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Silicon carbide inverters are replacing silicon-based systems on trains. Silicon carbide systems are lighter and smaller than conventional systems and provide many other material advantages. Users report roughly 40% energy savings compared to a conventional system.
Date: 04/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Transportation
The Obama administration finalized U.S. standards that will nearly double the average fuel mileage of cars and trucks by 2025. This IEEE article looks at 10 cars that show that there are many ways to wring more miles from a gallon of fuel.
Date: 04/05/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
BMW is unveiling a new technology that can mold a woven sheet of carbon fiber into a completed car part in less than 10 minutes. Carbon fiber parts will greatly reduce fuel consumption.
Date: 01/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
As the world's second most populous country, India struggles to provide reliable electricity to everyone. For this reason, electric vehicle sales in India has greatly decreased.
Date: 01/04/2013
Type: Article
Galen Stucky
Professor Galen Stucky's research group is developing an energy storage device for hybrid electric vehicles that combines the properties of batteries and capacitors into one technology.
Date: 11/29/2012
Type: News
Ford and General Electric are joining forces to push electric vehicle adoption. Their collaboration supports electric vehicles and charging stations and funds research projects to better understand driving habits of EV drivers.
Date: 11/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
Hybrids and electric vehicles sales throughout the United States have increased. Car buyers in California, Florida and Washington state are the top consumers of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Date: 11/05/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
What does the future hold for cars and our commuting world? Industry leaders weigh in with their predictions on electric and hybrid cars, batteries, and the transportation industry.
Date: 10/25/2012
Type: Article
While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article

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