Dutch scientists working with Ford Motors Co. have designed a simple and affordable way to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions in new vehicles by 2.6%, an innovation that could help auto makers meet future European Union emissions guidelines. Michiel Koot and John Kessels of the Eindhoven Technical University, in the Netherlands, have developed a software patch that decouples the alternator from the engine when its not needed, eliminating parasitic losses and thus conserving energy and ...

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