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Toyota Touts Fuel Cell as Zero Emission Answer

Japanese maker sees fuel cell as the zero emission future.

by on Apr.13, 2016

Toyota leads the way in fuel-cell technology with the Mirai. Officials believe fuel cells are best for moving large vehicles with zero emissions.

Fuel cells using hydrogen remain the best alternative for moving heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks over long distances with zero emissions.

Justin Ward, general manager, Powertrain Systems Controls at Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America, iterated his support for the fuel cell during a panel discussion on the future of mobility as the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Congress got underway in Detroit.

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Battery electric vehicles remain the best alternative for short trips in urban areas, while hybrids and plug-in hybrids can work well for consumers who need a larger vehicle. But fuel cells work especially well in larger vehicles such busses and heavy-duty trucks, said Ward, noting extended duty cycles in big vehicles can help cover the cost of fuel cells. (more…)

Justice Official Warns Carmakers about Terrorist Hacking Threat

Justice Dept. attorney calls for cooperation to foil security threats.

by on Apr.13, 2016

Justice Dept. Attorney John Carlin called for cooperation between automakers and federal officials to thwart terrorist hacking of vehicles.

Carmakers have to be ever more alert to the threat from outside hackers and even terrorists, the U.S. Department of Justice’s top national security attorney, John Carlin, said during the opening session of the Society of Automotive Engineers annual meeting in Detroit.

“What brings me here is this is an industry that’s on the cusp of not just an evolution but a revolution in how are cars operate, how they talk to each other,” said Carlin, noting that experts estimate more than 220 million vehicles will be able to connect to the internet by the year 2020.

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Carlin said automakers will not only have to beef up their own protection against external threats but they will also have to collaborate more closely with law enforcement and national security officials to ensure that the nation’s transportation system is not put in jeopardy. (more…)

First Driverless Cars Could Be on the Road by 2020

But will legal system stall autonomous technology?

by on Apr.17, 2013

Google's autonomous car cruises the Las Vegas strip.

The first driverless cars could begin to roll into showrooms by 2025 – if not sooner — a panel of experts agreed during the annual convention of automotive engineers in Detroit.

And many of the technologies that will permit autonomous driving will become commonplace even sooner.  Indeed, most major carmakers already offer automated parking systems and radar-guided cruise control technology that allows a vehicle to hold with the flow of traffic, even if it comes to a complete stop.

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But one of the big questions is whether the litigious U.S. legal system will prevent the widespread use of autonomous vehicles even though the nation’s top auto safety official has suggested self-driving cars could reduce by “thousands” the annual American highway death toll.

“Connected and autonomous vehicles will be the car of the future — cars that don’t crash for drivers who live in a sea of distraction,” proclaimed Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.


A Hummer that Gets 100 MPG?

An electric motor and a small gasoline engine recharging the batteries makes the claim possible.

by on Apr.20, 2009

The Governator Visits the FEV booth at SAE to check out a prototype Hummer H3 plug-in hybrid averaging over 100 mpg.

The Governator Visits the FEV booth at SAE to check out a prototype Hummer H3 plug-in hybrid.

FEV Incorporated, a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, has teamed up Utah-based Raser Technologies to develop the H3 ReEV, the first vehicle equipped with Raser’s “range-extended” electric vehicle technology.

“Our goal in exhibiting this particular vehicle is to demonstrate that electric vehicle technology is a viable solution for a variety of vehicle platforms,” said Gary Rogers, FEV, Inc. president and CEO at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. “Needs of consumers will continue to vary, and the Hummer range-extended electric vehicle shows that fuel economy does not necessarily mean sacrificing power and utility.”

An H3 powered by Raser’s plug-in hybrid E-REV or Extended-Range Electric Vehicle gets 100 miles per gallon, according to Jim Spellman, Raser vice president of Business Development. The vehicle was billed as strictly a concept, so no billing information was given. Critics of  EVs say they are not saleable without expensive taxpayer subsidies. (more…)

A Republican Who Likes Detroit?

California governor backs federal aid for automakers.

by on Apr.20, 2009

The "Governator" declares Detroit "will be back" during appearance at 2009 SAE World Congress, in Detroit.  Photo Credit: Len Katz

The "Governator" declares Detroit "will be back" during an appearance at the 2009 SAE World Congress in Detroit. Photo Credit: Len Katz

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the annual Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit on Monday morning with a rousing endorsement of the American car industry.

Schwarzenegger, who has been a frequent critic of Detroit’s carmakers over the years, also stressed the federal government should definitely step in to help the American carmakers. He also offered to do a commercial, for free, touting American carmakers once they are on the road to recovery.

“Detroit is going to be back and Detroit is a leading force in the car industry and worldwide,” Schwarzenegger said as he opened the SAE’s annual convention in Detroit.

“Right now, they are going through some painful times. For anyone who says, ‘Leave them here, don’t help them’ is a huge amount of nonsense talk because of the fact of the matter is we all need to help Detroit,” he said.

“The government should provide money to help the automakers in research and development, but it also can no longer can keep changing their policies,” Schwarzenegger said. “We need a vision for energy, a vision for our cars, a vision for greenhouse gases and a vision for tailpipe emissions. In all this time we have not had those visions.”

“I do want to help the auto industry get back on its feet and I do want to do my share,” said Schwarzenegger, who said he was a fan of Detroit’s carmakers. He believes carmakers can overcome their current difficulties, adding that he most definitely favored the decision to offer Detroit financial assistance.

However, the governor also reserved the right to criticize the carmakers – which he has done repeatedly, including some harsh comments made just last weekend.  Much of his criticism has concerned the need for speeding up the move towards green technology, and during his Detroit appearance, Schwarzenegger said he was delighted to see automakers move toward developing new alternative technologies, including battery-electric vehicles, hydrogen-fueled cars and hybrids. “They’re really not that far behind,” he said. (more…)