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Flywheel Energy Storage


by Jacques Gordon The search for better fuel economy isn’t limited to on-road vehicles. Ricardo Engineering, one of the world’s oldest and most influential technology development consultants, will introduce their TorqStor™ high-speed flywheel energy storage (FES) concept at the construction … Continue reading

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Germany Launches Electric Vehicle Fleet Research Project


A fleet of 130 virtual electric cars is ready to take to the roads of Munich, Germany. Technische Universität München (TUM) will begin tracking the movements of selected taxis and commercial vehicles using smartphones. The tracking data will be used … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell


Ready for Production By Jacques Gordon We use two different technologies to make electricity. One is mechanical; physically manipulating magnetic fields, such as with a generator or an ignition coil. The other is chemical, in which a chemical reaction produces … Continue reading

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Lithium Ion Battery Fires


Easy to prevent, hard to extinguish by Jacques Gordon Conversation with a friend about fires in electric cars prompted me to do a little research. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are being used in some electric and hybrid/electric cars, and they will … Continue reading

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Regenerative Braking and Taxes


by Jacques Gordon The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides tax credits to taxpayers who purchase specific “fuel efficient” vehicles. The list originally included hybrid vehicles, but tax credits for most hybrids ended in 2011. Why? Governments use tax … Continue reading

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Horsepower and Kilowatts


Robert Bosch photo by Jacques Gordon We’re accustomed to thinking about an engine in terms of horsepower and torque, but the power of electric motors in hybrid and electric vehicles is reported in kilowatts. Why the difference and how do … Continue reading

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Hybrid vehicle market


By Jacques Gordon, Editor, MACS ACtion magazine The first hybrid vehicle to market was the 1999 Honda Insight, followed soon after by the Toyota Prius. Each employs different technologies; Honda converted the engine’s flywheel to a motor/generator, while Toyota designed a … Continue reading

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Close to home


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine We’ve been taking note of the various programs being offered – notably on the West coast – to encourage purchase and use of electric and rechargeable vehicles. It’s a natural tendency to regard … Continue reading

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That’s a switch


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine We’ve talked here a fair amount about the Chevrolet Volt and some of its systems, but that was based on what we knew or could find out about the U.S version. As it … Continue reading

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More Volt-age


We ran some entries recently on how the Chevrolet Volt accomplishes its sophisticated thermal management tasks. Chevrolet keeps releasing information (and some PR…) and we keep finding it. Here’s an update, issued by GM a few days ago.

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