• 29Apr

    CNG Hybrid SchemaDuring the recent 2010 SAE World Congress, researchers presented a paper on the optimization of a natural-gas engine for a parallel hybrid powertrain. According to the study, this is possible by using an oversized turbocharger with and active waste gate control and an EGR. The study was made by the University of Strutgard’s Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering.

    Moves to optimize the CNG-fueled spark injection for the parallel hybrid powertrain can be traced back to the year 2006. During the latter part of the year, IVK, FKFS, Robert Bosch, and Opel were already collaborating on a natural gas hybrid vehicle project. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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  • 31Jan

    CPT Electric SuperchargerIf you are following developments in the auto industry, you are not new to electric and hybrid vehicles being developed by car makers all over the globe. These vehicles make use of electric motors alone or in combination with a typical combustion engine to propel the car on the road.

    Controlled Power Technologies, a company in the United Kingdom was able to find a way to harness electricity and use it to run a supercharger that can help improve the performance of combustion engines and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

    CPT was able to build VTES or Variable Torque Enhanced Systems. This is the electrically run supercharger which is an enhancement of conventional superchargers that uses belts connected to the crankshaft of the vehicle’s engine to save fuel during heavier power demands. They were able to demonstrate that the VTES reduces the emission of the combustion engine and make it as efficient as diesel engines.

    CPT collaborated with a German company that develops vehicle power trains. They paired the turbocharger with a demo unit of the Volkswagen Passat and were able to plot impressive results. A standard VW Passat with the same configuration gives off 194g/km of carbon dioxide while the one which used the electric supercharger recorded 159 g/km.

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  • 27Sep

    Trunk-Mounted Batteries Ford EVA study by University of California in Berkeley reveals that 64% of the chunk of electric vehicle sales in the near future will have the vehicle and the batteries being sold separately. The car and the battery that it will need will be treated as stand alone items.

    The proponents of the research see a direct correlation between consumer acceptance of electric vehicle technology and batteries being sold separately.

    At first look, consumer may be hesitant on buying a $15,000 battery pack with their vehicles. They might be thinking that the battery technology is not yet proven and it may have issues on longevity and durability. EV owners may also think that the car they purchased may not fit their need in the long run and will be a bit reluctant on getting the battery as part of the total cost.

    Car manufacturers looked into the study and are following what it suggests. Nissan is not yet decided if it will include the battery with their LEAF and considers leasing the battery as another product. Other major car makers have long decided that leasing the battery is the right way to go.

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  • 11Jul

    Carbonated drink giant, Coca-cola Enterprises (CCE), has recently announcedCoca Cola Hybrid Truck that they are set to added more than double of their present hybrid electric delivery trucks. The company is reported to hold a 142 trucks. With the addition of 185 new hybrids, the CCE is now holds the larget hybrid fleet in the whole of North America.

    Adding to the upgrading of their vehicles, CCE also said that they now have a heavier duty hybrid tractor. The said vehicle is aimed at supporting a 55,000 lbs gross vehicle combination weight. The said innovation is a welcome development for the company’s 33,000 lbs gross vehicle weight.

    CCE’s newest truck is designed with a hybrid powertrain for heavier loads. The new hybrid tractor is also in line with CCE’s campaign toward less energy consumption. The new truck is said to consume 305%less fuel that that of its old counterparts. CCE officials also said that the truck is said to produce 30% less of their old hybrid truck’s emissions.

    The popular beverage company is not entirely new to the hybrid campaign. CCE has, in fact, started their research for hybrid trucks since 2001. The company has partnered with their suppliers in the search for hybrid electric trucks.

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  • 28May

    Energtek Incorporated is in collaboration with the Philippine government to have Natural Gas Tricycle Energtekthe Metro Manila tricycles run on natural gas. The company develops storage systems for ANG or adsorbed natural gas.

    The CNG Lite storage system combines adsorbed natural gas with low-pressure technology. The set up is primarily aimed at fuelling two and three wheeled vehicles. The tanks are designed to store the natural gas on a working pressure of around 6MPa with a capacity of 5 to 10 liters. A set of Energtek tanks is designed to provide a driving range of about 100 kilometers or 62 miles.

    The team up between the developer and the government of the Philippines can be traced back to 2007. The Philippine Department of Energy requested the project from Energtek as it sees the viability of the natural gas harvested from its Malampaya Gas Reserve for consumption of the common means of transportation.

    The two and three wheel vehicle market is seen as the largest growing market in the world. At present, there are about 300 million units of two and three wheelers all over the globe. Asia gets bulk of the share with 200 million roaming the streets on a daily basis.

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  • 20Apr

    The auto world was teased by new photos of the LAMPO, the electric sports car from Protoscar SA. The LAMPO is a sports cabriolet fueled by renewable energy and was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

    The LAMPO gets its raw power from electric BRUSA motors installed in its front and rear parts. The rear portion is designed to be maximized for acceleration while the rear engine will utilize regenerative braking technology. Combined, these two motors produce an output of 268 horsepower with a torque of approximately 440Nm.

    The company boasts that the LAMPO can perform like a modern sporty car with the advantage of traveling on its 32KWh battery for 200 kilometers.

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  • 08Apr

    Renault TwingoRenault is working on a new family of low emission and CO2-free engines to fit the parameters of the Euro 5 and Euro 6 legislations. These engines are designed for a wide range of electric cars and conventional vehicles, including sedans, family cars, and four-wheel drives.

    The effort, Renault administrators said, is geared towards the production of affordable and environmentally friendly cars in the coming years. Aside from the lower CO2 levels released by the engines, they’re also reported to be significantly more fuel-efficient.

    The all-electric powertrains produced by Renault will be released in Kangoo-type vans and three-box sedan units as early as 2011. On the other hand, Renault is also developing eco-friendly technologies to improve the performance of their concurrent engines.

    A new line of modular Tce gasoline engines are being developed to lower the CO2 emissions of vehicles to 40g/km or less. The first of these three new engines are set to come out in two and a half years as well. They’re anticipated to be three- and four-cylinder Tce engines.

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  • 16Mar

    jatropha AFEXProf. Bruce Dale of Michigan State University patented a pre-treatment process called AFEX (Ammonia Fiber Expansion). AFEX can trim down the cost of fermenting cellulosic biomass to ethanol by reducing the processing procedures and eradicating the need to add supplements to aid the fermentation.

    AFEX pretreatment process utilizes ammonia to make the separation of cellulose and hemicellulose in plants 75% more efficient. The cellulose in plants, once extracted and broken down into sugars, can be transformed into biofuel.

    When a cellulosic material is treated with AFEX, it doesn’t need any washing or detoxification. This allows ethanol to be produced from cellulose without added supplements or procedures to aid the fermentation.

    The AFEX process is functioning under moderately mild condition. The biomass is heated at 100 degrees Centigrade with concentrated ammonia. Brisk pressure release aids the process. As a result, 99% of the ammonia is retrieved and recycled. This process decrystallizes cellulose, depolymerizes hemicellulose and remove lignin from it. AFEX decreases breaking down of the sugar in the biomass.

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  • 15Feb

    Revealed at the Detriot Auto Show, the Volkswagen BlueSport Concept’s sporty framework encloses an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine. With 177hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it drives at 60mph in 6.2 seconds.

    Successful in combining the words ‘diesel’ and ‘performance’, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission support the fuel efficiency engine in powering the car’s rear wheels while a brake energy regeneration system and the automatic start-stop method effectively reduce the engine’s pull, making the car more fuel efficient without compromising performance. The BlueSport Concept has a combined EPA rating of 42 mpg.

    Similar to the Scirocco and Golf, the BlueSport Concept is characterized by a new Volkswagen design language—the ‘design DNA’, developed by Walter de Silva, Flavio Manzoni, and Klaus Bischoff for the Volkswagen Group. The BlueSport Concept has the dual-cross slats, Xenon headlamps, and high-intensity LEDs for taillight aesthetics. Lightweight materials with a 45:55 weight distribution allow the BlueSport Concept to balance agility and economy—emitting only 113g/km of CO2.

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  • 15Jan

    Detroit Auto Show organizers have reserved a 70000 square foot test track so car lovers and journalist can experience first hand the EcoExperience new ride and drive sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    The track is located at the Michigan Hall at the lower level of the Cobo Center. Around 12 vehicles are available for journalists during the press preview and the public during regular exhibition day.

    According to organizers the annual car show is the perfect venue to display the future and developments in the auto industry. Aside from consumers about 6000 journalists from all over the globe attend the event.

    A lot of electric, hybrid, and concept cars will be in the block with the new releases of the major car makers. Displaying the next generation mode of transportation, that is being more conscious about the environment and efficient, is the focus of most players of the auto industry. According to organizers, this just shows that the auto industry is heading the right direction amid the global financial crisis.

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