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A recent study found that an aluminum electric vehicle can cost up to €635 (US$829) less than that its steel counterpart despite the higher cost of aluminum, given equivalent range targets. The study, conducted by Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka) for the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), found that any additional cost of building a car with aluminum is more than offset by the cost savings that can be made on the batte ...
The Group of Computer Networks-DISCA of the Universitat Politècnica de València has developed a smartphone application that characterizes our driving style. The new DrivingStyles app, currently available for Android-based phone, detects bad habits and helps promote better driving behavior. Using a Bluetooth device, the application collects information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle such as speed, acceleration, revs, accelerator position and geographical position by ...
Opel is introducing a new four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine as part of the fundamental renewal of its powertrain portfolio. The second family of new downsized power units to be introduced after the gasoline 1.6-liter SIDI Ecotec, the 1.6-liter CDTI Ecotec diesels will replace existing 1.7-liter engines and certain lower powered versions of the 2.0-liter range. Featuring closed-loop combustion control and an aluminum block, the new 1.6 CDTI Ecotec is the first diesel from Opel to compl ...
Mercedes-Benz has augmented its driver assistance systems with new functions which are now able to support the driver in a broader range of situations. Using advanced sensor technology, they are able to monitor the area around the vehicle, providing the driver with warnings and support, and reducing driver workload. Mercedes-Benz calls the combination of sensors and systems to support these systems “Intelligent Drive”. Mercedes-Benz recently previewed its next-generation intelligent ...
Electrically driven micro-cars haven’t quite caught on yet. Smart has the ForTwo Electric Drive, an overpriced two-seater that’s even more impractical than its gas-powered sibling. Toyota has the iQ EV, an electric version that will only be released in extremely limited quantities, despite Toyota’s lofty goals to the contrary. And now Honda is coming out with its own all-electric runabout, the Micro Commuter prototype. What sets Honda’s ultra-small city car apart is its p ...
As required by the bipartisan Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA), the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed minimum sound standards for hybrid and electric vehicles. The proposed standard, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, would fulfill Congress’ mandate in the PSEA that hybrid and electric vehicles—including passenger cars, light trucks and vans (LTVs), medium- and heavy-duty trucks, bus ...
Peugeot has further lowered the fuel consumption of its 1.6 HDi and 1.6 e-HDi diesel engine through a variety of technologies, including: New variable delivery oil pump, making it possible to adjust effort taken from the engine to just what is strictly necessary; new low viscosity engine and gearbox oils so as to reduce the mechanical losses resulting from friction; new generation crankshaft oil seals, allowing reduced sealing load and so of friction; redesigned alternator drive belt pulley ...
Robert Bosch GmbH and its partners BASF, Wacker Chemie AG, SGL Group, Daimler AG and BMW AG have launched the 3-year, €32.5-million (US$43 million) Alpha-Laion project to develop high-energy traction batteries for electric vehicles. Bosch is the project lead. The aim of the project is to raise the energy density of lithium-ion cells to about 250 Wh/kg. This could increase the range of compact electric cars to 250 to 300 kilometers (155 to 186 miles); or, conversely, reduce the pack size, w ...
Carmaker BMW is offering an LTE access device as an optional accessory part for his vehicles. The device acts as a router for up to eight mobile devices simultaneously, bringing high-speed and low-latency mobile internet access to the road.   Apart from the BMW Car Hotspot LTE an LTE-capable SIM card is required. The first time a mobile device is connected to the BMW Car Hotspot LTE using the mobile device's WLAN interface, an eight-digit code must be entered. This is a one-off requirement. ...
Cars are getting smarter and beginning to react on their own, but the gray matter manning the helm is still the vehicle’s Achilles heel. So to really get inside a driver’s head, automakers are going through their faces, analyzing expressions and muscle movements to determine whether the person at the wheel is too distracted, too tired or even too angry to safely control their ride.   In conjunction with PSA Peugeot Citroën, scientists at the Transportation Center and Signal ...
Your smartphone has the potential to replace nearly everything else in your pockets, so why not your car keys? Hyundai is working to do just that, with an embedded NFC tag that allows you to open your car, start the engine and link up to the touchscreen with a simple swipe.   Hyundai outfitted its i30 compact hatch (aka the Elantra in the States) with NFC technology in its “Connectivity Concept” recently shown at its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. The idea is simpl ...
Following up to the 2010 Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (PSEA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed establishing a federal motor vehicle safety standard that would set the minimum sound requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles.   The rule applies to EVs and hybrids that have an electric-only propulsion mode whether they are cars, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks, buses or motorcycles.   According to the NHTSA, the new standard will ensure blind, v ...
Deep within Ford’s new 285,000-square-foot Advanced Electrification Center, the automaker has created a system that can put a vehicle’s battery through the equivalent of 10 years and 150,000 miles of travel in 10 months. That kind of testing is a must for any automaker serious about electric vehicle technology, and Ford is showing how serious it is, investing $135 million in the new facility.   The advanced diagnostics program will account for variables ranging from the battery& ...

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