Ricardo Quarterly Q3 2009

Ricardo Quarterly Q3 2009

INDUSTRY NEWS

Frankfurt show: European electric cars are close to production; downsizing takes hold; Nissan launches first battery car; VW shows two-seater with 36 g/km CO2

RICARDO NEWS

More state-of-the-art test facilities for Ricardo Germany; Ricardo helps set new safety standards; development deal for advanced automatic in China; royal opening for new low-carbon technology centre

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Akihiko Otsuka - Toyota
The chief engineer of the new third-generation Toyota Prius explains the car’s secrets and tells Tony Lewin about the company’s plans to take hybrids mainstream

Plug in to the electric future
President Obama visits Southern California Edison to view the Eaton hybrid utility truck, co-developed with Ford and Ricardo and, reports Anthony Smith, capable of saving 70 per cent in fuel and emissions

Intelligent lubricants save on CO2
The potential of advanced oils to cut friction and save CO2 is often overlooked. Jesse Crosse outlines Ricardo’s bid to bring automakers, oil producers and engineers together in a united approach to efficiency improvement

Smart operator
Following Ford’s establishment of a transmissions centre of excellence in the UK, the company turned to Ricardo to help streamline the interface with its own gearbox joint venture, Getrag-Ford Transmissions JV. Anthony Smith reports

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