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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ricardo to show advanced low carbon, clean propulsion technologies at LCV2016

    08 September 2016

    Ricardo’s leadership across multiple domains of future vehicle technology will be on show at LCV2016 – the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, to be hosted at Millbrook on 14-15 September – where the company will display a range of new technology vehicles, as well as its class-leading capabilities in air quality measurement.

    In the external display area, Ricardo will exhibit low carbon demonstrators, including battery electric and range extended vehicles, as well as hybrids demonstrating the concept of ‘intelligent electrification’. A key attraction in this respect will be the ADEPT (advanced diesel-electric powertrain) project demonstrator, which will be available ...

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