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Volvo’s latest electric hybrid bus innovation

The 65th International Motor Show (IAA) is fast approaching. The commercial vehicle show, which runs from 25 September to 2 October, will be held in Hannover this year, and will feature a host of new buses, vans, trucks and trailers. Announcements and launches are starting to pour in, with Volvo ...

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Europe echoes US in call for real-world emissions testing

The need for real-world testing of emissions and fuel efficiency has been debated for years. The European Commission is under pressure from environmental groups to make the testing more transparent, while OEMs are arguing that they’ve already had it tough with CO2 limits. Now, EU regulators are evaluating draft legislation ...

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Much promise for natural gas usage in alternative powertrains

2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Over the past few years, there has been a steady expansion in natural gas production in the US. Across all consumption sectors, usage of natural gas has been increasing, including in the automotive industry. Increasing emissions regulation is driving fleet operators to look elsewhere for fuel that will help to ...

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Fresh funding for US cost and efficiency projects

While there is further work to be done on maximising the efficiency of ICEs, even more can be done to improve the range and efficiency of EVs. The US Energy Department has recently announced more than US$55m worth of funding for 31 projects that will accelerate the research and development ...

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New biogasoline registration in US

Virent, a producer of naturally-occurring, renewable fuels, has received fuel registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The registration is for its BioForm biogasoline in blends of up to 45%, and the drop-in fuel can now be used in motor vehicles.

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RFS controversy continues in US

Earlier this year, Gina McCarthy, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), warned that the US energy markets could not reach the levels of biofuels required this year, by law, to be blended into the fuel supply. That law is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme, which was created as ...

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UK develops low-cost EV battery

GM EV battery assembly at Brownstown

Although incentives by various governments around the world offer consumers a more appealing purchase by helping to bring down the upfront cost of EVs, in the long term, this is not sustainable. The cost of the more expensive parts in an EV need to be reduced, in order to lower ...

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Connected security: from hackers to protecting against the threat

Earlier this year, Indiana security engineers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek managed to create a device for under US$20 that could allow hackers the control they needed to influence the vital systems of a vehicle. Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the electronics of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius, ...

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