Fuel Cell Technology: Is it really BS or what?

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Is fuel cell technology just an expensive distraction that diverts research and development dollars away from electric car battery research? Or are fuel cells a helpful tool for reducing global carbon emissions

2019 89

DOE announces $59M to accelerate advanced vehicle technologies research

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $59 million for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. Topic 5: New Materials and Engine Technologies for High Efficiency Powertrains (up to $15 million). Topic 6: Technology Integration (up to $17.5

2019 111

Hyundai Motor Group introduces industry-first smartphone-based EV performance control technology; blockchain

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Hyundai Motor Group has developed smartphone-EV pairing-based performance adjustment technology which allows users to customize primary functions through a smartphone application—an industry-first innovation.

2019 121

Gasoline direct injection was the most widely adopted emerging fuel saving technology in 2018: 51%

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Manufacturers have been adopting technologies that improve the efficiency of light-duty vehicles and allow them to achieve greater fuel economy. Manufacturer use of emerging technologies for model year 2018.

2019 124

CRI awarded €1.8M EU grant to scale CO2-to-methanol technology

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Carbon Recycling International has been awarded a €1.8-million (US$2.0-million) grant under the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme to increase the scale of its CO 2 -to-methanol technology, marketed under the trademark Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL).

2019 78

AutoX to showcase autonomous grocery delivery technology at CES

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AutoX, one of the first companies to offer a grocery delivery service using self-driving vehicles, will showcase its latest autonomous vehicle technology at CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week.

2019 115

Revolve Technologies shows new PCB-based fuel cell range extender

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UK-based Revolve Technologies has revealed the successful completion of a project to develop novel fuel cell technology using printed circuit board (PCB) construction (PCBFC). Source: Revolve Technologies. The technology can also be adopted by OEMs in other pure EV segments.

2018 134

Toyota providing nearly 24,000 licenses for vehicle electrification technologies royalty-free

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Toyota announced that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies.

2019 117

BMW seeking quiet cooling technologies for fast charging of EVs

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BMW is seeking alternative cooling technologies for vehicle batteries to further improve peak cooling capacity during fast charging while reducing cooling components’ vibration and noise emission. Current technologies use electric refrigerant compressors.

2019 88

Schaeffler to showcase electrification technologies at CES 2019

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A transmission specifically for electric vehicles of which one each at the front and rear axles of the new Audi e-tron enables a particularly efficient all-wheel drive system with smart control technology is another example. Benefits from experience in conventional powertrain technology.

2018 115

Mazda unveils CX-30 compact crossover SUV with mild hybrid technology

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With a newly developed control system and new technologies to reduce friction, i-Activ AWD delivers a refined and stable ride in any situation and real-world fuel economy almost as good as a front-wheel drive vehicle.

2019 96

Lumotive unveils LiDAR with LCM beam-steering technology for autonomous vehicles

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Lumotive, a Bill Gates-funded startup developing LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles, introduced a beam-steering technology which will significantly improve the performance, reliability and cost of LiDAR systems for the emerging self-driving car industry.

2019 120

Nissan and DOCOMO test I2V technology using 5G in moving vehicle

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are putting Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible technology through its field test in a moving vehicle, using DOCOMO’s fifth-generation mobile communications connectivity. Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, is a future Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology that merges the real and virtual worlds.

2019 116

Dana showcasing fuel cell technology for public transportation systems at Hannover Messe

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Dana’s fuel-cell technologies and capabilities will be on display at Hannover Messe 2019, April 1-5 in Hannover, Germany.

2019 106

TRI-AD, Maxar Technologies, NTT DATA collaborate to build high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles from space

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TRI-AD), Toyota’s automated driving software development company; Maxar Technologies Inc., Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc.

2019 91

SEAT joins Alastria for the development of blockchain technology-based solutions

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SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has joined Alastria , the first semi-public multi-sectorial consortium which aims to provide a venue for digital cooperation in an independent, neutral network in which blockchain technology-based products and services are developed.

2018 134

Williams Advanced Engineering develops pair of innovative CFRP technologies: 223 and Racetrak

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Williams Advanced Engineering has developed a pair of innovative technologies that promise a step-change in the affordability of composite materials.

2019 116

LG Chem invests in Enevate; silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology

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Introduced in November 2017, Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs enables Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells with up to 50% higher capacity than conventional graphite cells. Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology is a self-standing, silicon-dominant composite anode with more than 70% silicon.

2018 134

Maxwell Technologies sells HV product line to Renaissance to focus on energy storage for EVs

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery technology, has simultaneously signed and closed a definitive agreement to sell its High Voltage (HV) product line to Renaissance Investment Foundation.

2018 119

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

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Until recently, the use of OER—digital educational materials that are both more easily adaptable by instructors and more affordable than traditional textbooks—was being led by early-adopter professors driven by a desire to improve teaching and an interest in new technology. Again, OER has technological advantages it can exploit to achieve this. And not all OER materials are supported by all technologies, so not every platform allows students to use whatever device they own.

2017 126

Volkswagen acquiring 75.1% majority stake in WirelessCar from Volvo Information Technology AB

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WirelessCar has its own technology platform and also develops digital services, including concierge and billing services (e.g. WirelessCar joins Microsoft and diconium as the third major technology partner involved. The Volkswagen Group is acquiring a 75.1%

2018 119

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

Emerging Fuels Technology licenses its second-generation Fischer-Tropsch technology to Red Rock Biofuels

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Emerging Fuels Technology , Inc (EFT) has executed a license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC (RRB) under which EFT will provide its second-generation TL8a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to provide additional FT capacity for RRB’s biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. IR1 says that through a proprietary integration of existing technologies, it makes the long-commercialized Fischer-Tropsch process economic at the biomass scale.

2018 70

UQM Technologies to be acquired by Danfoss; ~$100M deal

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UQM Technologies, Inc. We’re proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to a future with Danfoss, with which we can enhance service for our customers, invest in technology, and adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of our core markets. —Joe Mitchell, UQM Technologies’ President and CEO.

2019 78

Linear Labs closes $4.5M seed round to fund commercialization of new electric motor technology

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LL was established in 2013 after developing an entirely new methodology in the construction of electric motor and generator technologies that create more power while using less energy. Next-generation electric motor company Linear Labs (LL) closed a $4.5-million seed round led by Science Inc.

2019 96

Duryea Technologies develops electric supercharger

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Duryea Technologies (founded in 1996 under the name “eCycle” with the objective of commercializing hybrid and electric motorcycles) has developed an electric supercharger for use in the consumer and commercial vehicle markets.

2016 90

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. liters per 100 km (181 mpg US) were made possible by advances in the area of battery cell technology. At Auto Shanghai 2019 in April, BMW Brilliance Automotive will present the new edition of the BMW X1 xDrive25Le.

2019 89

CSIRO fills fuel cell vehicles with H2 produced by novel membrane technology; H2 from NH3

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The technology can open the pathway for bulk hydrogen to be transported in the form of ammonia, using existing infrastructure, and then reconverted back to hydrogen at the point of use.

2018 123

Volkswagen outlines drivetrain technology in electric I.D. R Pikes Peak

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With the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb now less than two weeks away, Volkswagen outlined the drivetrain technology in the I.D. Volkswagen already has plenty of experience of high-voltage technology.

2018 101

Anjie Wireless licenses WiTricity technology for China EV market

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Under the terms of the agreement, Anjie Wireless will license WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology and industry-leading designs to develop and commercialize highly efficient wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging systems for sale to leading carmaker brands in the China market. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 system , based on the company’s patented magnetic resonance technology, operates at 11 kW of power and at an efficiency that matches or exceeds most conventional plug-in chargers.

2018 81

Next-Battery secures strategic relationship with China-based Lvchi Automobile Technology

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Next-Battery , a start-up developing high energy-density Li-ion battery technology, has secured a strategic relationship with Lvchi Automobile Technology (Shanghai) Co Ltd. Lvchi also has technology centers in Coventry, England and Silicon Valley.

2018 109

Renault-Nissan Alliance establishes Joint Innovation Hub in China to accelerate technology development for new mobility

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Technologies pioneered by the innovation hub will be potentially applied to Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in China and around the world. China is not only the world’s largest auto market but is also at the leading edge of new technologies that will change the face of future mobility. Renault and Nissan have established a new research and development joint venture in Shanghai, China: the Alliance Automotive Research and Development (Shanghai), Ltd.,

2019 73

EV startup Byton commissions Dürr for paint shop; EcoInCure technology

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Distinguishing features are a 20% reduction in the facility’s physical footprint and the use of pioneering technologies such as the EcoInCure oven—which is highly suited for electric vehicles. The first three paint shops with this technology will go into operation early 2019.

2018 96

Coulomb, MasterCard, and the future of public charging

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Coulomb Technologies unveiled San Francisco's first ChargePoint America charge stations yesterday in a Priority Parking lot along the Embarcadero. Tags: chargepoint america coulomb technologies aerovironment public charging clipper creek leviton

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NSF funds U of Kansas researcher developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries

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Supported by a new five-year, $500,000- grant from the National Science Foundation, a researcher from the University of Kansas is developing machine learning technology to monitor and prevent overheating in lithium-ion batteries. Presently, most technologies to track the temperature of lithium-ion batteries are inadequate because sensors only can read the outside surface temperature of the batteries, according to the KU researcher.

2019 84

WiTricity acquires Qualcomm Halo; unifying technology platforms for wireless EV charging

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WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer (WPT), has acquired from Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. certain technology platform and IP assets, which will bring more than 1,500 patents and patent applications related to wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. In 2011, Qualcomm had acquired the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a leading provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles.

2019 92

DARPA GXV-T demos showcase radical vehicle technologies

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DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies ( GXV-T ) program ( earlier post ) aims to improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor. Amber Walker, GXV-T program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office.

2018 90

SwRI opens Energy Storage Technology Center

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Southwest Research Institute has opened a new Energy Storage Technology Center , bringing its diverse scientific research, development and evaluation of energy storage systems under one roof. The facility houses SwRI technology to evaluate and to develop battery and energy storage systems for electric, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles; grid storage; flywheels; and stationary systems such as flow batteries for electric power grid applications.

2018 65

Nissan Serena’s e-POWER system named RJC Technology of the Year

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Nissan’s e-POWER electrified powertrain ( earlier post ), available in the Serena minivan ( earlier post ), has been named Technology of the Year for 2019 by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC).

2018 121

SNS Telecom & IT: V2X communications technology will be $1.2B opportunity by 2022

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V2X communications technology allows vehicles to directly communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and other road users to deliver an array of benefits in the form of road safety, traffic efficiency, smart mobility, environmental sustainability, and driver convenience. As a result, a number of automotive OEMs are beginning to adopt a flexible approach by choosing to deploy different technologies in different regions as they commit to V2X.

2019 78

Audi reveals vehicle communication technology

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Among them was a further exploration of its car-to-car technology (Car-2-X) which is said to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Audi Green cars Latest news Audi vehicle communication technology Car-2-X technology Consumer Electronics Show travolution project vehicle communication technologyThe Consumer Electronics Show was the opportunity Audi needed to highlight an array of new vehicle communication and infotainment ideas.

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Argonne’s HyMag technology boosts usable magnetic flux density of permanent magnets by 10-30%

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have developed a new magnet technology that could benefit virtually any technology that draws power from electric motors or generates power from generators. The technology was developed by Kaizhong Gao and Yuepeng Zhang, both of whom work for the nanomaterials, devices and systems group in Argonne’s Applied Materials division.

2019 96

Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank Vision Fund to invest $1B in Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group; automated ridesharing services

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DENSO Corporation and the SoftBank Vision Fund (SVF) will invest $1 billion in Uber Technologies Inc.’s s Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG). Leveraging the strengths of Uber ATG’s autonomous vehicle technology and service network and the Toyota Group’s vehicle control system technology, mass-production capability, and advanced safety support systems, such as Toyota Guardian, will enable us to commercialize safer, lower cost automated ridesharing vehicles and services.

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