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  • ‘Micro-hybrids’ are the next big thing for fuel-efficient vehicles

    ‘Micro-hybrids’ are the next big thing for fuel-efficient vehicles

    by Jim Harger, MLive.com, May 9 2013 HOLLAND, MI – In the future, your new car may have a “micro-hybrid” powertrain instead of the hybrid or electric powertrains on the market today, says MaryAnn Wright, vice president of technology and innovation for Johnson Controls Inc. Power Solutions. That’s good news for West Michigan because the lithium ion batteries for that micro-hybrid will be made at Johnson Control’s advanced battery plant in Holland, Wright said at a gathering sponsored by Lakeshore Advantage, a Holland [...]

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  • Stop-Start can save gas in long run if drivers accept it

    Stop-Start can save gas in long run if drivers accept it

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press April 16, 2013 Stop-start technology can improve the fuel economy of a car or truck by 15%, but the jury is out whether consumers are comfortable enough with their engines shutting down and starting automatically. Read more…

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  • Ford Atlas concept signals next F series, fuel economy advances

    Ford Atlas concept signals next F series, fuel economy advances

    by Bradford Wernie, Automotive News, Jan. 15 2013 DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., trying to protect its turf in the large pickup market, unveiled a concept truck that previews the company’s next-generation F series and advances in fuel economy… …The Atlas is equipped with a next-generation EcoBoost powertrain with start-stop engine shutoff technology and other features crafted to boost fuel economy, Ford said. Read more…

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  • Johnson Controls: New ‘micro hybrid’ two-battery system will boost mileage

    Johnson Controls: New ‘micro hybrid’ two-battery system will boost mileage

    by Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 10 2013 Johnson Controls Inc. is introducing a battery system that combines lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries inside a car to boost gas mileage and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company said Thursday it will introduce a 48-volt micro hybrid demonstration module during the North American International Auto Show next week. Read more…

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  • The future looks bright for high mileage vehicles

    The future looks bright for high mileage vehicles

    by Don Bain Torque News December 19, 2012 Speaking during a new conference today, Alan L. Baum, principal at Baum & Associates and Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst for Natural Resources Defense Council agreed the future could not look better for high mileage vehicles and the American consumer… Read more…

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  • Fuel-Economy Squeeze Drawing OEs to Valeo’s Electric Supercharger

    Fuel-Economy Squeeze Drawing OEs to Valeo’s Electric Supercharger

    by David E. Zola Wards Auto November 20, 2012 SOUTHFIELD, MI ‚Äì Auto makers worldwide are beginning to sign on the dotted line for Valeo’s new electric supercharger, the French supplier says… Valeo says the device, which is designed to provide a low-end power boost to help launch conventional vehicles equipped with fuel-saving stop/start technology, can work with turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, as well as naturally aspirated powerplants. Read more…

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