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2009-02-17
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Electron Energy Corp., a leading U.S. producer of rare earth magnets, has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) contract by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Argonne, IL. The Phase II research contract, which runs from August 2008 through August 2009, is for the development of high-performance magnets and magnet technologies for advanced motors used in hybrid-electric vehicles.
2011-02-05
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“If the U.S. military increases its use of alternative fuels, there will be no direct benefit to the nation's armed forces,” according to a recently released Rand study.
2013-07-17
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NASCAR has announced 11 technology goals aimed at making the stock-car racing organization more transparent with race teams and more relevant with fans. A few of the initiatives—part of a mandate issued by Chairman Brian France 18 months ago—will be implemented by 2014; most will be in place by the 2015 season. 
2013-02-21
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SMILE FC System Corp. (“SMILE FC”), a joint venture between U.K.-based Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corp. has established a ready-to-scale production plant for its fuel-cell systems in Yokohama, Japan.
2013-05-13
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Volvo Car Group on May 13 began production of its new four-cylinder engine family that includes gasoline and diesel variants on a platform known as the Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA). The company invested about 2 billion kronor (about U.S. $303.7 million) to expand its plant in Skövde by 4500 m² (48,000 ft²) for the new engine line, preparations for which began two years ago.
2013-09-03
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For the first time at Volkswagen, a “collaborative robot” is now being used at one of the OEM’s plants, according to Universal Robots, supplier of the device. The Danish robot maker says its UR5 unit inserts glow plugs in various diesel engines at VW’s engine plant in Salzgitter, Germany.
2014-01-07
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Because its engineers have made faster progress than expected, Toyota will offer a fuel-cell car in the U.S. in 2015—earlier than it had planned—the company announced Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
2014-04-01
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The flywheel energy-storage technology that was used in, among other things, the Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being sold by Williams to GKN Land Systems for use mainly in mass-transit vehicles.
2012-03-16
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Nissan’s goal with the DeltaWing experimental racecar is to explore new technologies for road cars. But it is a racecar, after all, and the Nissan DeltaWing will strut its motorsports stuff for the first time this June at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
2011-06-21
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General Motors claims its 2012 Buick Regal GS sedan features the most power-dense engine ever offered by GM and ever certified by SAE International. The Ecotec 2.0-L delivers an SAE-certified 270 hp (201 kW), for a specific output of 135 hp/L.
2010-06-25
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Pike Research anticipates that improved manufacturing efficiencies and expanded access to lithium will halve the installed cost of lithium-ion vehicle batteries between 2010 and 2015 to $470/kW·h. The Li-ion transportation battery industry will grow more than eight-fold in the next five years, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, with nearly $8 billion in sales worldwide by 2015, up from $878 million in 2010.
2009-07-31
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A new conductive material is the focus of research under a joint project announced July 30 by lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel and automaker Nissan. The joint research for a new electrolyte will take place at the U.S.
2012-04-16
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In a boost to the future of fuel-cell technology, Linde North America has announced operations start-up of the first public hydrogen fueling station in the San Francisco Bay area. It offers fueling at 350 and 700 bar, the latter providing a refill time for a fuel-cell bus comparable to that of a diesel bus. 
2012-04-11
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The federal government of China has given China BAK Battery, Inc. a $1.9 million grant to further work on a battery module project. The module consists of cylindrical lithium-ion cells that can be used in electric vehicles, electric motors, electric bicycles (e-bikes), and power storage.
2012-01-16
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As part of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, officials of SK Innovation and Continental Corp. on Jan. 10 signed an agreement to form a joint venture in lithium-ion batteries. The JV will develop, manufacture, and market the batteries globally.
2011-10-19
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The use of a nickel, manganese, and cobalt (NMC) cathode materials for use in lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase under a licensing agreement that allows Umicore to make and sell the materials developed by 3M.
2011-08-26
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Taking their relationship beyond the Chevrolet Volt, General Motors and battery maker LG Chem on Aug. 25 announced an agreement under which the companies will jointly design and engineer future electric vehicles.
2011-03-14
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Cobasys, Maxwell Technologies, and SK Energy have won contracts from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) for battery development and technology assessment. The competitively bid contract awards are co-funded by the U.S.
2014-02-26
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Increasing supplies of low-cost, readily available natural gas, along with expanding refueling infrastructure and increasingly strict vehicle emissions requirements, are driving strong growth in the market for light-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs), Navigant Research says in a recent report.
2011-04-12
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A perennial sponsor of the FEV Powertrain Innovation Forum on the Cobo Center show floor, FEV is a major financial supporter of the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit. But its involvement and support of this year's event goes much deeper, as it does every year.
2012-04-24
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Floyd Allen, Powertrain Systems Executive, FEV Inc. set the tone for a Tuesday morning panel session at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit by saying there is universal agreement that the United States needs to reduce its consumption of petroleum and develop some alternative energy sources capable of powering “at least a meaningful portion of our mobility needs.” Coming up with the solution(s) is the tricky part.
2012-11-09
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Unknowns such as future sales volumes of pure and partial electric vehicles make it difficult to predict how the EV charging infrastructure will be built out.
2010-08-23
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With many companies planning to put EVs on the road in the near future, SAE International is urgently working on standards to help prevent battery-related injury or death while maintaining the automotive industry's professional integrity and lowering costs.
2011-11-17
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Honda on Nov. 8 held a ceremony in Guangzhou, China, to commemorate the start of demonstration testing of electric vehicles (EVs). The model to be used is the Fit, equipped with electromotive technologies such as an advanced lithium-ion battery and coaxial motors that Honda has used in development of the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle.
2012-11-14
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SAE International announced Nov. 14 that it will implement a personnel certification program that enables engineers, product development technicians, and associated personnel to earn a certificate of competency or certification in the area of vehicle electrification (VE).
2009-07-27
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MTC Transformers has formed a subsidary, Evatran LLC, to provide plugless charging of electric vehicles and partial-electric vehicles. Plugless Power is the name of the company's inductive charging system.
2011-12-05
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BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corp. on Dec. 1 signed a memorandum of understanding for mid- to long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies. One definite area of collaborative research is next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies.
2012-04-02
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In return for giving Eaton Corp. a $2 million grant, the U.S. Department of Energy is expecting the Southfield, MI, company to boost the performance and reduce the cost of fuel-cell systems. The DOE announced the grant award March 29.
2011-09-27
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General Motors Co. and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. are strengthening their partnership by agreeing to co-develop a new electric-vehicle architecture at their jointly owned Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai, the two automakers announced Sept. 20. 
2008-06-30
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SAE International has adopted ARP4418A, an aerospace recommended practice that provides guidance to measure contaminant levels in engine bleed air used in aircraft environmental control systems.
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