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  • 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 ...








  • Ricardo white paper to make case for safety of autonomous vehicles at Automobility 2016

    11 October 2016

    At the Automobility 2016 event at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center, Dearborn, Michigan, on October 13, Ricardo will publish a white paper that details the importance of safety case development to support the public introduction of autonomous mobility, based on the pioneering international work of Ricardo Rail in ensuring the safety of autonomous vehicles on both the railway and highway.

    Automobility 2016 – Reimagining Transportation – will provide an open forum for all participants to share ideas in assessing the challenges and opportunities as autonomous cars, ...

  • ADEPT CO2 savings confirmed - affordable 48V hybrid car goes on first public ride & drives

    13 September 2016
    • Final testing confirms ADEPT key achievement of 10-12 percent reduction in fuel consumption – equivalent to sub-80g/km of CO2 emissions
    • Updated estimated cost of production implementation only €60 per g/km CO2 reduction – very competitive with other fuel economy solutions such as full hybrids
    • Full results of the project will be presented at the LCV2016 show tomorrow, where the ADEPT vehicle will be available for the first time for public ride and drives


    The automotive industry is facing the challenge of offering customers new vehicles that are able to deliver significantly improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, while at the same ...

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