Eco-vehicles
Eco-friendly trains with hybrid energy storageEco-friendly trains with hybrid energy storage

Researchers are investigating how to make diesel-powered trains more eco-friendly. One way is to implement a hybrid energy storage system that both could lower fuel consumption up to 13 percent and reduce harmful idling emissions.

January 2012
Dr Robin Hickman: “To lower  CO2 emissions, act across policy areas, vehicle technologies and behaviours.”Dr Robin Hickman: “To lower CO2 emissions, act across policy areas, vehicle technologies and behaviours.”

Dr Robin Hickman, research fellow at the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford and Associate Director of transport research at the Halcrow Group, talked about his sustainable transport research.

January 2012
Nano Powered CarsNano Powered Cars

How can electric cars increase their driving range before they need to stop and recharge? Traditional batteries cannot keep up with the high storage demand but the complete redesign of lithium ion batteries open up new possibilities

May 2011
Progress in the development of rechargeable batteries through nanotechnologyProgress in the development of rechargeable batteries through nanotechnology

Researchers are testing different ways of improving rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and nanotechnology plays an important role in the development. The aim is to offer batteries that have fast charge and discharge rates as well as high stored energy per mass. This can make electric vehicles a competitive alternative to petrol-powered vehicles

May 2011
Dr. Mario Conte: “Ionic liquids make new and better-performing supercapacitators greener”Dr. Mario Conte: “Ionic liquids make new and better-performing supercapacitators greener”

The supercapacitators that Dr Mario Conte develops with his European partners in the ILHYPOS project will be used to enhance the batteries in electric vehicles as well as hybrids or those using combustible batteries; besides that, they will be more environmentally-friendly thanks to the use of ionic liquids

May 2011
Dr. Jörg WIND: “Performance of vehicles with fuel cells is twice as high as those with combustion engines, but safety issues cannot be neglected”Dr. Jörg WIND: “Performance of vehicles with fuel cells is twice as high as those with combustion engines, but safety issues cannot be neglected”

Hybrid electric cars offer many advantages for the future. On the road, they don't produce any greenhouse gas emissions and are also twice as efficient in terms of energy, but safety systems have to be developed to make these vehicles trustworthy

March 2011
Tune Up Your Electric Car!Tune Up Your Electric Car!

A new invention by Italian researchers could provide a significant boost in the performance and efficiency of electric cars. “The ILHYPOS supercapacitor can improve the performance of your electric vehicle, particularly the power, efficiency and duration of the battery”, says Mario Conte project coordinator of the European Research Project ILHYPOS

February 2011
Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways”Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways”

A reduction of 100 kilograms sounds impressive. But if you compare the cars of today with the cars our parents used to drive, something odd emerges

August 2010
Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions”Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions”

The European Union limits car emissions. A challenge that the industry now tries to tackle through weight reduction

August 2010
A new supercapacitor to improve power and efficiency and increase battery life of electric vehiclesA new supercapacitor to improve power and efficiency and increase battery life of electric vehicles

The first generation of electric vehicles had limited operating distance, poor acceleration and poor battery life;a new accumulation system - the ILHYPOS supercapacitor - can improve performance, power, efficiency and increase the life of the batteries

February 2011
Hydrogen: The Green Fuel Of The FutureHydrogen: The Green Fuel Of The Future

Engineers from 28 research institutions have combined their expertise to make significant improvements to the electric powered car. They worked on fuel cell technology and electric drive systems to build a car which is cost efficient, satisfies the customers and is ready for mass production. Working together within the European research project HySYS, their aim was to create a standard of the improved and newly invented components

January 2011
The Plastic Trailer: a green revolution in transportThe Plastic Trailer: a green revolution in transport

An aerodynamic shaped plastic truck trailer that is as solid as one made from steel but weighs 1200 kg less: Composite Engineers from an independent research centre in Loughborough, UK, succeeded in the development of a new material that could save up to 15 percent of fuel in freight transport

October 2010
Matthew Turner: “Reduced weight, aerodynamics and fully recyclable composites to make freight transport greener”Matthew Turner: “Reduced weight, aerodynamics and fully recyclable composites to make freight transport greener”

A new composite material made of plastics, 75% lighter but almost as strong as steel, was created within the EU research project CLEANMOULD. Matthew Turner, composite engineer at EPL Composite Solutions, an independent research centre in Leicestershire, is the project coordinator

October 2010
The Super Light CarThe Super Light Car

Engineers and material scientists are putting the car on a diet. Their aim is to make the body lighter and thus save on fuel and C02 emissions

June 2010
Hydrogen Test DriveHydrogen Test Drive

Hydrogen as an energy carrier in fuel cells could provide in the next future a solution to worldwide rise of fuel prices.

June 2008
I Drive with your WasteI Drive with your Waste

In Lille, France, organic waste is now being collected to be transformed into biogas and used as fuel by city public transport.

April 2008
Infrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’sInfrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’s

Our society lacks hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV’s) and we have a long way to go before obtaining all energy from renewable sources. However, interesting projects are developing in this area

June 2010
Will the fuel cell vehicle live up to all the hype?Will the fuel cell vehicle live up to all the hype?

The fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is one new technology that might be a viable alternative to the predominant vehicle on the road. However, many challenges remain

June 2010
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