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May 31, 2017

Audi first to be awarded New York automated vehicle testing license; SAE Level 3

The state of New York has approved Audi of America’s application to be the first company authorized to perform autonomous vehicle testing in the state. Audi intends to demonstrate and test vehicles in New York with Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Level 3 automation.

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May 31, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center launches 5-year, $35M program on autonomous and connected vehicle technologies

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) formally launched the next phase of its research mission, following on the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety research. The new research effort, named CSRC Next, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.

First announced in 2014, CSRC Next (earlier post) will direct $35 million through 2021 towards research designed to support a safe transition to the future of mobility. Projects will follow four research tracks:

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May 31, 2017 in Autonomous driving, Connected vehicles, Safety | Permalink | Comments (1)

NEVS starts city mobility pilot with new 9-3 EV series in Tianjin; launching SUV model

Sweden-based NEVS is launching a city mobility pilot program with support from Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT). The program offers car-sharing and ride hailing solutions in Tianjin city, with 15 million inhabitants.

The users will get access to all NEVS 9-3 EV series. With this green technology collaboration, the ambition is to pave the way for a new type of mobility solutions for modern and sustainable cities. NEVS will provide both electric vehicles and mobility services in this program with the new 9-3 electric vehicles.

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May 31, 2017 in China, Electric (Battery), Mobility services | Permalink | Comments (0)

CPT, TU Wien study finds 48V mild diesel hybrid cuts engine-out NOx 9%, 4.5% fuel economy improvement

A joint study by Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and Austria’s Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) into 48V diesel mild hybrid technology verified a 9% reduction of NOxin raw engine-out emissions, while retaining the fuel economy and CO2 benefits of diesel engine technology.

The cost effectiveness of this approach is further underscored by its impact on lean NOx trap (LNT) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) aftertreatment systems, which have less raw NOx emissions to process, potentially allowing for a reduction in exhaust system cost and complexity, and a longer service life.

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May 31, 2017 in 48V, Diesel, Emissions, Hybrids | Permalink | Comments (16)

Continental unveils AllCharge charging system; using the EV powertrain as a universal charger; up to 800V and 350 kW and all types of stations

Continental has developed innovative charging technology called “AllCharge” that uses the electric powertrain of an EV as a universal charger supporting all types of cable-based charging stations. AllCharge can always use the maximum output rate—up to 800V and 350 kW—at all types of stations: single-phase and three-phase AC or high-speed DC.

Continental is presenting and demonstrating the technology at the Continental Tech Show in June 2017 and at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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May 31, 2017 in Electric (Battery), Infrastructure, Smart charging | Permalink | Comments (7)

Automotive Grade Linux platform debuts on the 2018 Toyota Camry

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that Toyota has adopted the AGL platform for Toyota’s next-generation infotainment system. The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first Toyota vehicle on the market with the AGL-based system in the United States.

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Study finds POMDME-diesel blends cut soot up to 34% with no NOx increase

A study by a team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems Laboratory and the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany) has found that blends comprising poly (oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers (POMDME) and diesel show a significant reduction in soot emissions of up to to 34% with no significant increase in NOx.

The team examined blends of 5% and 10% POMDME in diesel in a single-cylinder heavy-duty diesel engine to gain an overview of the blend’s impact on engine performance and exhaust emissions. A paper on their work appears in the journal Fuel.

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May 31, 2017 in Diesel, Emissions, Fuels, Heavy-duty | Permalink | Comments (1)

Loughborough team develops novel system to enhance SCR operation to reduce NOx further

Researchers at Loughborough University in the UK have developed a novel system that enhances SCR operation to further reduce NOx emissions and improve diesel engine efficiency.

The Ammonia Creation and Conversion Technology (ACCT) created by academics from the University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering effectively increases the capacity of existing on-engine aftertreatment systems.

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May 31, 2017 in Diesel, Emissions, Engines | Permalink | Comments (0)

DOE: More than half of cars and trucks in US in 2016 were 6-speed

The number of transmission speeds (gears) in new light vehicles has been growing over the last few decades. By 2016, more than half of all cars and light trucks were 6-speed, according to data gathered by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The sales share of 7–10-speed transmissions grew to 18% of cars and 22% of light trucks.

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May 30, 2017

Politecnico di Torin builds prototype system for dynamic on-road EV charging

Politecnico di Torino has built a prototype system for dynamic on-road electric vehicle charging. The POLITO Charge While Driving system is going to be tested on the test circuit in Susa close to the city of Turin.

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May 30, 2017 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (0)

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