packaging, weight and performance. With a range of 80-100 [.]. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric car specifications electric vehicles Gordon Murray Gordon Murray Design T.25 The specification and performance targets of the T.27

Eaton introducing new power-dense inverter technology to help reduce weight, extend range of EVs

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Eaton’s eMobility business has developed compact power-dense automotive inverters capable of increasing the range of electric vehicles. The inverter’s high-power density and compact, lightweight design help maximize range while taking up minimal space in the vehicle. Most global automakers have different vehicle electrification strategies, so the products we are developing must be able to support a range of applications.

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