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    Toyota R&D shows off free piston engine linear generator for future EVs

    We often hear how an electric vehicle powertrain architecture allows vehicle designers much more freedom than a traditional ICE powertrain does. With differently shaped battery modules and small electric motors, there are lots of way to put the pieces together. With today's plug-in hybrid ...

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    FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance'

    At the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week, FEV showed off what it calls an "innovative" new plug-in hybrid transmission. The reason for that moniker is that the system does away with the need for a torque converter while offering two speeds, which makes it particularly good during launch. If ...

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    Exclusive: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV deliveries running behind schedule

    Things are running a little bit behind on Hyundai's hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell CUV program in the US. The last time we checked in with the South Korean automaker's H2 project, we heard that the first deliveries were supposed to happen by the end of March. Speaking with Hyundai's Kevin Lee ...

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    Exclusive: SwRI Dedicated-EGR concept improves fuel economy by 15 percent

    We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less ...

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    SAE World Congress: New Nissan gas-electric powerplant will boost Pathfiner, QX60 hybrids

    At the SAE World Congress in Detroit this week, Nissan brought the guts of its new Pure Drive Hybrid System, a four-cylinder gas engine and 15-kW electric motor that has two clutches. The clutches on either side of the motor allows the system to use the motor for propulsion or regeneration and ...

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    Exclusive: SAE Congress: Evolve Hybrid Wheels give Ford Focus SE a 1.1 mpg boost

    As fuel economy regulations tighten all around the world, each part of the automobile is getting a second (and third and fourth ...) look to see if there is any way to squeeze out a few more yards per gallon. At the SAE World Congress in Detroit this week, Lacks Enterprises was showing off its ...

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    Exclusive: SAE Congress: Modified Chrysler Tigershark 2.0 engine previews E85-capable 2014 Dart

    On the floor at the SAE World Congress at Cobo Hall this week sits a 2.0-liter Tigershark engine. Parts have been cut away and there are pretty colored lights inside, but the cool part – if you're interested in biofuels, anyway – is how the engine has been modified to turn the Dodge ...

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    Exclusive: Emperor Bob Lutz doesn't disappoint in SAE World Congress keynote

    Sometimes, a little suggestion goes a long, long way. Speaking at the SAE World Congress in Detroit today, Bob Lutz took a proposal from the conference organizers to frame his speech around the idea that he was king of the auto industry for a week and ran with it. He said he'd need to rule over ...

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    SAE Congress: Applus Idiada E-Born3 electric vehicle concept model

    Kept under a glass case like a ship in a bottle, the E-Born3 from Applus Idiada at the 2012 SAE World Congress was never meant to roam free. Instead, this clever concept exists mostly to show off the engineering and design skills that Idiada can offer to automakers. But, hidden in the protective ...

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    SAE Congress: Honda CR-Z Racer asks to move

    The Honda CR-Z Racer is not a new car – a version of it took to Le Mans last summer – but we got to see it for the first time at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit and realized this thing is indeed ready for the track. Compared to the street version of the ...

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    SAE Congress: Protean Brabus Mercedes-Benz E-Class hybrid previews the future *UPDATE

    Protean is back at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress at Cobo Hall this year with a new car showcasing the company's in-wheel motors: a modified Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The car was first seen in Frankfurt last year, and is making its North American debut this week in ...

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    SAE Congress: Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED)

    The biggest vehicle on the floor of the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit this week is the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) Bravo. As that name might suggest, yes, this is a military project. Also, the term "fuel-efficient" is relative: the FED only gets ...

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    Study ranks most efficient powertrains, lowest energy consumption chassis * UPDATE

    During the 2011 SAE World Congress, Clark Hochgraf – associate professor of electrical, computer and telecom engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology – presented a study that examined the powertrain and braking efficiency (PABE) and vehicle limited fuel consumption (VLFC) ...

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    GM prototypes two-mode transmission for FWD plug-in hybrid vehicles

    General Motors has developed a prototype of its existing two-mode transmission (2MH4EV) specifically designed for front-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid vehicles. At the 2011 SAE World Congress, GM outlined the operation of this prototype transmission, claiming that the unit adds an input-brake clutch ...

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    Toyota targets 45% thermal efficiency for engines in next-gen hybrids

    In early April, at the SAE 2011 High Efficiency IC Engines Symposium in Detroit, MI, Toyota's Koichi Nakata declared that the Japanese automaker is exploring ways to further reduce the fuel consumption of its upcoming hybrid models. According to Nakata, Toyota aims to develop a gasoline engine ...

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    EcoCAR2 wants cleaner, greener batch of cars of from college kids

    At the 2011 SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assistant secretary for policy and international affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future. This three-year competition, established by the DOE and General Motors, ...

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    SAE 2011: Genovation's G2 model is a plan for the future (and $60,000 electric cars)

    We first met the new G2 from Genovation back in January, when the company formally announced it had completed the first phase of its G2 Electric Car program. This week in Detroit at the SAE World Congress, we caught up with Genovation CEO Andrew Saul to see what's been happening since then and ...

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    Lightweight, frameless Uni-Chassis unveiled at SAE World Congress

    Theodore and Associates has unveiled the Uni-Chassis, a lightweight, frameless body-on-chassis design at the 2011 SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI. The Uni-Chassis is claimed to be a low-cost alternative to both the traditional body-on-frame and unibody designs. Chris Theodore, president of ...

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    FEV to show ultra-efficient, Euro 6-compliant 1.6-liter diesel engine at SAE World Congress

    Advanced powertrain developer FEV, Inc., will show off its High Efficiency Combustion System (HECS) diesel engine at the 2011 SAE World Congress. The HECS engine features advanced and conventional technologies to achieve low CO2 emissions and a 17-percent reduction in fuel consumption, while ...

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    FEV to show off lean-burning CNG engine at SAE World Congress

    Advanced powertrain developer FEV Inc. will show off its lean-burning, compressed natural gas-fueled engine concept at the 2011 SAE World Congress. The unusual mill has been modified to run on CNG and is designed for use in light-duty vehicles. FEV says that the concept engine demonstrates that a ...


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