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Less than half of our vehicles will be powered by the good old combustion engine by 2035, according to Navigant Research. Driven by rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, the global light duty vehicle (LDV) market is changing rapidly through the adoption of vehicles with various levels of drivetrain electrification and vehicles that run entirely […]

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Toyota announced it is using one of the hardest materials in nature, silicon carbide, to develop a semiconductor chip it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent. The company and its partners announced May 20 that they have developed a silicon carbide (SiC) […]

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Remember those woody wagons, vehicles using real wood for their bodywork? If all goes to plan, we could soon see more wood-based materials used to replace plastics and lighten vehicles. This could happen under the recently launched Industrial Biomaterials program announced by the Canadian government. The new initiative is aimed at helping create more fuel-efficient […]

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Jaguar Land Rover will be leading an advanced powertrain research and development program with the end goal of developing next-generation hybrid and battery-electric powertrain technologies to be used on the Range Rover Evoque platform. To be known as ‘Evoque_e,’ the program is a two-year £16.3 million ($25.5 million) UK government Technology Strategy Board project. Jaguar […]

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Honda demonstrated two experimental safety technologies aimed at reducing the potential for collisions between automobiles and pedestrians and between automobiles and motorcycles. These advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies, while still in the research and testing phase, demonstrate Honda’s vision to advance safety for all road users, including pedestrians and motorcycle riders, as well […]

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Ford is studying communications between space robots and Earth to enhance future applications of the connected car communications protocol. According to Ford, the research furthers the company’s commitment to industry leadership in the development of connected vehicle communications to help reduce traffic congestion and aid in the advancement of emergency vehicle communication methods. One way […]

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BASF announced today it will open a Research and Development Laboratory and an Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki, Japan. BASF is confident both facilities will be fully operational by the end of 2013. The laboratory will focus on researching electrolytes and electrode materials for high-performance batteries as part of Basf’s global R&D […]

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The increasing market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) represents both a significant business opportunity and a series of challenges for electric utility companies. In 2012, approximately 50,000 PEVs were sold in the United States, and the market is expected to grow by more than 50 percent in 2013. When primarily charged at home, these […]

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance is expanding its presence in Silicon Valley. The company has done so with the opening of a new research center initially specializing in autonomous driving and connected cars. The official opening of the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley (NRC-SV) was held February 18. Nissan said this center will enhance Nissan’s global research […]

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