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Continental Tire has developed its “New Wheel Concept” to optimize braking performance in electric vehicles. Comprised of two aluminum parts, the concept utilizes a carrier star, which remains permanently bolted to the wheel hub, and the rim well, which is bolted to the star. Unusually, the wheel brake is fastened to the axle’s wheel carrier […]

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Lightning Hybrids, which builds aftermarket hybrid powertrains for fleet vehicles, uses a different type of power source for its regenerative braking system. Unlike electrified hybrid systems, which rely on rechargeable batteries to store power from regenerative braking, Lightning Hybrids has developed what it calls a mechanical battery. The heart of this system is its two […]

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A research group has developed a way to test high-speed flywheels which are being touted as potentially cost-effective means to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. By storing mechanical energy and reusing it, such as in regenerative braking systems, the UK effort is working toward what is hoped could be an elegant alternative to present systems. […]

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Acura’s 377-horsepower RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD luxury-performance sedan will be on public display for the first time this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, showcasing Acura’s dynamic new three-motor hybrid system. Acura said the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which is expected to launch next spring, is the first vehicle to deploy Acura’s new […]

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