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 95

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 96

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

Nissan teases aerodynamic design of new LEAF

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In its ongoing series of teasers leading up to the reveal of the new LEAF EV in September, Nissan has released a rendering of the car’s improved aerodynamic design. The new design improves efficiency, and thus range on a single charge.

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.

2018 158

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

2018 134

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

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.

2018 129

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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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

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).

2018 129

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 85

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.

2018 105

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

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 85

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).

2017 118

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 85

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 85

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

2013 68

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.

2015 96

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 95

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 85

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

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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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 85

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 90

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.

2015 122

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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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.

2018 62

Toyota details design of fuel cell system in Mirai; work on electrode catalysts

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To enable this technology sharing in the Mirai, Toyota had to make a design advance from Toyota’s earlier Toyota FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicle, launched on a limited lease basis in 2008 ( earlier post ) with the introduction of an FC Boost Converter.

2016 107

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

2015 53

ITM Power to launch 100 MW electrolyzer plant designs at Hannover Messe 2017

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ITM Power has sold a number of MW-scale plants over the last year and is now responding to enquires for much larger plant for bus and heavy goods vehicle refueling stations in the to 10MW range and, increasingly, industrial applications ranging from power-to-gas, refineries and steel-making in the 10MW to 100MW range. The modular design of ITM Power’s electrolyzer systems enables scale-up.

2016 88

Bespoke higher power version of GKN eAxle for London Taxi range-extended EV

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GKN Driveline launched its coaxial eAxle in its first application across Volvo’s range of T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids, picking up an Automotive News PACE Innovation Award in 2016.

2018 114

Novel fluid simulation software enables longer range for EVs by reducing losses in drivetrain

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Driveline engineering consultancy Drive System Design (DSD) has partnered with software specialists Altair and FluiDyna to develop and enhance FluiDyna’s computer modeling technique, nanoFluidX , that significantly improves the analysis of lubrication flow.

2018 122

Hyundai launches Sonata PHEV; 22-mile electric range

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Recharge time ranges from two and a half hours at a 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet. Sonata PHEV uses the same functional design changes as the Sonata Hybrid to improve its drag coefficient to a class-leading 0.24

2015 117

Mitsubishi eX concept crossover highlights design and electric vehicle technology directions

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MMC intends the eX to showcase next-generation electric vehicle technologies, as well as a new take on the Dynamic Shield front design concept. With further weight reductions in the vehicle itself, the eX can deliver a cruising range of 400 km (249 miles).

2015 113

Mazda to develop BEV and EREV with rotary engine range extender

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Mazda will develop two battery electric vehicles, one powered solely by battery and another that pairs a battery with a newly developed range extender powered by Mazda’s small, lightweight and exceptionally quiet rotary engine. The range extender will recharge the battery when necessary to effectively increase the vehicle's driving range.

2018 78

Qualcomm Technologies offering C-V2X chipset and reference design; first commercial solution

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a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated recenetly introduced its first-announced Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) commercial solution based on 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications for PC5-based direct communications, the Qualcomm C-V2X Reference Design, which will feature the 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated GNSS capability, and include an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack and a Hardware Security Module (HSM).

2017 68

McPhy Energy to design ship-board hydrogen storage for Fincantieri

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McPhy Energy, a specialist in solid-state hydrogen storage using metal hydrides at low pressure, has signed a contract with one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, Italy-based Fincantieri , for the design of a storage system for vessels powered by hydrogen that will lead to the manufacturing of the first prototype. McPhy has selected magnesium hydrides (MgH 2 ) for mass storage because they offer a large range of benefits.

2014 80

New 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata updates design, tweaks powertrain

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design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Theta II featured numerous design enhancements over its predecessor, beginning with a three-stage variable induction system (VIS) which automatically adjusted the volume of the air sucked into the combustion chamber to create an air-to-fuel mix optimized for varying engine load conditions. 2015 Sonata 2.0T Click to enlarge.

2014 81

Obama Administration recommends designating most of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness

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million acres—including the Coastal Plain—for designation as “Wilderness”. Wilderness” (with a capital “W”) refers to designated Wilderness areas, with accompanying restrictions.) The boundaries of the Refuge incorporated the original Arctic Range into Arctic Refuge.

2015 99

New rationally designed high-performance Li-S cathode; rate performance, capacity and long life

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Researchers in China report the development of a rationally designed Li−S cathode consisting of a freestanding composite thin film assembled from sulfur nanoparticles, reduced graphene oxide (rGO), and a multifunctional additive poly(anthraquinonyl sulfide) (PAQS): nano-S:rGO:PAQS.

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