Archive / Automotive

  • Ricardo webinar to show importance of early planning for EV charging infrastructure

    23 April 2018

    Following the recent and highly successful Ricardo webinar aimed at helping commercial vehicle fleet operators plan for electrification, the next in the series will focus on the strategic choices involved in planning EV charging infrastructure. Targeted at local authorities and other major land owners – from retail and business parks to leisure centres, universities and major business owners – the webinar will illustrate the importance of planning early for maximum flexibility and return on investment.

    The webinar Fleet electrification and the benefits of planning your charging infrastructure early will take place on Wednesday 16 May at 10.00 – 11.00 BST [09.00-10.00 ...

  • Ricardo awarded key heavy-duty zero-emissions vehicle project by CARB

    24 October 2017

    Ricardo Strategic Consulting has been selected by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to monitor, collect, and analyze the data for heavy-duty vehicle projects funded under Air Quality Improvement Program and the low carbon transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

    The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) are initiatives of CARB, and have seen significant investments since their inception in fiscal year 2014-15. A wide range of advanced technology demonstration projects have been carried out under these initiatives, all aimed at helping to pull forward Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) technology in the commercial vehicle and bus transportation ...

  • Nanoparticles: how small must we measure?

    20 March 2017

    Improving urban air quality is the major impetus for a continuing push towards monitoring and regulating particle emissions. Now attention is extending to include particles significantly below the threshold of current regulation, approaching the molecular range – and Ricardo is spearheading some of the latest research in this area as well as helping industry comply with existing and future regulation.

    In the continuing endeavour to control harmful emissions from motor vehicles, the measurement of particle numbers (PN) is now firmly a part of the European regulatory framework. The introduction of PN standards followed the pioneering work carried out by Ricardo ...

  • Full-on mild

    04 November 2016

    The Ricardo-led 48-Volt ADEPT project shows how intelligent electrification can deliver fuel and CO2 savings equivalent to full-hybrid capability. What is more, the concept’s low-cost mild hybrid architecture is adaptable for diesel, gasoline or alternative-fuelled powertrains, as Anthony Smith reports.

    In the almost twenty years since the first mass-produced hybrid car – the first-generation Toyota Prius – rolled off the production line, the world has become used to the concept of electrification improving the fuel-efficiency of the combustion engine powertrain. In addition to such ‘full’ hybrids, consumers have also become accustomed to the so-called ‘mild’ hybrid products where a more modest ...

  • TREMEC launches new facility in Belgium as part of major global expansion

    25 October 2016
    • New facility formally opened in Zedelgem, Belgium, by Fernando Senderos Mestre, chairman of KUO Group, TREMEC’s parent, at a ceremony yesterday evening 

    • Significant new capacity in transmission system mechatronics, control software, automation, and high performance manufacture

    • Builds on TREMEC’s strong brand and reputation in high torque transmissions – from premium sports cars to commercial vehicles

    • Enables TREMEC to deploy the latest technologies – from mid-volume transmissions to high-volume components – for customers worldwide

    ZEDELGEM, BELGIUM – The creation of a new force in Europe for the development and manufacture of advanced, high-efficiency, high-performance ...

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