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  • Auto Makers Take Systems Approach to Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    Auto Makers Take Systems Approach to Fuel Economy, Emissions Reduction

    by Byron Pope Wards Auto April 17, 2013 DETROIT ‚Äì Looming global regulations calling for increased fuel economy and reduced emissions have auto makers thinking outside the box in developing high-tech powertrain solutions. Long-term strategies differ to some degree, but auto makers and suppliers on hand for a panel discussion here all say they are approaching the challenge from a total-systems perspective. Read more…

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  • General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    by Jamie Smith Hopkins The Baltimore Sun April 16, 2013 General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing ‚ and a key part of the company’s bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow. With production under way at the Baltimore County “eMotor” plant, GM says, the company is the first automaker to manufacture electric-drive motors domestically. Read more…

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  • GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    GM, Ford team up on transmission development

    by Melissa Burden and Karl Henkel, Detroit News April 15, 2013 Crosstown rivals General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. said today they have signed an agreement to jointly develop advanced nine-speed and 10-speed transmissions, a move that likely will save each company hundreds of millions of dollars and meet competitors’ offerings faster. “Ten-speeds put them ahead,” said Jim Hall, analyst at 2953 Analytics LLP, in a telephone interview. “People now are working on eights and nines. Tens are on […]

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  • Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    Obama budget boosts funding, tax credit for electric cars

    by Antony Ingram, Christian Science Monitor, April 14 2013 President Barack Obamahas said he wants to boost the Department of Energy’svehicleresearch budget 75 percent to help develop more efficient cars. In his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, Obama proposes $575 million extra for research, and afurther $2 billion trust fundto help research into getting off foreign oil in the next ten years. Read more…

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  • New Cars Sold Average Fuel Economy Sets Record For 3rd Consecutive Month

    New Cars Sold Average Fuel Economy Sets Record For 3rd Consecutive Month

    by Philippe Crowe, HybridCars.com, April 11, 2013 TrueCar announced today that fuel economy numbers from March light vehicle sales indicate the average increased to 23.7 mpg. This is the third consecutive month average fuel economy records have been achieved by the industry. Read more…  

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  • ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    by Brita Belli, New York Times, April 8 2013 This summer, San Jose State University is offering the first classes in what it calls “battery university,” a series in its professional development program intended to train a work force for the next generation of battery makers. The curriculum is being developed by more than 100 experts from the emerging battery storage sector ‚Äî mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area ‚Äî and will focus not only on developing the technology, […]

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