HybriDrive series propulsion system developed by BAE Systems is currently improving fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by more than 3,000 transit buses in cities around the world, including New York and London. The system is specifically tailored to the driving conditions of urban transport, which implies low average speed and stop and start frequently. To meet the needs of applications that have higher operating speeds and less frequent stops, BAE is developing a new hybrid drive system in parallel to bring the benefits of fuel saving technology for medium and heavy trucks.
HybriDrive series propulsion system is diesel-electric generator comprises an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system is managed by computerized controls. The diesel engine that turns the generator operates independent of the electric motor, allowing it to run at almost constant speed for optimum efficiency. Since the electric motor is what makes the wheels turn, the vehicle also accelerates smoothly without jerking. Furthermore, during braking the electric motor acts as a generator to recover energy that is stored in batteries.
While the propulsion system does not use a transmission range – reducing maintenance costs – the parallel system integrates an electric HybriDrive forth between the engine and transmission. BAE says the system is easy to install and improve propulsion and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by optimizing the mix of the power of internal combustion engine and electric power.
“The development of a parallel system is part of our strategy to expand our product family HybriDrive to meet the growing need worldwide for more efficient transportation and energy management,” said Steve Trichka, vice president of energy and power management for BAE Systems. “Power is HybriDrive green energy, and our new parallel system addresses the need for more efficient, cleaner transport medium-duty and heavy goods and people throughout the world,” he said.
BAE Systems, says the HybriDrive parallel system is in the final stage of development with the trial scheduled for the first way around Q2 2011, ahead of an expected deployment of the system in 2012.
The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is fast approaching and the pre-show teasers are racking up. Toyota is responsible for getting the ball hybrid phone with the launch of the first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric in 1997, so that one of our first stops on the exhibition will unveil the company’s first completely new edition Family Prius.
In addition to current third-generation Prius Plug-in Prius vehicles (PHV), the new Prius will debut along with a concept vehicle Prius at a press conference NAIAS. The company has not published any pictures of the new vehicle, except for passing out a teaser video (see below) that leaves everything to the imagination. For video, Toyota has retained the services of professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist to give the image a little sloppy in the Prius an injection of cold.
The Toyota press conference is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2011, at 1:05 pmGizmag be there to capture the action.
Ford’s SYNC entertainment and communication vehicle that allows drivers to make hands-free phone calls, and control things like your music player via voice commands. Instead of trying to cram more and more functions in the virtual brain of SYNC, Ford’s engineers have adopted a more flexible approach – they have created smartphone applications that drivers can be controlled via the SYNC, using voice commands or buttons on the wheel. SYNC existing systems must first make AppLink software download that will make its debut in 2011 Ford Fiesta.
AppLink represents a new class of SYNC third-party applications, allowing applications that are brought into an external device. The other two classes are composed of applications that are built into the system and cloud-based applications that are “logs in”
So far, AppLink limited to Android and Blackberry devices. Not able to control the standard versions of common applications, but asks SYNC enabled versions. Already SYNC versions Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher “intelligent radio” and OpenBeak available for Twitter.
In order to increase stability enabled applications, Ford has created a network of developers, where people can submit ideas for applications, and learn more about the application programming interface. You can also get software development kit, enabling them to make changes to existing applications and create new ones that are compatible with the SYNC system.
The main idea behind AppLink is that users now have their eyes on the road to use their smart phones while driving. The question, perhaps, if they would otherwise be looking at your phone, or not use it and pay full attention to driving.
While the plug-in electric vehicle (EV), such as Nissan and Chevy Volt LEAF are making a play for the attention of environmentally conscious consumers, some automakers believe fuel cell vehicles are hydrogen the way forward as they may be filled up in minutes instead of hours needed to recharge electric vehicles. One of the companies formed to bring fuel cell electric vehicles to dealers is Hyundai, which recently completed the development of ix Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). Hyundai will begin testing the vehicle next year, aiming to start mass production in 2015.
Ix The Tucson FCEV is Hyundai FCEV third generation following the original 2005 in Tucson FCEV was a test vehicle for cell company’s second-generation hydrogen fuel. The last vehicle is equipped with a cell of 100 kW fuel and two hydrogen storage tanks (700 bar / psi 10152.64) which allows the truck to travel 404 miles (650 km) on a single charge. This is an improvement of 76 percent over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to a range of 230 miles (370 kilometers) on a single charge. You can also start in temperatures down to minus 13 ° F (-25 ° C).
The new model retains the maximum speed of its predecessor of 100 mph (160 km / h), but has a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous model with a fuel efficiency of gasoline equivalent of 72, 9 mpg (31 km / liter). The efficiency of the vehicle has been made possible in part due to the reduction in the overall volume of the fuel cell system by 20 percent compared with the previous system. This was achieved through the modularization of bulky components in the fuel cell system including fuel cell balance of plant (BOP), the inverter and the voltage junction box.
Hyundai plans a limited supply of the Tucson FCEV IX in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015.
The European SARTRE (Safe Route trains Environment) project, which is developing technology to automate the wake of several vehicles on the roads, is now one year into his three-year program. The first year was spent paving the research concept and the requirements of a prototype system and how people will react to use. Now the program is set to enter the implementation phase, starting with a first simple test and the following vehicle.
Nissan has taken a peak at the good you have to show Tokyo Auto Salon January aftermarket. Vehicles from Nissan and its affiliates Autech and NISMO range of concepts of race car design and production includes makeovers for just out of the blocks-all and JUKE LEAF-electric mini-crossover.
The style Aero Concept Nissan LEAF is equipped with an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new bumper and wheels flat black and white to give the car a much sportier look. Meanwhile, Deportivo JUKE package is equipped with exterior accessories designed for Europe and North American markets, including parts and chromed 17-inch wheels allow.
Australian scientists and sociologists from the insurance company «Suncorp Metway» found that the driver which born under the sign of Gemini are most often get into accidents. As a rule, these people are easy to ruffle.
After the Twins in the list are Taurus, suffering incredible stubbornness and always self-confidence. A born under the sign of Pisces are known astrologers as risky and careless people that affects their driving style. Classic examples of safe driving show Capricorn.