Electric Mobility Articles

  • US: Toyota expands fuel cell programme

    Toyota is expanding its fuel cell programme in the US. Toyota Motor Sales, USA (TMS) plans to place more than 100 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle – Advanced (FCHV-adv) vehicles in a US-wide demonstration programme over the next three years. The models will be used by universities, private companies and government

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  • Japan: New monitor unit for li-ion batteries from Denso

    Denso has developed its first battery monitoring unit, which uses a newly-developed voltage control method, for lithium-ion batteries used in vehicles. According to the supplier, this voltage control method uses a simpler and lower-cost voltage control circuit. This unit has been installed in the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, which launched…

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  • China: FAW to boost CGI product development

    FAW Foundry, part of the China FAW Group R&D organisation, which claims to be the largest automotive R&D organisation in China, has entered into a long-term agreement with SinterCast for the use of the Swedish company’s process control technology for the production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). Under the terms

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  • US: BorgWarner to supply transfer cases for Ram trucks

    Chrysler Group LLC has selected BorgWarner to supply it with torque-on-demand (TOD) and electric shift part-time transfer cases for Ram’s four-wheel drive 1500 and 2500/3500 pick-ups. “We are seeing rising interest among OEMs for our active, on-demand systems in the full-sized pick-up segment. These active systems automatically switch the vehicle…

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  • US: DTNA, Navistar & Cummins announce DOE grants

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Navistar and Cummins will each receive funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop fuel-efficient technologies. DTNA will receive a grant of nearly US$40m, while Navistar’s Fort Wayne operations will get US$37.3m, towards technologies for heavy-duty trucks. Two projects, aimed at improving fuel…

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  • US: Nissan selects EV home charging point supplier

    Nissan North America has announced at the 2010 NAIAS that it has selected AeroVironment (AV) to supply electric vehicle (EV) home-charging stations and installation services supporting the introduction of the Nissan Leaf EV later this year. The Leaf will go on sale in select markets in the US in December. Although…

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  • US: GM receives US$7.7m engine grant

    General Motors has announced that the US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding it a US$7.7m grant to accelerate development of four technologies to improve the fuel economy of light-duty vehicles by at least 25%, while meeting strict future emissions standards. The GM project integrates technologies such as lean combustion,…

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    US: Ford announces US$450m Michigan hybrid investment

    Ford has announced plans to invest an additional US$450m to prepare for production of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid in Wayne, Michigan in 2012. This is in addition to previously announced plans to invest US$550m at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, preparing for the new Focus in 2010 and

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    US: Toyota unveils FT-CH hybrid concept

    Toyota has unveiled its FT-CH dedicated hybrid concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, which opened to the press on 11 January. The CH stands for ‘compact hybrid’, as in compact class, compared to the mid-size class Prius. The FT-CH was designed at the Toyota Europe…

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  • US: Ricardo and PEP unveil EV charger

    Ricardo’s US division Ricardo, Inc has unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which opened to the press on 11 January. The station, developed in collaboration with PEP Stations LLC, allows drivers of electric vehicles to access electricity when payment is made

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  • Germany: MAN Group secures €300m R&D loan

    MAN Group has concluded a €300m (US$436m) loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The funding will be used towards research into more fuel efficient and cleaner engines for trucks and buses. The loan is part of a programme to stimulate investment in eco-friendly automotive transport. Over the next…

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  • India: Industry seeks postponement of BS IV deadline

    The Indian automotive industry has sought more time from the government for the implementation of Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emissions standards in the country. In this regard, the industry has asked the government to postpone these norms, which are scheduled to come into effect in 11 Indian cities from

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  • US: Cummins receives EPA OK for new SCR engines

    Cummins has announced it has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2010 Heavy-duty big-bore ISX15 and MidRange ISB6.7, ISC8.3 and ISL9 engines. Certification of these engines means that the Cummins 2010 engine line-up for on-highway applications meets the near zero emissions levels required for all engines

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