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  • Ricardo NVH technology creates the ‘right’ sound for sports cars – and EVs too

    16 June 2016
    • Ricardo’s ‘Realistic Augmentation’ technology allows the optimization of engine sound to enhance market appeal, using software modelling
    • Detailed description will be amongst the Ricardo contributions to the conference The NVH complexity challenge: achieving appealing ‘green’ vehicles, to be hosted in Graz, Austria, on 22-24 June 2016

    The characteristic sound quality of the engine as perceived by the driver, passengers, and other road users, is at the core of the brand image of performance sports cars – and it provides instant feedback to the driver as to the operation of the vehicle. But the advent of increasingly tighter pass-by noise regulations, engine ...

  • Ricardo webinar to address climate change mitigation through low carbon development

    24 May 2016

    In collaboration with Perspectives Climate Change, Ricardo Energy & Environment will be presenting a free webinar on 31 May, focusing on how to achieve mitigation through low carbon development.

    This complimentary webinar will provide in-depth information on long-term mitigation planning; from identifying opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through to sectoral strategies and specific policies and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions to deliver those reductions.

    During the webinar, participants will be offered practical tips and guidance, including suggesting the immediate next actions that can be taken to implement long-term mitigation plans.

    The webinar is aimed at government representatives from developed and developing countries, international ...





  • Champions of our air

    11 March 2016

    Street-level air quality in European towns and cities is running significantly above EU limit values in any densely populated areas. Most problematic is the rise of harmful NO2 at street level – largely an unintended consequence of the past 15 years of regulations focusing closely on CO2 and diesel particulate emissions. Air quality experts from Ricardo Energy & Environment explain to Tony Lewin how the excess NOx arises and how new models in the pipeline promise to make tomorrow’s diesels clean on all counts


    There can be little doubt that Europe has a problem with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions. This is ...

  • How will an expanded EV fleet affect the electricity distribution network?

    11 March 2016

    My Electric Avenue was a ground-breaking project that set-out to evaluate the likely effect on local electricity distribution networks of a future in which a high proportion of drivers opt for plug-in vehicles. Anthony Smith reports.


    There can be little doubt that the market for electric vehicles is beginning to gain significant momentum: early adopters are turning into repeat customers, and the concept of relying upon personal transportation powered largely or entirely by electricity rather than gasoline or diesel is becoming increasingly mainstream.

    In the UK, for example, approximately 48,000 plug-in vehicles were registered in 2015 compared with just 3500 two years earlier. Plug-in vehicles currently represent 1.7 percent of ...


  • New project launched to cut site energy costs and carbon footprint through optimised energy storage

    09 March 2016
    • Project combines and optimises local energy storage, renewable microgeneration, and site energy usage - including electric vehicle (EV) fast charging
    • Scalable energy storage solution uses second life Renault EV batteries
    • Avoids distribution network upgrades required to meet growing demands such as EV fast charging
    • Enables site-based optimisation of energy usage and exploitation of off-peak energy tariffs


    A PROJECT to manage and optimise complex energy requirements for industrial and commercial sites is now underway.

    The Battery Optimisation and Storage System project (BOSS) creates additional on-site energy storage capacity with repurposed batteries from Renault electric vehicles ...


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