Los Angeles launches New Mobility Challenge 2018

For the second year running, Los Angeles is inviting innovative and environmentally-friendly entrepreneurs from around the world to push the envelope on urban mobility solutions from ride-sharing and zero-emission electric bikes and scooters to self-driving vehicles and flying cars. The LA New Mobility Challenge 2018 is a joint initiative of... Read more →


The Ohio State University has taken first place in the final year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM). This is OSU’s fourth consecutive win. The team earned 895 out of 1000 overall points. Ohio State... Read more →


Toyota and Net Impact announce 3 finalists of Next Generation Mobility Challenge

Net Impact, a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change, and Toyota announced the 3 finalists of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. Launched in 2015, the Next Generation Mobility Challenge is a national competition from Toyota, the Toyota Mobility Foundation... Read more →


Michelin brings back Challenge Bibendum event as Movin’On

After a three-year hiatus, Michelin is rebooting the venerable Challenge Bibendum sustainable mobility event. The new Movin’On by Michelin, a global summit for action on the future of mobility, will be held in Montreal, Canada on 13-15 June 2017. The first Challenge Bibendum took place in 1998 with a course... Read more →


GM and SAE International select 8 NA universities for new autonomous vehicle competition; Bolt EV the platform

At WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors announced the eight North American universities which will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge. This new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is... Read more →


Cadillac and ContiTech win 2016 Altair Enlighten Awards for innovation in automotive vehicle lightweighting

Simulation technology company Altair, together with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award an award program created specifically to acknowledge innovation in vehicle weight reduction. The winner of the OEM-focused Full-Vehicle category was GM for the 2016 Cadillac CT6, a vehicle... Read more →


AVnu Alliance, Cisco and TTTech will host the Deterministic Ethernet Forum for automotive in-vehicle networking and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), on 23 October 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The forum will be an opportunity for leading automotive and industrial companies to discuss and influence the implementation of deterministic Ethernet... Read more →


DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program Annual Merit Review Awards

Each year, at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program presents awards for contributions to the overall efforts of the Program and to recognize achievements in specific areas. At last week’s merit review meeting, DOE made awards to... Read more →


OSU’s series-parallel PHEV. Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy and General Motors Co. announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. The OSU team’s engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu featured a series-parallel plug-in hybrid drive... Read more →


EcoCar 2 Malibu. Click to enlarge. At the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future competition and the sixteen university teams selected to participate.... Read more →


The Edison2 Very Light Car on the track. Credit: Edison2. Click to enlarge. The X PRIZE Foundation awarded $10 million to three teams who successfully completed the rigorous Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The winning teams—Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia; X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corp. of Mooresville, North... Read more →


UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Releases Awards Shortlist for Champion Awards

Later this week, the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership will host the inaugural LowCVP Low Carbon Champion Awards, recognizing best recognize best practice in vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, fleet operators and developers of products and services that reduce greenhouse gases from the road transport sector. The winners will be announced... Read more →


Ohio State University Takes Top Spot at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with EREV Design

University students from The Ohio State University earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition in Toronto, Canada for their design of a Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV). The Ohio State University took first place out of 17 universities in the US and Canada... Read more →


by Bill Cooke On 20 April, the opening day of the SAE 2009 World Congress, the AVL Technology Leadership Theater presented a forum on “Green Mobility—The Long View”. Organized by Shane Chang at Honda Research Institute USA Inc., the session counted among its panelists: Professor John Heywood, Sun Jae Professor... Read more →


Some of the vehicles in the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. Click to enlarge. The student team from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) took the grand prize in the “Prototype” category at the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, held 15-18 April at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, with 2,757.1 miles per... Read more →


Distribution of entries by fuel sources. Click to enlarge. The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, announced its official list of 111 Registered Teams. Having passed this first judging hurdle, these teams now move one step closer to... Read more →


EcoCAR Teams Roll Out Architectures; Plug-in Li-ion Packs and Renewable Energy Common Attributes

Student engineers participating in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge unveiled their vehicle architectures at the Washington Auto Show. The 17 designs range from systems using on-board hydrogen fuel cells to full battery-electric vehicles. EcoCAR, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM), as well as... Read more →


Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Opens New Division for Large, Established Automakers

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles (earlier post), has opened a Demonstration Division designed specifically for large, established automobile manufacturers. The new Division was created to address the fact that actual, high-volume production vehicles involve... Read more →


Mississippi State University Students Win GM and DOE Challenge X 2008 Competition; New ZEV-Based Competition To Begin

The Mississippi State winning Equinox. Mississippi State University, for the second consecutive year, earned top honors in the GM and US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Challenge X student engineering competition. Over the past nine months, the 2008 Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainability competition challenged 17 university teams from the US... Read more →


New EcoCAR Engineering Challenge Uses California ARB ZEV Requirements as Framework

GM, the US Department of Energy, Natural Resources Canada and others are sponsoring a new national collegiate competition series to re-engineer a GM vehicle to achieve improved fuel economy and reduce emissions while retaining the vehicle’s performance and consumer appeal. EcoCAR: the NeXT Challenge will begin in the Fall of... Read more →


Results Of MUSIC Engine In-Vehicle Demonstration To Be Presented 17 December

MUSIC system schematic. Click to enlarge. A one-day seminar, hosted by Coventry University (UK) on 17 December 2007, will present the results of an experimental project to develop the MUSIC (Merritt Unthrottled Spark Ignition Combustion) gasoline engine to an in-vehicle demonstration stage. The MUSIC gasoline engine promises to match or... Read more →


CALSTART Announces 2007 Blue Sky Award Winners

CALSTART has announced the 2007 winners of its Blue Sky Awards, selected for their market leadership and real actions in advanced transportation. The awards recognize outstanding marketplace contributions to clean air, energy efficiency and to the clean transportation industry overall by companies, organizations and individuals. Award recipients are selected for... Read more →


31 Teams Are Signed Up to Compete for Automotive X Prize

More than 30 teams have signed a letter of intent to compete for the Automotive X Prize (earlier post) once the prize is officially funded and launched. The Automotive X Prize follows the model of the Ansari X Prize for private space flight, offering a multi-million dollar purse—the exact amount... Read more →


Mississippi State University Team Wins Challenge X 2007 Competition

The winner. Photo: David Freers Students from Mississippi State University took top honors at the third annual Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility engineering competition, primarily sponsored by GM and the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Mississippi State team designed a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric with a 1.9-liter GM... Read more →


Cal Poly Wins First Shell Eco-marathon Americas with 1,902.7 MPG

The Cal Poly vehicle: “Curb Hopper”. Click to enlarge. The team from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo today won the first Shell Eco-marathon Americas with a gasoline-fueled combustion engine vehicle that delivered 1,902.7 mpg. The Eco-marathon challenges student teams to design and build the most fuel-efficient vehicles, which are tested... Read more →


X Prize Foundation Issues Draft Competition Guidelines for Auto X Prize

The X Prize Foundation has released its draft competition guidelines for the upcoming Automotive X Prize for public comment. The Automotive X Prize (AXP) follows the model of the Ansari X Prize for private space flight, offering a multi-million dollar purse—not yet specified, although “likely in excess of $10M”—to the... Read more →


CALSTART to Host Plug-In Hybrid Electric Truck Workshop

In conjunction with next week’s Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference 2007 (CHDV) in Los Angeles, CALSTART is hosting a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Truck (PHET) Workshop. The workshop will explore how the emerging interest in and technology for plug-in hybrids can be applied to medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and if it... Read more →


2007 NAIAS Recap

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit marks the beginning of the global auto show season, and often serves as a positioning venue where automakers introduce concepts as well as production models of new cars. Crossover vehicles were a common thread throughout the show. However, hybrids were more... Read more →


GM Wins LA Design Challenge with HUMMER O2

HUMMER O2. GM Advanced Design has won the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Design Challenge for the second year in a row. This year’s winning entry is a two-dimensional rendering of a 2015 Blue Sky Concept that addresses environmental sustainability, called the HUMMER O2. (Earlier post.) The 2006 Design Challenge theme... Read more →


Shell Eco-Marathon Returns to US

The Shell Eco-marathon is coming back to the US as the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The Eco-marathon concept started as the Shell Mileage Marathon in 1939 after a friendly wager between employees of Shell Oil’s research laboratory in Wood River, Illinois, as to whose car could get the better fuel mileage.... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz Launches Diesel Marathon from Paris to Beijing

Heading out to Beijing. In an event designed to demonstrate the global potential of its diesel platforms, Mercedes-Benz is sending thirty-six Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesels—thirty-three E 320 CDIs and three E 320 BLUETECs—on a long-distance journey of more than 13,600 kilometers (8,452 miles) to Beijing, where the fleet is scheduled to... Read more →


Prospects for Light-Duty Diesels in the US

On paper, clean advanced technology diesel passenger cars and light-duty trucks should be charging into the US market. The changeover to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel that takes affect this year—a profound change akin to the removal of lead from gasoline, according to the EPA—opens the door to advanced emissions aftertreatment... Read more →


X-PRIZE Foundation Launches Auto X-PRIZE Website and Blog

In support of developing the Automotive X PRIZE, the X PRIZE Foundation has launched an associated website and blog to communicate its “mission, goals, and discoveries”. Announced earlier in the year, the goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to stimulate automotive technology, manufacturing and marketing breakthroughs that reduce oil... Read more →


Conference: Nanotechnology Holds Promise for Energy Breakthroughs

Nanotechnology holds promise for necessary breakthroughs in a number of critical energy sectors, including solar cells, thermoelectric conversion and transport, hydrogen storage, and electrochemical conversion and storage (i.e., batteries, capacitors and fuel cells), according to scientists participating in the first Energy Nanotechnology International Conference (ENIC2006) held June 26-28 at MIT.... Read more →


2006 Solar Drag Race Results

Brooks cools off his solar panels. Click to enlarge. Sunlight-propelled dragsters competed down a quarter-kilometer raceway in the second annual Solar Drag Race held in Wenatchee, Washington on June 24th. Unlike other solar race events, solar drag racers do not use batteries or other pre-energized devices. The racers’ only fuel... Read more →


University of British Columbia Wins Supermileage Competition with 3,145 MPG Vehicle

UBC team and winning vehicle. Click to enlarge. Photo: Morgan Lok The University of British Columbia (UBC) took first in the collegiate division at the recent SAE Supermileage Competition with a vehicle that achieved 3,145 mpg (0.075 liters/100km)—the equivalent of driving from Vancouver to Halifax on a gallon of gas.... Read more →


MIT Vehicle Design Summit Targeting 500MPG Equivalence (or Better)

Sketch of a concept solar car for the VDS. Image: Mitchell Joachim and William Lark. Students from around the world are participating in the MIT Vehicle Design Summit (VDS) this summer to design and build vehicles based on integrating hydrogen fuel cells, photovoltaics, biofuels, and human power. The VDS organizers... Read more →


2006 Challenge Bibendum Results

With the 2006 Challenge Bibendum now wrapped up, the organizers have posted the results of both the technical tests and the rally. Technical scores are assigned on a letter basis (“A”, “B” etc.), and there is no overall technical winner. Scoring is relative within the class of vehicle, and the... Read more →


Virginia Tech Team Wins Year 2 of Challenge X with E85 Hybrid Design

Virginia tech team and their winning hybrid. Students from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) took top honors today in the Challenge X event for this year, the second competition in a three-year series. The Virginia Tech team re-engineered their 2005 Chevrolet Equinox as a split-parallel hybrid... Read more →


2006 Tour de Sol By the Numbers

Divisional average fuel economy for hybrids in the TdS Monte Carlo rally. Click to enlarge. The recently-concluded 2006 Tour del Sol attracted a range of stock, modified and original vehicles that participated in the three competitive events: the Monte Carlo-style Rally and High-Mileage Challenge; the Tour de Sol Championship; and... Read more →


House Passes H-Prize Legislation; Bring on the Contenders

By an overwhelming vote of 416 to 6, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5143, the H-Prize Act of 2006. (Earlier post.) The legislation, introduced by Research Subcommittee Chairman Bob Inglis (R-SC) and modified after its passage out of Committee, would, if it becomes law, establish a national prize competition... Read more →


UC Davis Challenge X Team Unveils Trinity: a 2006 Chevy Equinox Plug-in Hybrid SUV

Engineering students at the University of California, Davis unveiled “Trinity,” a plug-in hybrid vehicle that is the team’s entry in the national Challenge X competition, sponsored by GM and the US Department of Energy. (Earlier post.) Trinity is a 2006 model Chevy Equinox SUV powered by electric motors and a... Read more →


Ethanol-Powered Car Ranks Top in Fuel-Efficiency at Shell Eco-Marathon

The winner. An ethanol-powered car has achieved the best fuel efficiency at the just-concluded Shell Eco-marathon 2006. The car, engineered by students from the Lycee La Joliverie (France) also took the “Climate Friendly” prize for producing the least greenhouse gas emissions in the process. The winning car completed seven laps... Read more →


MIT Energy Conference: Focus on Ethanol and Plug-ins

by Joe Adiletta The recent 2006 MIT Energy Conference brought together a broad mix of students, Venture Capitalists, Industry gurus, and scientists to hash out the direction of the future global energy crisis, and to explore the possibilities for a more sustainable course. Although the conference topics ran the gamut... Read more →


Green Fleet Expo in Toronto

by Jack Rosebro John Deere Gator utility vehicle, powered by a 20kW hydrogen fuel cell and currently in service as part of Toronto’s Hydrogen Village project. Yesterday the City of Toronto hosted the inaugural Green Fleet Expo, a conference, expo, and ride-and-drive at Toronto’s Exhibition Place that brought together fleet... Read more →


2006 Tour De Sol Entrants Averaged 66 MPG

The 2006 Tour de Sol—the 18th of the annual green car event organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)—featured three separate competitions with entrants using energy-efficiency techniques and less carbon-intensive fuels to demonstrate an average of 66 mpg, 140% above the current CAFE standard. Top honors went to Wayne... Read more →


Prius Nabs International Engine of Year Award for Third Year Running

For the third year in succession, the 1.5-liter gasoline engine of the Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain has won both the International Engine of the Year Award in the 1.4– 1.8-liter category and the “Best Fuel Economy” category. The awards were made at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The... Read more →


Inglis Introduces Legislation for $100M H-Prize to Spur Hydrogen Work

Science Research Subcommittee Chairman Bob Inglis (R-SC) introduced legislation called the H-Prize Act of 2006 (H.R. 5143) last Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The monetary H-Prize is intended to attract the best and brightest minds to attack technological and commercial market obstacles in moving to a hydrogen economy.... Read more →


Tour de Sol Invites Broader Participation in This Year’s Event

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), organizer of the Tour de Sol, is inviting invites anyone who drives a hybrid or flex-fuel ethanol vehicle, or uses biodiesel in their diesel car or truck, to join the Monte Carlo-style Rally and the new Fuel Efficiency Competition in the upcoming 18th annual... Read more →


ACS Symposium: Biofuels for Transportation

The 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society featured a one-day symposium on Biofuels for Transportation during which fuel chemists and other scientists from across the United States and Europe presented research toward developing viable, cost-effective and high-performing biofuels. Much of the focus on the one-day event was on... Read more →