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November 30, 2013

Škoda Electric introduces its first battery-electric bus; second fast-charging model slated for next year

In September, Czechoslovakia-based Škoda Electric introduced its first battery-electric bus. The company wants to build on the success of its trolleybuses, of which several hundred will be produced next year mainly for foreign customers. Škoda has also developed a hydrogen-powered and a hybrid bus.


November 30, 2013 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Researchers propose new VO2 cathode material for aluminum-ion rechargeable battery

Schematic representation of the super-valent battery during charge/discharge process. Wang et al. Click to enlarge.

A team from the University of Science and Technology Beijing is proposing a new super-valent battery based on aluminium ion intercalation and deintercalation. In an open access paper published in the Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports, the researchers report that the cell can provide a discharge capacity at a current density of 50 mA g−1 of 165 mAh g-1 in the initial cycle and retain 116 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles.

The new cell uses vanadium oxide (VO2) nanorods synthesized through a low temperature hydrothermal method as the cathode material and high-purity aluminum foil as the anode. The battery exhibits excellent reversibility and relatively long cycle life compared to earlier Al-ion efforts, the team said. Even with very high current densities of 100 mA g-1 and 200 mA g-1, the corresponding capacities could still retain 106 and 70 mAh g-1, respectively.


November 30, 2013 in Batteries | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Euro VI Stralis Hi-Way cuts fuel consumption 2.33% compared to Euro V model

TÜV, one of the leading European technical certification centers, has certified that the Iveco Stralis Hi-Way Euro VI reduces fuel consumption 2.33% compared to the previous Euro V version, due to the catalytic reduction system HI-eSCR (High Efficiency SCR) patented by FPT Industrial and the aerodynamic optimizations introduced with the new cab.


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November 29, 2013

Nissan testing LEAF as electrical power storage and supply for office buildings; LEAF-to-Building a development of LEAF-to-Home

Nissan reports a successful early field test of a system that will allow companies to regulate their electricity bills using the batteries of Nissan LEAFs used by their staff to commute to work. “Vehicle-To-Building” allows up to six Nissan LEAF EVs to be connected to a building’s power distribution board.

Charging is phased during the day so at peak hours, when electricity is most expensive, the building draws power from the cars. When electricity is cheaper it flows the other way. The system ensures the Nissan LEAFs are fully charged by the end of the working day for their owners to drive home.


November 29, 2013 in Electric (Battery), Smart charging, V2X | Permalink | Comments (16) | TrackBack

Audi wins SPE award for plastic turbocharged air duct

At the recent 43rd-Annual SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, Audi took the Powertrain category award for its turbocharged air duct applied on the A4 and A5 TDI and TFSI.


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Nissan and British Gas launch UK’s largest electric commercial vehicle pilot

Nissan and British Gas have launched the UK’s largest electric commercial vehicle pilot. British Gas is testing 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans (earlier post) throughout the winter to determine the future viability of battery-electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet. The test is being run in collaboration with Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions and Gateshead College.


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Raízen breaks ground on Iogen cellulosic ethanol facility in Brazil

Iogen Corporation announced that Brazilian ethanol giant Raízen Energia Participações S/A has started construction of a commercial biomass-to-ethanol facility using Iogen Energy’s advanced cellulosic biofuel technology. (Iogen Energy is a joint venture between Raízen and Iogen Corporation. Earlier post.)

The $100-million plant, to be located adjacent to Raízen’s Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, will produce 40 million liters (10.6 million gallons US) of cellulosic ethanol a year from sugarcane bagasse and straw. Plant start-up is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2014.


November 29, 2013 in Brazil, Cellulosic ethanol | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

November 28, 2013

UK government awards £598K for hydrogen fuel cell range extender with micro-bead H2 storage for BEVs

The UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) have awarded £598,000 (US$980,000) to micro-bead hydrogen storage company Cella Energy (earlier post) and its partners MIRA, Coventry University and Productiv to develop a hydrogen generation system to extend the range of battery electric vehicles. The award is part of the Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform Integrated Delivery Programme 8 (IDP8) competition.

In an existing TSB-funded project called “Breakthrough in Energy Storage Technology,” Cella, MIRA, Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems and Productiv are developing a 1 kW hydrogen generator using Cella Energy’s lightweight hydrogen storage material. The aim of this new project is to take this technology and scale it to a 5 kW unit to power a small electric vehicle produced by Microcab Ltd, a spinout company from Coventry University.


November 28, 2013 in Electric (Battery), Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Hydrogen Storage | Permalink | Comments (14) | TrackBack

Scania secures Australia’s first Euro 6 bus fleet order

The government of the Australian Capital Territory has selected Scania to supply a fleet of 77 Euro 6 city buses. Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network (ACTION), is the first Australian bus fleet operator to adopt Euro 6 technology. The Federal Government has yet to announce a date for the introduction of Euro 6.


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Study estimates 6% of lung cancer deaths in US and UK attributable to diesel exhaust

In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified diesel engine exhaust (DEE) as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). (Earlier post.)

Now, a study by researchers from the Netherlands, the US, and France estimates that approximately 6% of annual lung cancer deaths in the US and UK—combining both environmental and occupational exposures—may be due to DEE exposure. This translates to about 9,000 annual lung cancer deaths in the US and about 2,000 annual lung cancer deaths in the UK that may be attributable to DEE.


November 28, 2013 in Diesel, Emissions, Health | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

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