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I’d rather keep my fingers, thank you!


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Manager of Service Training While visiting a local shop and taking some pictures for this edition of ACtion, I got to talking with one of the technicians who was working on a Chevy Suburban. I told … Continue reading

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Why is lithium ion gaining popularity for EV applications?


Certainly, it isn’t because of low-cost. Lithium ion (Li-ion) is much more expensive than the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery technology it is replacing. However, both specific energy and energy density of a lithium-ion battery pack is much greater than NiMH, … Continue reading

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Are we ready?


by Jacques Gordon To great media fanfare, Google has just unveiled the Verge, a self-driving car that the company says “isn’t a car, it’s the future.” Although that future is still a few (very few) years away, the Verge is … Continue reading

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Haptic steering wheel


(photo: Hyundai) by Jacques Gordon “Haptic” is a word rooted in the Greek language that means ‘to touch.’ Haptic technology, typically called ‘haptics,’ enables a machine to communicate with a human though the sense of touch. If you’ve ever felt … Continue reading

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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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Cheesesteaks and electric cars


By Steve Schaeber MACS Technical Trainer Being a Philadelphia area native, I naturally enjoy many of the things that the city and surrounding suburbs have to offer in the way of sports, recreation, and food.  So you can imagine that … 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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