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Roland Geyer, Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB, and faculty member of the IEE Economics & Policy Solutions Group discusses the importance of a life cycle approach to quantify the environmental impacts of different automotive materials.
Date: 10/14/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Two coalitions of companies are now making tiny, lightweight sensors that could make lithium-ion batteries smaller, cheaper, and safer. These sensors can be integrated into batteries and can help detect how much charge is left.
Date: 09/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
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
Nanoelectronics technology is improving the way that batteries and motors in electric vehicles are controlled, giving them a longer range on each charge.
Date: 01/13/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
WilderShares, LLC provides a full account of its solar installations and how PV effectively powers their building and an electric vehicle.
Date: 04/15/2010
Type: Report
The Department of Transportation recently gave funding for initial research into embedding solar cells into the nation's highways. The plan would turn roadways into an energy and information infrastructure.
Date: 08/28/2009
Type: Blog, News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines has unveiled a new set of guidelines for flight paths and landings that has resulted in fuel efficiency gains of 5 to 15 percent per flight. The new guidelines, called Required Navigation Performance (RNP), could be introduced to all airports and airlines in the coming years.
Date: 01/12/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed an ultra-efficient new engine that runs on a combination of natural gas and diesel that, when combined with a battery and electric motor, may enable fuel efficiency of up to 80 mpg.
Date: 08/28/2013
Type: Article
Tesla's CTO JB Straubel, one of the speakers on Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies at the Institute for Energy Efficiency's 2013 Summit, told the MIT Tech Review that Tesla is tackling the challenge of a five to ten minute recharge time for Tesla's electric car batteries.
Date: 07/16/2013
Type: Article
Major car companies and well-funded startups — fueled by federal clean-energy funding and rapid improvement in lithium-ion batteries — are now producing electric vehicles that will soon be in showrooms.
Date: 01/21/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation

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