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World's first handheld sound camera ready for market

May 9, 2013 10:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most car drivers have had the experience of hearing a buzzing, squeaky, or rattling sound while driving but not being able to figure out where the noise is coming from. The problem could be simple, requiring a quick fix, or could be serious enough to bring a car to a mechanic.

Engineering Newswire 36: Electric car charge time cut in half

May 8, 2013 9:54 am | Videos | Comments

The new fast-charging system from Volvo and Siemens is cutting recharge times in electric vehicles down to 90 minutes. The new 22 kilowatt fast-charger system is an on-board charger that operates on a 3-phase supply, and uses a 3-phase outlet to provide enough charge for a range of 102 miles in 90 minutes.

Power supply, programmable power, high power, 1000V, testing, photovoltaic inverters

May 7, 2013 11:00 am | Ametek Programmable Power | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Programmable Power extended its Sorensen SG Series high-power DC power supply line with the introduction of the new SG 1000V, which can supply up to 1,000V DC for applications such as testing photovoltaic (PV) inverters and electric vehicles. The new 1000V DC model of SG Series power supplies

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3-phase, variable-speed inverter power module enables higher torque systems

May 6, 2013 11:20 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FTC03V455A1, a 3-Phase, Variable Speed Drive Automotive Power Module. This device, intended for 3-Phase motor control applications under 2kW, allows designers to reduce the overall system cost of higher power applications.

New technology propels 'old energy' boom

May 6, 2013 10:16 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade - just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae - or powered by hydrogen or cheap batteries that burned nothing at all.

10 MUST READ posts from April

May 1, 2013 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

China automaker to open electric bus plant in CA

May 1, 2013 10:42 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company whose mantra is Build Your Dreams plans to build all-electric buses in California's Mojave Desert. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and officials of BYD Automotive scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce plans to open the first Chinese-owned vehicle manufacturing plant in the United States.

Chevy Spark EV can go 82 miles per charge

April 24, 2013 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors said Wednesday that the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles (132 kilometers) on a single charge, putting it among the leaders in mass-market electric vehicles sold in the U.S. The Spark EV also gets the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon (50 kilometers per liter)....

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Modular DC electronic load designed for multi-channel DC source testing

April 24, 2013 1:43 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision announced its new MDL Series, a modular programmable DC electronic load system. The MDL Series comprises six unique modules ranging in power from 200 W to 600 W. Any combination of these modules can be installed for multi-channel operation in the 4-slot MDL Series mainframe....

Reference design implements highly accurate automotive intelligent battery sensor

April 24, 2013 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG released a reference design implementing a complete automotive Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS) based on its highly accurate AS8515 data acquisition front end. The IBS design from ams is suitable for monitoring the state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH) of the latest lithium-iron-phosphate automotive batteries as well as conventional AGM (lead-acid) batteries.

M'bishi Motors identifies cause of Outlander battery problem

April 24, 2013 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it has indentified the cause of a battery malfunction of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and will take recall procedures as soon as the effectiveness of preventive measures is confirmed.

Automotive vents protect powertrain components from harsh environments

April 24, 2013 10:03 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE Automotive Vents to include the new Series: AVS 41 (P/N VE2048) venting solution, which is engineered specifically for powertrain components. This new vent improves component reliability by equalizing pressure, preventing contamination from water, dust, dirt, and other automotive fluids....

U.S. seeks voluntary limits on car touchscreens

April 24, 2013 8:56 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. traffic safety regulators are asking automakers to put stronger limits on how long drivers can use in-car touchscreens in an effort to curb distracted driving.The voluntary guidelines unveiled Tuesday would restrict the amount of time it takes to perform a single function on the car's audio/visual systems to two seconds.

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Modular programmable DC electronic load system comprises six unique modules ranging 200 W to 600 W

April 23, 2013 2:40 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced its new MDL Series, a modular programmable DC electronic load system. The MDL Series comprises six unique modules ranging in power from 200 W to 600 W.

Energy Dept. seizes $21M from electric car maker

April 23, 2013 10:15 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Obama administration has seized $21 million from troubled automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. just weeks after the company laid off three-fourths of its workers amid continuing financial and production problems. Fisker had received $192 million in federal loans before a series of problems led U.S. officials to freeze the loan in 2011.

iBeetle: Everything you never wanted in an infotainment system

April 22, 2013 2:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve talked A LOT about safety and innovation when it comes to infotainment systems in cars. We've talking more regulation, less regulation, new systems and crazy ideas. The discussion revolves primarily around how to integrate electronics 

Varistors ideal for commercial, industrial, and automotive apps

April 18, 2013 4:31 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added several new varistors to its trusted TransGuard and TransGuard Automotive Series. Based on AVX’s reliable zinc-oxide varistor technology, the extended TransGuard series provide customers with a much broader range of voltage and energy rating options....

Intelligent network interface controller features a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver

April 18, 2013 3:10 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the OS81118, the first MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) with a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver. The MOST150 technology was successfully deployed in the first car models in 2012.

Why the government should ban cellphones while driving

April 16, 2013 10:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This term “nanny state” is an interesting one. It’s a term people throw out when they feel the government is infringing on their right to do something stupid. Frankly, if people could be trusted to police themselves, we wouldn’t have any laws at all.

UCLA engineers craft new material for high-performing 'supercapacitors'

April 16, 2013 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in hybrid vehicles, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have synthesized a material that shows high capability for both the rapid storage and release of energy.

ORNL leading study focused on afterlife of electric vehicle batteries

April 16, 2013 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Once they've finished powering electric vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles, it may not be the end of the road for automotive batteries, which researchers believe can provide continued benefits for consumers, automakers and the environment.

The nanny state should loosen its grip on cell phones

April 11, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve written a lot on ECN about automotive safety and its intersection with cutting-edge technology. Texting, Facebooking, and web surfing pose an existential concern for distracted drivers (not to mention pilots, train conductors, and boat captains), but the nanny state has really overreached on this one: A California court recently found a motorist guilty of distracted driving for checking a map on his iPhone.

Race to build driverless cars is in full throttle

April 8, 2013 10:41 am | by Rick Montgomery, The Kansas City Star | News | Comments

To call Tim Sylvester a road builder misses the point. The streets he intends to build are embedded with electronic sensors that may keep cars of the future from speeding, veering and crashing. Doctoral candidate Amol Khedkar is toiling on his own prototype for a software system that would let cars talk to one other....

An engineer's wishlist for car infotainment systems

April 5, 2013 2:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With Google's self-driving car hitting the road and all sorts of driver-assistance features hitting the showroom, it's a crazy time for drivers and designers alike. Cars are practically overflowing with (good and bad) attempts to integrate outside technology (smartphones, weather apps, virtual assistants) into vehicles interfaces.

LEDs achieve brighter and longer-lasting light for buses and trains

March 28, 2013 3:58 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of the Mini Topled and Topled LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors produce a uniquely pleasant white light in varying tones that is ideal for the interior illumination of buses, trains, airplanes and cars. The successful standard packages for these LEDs have been retained....

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