The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FCA US LLC, and the foundry giant, Nemak of Mexico, are combining their strengths to create lightweight powertrain materials that will help the auto industry speed past the technological roadblocks to its target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2015-11-10
According to a study led by MIT, Volkswagen's emissions cheat on their diesel vehicles will cause 60 people in the U.S. To die 10 to 20 years prematurely.
Researchers have discovered a new welding technique that welds alloys once thought un-weldable—alloys that automakers would like to use in the next generation of cars. Compared to a typical welding technique of today, the new technique uses 80 percent less energy, and creates bonds that are 50 percent stronger.
–Ohio State University|2015-10-29
Berkeley Lab researchers have developed metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) that feature flexible gas-adsorbing pores, giving them a high capacity for storing methane. This capability has the potential to help make the driving range of adsorbed-natural-gas (ANG) cars comparable to that of a typical gasoline-powered car.
–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|2015-10-27
Bringing closer a mass market for environmentally friendly hydrogen-powered cars, Sandia researchers are upgrading $0.37/gram molybdenum disulfide, "molly" for short, to take the place of $1,500/gram catalyst platinum. Unlike gasoline, hydrogen as fuel releases water, not carbon, into the air.
–Sandia National Laboratories|2015-10-07
The scandal surrounding VW has thrust nitric oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles into the limelight. Owing to the different engine technologies, these have always been higher than in gasoline-powered cars. On the other hand, diesel consumes less fuel. If a way can be found to “denitrify” diesel emissions efficiently, we would have an economical, clean engine. Empa researchers are thus working hard on optimizing the catalytic converter technology for diesel.
–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2015-10-01
–North Carolina State University |2015-09-24
–West Virginia University|2015-09-22
Researchers are attempting to develop thermoelectric generators (TEGs) as a way to convert the waste heat from car engines into electricity.
–Boise State University|2015-09-18
A catalyst being developed by researchers could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and efficiently.
–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2015-09-14
Virginia Tech researchers hope to cut roadside dangers by using ever-shrinking radio sensors, GPS tracking, and connected vehicle technology to link highway workers to an alert network.
UW machine learning researchers have developed a new approach to optimization - a key step in predicting everything from election results to how proteins will fold - that recently won a top paper prize at the world's largest artificial intelligence conference.
–University of Washington|2015-08-13
Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells always more environmentally friendly? An international team of scientists headed by Empa performed a series of calculations and reached a conclusion: It depends on the fuel.
–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2015-07-15
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with industry to study side-by-side use of gasoline and natural gas in vehicle engines, which could lead to more efficient engines.
–Argonne National Laboratory|2015-07-13
Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment’s notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.
–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|2015-07-06
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