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Wednesday 23-Jul-2014

Recent Research

Best-Ever Efficiency Points to Clean, Green Gas-Diesel Engine

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The one-cylinder test engine in the basement of a University of Wisconsin-Madison lab is connected to a life-support system of pipes, tubes, ducts and cables. You might think that the engine resembles a patient in intensive care, but in this case, the patient is not sick. Instead, the elaborate monitoring system shows that the engine can convert 59.5 percent of the chemical energy in its fuel into motion — significantly better than the 52 percent maximum in modern diesel truck engines.

–University of Wisconsin-Madison |2014-07-15

Vehicle Fuel Efficiency, Biofuels, Climate Change to Be Explored by World’s Leading Combustion Scientists

Nearly 1,500 of the world’s foremost fuels and combustion scientists and engineers will gather in San Francisco on Aug. 3-8 for the 35th International Symposium on Combustion, a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and locally organized this year by Sandia National Laboratories that will examine issues related to climate change, fuel efficiency, biofuels integration with combustion engines and other topics.

–Sandia National Laboratories|2014-07-14

Patient's Love of Cars Lives on in Special Auto Show at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

At Caden’s Car Show, more than 50 classic, fun and state-of-the-art cars gathered on a hospital parking deck and valet entrance area for an exclusive show for the patients at the hospital.

–University of Michigan Health System|2014-07-12

More California Gas Stations Can Provide H2 Than Previously Thought

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A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.

–Sandia National Laboratories|2014-07-08

How Automaker Handles Recalls More Important Than the Number of Cars Affected

–Cornell University|2014-06-17

Auto Industry Should Not Shoulder the Blame for Detroit Demise

–Cornell University|2014-06-03

Better Energy Choices Are the Chief Barrier to Pure Electric Autos Such as Tesla

–Cornell University|2014-06-03

Wayne State University Licenses Technology to New Start-Up, Detroit Materials, Inc.

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Wayne State University announced today the finalization of a license agreement with a new start-up company, Detroit Materials, Inc., for a Wayne State University patented portfolio of high-strength low-alloy steels and cast irons for demanding applications in the defense, off-highway, tooling and automotive industries.

–Wayne State University Division of Research|2014-06-02

American Love for Freedom Will Stall Google Car Concept

–Cornell University|2014-06-02

Diesel Bus Alternative

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Electric school buses that feed the power grid could save school districts millions of dollars — and reduce children’s exposure to diesel fumes — based on recent research by the University of Delaware.

–University of Delaware|2014-05-28

GM Must Learn From Toyota’s Mistakes in Current Mass Recall

–Cornell University|2014-05-16

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2014

1) Reducing soot. 2) Hydropower. 3) Understanding driver behavior. 4) A performance record in high-temperature superconducting wires.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2014-05-02

Toyota to Texas Move Spotlights Big Trucks, Bolder Marketing

–Cornell University|2014-04-28

UAW Decision to Drop VW Vote Appeal Helps the Union Cause

–Cornell University|2014-04-21

Relieving Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety with Improved Batteries

A new nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles.

–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2014-04-15

Study Pegs Fuel Economy Costs of Common Practices

People who pack their cars and drive like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” pay a steep penalty when it comes to fuel economy.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2014-04-09

Chevrolet, Ford Take the Lead in 2014 Kogod Made in America Auto Index

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This index provides the public with a more accurate reflection of the true country of origin of a car and the impact of its purchase on the U.S. economy. Ideally it will hold manufacturers accountable for the claims they make in marketing to U.S. consumers.

–American University|2014-04-03

A Battery That ‘Breathes’ Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won’t take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting progress on a “breathing” battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today’s EVs. They presented their work at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2014-03-15

Panasonic Move Boosts Tesla, Not US Auto Industry

–Cornell University|2014-02-26

Will Plug-in Cars Crash the Electric Grid?

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The world’s growing fleet of plug-in cars will put strain on aging electrical distribution systems. Now research presents a solution: to prevent the electric grid from crashing, break-up requests for power from each car into packets. The new tool is efficient, fair, and protects drivers’ privacy and freedom.

–University of Vermont|2014-02-21

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Edison2 combines sound physics with innovative design to produce workable and sustainable transportation solutions.  Our mission is to usher in a new era of automobile efficiency. The virtues of the Very Light Car – light weight and low aerodynamic drag – are essential to a clean, energy independent future.

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  • 3:56 AM January 1, 2014

    #97 Edison2 across America! Happy New Year to all. This Facebook series has conc...

    #97 Edison2 across America!
    Happy New Year to all. This Facebook series has concluded, and we want to thank all who have shared, liked and posted comments. You are the reason we do what we do.

    This final post and video are a tribute to the start of our journey beyond the Xprize. This is our Xprize Very Light Car #95 in pure, unmodified competition form before we began rigging it in 2013 to break land speed records.

    This Xprize competition vehicle is one of the first mile-markers on the road to truly sustainable transportation. There is only one other vehicle like it on earth, and you can see it in the Henry Ford Museum. Click this link for full statistics on this history-making machine. http://www.edison2.com/x-prize-vlc/

    In this video Ron Mathis, Chief of Design, starts the car as Brad Jaeger, VP of operations, looks on. The best part of this video are their smiles and love for a car that has lived right there in front of their laptops since the fall of 2010. We cherish all the followers who feel the same for our vehicles and all who champion the work we continue to do to make the Very Light Car a reality for everyone. Thank you and Happy New Year!



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  • 2:29 AM January 1, 2014

    #96 Edison2 across America! Our 245MPGe electric Very Light Car home at last for...

    #96 Edison2 across America!
    Our 245MPGe electric Very Light Car home at last for cleaning, inspections and upgrades (note the to-do list on the window).
    Happy New Year! We have one last post in this series, a video of us firing up the only preserved Xprize VLC that isn't in a museum - car #95!


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  • 4:41 PM December 31, 2013

    #95 Edison2 across America! Our Very Light Car reaches its home state of Virgin...

    #95 Edison2 across America!
    Our Very Light Car reaches its home state of Virginia after traveling to California and back. This photo series ends today with one more photo and a final tribute video.


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  • 4:32 PM December 31, 2013

    #94 Edison2 across America! The VLC is packed up a final time as the end of our...

    #94 Edison2 across America!
    The VLC is packed up a final time as the end of our series approaches. #95 & #96 are the last photos.


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  • 9:17 AM December 30, 2013

    #93 Edison2 across America! Our 245MPGe 4-person #EV in traffic on I-70 Kansas...

    #93 Edison2 across America!
    Our 245MPGe 4-person #EV in traffic on I-70 Kansas City, MO. A final video of our electric Very Light Car. This series will disappear from your timeline January 1 so click share before 2013 ends.



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  • 4:47 PM December 29, 2013

    #89-#92 Edison2 across America! Catching up post-Xmas with 4 more highway photos...

    #89-#92 Edison2 across America!
    Catching up post-Xmas with 4 more highway photos. This photos series of our early prototype electric Very Light Car ends in two days so click share while you still can.


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  • 1:11 PM December 27, 2013

    #88 Edison2 across America! Close to Salina, Kansas and slowing traffic (a comm...

    #88 Edison2 across America!
    Close to Salina, Kansas and slowing traffic (a common occurrence).


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  • 11:03 AM December 26, 2013

    #87 Edison2 across America! About 45 minutes from Salina, Kansas.

    #87 Edison2 across America!
    About 45 minutes from Salina, Kansas.


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  • 10:13 AM December 22, 2013

    #86 Edison2 across America! The past and the future meet: An ancient Ford's Moto...

    #86 Edison2 across America!
    The past and the future meet: An ancient Ford's Motor Company dealership and our 245MPGe Very Light Car in Wilson, Kansas. This photo series ends on the last day of 2013 and will disappear from your timeline. Click share while you still can and safe holiday travels to all!


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  • 12:19 PM December 21, 2013

    #85 Edison2 across America! Our 245MPGe electric Very Light Car in Wilson, Kans...

    #85 Edison2 across America!
    Our 245MPGe electric Very Light Car in Wilson, Kansas. This photo series ends on the last day of 2013. It will disappear from your timeline so click share while you still can.


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  • 12:11 PM December 21, 2013

    We'd like to thank our latest fan, Wendell, for using his ride in our consumer p...

    We'd like to thank our latest fan, Wendell, for using his ride in our consumer prototype Very Light Car as his Facebook profile photo. Thanks for liking us Wendell!


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  • 11:39 AM December 20, 2013

    #84 Edison2 across America! How long in Kansas before a UFO sighting? In a VLC,...

    #84 Edison2 across America!
    How long in Kansas before a UFO sighting? In a VLC, about an hour or so :-) Taken in Wilson. See comments for info.

    This photo series ends on the last day of 2013. It will disappear from your timeline so click share while you still can!


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  • 11:11 AM December 20, 2013

    #Change is coming. Are we impatient for cars of the future? Yes, and so is Yama...

    #Change is coming.
    Are we impatient for cars of the future? Yes, and so is Yamaha. http://bit.ly/1chpoK1


    Yamaha announces aggressive plan to enter auto market
    www.roadandtrack.com
    At Yamaha Motor Company headquarters...Yanagi expressed his intention to move things forward quickly...with specific details on the program's June 2014 introduction. ...

  • 11:23 AM December 19, 2013

    #83 Edison2 across America! Smack in the middle of Kansas, a power line appears...

    #83 Edison2 across America!
    Smack in the middle of Kansas, a power line appears to connect the ghosts of the past to the car of the future, just west of Wilson, KS. FYI, the farm is still active; the residents simply relocated farther north of the Interstate. See comments for more info.


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  • 5:45 PM December 18, 2013

    #Change is coming. Are people ready for different-looking, high-MPG(e) cars? Re...

    #Change is coming.
    Are people ready for different-looking, high-MPG(e) cars? Read on! http://onforb.es/1gE352W
    Comments welcome.


    Volkswagen Made The World's Most Efficient Car - But Won't Sell It In The United States [Video]
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    They yell out of open windows across traffic lights and multi-lane streets, asking how much it costs, how fast it’ll go and where they can buy one....

  • 9:20 AM December 18, 2013

    #82 #Edison2 across America! Taken at load-out in Grinnel, KS. Click comments t...

    #82 #Edison2 across America!
    Taken at load-out in Grinnel, KS. Click comments to read our CEO's story of this photo.


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  • 9:58 AM December 17, 2013

    Change is coming. We know about hybrid vehicles. How about the hybrid wheel? ht...

    Change is coming.
    We know about hybrid vehicles. How about the hybrid wheel? http://bit.ly/1kRUzuB


    Automotive lightweighting applications: The road ahead
    www.multibriefs.com
    Lightweighting measures are expected to be applied to every car model launched in the coming years....

  • 11:35 AM December 16, 2013

    #81 Edison2 across America! A final photo near Grinnell, Kansas before we contin...

    #81 Edison2 across America!
    A final photo near Grinnell, Kansas before we continue our journey east.


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  • 1:37 PM December 15, 2013

    #80 Edison2 across America! A final portrait of our CEO with our 245MPGe Very L...

    #80 Edison2 across America!
    A final portrait of our CEO with our 245MPGe Very Light Car just east of Grinnell, Kansas.
    This photo series ends on the last day of 2013. It will disappear from your timeline so click share while you still can!


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  • 4:22 PM December 14, 2013

    #79 Edison2 across America! The open vistas of the great American plains near G...

    #79 Edison2 across America!
    The open vistas of the great American plains near Grinnell, Kansas. See comments for more info.


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