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    FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance'
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    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
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    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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    Official: BMW, GM successfully test SAE Combo fast chargers on i3, Spark EVs [w/video]
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    Think of it as a BMW-General Motors combo for the Combo. The two automakers have worked together to ensure that the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark Electric will be the first two US vehicles to be compatible with the recently developed Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) so-called fast-charging ...

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    Exclusive: Emperor Bob Lutz doesn't disappoint in SAE World Congress keynote
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    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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    Read This: Tesla charging situation woul benefit from more flexibility, less confrontation
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    Tesla Motors would be better served making its Model S electric vehicles compatible with CHAdeMO and SAE combo connector fast-charging stations than by spending time taking on those pesky New York Times journalists who question the car's advertised single-charge range, writes Plug In Cars' John ...

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    Report: Nissan's new front-wheel-drive hybrid system will be greener, just as powerful
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    For those who want to cut to the chase about the latest revelations of Nissan's pending front-engine, front-wheel-drive powertrain – i.e. the FF Hybrid – it's got the same power with less fuel. That's what Green Car Congress says, citing a presentation Nissan executive Owen Thunes, ...

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    Report: Safety outweighs emissions benefits of new A/C refrigerant for BMW
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    BMW has joined Daimler and, potentially, Audi in quitting an automotive industry research program studying a proposed new air conditioning refrigerant, the simply named HFO-1234yf. BMW disagrees with the test methods being used. "We do not want to say the test results are wrong, but we are not ...

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    Official: Number of US CHAdeMO stations jumped tenfold in 2012
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    True to their name, the number of CHAdeMO-standard quick-charging stations for electric vehicles is growing real fast. The number of global stations that use Japan's quick-charging CHAdeMO standard has doubled in the past year to more than 2,000 units – and will more than double this year, ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S will have available CHAdeMO adaptor in Japan
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    Tesla Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Model S luxury sedan will have a CHAdeMO quick-charging adaptor when the model goes on sale in Japan. The news was first reported in Japan, where CHAdeMo is the winning fast-charging option. The adaptor will make it possible for Tesla owners to ...

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    CarCharging Group hopes to standardize wireless charging into parking bumpers
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    CarCharging Group, Inc. could one day expand its offerings into the wireless charging arena with an inductive charger in the shape of a parking bumper. Drivers would only have to park their electric car's wheels close to the charging apparatus, offering seamless and effortless charging. The ...

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    Report: Why SAE Combo vs. CHAdeMO battle could be a big problem
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    Electric-vehicle drivers are bracing for a battle that could make Obama-Romney look like the Tennessee Waltz. The various automakers behind two incompatible plug-in standards for electric vehicle fast-charging stations are championing their own system as the better of the two just as global EV ...

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    Official: SAE sets standards for DC Combo fast charging
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    As fast-charging standards go, it looks like the Atlantic's finally covered. SAE International said this week that it has finalized technical standards for a DC fast-charging system that's is being supported by both American and European plug-in vehicle makers. SAE said its J1772 Combo ...

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    Official: BYU wins SAE 'Formula Hybrid' competition
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    We can't say we've ever seen a Toyota Prius rip through a slalom course like this, either. A team of engineering students from Brigham Young University won the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Hybrid competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after finishing second last ...

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    Exclusive: EVS: After 24 million EV miles, Ecotality and Blink are ready for both CHAdeMO and SAE
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    One can think about conspiracy theories that maybe that's the way they wanted it be. The Nissan Leaf is the most mainstream electric vehicle in the U.S., and it has a CHAdeMO DC fast-charge option. Ecotality's Blink network offers CHAdeMO chargers. Ecotality is the managing organization ...

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    SAE Congress: Applus Idiada E-Born3 electric vehicle concept model
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    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
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    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
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    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)
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    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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    SAE working on new J1772 combo coupler standard for plug-in vehicles
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    Sometime during the first quarter of 2012, SAE International says it will officially establish a worldwide standard, calling for an integrated coupler for plug-in vehicles. The SAE says this J1772 combo coupler will allow plug-in vehicles to be charged from either a conventional, 15-amp AC wall ...

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    SAE International to hold 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit in Shanghai
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    The SAE International 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit, to be held in Shanghai, China, will draw together some of the world's leading engineers, scientists and corporations to discuss breakthroughs in battery technology, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle commercialization efforts and China's pivotal ...

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