Ricardo Quarterly Q1 2010

Ricardo Quarterly Q1 2010

INDUSTRY NEWS

Volkswagen sets out electrification roadmap; Mercedes research car shows flexible plug-in hybrid and fuel cell platform; Porsche’s 500 hp V8 hybrid with 70 g/km CO2; new engines and transmission from Mazda; Ferrari’s first KERS road-car

 

RICARDO NEWS

India’s Cooper develops engine family with Ricardo; eight-speed front-drive auto enjoys its first spin; biofuels consortium launched; new concepts in EV charging with Ricardo PEP stations; wind generator bearing breakthrough; 15 MW offshore wind drivetrain test facility

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Steve Clarke, Ricardo group commercial director

Ricardo is responding to market shifts with fresh areas of activity and a new organizational structure bringing powerful sector experts to each domain. Tony Lewin hears how the new sector orientation strategy will benefit customers

 

FEATURES

 

Optimizing ethanol

Ricardo and US bioethanol industry body Growth Energy are collaborating to demonstrate the benefits of extreme optimization of ethanol combustion with Ricardo’s EBDI technology. Savings of up to 30 percent are possible, discovers Anthony Smith

 

Taxiing without emissions

The average commercial aircraft uses 477 litres of fuel taxiing to its take-off position. With the Taxibot, developed by IAI and Ricardo, it’s less than 50 litres. Anthony Smith reports on an emissions-saving revolution in the making

 

Big step forward for batteries

A key breakthrough in lithium ion battery chemistry promises to make tomorrow’s core technology cheaper and more compact, bringing affordable electric cars a step closer. Jesse Crosse reports

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