You may have seen those old electric buses connected by pantographs to
overhead wires still in use in some cities. Now Siemens is developing a
variation on that theme with its "eHighway"
concept for trucking (view video). The idea is to use such electricity
infrastructure to power pantograph-equipped trucks along express highways. For
"off-grid" operation, the trucks would have diesel or other engines.
Besides reduced emissions, electric drives produce less noise pollution.
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SAE Vehicle Electrification — Content covers vehicle development, engineering, and technology topics related to powertrain electrification for greater vehicle efficiency and sustainability. Primary areas of focus are electric and hybrid vehicles; engines, transmissions, and motors; regulations and standards affecting this emerging technology, and the related electronics systems.
Microcontrollers for Drive Train in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Newark / element14
The Texas Instruments Hercules TMS570LS safety microcontroller offers the performance, the peripherals, and the safety functions to be used for drive control in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Just one of thousands of electrical and electronic components you'll find in stock at Newark element14.
Is U.S. Plug-in Effort Doomed?
Plans for one million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015 may be doomed to failure say many auto industry analysts. Even with tax incentives, plug-ins are only 0.1% of total light vehicle sales (about 50,000), and if sales somehow jump several fold, it will still be a niche market — mainly because of their cost vs gas engine cars. On the other hand, President Obama's goal of a million plug-ins seems more modest when compared to China's target of five million.
Automotive NVH and Hybrid Technology Applications DuPont™ Krytox® Performance Lubricants
Design quieter vehicles with DuPont™ Krytox® performance lubricants. Krytox® fluorinated oils and greases reduce friction, eliminate stick-slip in moving parts, damp out noise-generating vibration, and help achieve vehicle NVH reduction goals.
Krytox® lubricants can improve the performance of hybrid vehicle systems including alternators, thermal management pumps and valves, and drive motors.
Reduce Spring Height by 50%
Smalley Steel Ring Company
Smalley Wave Springs can replace conventional coil springs while occupying only half the space and providing the same force and deflection. Over 4,000 springs available from stock in carbon and stainless steel or utilize Smalley's No-Tooling-Cost™ manufacturing process on special designs, available from .200 in. to 120 in. Samples available for testing.
Materials Magic: Solutions for Fuel Economy Hitachi Metals America, Ltd.
Hitachi provides innovative solutions to the industry using leading material technologies. Our offerings include high-performance magnetic materials for next-generation motors, LTCC substrates for ECUs under stringent conditions, FINEMET® nanocrystalline soft magnetic material for inverters and conduction noise reduction, alloys for piston ring materials, and HERCUNITE® for heat-resistant exhaust casting components.
ANSI Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles American National Standards Institute, Inc.
Download the ANSI Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles. This complimentary 122 page report identifies, inventories, and assesses existing standards, relevant codes and regulations, and related conformance and training programs, and ascertains gaps and recommended solutions needed to facilitate the safe, mass deployment of EVs and charging infrastructure in the United States. Download today.
Components for Hybrid and Electric Automotive Technology Schaffner EMC Inc.
Schaffner's competence for solving EMC problems is becoming important in hybrid and electric automotive technology. DC-DC converters lower the potential of the high-voltage batteries to the required level of the vehicle power supply or the electric motors. Schaffner components eliminate the electromagnetic interferences generated as a by-product of converter switching.
New Line of Brushless DC (BLDC) EV Controllers
Accelerated Systems, Inc. (ASI)
Accelerated Systems Inc. (ASI) is proud to introduce its new line of Brushless DC (BLDC) EV controllers. This line of BLDC complements our mature line of DC industrial controllers. The Navitas by ASI line of DC controllers has been a mainstay in industrial EVs for 25 years.
What Makes a Chevy Volt Tick, Whir, and Hum?
Most engineers grow up liking to take things apart to see how they
work. Imagine how these engineers must have felt when they were tasked
with taking apart a Chevy Volt
plug-in hybrid car — right down to de-capping the electronic chips. But
beyond the battery pack, electric motors, diagnostics, and control, the
crew was impressed with the car's quality construction, ruggedness, and
capacity for technology upgrades. (View extensive videos.)
Efficient Vehicles Pose 'Catch 22' for State Revenues
Similar to the way an increase in the taxes on cigarettes resulted in a decrease in the overall number of smokers paying those taxes, fuel efficient hybrids and electric vehicles are giving U.S. state regulators pause about declining fuel tax revenues used for road maintenance. Alternative funding ideas,
however, are not popular with the public: a tax based on miles driven, or
drive time during peak traffic hours.
Hub Motors Convert Mercedes Diesel into a Hybrid
High-performance aftermarket tuner Brabus has integrated Protean Electric's 110 hp wheel-hub electric motors into the rear wheels of a Mercedes E Class turbodiesel — effectively creating a luxury hybrid. The car made its U.S. debut earlier this year in Detroit at the SAE Congress. Protean says the performance and wheel packaging advantages outweigh any unsprung weight degradation on suspension dynamics. An all-electric version may even be in the works.
Center Offers Hybrid/EV Test Rides and Drives
GE has opened its Vehicle Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, MN, where businesses, industry groups, and researchers can sample electric, hybrid, and natural-gas and hydrogen fuel vehicles — as well as the company's enabling technologies. The center's private test track will allow potential users to better determine the overall costs and benefits of investing in such powertrains for fleet uses.
SUV Gets Electric Drivetrain
EV developer MotoCzysz is adapting Brazil's TAC Motors' Stark small SUV to run on all-electric power. The eStark uses MotoCzysz' D1g1tal Dr1ve powertrain module, which is a self-contained unit housing a liquid-cooled electric motor, inverter, differential, cooling system, and electronics. All the automaker adds is a battery, cooling hookups, and low-voltage wiring connections. For those anxious about range when off-roading, no word yet on how far it will go.
Fuel Cells Drive Electric Lift Trucks
Earlier this year, Air Products reported it had delivered more than 1,000 hydrogen fuel-cell powered electric forklifts in the U.S. The lift trucks only need "fill ups" once or twice daily, depending on duty cycle, without any of the change-out or charging downtime of battery powered lifts. Another advantage: minimal performance degradation when used in coolers or cold storage facilities.
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