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
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to design the integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.
–Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)|2014-02-13
Electric cars could travel farther on a single charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can last longer. PNNL has developed a novel anode that could quadruple the lifespan of these promising batteries.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2014-01-09
Snowplows are getting more intelligent this winter, thanks to a new digital intelligence system that equips them with custom sensors to measure road and weather conditions. The system, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and designed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is intended to reduce accidents and save states millions in winter maintenance costs.
–National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)|2013-12-17
A chemical system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago can efficiently perform the first step in the process of creating syngas, gasoline and other energy-rich products out of carbon dioxide.
–University of Illinois at Chicago|2013-12-02
Yanliang Zhang wants to make vehicles more efficient by using a resource most people aren't even aware of — the waste heat that results from the inherent inefficiency of engines when converting fuel into energy.
–Boise State University|2013-11-18
Much more is expected of cars and trucks than in the past. Pollution has been cut dramatically and fuel efficiency has risen. That’s a difficult feat for manufacturers to pull off, since equipment to reduce pollution typically adds weight, potentially reducing fuel economy.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2013-10-18
The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is evaluating the potential for new lighting technologies and approaches to improve driving safety at night, including new car headlight systems—swiveling or bending headlights that direct light into roadway curves, and adaptive or glare-free high beam headlight systems, which allow drivers to use high beam headlights while selectively dimming a portion of the beam when oncoming drivers are present, preventing glare to the oncoming drivers while providing improved visibility along the rest of the road.
–Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)|2013-10-11
Paying extra bucks to “go green” in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study.
Researchers are offering advice for owners of urban delivery truck fleets who may be considering diesel versus electric vehicles.
–Georgia Institute of Technology|2013-09-25
“Biofuel” is a global buzzword, with cars and trucks powered by fuel made from corn, switchgrass and waste cooking oil, envisioned as a way to stretch out supplies of crude oil and cope with global warming. A symposium being held here today at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society considers: What are the health and environmental effects of alternative fuels, and how do they compare with conventional fuels?
–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2013-09-11
New research shows that the catalyst used in the latest catalytic converters attacks its target pollutant in an unusual way, providing insight into how to make the best catalytic converters.
–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2013-09-10