Audi’s production electric e-tron quattro may set a new standard for vehicle handling; advanced vehicle dynamics control

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The production version of Audi’s battery electric e-tron quattro SUV ( earlier post ), due out in 2018, is an important vehicle for the brand, and especially for Audi of America, which is driving many of the requirements for the C-segment electric SUV. Vehicle dynamics.

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Meritor makes strategic investment in TransPower to accelerate medium- and heavy-duty electrical vehicle platforms

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a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has made a strategic investment in TransPower , a provider of electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. California-based TransPower supplies integrated drive systems, full electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems to major manufacturers of trucks, school buses, refuse vehicles and terminal tractors. Meritor, Inc.,

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Xtrac introduces Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) transmission system; torque vectoring with dual motors

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Xtrac has introduced its P1227 gearbox family, developed to address the growing market requirement for single-speed, lightweight and power-dense electric vehicle (EV) transmissions. Electric (Battery) Motors Transmissions Vehicle Dynamics

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Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles

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Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2030. Like hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, electric vehicles have major walls to climb to find mass adoption in vehicle sales and infrastructure. One barrier is the cost of owning an electric vehicle versus a cheaper, comparable gasoline-engine vehicle.

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Hyundai Motor and Aurora partner to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles by 2021; new autonomous features on next-gen fuel cell vehicle

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Hyundai Motor Company and Aurora Innovation, an autonomous vehicle technology startup ( earlier post ), announced a strategic partnership to bring self-driving Hyundai vehicles to market by 2021. This partnership will incorporate Aurora’s self-driving technology into Hyundai vehicles starting with models custom-developed and launched in test programs and pilot cities. Over the longer term, Hyundai and Aurora will work to commercialize self-driving vehicles worldwide.

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DOE: 11% of motor vehicles jobs focus on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles

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million jobs supported by the motor vehicles and component parts industry for the first quarter of 2016 were related to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The majority of employment (82%) was related to gasoline and diesel vehicles, while 7% was classified as “other.”

Ricardo Energy & Environment launches real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service with individual vehicle identification in the UK

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In the UK, increasing pressure to reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles has led to growing interest in the introduction of Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones. The data recorded can be used to identify the most polluting vehicle types (i.e.

Toyota announces aggressive environmental targets through 2050; cutting new vehicle CO2 by 90% compared to 2010

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Addressing key global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortages, resource depletion, and degradation of biodiversity, the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing and driving vehicles as much as possible.

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Autonomous vehicle tech company Nauto enters strategic relationships with 3 automakers, including BMW and Toyota, and Allianz

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Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto has entered into strategic agreements with three major auto companies, including BMW i Ventures and Toyota Research Institute, as well as with Allianz Ventures, part of the leading global financial service provider and insurance company Allianz Group.

Porsche and Audi to work on shared vehicle architecture; electrification, autonomy, digitization

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Within the Volkswagen Group, Porsche AG and AUDI AG now plan to cooperate more closely on future vehicle architectures, with a particular focus on electrification, digitization and autonomous driving. Brands within the Volkswagen Group have been rolling out modular component matrices, or assembly toolkits, for their light-duty vehicles over the past few years. The focus is on the joint development of vehicle architectures, modules and components.

EPFL cooperative maneuvering control algorithm for integrating automated vehicles with legacy traffic; dynamic platooning

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Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), as part of the AutoNet2030 project, have developed a cooperative maneuvering control algorithm allowing automated vehicles to operate in traffic alongside manually-driven vehicles. The inter-vehicle co-operation is meant not only among automated vehicles, but extends also to manually driven vehicles. Each vehicle also benefits from its neighbors’ “eyes”, effectively enjoying 360 degree perception.

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SAE International publishes two standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications

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SAE International has published two new technical standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications: to standardize the data message sets used in Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications and to establish the parameters for a vehicle communication system to receive and transmit the message sets.

Missing piece in global vehicle emission puzzle: heavy trucks

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A global push to reduce vehicle emissions and create cleaner air for future generations has been underway for half a century now. emissions Trucks Commercial vehicle regulation freight semis truckingHowever, while many governments around the world have introduced lower emission and higher fuel-efficiency standards for passenger cars, another large contributor to global emissions has mostly traveled under the radar.

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ESKAM finishing electric drive axle module for commercial vehicles, new production technologies; vehicle testing this year

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All components fit neatly and compactly into a shared housing, which is fitted in the vehicle using a special frame construction also developed by the project engineers. After that, they want to fit the axle module into a real vehicle for testing by the end of 2015.

UK launches accreditation scheme for clean vehicle retrofit technologies

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In the UK, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST), together with industry stakeholders, have launched the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme ( CVRAS ). The scheme will enable the existing fleet of urban vehicles (initially buses, but extending rapidly to a wide range of vehicles) to be fitted with proven emission control solutions.

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Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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In real use, on a delivery cycle, the vehicle would have a range of around 200 km (124 miles) with a single load. expertise of Renault, European leader in electric vehicles, while maintaining all the qualities that have made Master a benchmark in the heavy van sector.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) and Dongfeng Motor Corporation enter strategic cooperation, focused on new energy vehicles

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—the rebirthed Saab—and Dongfeng Motor Corporation (Dongfeng) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to achieve global industrial synergies. According to the agreement, Dongfeng will support NEVS on the construction of new energy vehicles production and R&D in Tianjin and the formation of NEVS’ sales and service with support from Dongfeng’s dealer network. Dongfeng is one of the leading vehicle company groups in the world.

The interdependency of autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging

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Conference presentations at the 4th International Electric Vehicle Expo this week in Jeju, South Korea, explored issues related to automated driving systems, electric vehicles and infrastructure. Specifically, two presentations from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and SAE International addressed the interdependence of standardization, autonomous electric vehicles and wireless charging. “

Energy use for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: higher than electrics, even hybrids (analysis)

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It's now clear that the zero-emission vehicles of the future will be powered by electric motors. Carbon Footprint California hydrogen CARB greenhouse gas hydrogen fuel cell wells to wheels Zero Emission Vehicle regulationThe electricity to power those motors, however, will come from one of two competing technologies: high-capacity batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. The debate over which technology is superior, which has the lowest wells-to-wheels carbon footprint, and.

2019 BMW i5 crossover utility vehicle rendered from patent drawings

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Is there a future for the high-tech vehicles designed for maximum efficiency when battery-electric powertrains are rolling into conventional cars as well? Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) BMW i5With BMW having decided to offer not only plug-in hybrids across its range but also fully electric versions of its core models, its 'i' sub-brand is in a curious position.

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Ricardo supporting Active Response trial to unlock grid capacity for electric vehicles

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Ricardo is supporting a trial run by UK Power Networks into using smart grid technology to unlock spare capacity for increased electric vehicle use—maximizing the power available from existing infrastructure while avoiding costly network reinforcement or substation replacement. million electric vehicles in use across London, the East and South East of England where UK Power Networks delivers electricity—including London’s buses and taxis.

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Quebec passes Canada's first zero-emission vehicle rule, to start in 2018

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Quebec has become the first Canadian province to adopt a requirement for sales of a certain number of zero-emission vehicles, similar to the one in effect in California. Quebec's Assemblée Nationale passed the regulation on October 26 by a unanimous vote of 112 to 0, and to universal praise from Canada's electric vehicle community. Canada California plug-in cars Zero Emission Vehicle regulation state laws Quebec

Continental introduces novel aluminum wheel and braking concept for electric vehicles

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Continental has developed a new wheel and braking concept for electric vehicles. To increase the vehicle’s range, deceleration in the EV generates as much electricity as possible through recuperation (= braking using the electric motor), so the wheel brake is used less frequently.

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First Drive: Chevy Bolt EV 200-Mile Electric Car Development Vehicle

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If the production version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV lives up to the engineering development vehicles we saw and drove today, it will debut a new world of affordable, 200-mile electric cars that should be desirable to a broad mass market. Back in 2010, Chevy let journalists drive "integration vehicles" built to test the latest versions of. GM Chevy engineering Prototype plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chevrolet Bolt Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Big global companies launch EV100 effort to add electric vehicles, charging stations

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If you want to make electric vehicles the new normal, why not turn boring delivery vehicles into zero-emission boxes? plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Charging stationsThat's the plan of The Climate Group's new EV100 organization, launched in October, which is focused on electrifying fleets and "making electric transport the new normal by 2030." The companies that join EV100 make a public.

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Making the Mirai fuel cell vehicle

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In Japan, Toyota Motor held a production ceremony at the Motomachi Plant, which first began production in 1959, to mark the production of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which the company launched in November 2014, and began selling in Japan in December 2014. Vehicle trim.

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Renault unveils Next Two autonomous electric vehicle prototype for 2020

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Renault has unveiled the Next Two concept—the company’s current vision of an autonomous drive (AD) capable electric vehicle for the year 2020. The French government has included autonomous vehicles among its 34 plans for industry sectors as part of its New Face of Industry in France.

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SAE World Congress panel highlights progress on H2 infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle commercialization

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Although the SAE World Congress has been running panel sessions on fuel cell vehicle commercialization since 2005, this year was the first in which three participating automakers—Toyota, Hyundai and Honda—had fuel cell vehicles that customers can buy now or within a year.

Kia to introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025: 5 hybrids, 5 PHEVs, 5 BEVs, 1 FCV; Niro EV Concept

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Connected – By 2025, Kia will adopt connected car technologies across every vehicle segment, and aim to make every single model a connected car by 2030. Its aerodynamically-efficient body allows air to slip over, around and beneath the vehicle with ease.

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Ford opens portfolio of patented technologies to competitors to accelerate industry-wide electrified vehicle development

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Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. In total, Ford has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.

PwC: by 2030, the transport sector will require 138M fewer cars in Europe and US; vehicle stock in China to climb ~50%; traffic to be heavier

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China, in contrast, is expected to see its vehicle inventory rise to 280 million vehicles in 2030, up from 180 million today. However, although vehicle stock could fall significantly in Europe and the US in 2030, traffic on the roads will become even heavier, PwC suggests.

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Fujitsu launches hydrogen station data management service to support spread of fuel-cell vehicles

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Information on the hydrogen stations is then transmitted in real time by car companies, through their data centers, to the car navigation systems and smartphones of fuel-cell vehicle users. Connected vehicles Fuel Cells Hydrogen Infographic Infrastructure Japan

Volvo Cars to supply tens of thousands of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles to Uber

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Volvo Cars has signed a framework agreement with Uber to provide “tens of thousands” of autonomous-driving-compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021. The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.

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How California and China plan to push for millions of zero-emission vehicles

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California has long been the nation's leader in zero-emission vehicles, with initiatives dating more than two decades. China California hydrogen fuel cell Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Zero Emission Vehicle state lawsNow the Golden State is partnering with China, the world's largest car market, to accelerate that country's zero-emission goals. The state announced a new initiative with China, in which they will work together to accelerate the.

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Hyundai targets 1,400 units a year of next-gen fuel-cell vehicle: report

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It's public knowledge that Hyundai plans to replace its aging Tucson Fuel Cell utility vehicle with an all-new hydrogen-powered vehicle, and that it has big plans for the future. The Korean automaker showcased the FE Fuel Cell concept in March to provide a glimpse of what to expect when the dedicated design for its next fuel-cell vehicle arrives. hydrogen Future Cars hydrogen fuel cell Zero Emission Vehicle

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Protean Electric raises $70M to accelerate adoption of in-wheel drive systems for electrified vehicles in China

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Using a scalable and patented sub-motor architecture and designed to fit inside an 18" wheel rim, Protean’s current PD18 product provides the power and torque required to propel hybrid and electric vehicles from C-segment all the way to light commercial categories.

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Swedish ESPLANADE project developing common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles

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The Swedish automotive industry is working alongside academia and specialists in a comprehensive research project called ESPLANADE (Efficient and Safe Product Lines of Architectures eNabling Autonomous DrivE), to create a vital common safety methodology for autonomous vehicles. The aim of the ESPLANADE project is to create a common methodology to assess the safety of different systems, functions and scenarios to do with autonomous vehicles.

Toyota displays Mirai-based research vehicle with satellite communications function; Kymeta flat-panel antennae

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At the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Toyota is displaying a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle which is equipped with satellite communications technology from Kymeta , a US-based company that is the world's leader in flat-panel antenna technology.

Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

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China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Plug-In Hybrids Future Cars plug-in cars Zero Emission VehicleSales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own.

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Jaguar Land Rover and EPSRC announce $17M autonomous vehicle research program; 5 projects selected

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To realize the future potential for fully autonomous vehicles, we need to give drivers, pedestrians and other road users the confidence that a car driving around with little or no human input is a safe, viable and rewarding experience.