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$2.4 billion in stimulus funding will be awarded for advanced battery technology for hybrid and electric-drive vehicles through the stimulus act, the largest investment in the area ever made.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
Chrysler is adopting a technology which electronically controls the valves that bring air into an internal combustion engine. The company hopes the "smart" technology will increase fuel economy by 25%.
Date: 08/19/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
GM plans to integrate their plug-in electric vehicles into the smart grid using sensors, an intelligent power management system, and a network of smart loads with communications to report where to shift energy use.
Date: 08/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
Real-world tests show that General Motors Co.'s rechargeable electric car can travel 40 miles on battery power as promised, company engineers said Monday.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
Although they are 10 years away from commercial scale use, the lithium-air batteries that GM is developing could provide yield output per charge that matches or exceeds that of a traditional petroleum-fueled cars--more than 10 times that of current lithium-ion cells.
Date: 06/23/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla have provided over $20 million in series B funding to EcoMotors, a startup that is developing a more efficient internal combustion engine called "Opoc."
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
Automakers are being pushed to build a more fuel-efficient generation of gas-electric hybrids, turbocharged engines and advanced vehicles powered by electricity under tough new standards from the Obama administration.
Date: 03/31/2010
Type: News
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
Ford announced that it intends on its electric fleet to be smart grid compatible. This means that when an electric vehicle is plugged into the wall, it can charge faster when electricity is cheap and slow down charging or sell back electricity during peak demand times.
Date: 08/18/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Transportation

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