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Big-buck Electric Bikes

The 100 mph futuristic Lightcycle packs a 96 V motor with a lithium-ion battery. A 35-minute recharge is good for 100 miles. Estimated price: U.S. $55,000. Along the same lines, but a bit milder, is the M55 Terminus. Software meshes pedaling power with the electric motor run by lithium-ion cells. The Hungarian creation sports a CNC-milled-Al frame, carbon fiber panels, and disk brakes for $35,000. Gizmag and Wired weigh in on this big buck electric bike trend.

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Rails Run on Beefed-up Diesel

The one-year trial of 80% diesel oil/20% biodiesel fuelling Amtrak's Heartland Flyer on its daily run between Oklahoma City, OK, and Forth Worth, TX, is deemed a success. The performance and reliability of the 3,200 hp, 12 cylinder locomotive engine operating on the diesel and beef tallow blend were comparable to that of conventional diesel fuels.

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Prius Trains?

Train makers want to combine internal combustion engines with electric motors to save fuel, especially when the train is braking, as it does frequently, and can store energy in batteries. This item from The Economist describes how one Japanese company and several European engine companies have teamed up to build working hybrid trains — trains that may drastically improve fuel economy and lower their emissions.

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German Utilities May Use Rail Power Grid

Germany's increased goals for using renewable energy will require the country to modernize its power grid. It's been suggested that the grid powering the federal train system could be used to transport wind power across the country. According to Spiegel Online, it could save up to 75% of grid expansion costs.

Fuel Cells Afloat

A Swedish maritime car carrier left Germany in May and will dock in the UK in October after stopping in the U.S. and Sweden. The journey will test a Finnish planar solid oxide fuel cell providing clean auxiliary power to the vessel. Deployment of the 20 kW system should validate marine-compatible methanol fuel cells.

Powerful Trolley Bus Burns Rubber

The trolley bus — an electric bus that draws power from overhead wires — has largely disappeared from American cities, but is widely used in Europe and other parts of the world. Latest generation trolley buses are using new three-phase, water-cooled 185 kw (248 hp) traction motors to save more than 400 kg (882 lbs) of weight. The lightweight motors, however, are powerful enough to make a bus "spin its tires."

Fuel-efficient Buses Rely on Compressed Air

UK researchers working on an "air hybrid" concept want to use vehicle braking force to power engine pistons, which compress air that would be stored in tanks already aboard buses. When a bus accelerates, this compressed air could be used to supercharge the engine, boosting both power and fuel efficiency. A working prototype is expected by the end of 2013.

Will Air Carry Trucks to Fuel Economy Goals?

{sec7_editem5_img1_alt} Truck manufacturers may have to do more than just slash vehicle weight to meet the requirements of strict fuel economy mandates scheduled to take effect in 2016 and 2025. In fact, these ambitious goals may not be reached without making significant changes to current engine technology. One option: storing motion energy in the form of compressed air. This TorqueNews article looks at a couple of compressed air technologies, one developed by a Massachusetts-based firm and the other by a university in the UK, that could help truck makers hit those fuel-saving targets just down the road.

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