While the search for alternatives to the internal combustion engine continues at labs across the world, work hasn't stopped on those traditional powerplants. Auto parts supplier Ricardo, for example, had just announced its HyBoost project, which aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of a " cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car" by something like 30-40 percent. That's pretty impressive, and will take not only Ricardo's resources but also that of the company's partners: Controlled Power Technologies, the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, Ford, Imperial College London, and Valeo. The test vehicle will perform as if it has a 2.0 liter engine underhood but will have CO2 emissions under 100 grams per km. The HyBoost project is scheduled to take two years and will incorporate a lot of the technologies already available, like exhaust gas recovery, stop-start and regenerative braking, among others, in one car. Full details after the jump.

[Source: Ricardo]


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HyBoost car aims for 30-40 per cent CO2 reduction without performance compromise

Details of the HyBoost project are announced today, outlining the aim of this research collaboration led by Ricardo in partnership with Controlled Power Technologies, the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, Ford, Imperial College London, and Valeo, to demonstrate the ultimate in gasoline engine fuel efficiency using practical and near market-ready technologies

The HyBoost project is a two-year research programme, announced recently by the Technology Strategy Board, which aims to demonstrate a very cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car. The vehicle will offer the performance of a 2.0 litre model but with a real-world 30-40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to below 100g/km. This is to be achieved through the synergistic application of an extremely downsized gasoline engine coupled with electrified boosting and exhaust gas energy recovery, micro-hybrid functionality with stop/start, torque assist and regenerative braking, and a novel energy storage technology.

The technologies to be incorporated in the HyBoost demonstrator vehicle will be restricted to innovations which are capable of practical production implementation in the near term; they must be constructed with readily available and affordable materials, and have the high scalability required by the automotive sector. The HyBoost project is supported by an investment from the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board with balancing resources provided by the project partners.

Commenting on the HyBoost project, Neville Jackson, Ricardo group technology director said:

"HyBoost aims to demonstrate the very significant benefits that can be achieved using an intelligent combination of innovative technologies to deliver low carbon transport solutions. The stated targets of this research would enable a consumer-attractive "average car" to be offered with CO2 emissions well below the mandated future target set for the European fleet average without compromising vehicle performance"

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Ricardo plc: With technical centres and offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India and Korea, Ricardo is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world's transportation sector and clean energy industries. The company's engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies, as well as wind energy and tidal power systems. Ricardo is committed to excellence and industry leadership in people, technology and knowledge; approximately 70 per cent of its employees are highly qualified multi-disciplined professional engineers and technicians. A public company, Ricardo plc posted sales of £178.8 million in financial year 2009 and is a constituent of the FTSE techMark 100 index – a group of innovative technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.ricardo.com.

Controlled Power Technologies: CPT is responsible on the project for the electric supercharger and exhaust gas energy recovery system. The company was set up in 2007 as a management buy-in funded by venture capital to acquire micro-hybrid powertrain technologies from Visteon Corporation and its technology development partner Emerson Corporation. As a vehicle CO2 reduction specialist, CPT comes with a highly experienced team of automotive engineers and is backed by a number of prominent investors specialising in the energy and environmental sectors. Further information on Controlled Power Technologies is available at www.cpowert.com.

European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium: Recent research by the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium members into the use of valve-regulated lead-acid batteries in hybrid vehicle applications, has resulted in the development of batteries with a capacitive function in the negative plate. A programme of work is being developed to ascertain whether the use of these batteries can lower the cost of the StARs + X approach. For further information on the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium go to www.alabc.org.

Imperial College London: Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 13,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial's contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve health in the UK and globally, tackle climate change and develop clean and sustainable sources of energy. Website: www.imperial.ac.uk.

Valeo: An independent industrial group, Valeo is fully focused on the design, production and sale of components and integrated systems for cars and trucks. Valeo is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers and will support the project with innovative solutions on the air intake loop including a cooled EGR system, an integrated watercooled charge air cooler and a low voltage recovery system based on Valeo's BSG StARS machine with associated electrical energy management electronics. For more information see www.valeo.com.

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the UK government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For further information visit www.innovateuk.org
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