Americans are slow to embrace the fuel-saving technology because of perceived noise, vibration and harshness issues and the fact that systems originally designed for Europe shut down the air conditioner during stops....More
Eighty of the auto maker’s patent applications are for the Hybrid Air project. The system improves mild-hybrid powertrains by recovering energy as compressed air and reusing it as quickly as possible with the next acceleration....More
The 48V subsystem mainly will assist energy recovery and stop/start functionality, but also will be available to boost torque and handle heavy electrical users such as electric power steering and rear-window defrosting....More
The non-profit International Council for Clean Transportation in Washington compares real-world results posted on a popular German website with official EU figures and finds the gap grew from 8.0% in 2001 to 21% in 2010....More
Germany’s VDA auto industry association has decided to adopt a 48V standard for future cars requiring electric boost, enabling suppliers to develop products with the confidence that there will be customers....More
Government officials would like to see France’s auto industry emulate Germany’s by upgrading technology and quality; growing its presence in emerging markets; and forming a single organization representing OEMs and suppliers....More
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