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No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota's free piston engine is brilliant

No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota's free piston engine is brilliant | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it

Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines.

 

Those devices don't need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV.

 

But if the engine never turns a wheel, there's no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston's reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.

 

Toyota recently showed a prototype engine that does just that.It's called the Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG). "Free" refers to the fact that the piston isn't attached to a crankshaft; instead, as the piston is forced downward during its power stroke, it passes through windings in the cylinder to generate a burst of three-phase AC electricity.


Via Sepp Hasslberger
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This development should keep both the schools (ICE & Electric) at peace for sometime - logical yet innovative development

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Neat design for an engine that is also a generator of electricity. The idea has been around for some decades, but now Toyota has engineered one...

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Proterra bus sets EV record with 1,100-mile run on a single charge

​The electric buses from Proterra keep going from strength to strength. We first heard of its vehicles when its Catalyst XR logged more than 250 mi (402 km) on a single charge. Less than two years have passed, and the company is now reporting a run of 1,101.2 mi (1,772 km) for its Catalyst E2 max.
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Mahindra & Mahindra & Ford Too

Mahindra & Mahindra & Ford Too | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
SUVs and electric vehicles are the way to crack Maruti Suzuki's Indian armor.
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After ‘bulldozing’ at SIAM, some food for thought

After ‘bulldozing’ at SIAM, some food for thought | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Nitin Gadkari may have made his point, but there are bigger issues at stake
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Challenges galore for automotive industries in the times ahead. Flexibility, adaptation and deep pockets will determine the sustenance and success of the established players in the electric storm likely to hit the industry in the not distant future.
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Schaeffler reveals its electric mobility programmes at IAA Frankfurt 2017 - automotiveindianews

Schaeffler reveals its electric mobility programmes at IAA Frankfurt 2017 - automotiveindianews | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Schaeffler, a leading global integrated automotive and industrial supplier, is leveraging its expertise in engineering to become a total system supplier of electric axles and electrified drive systems that are also used in production plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company said it supports its automotive customers to develop vehicle and powertrain concepts that reduce emissions. Making …
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Will government's electric push give market leader Maruti a shock?

Will government's electric push give market leader Maruti a shock? | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
A major revolution is coming in the country's automobile market but Maruti Suzuki is not too willing to be part of that revolution.
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Major tech disruption in the offing thro' the Electric Vehicle (EV) reality. Maruti it appears is hell-bent upon squeezing out the remaining juice in the Internal Combustion Vehicle (ICV) biz before switching over to EV - banking on the possible extensions in the EV switch over deadline. The gamble could go either way and we may see Maruti retaining its numero uno status or becoming a fringe player down the timeline.
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Green bus operator may face action for not meeting two deadlines - Times of India

Green bus operator may face action for not meeting two deadlines - Times of India | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Nagpur: Even after two extended deadlines of June 1 and September 5 for running a fleet of 55 ethanol-run Green buses, Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Limited has come up with only 10 such buses in almost 8-9 months when the Swedish bus maker were roped in by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).
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Ashok Leyland’s deal with Rosoboronexport strengthens bid for Rs 60K cr army project

Ashok Leyland’s deal with Rosoboronexport strengthens bid for Rs 60K cr army project | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
The Rs 60,000 crore project involves supply of 2,600 of combat vehicles that are to be supplied to the Indian army over a period of several years years.
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Fatalities on Indian roads hit all time high

Fatalities on Indian roads hit all time high | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
More fatalities caused by driver's mistake, including use of mobile phones while driving
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Royal Enfield has huge headstart over us, says Rajiv Bajaj

Royal Enfield has huge headstart over us, says Rajiv Bajaj | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj on the Bajaj-Triumph alliance, sales trajectory of its lone middleweight motorcycle Dominar 400 and the firm’s three-wheeler business
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Chinese green firm to begin construction of Indian plant; will give jobs to 1,000 people

We are planning to begin construction of the Indian plant by this December. It will take around one-and-a-half years to start commercial production, said Rahul Kapil.
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Iconic Padmini, Ambassador on their last legs, but still holding up

Iconic Padmini, Ambassador on their last legs, but still holding up | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
As India gears up to celebrate its 70th anniversary of Independence, two of its old
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How manufacturers are gearing up to seize the opportunity in electric vehicle space

How manufacturers are gearing up to seize the opportunity in electric vehicle space | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of all prices and demise of the petroleum industry.
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Tata Motors secretly tests electric version of Nano in Coimbatore

Tata Motors secretly tests electric version of Nano in Coimbatore | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Move may indicate plans for early launch of EV model
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Nissan to Hyundai Keen on India's $203 Million Order for EVs

Nissan to Hyundai Keen on India's $203 Million Order for EVs | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Renault SA, Hyundai Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. are among companies interested in supplying India 10,000 electric cars as part of the country’s efforts to reduce emissions and curb fuel imports, a government official said.
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Tata Motors upbeat on commercial vehicles business

Tata Motors upbeat on commercial vehicles business | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Will invest over ₹1,500 crore a yearin new products
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Ashok Leyland signs MoU to sponsor ‘Centre of Battery Engineering’ at IIT Madras

Ashok Leyland signs MoU to sponsor ‘Centre of Battery Engineering’ at IIT Madras | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Ashok Leyland and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently for the OEM to sponsor the Centre
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Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.
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The strong emergence of EV from the ICV shadows has sent shock waves thro' the car behemoths community. Will they catch the trend, leverage their vast experience to retain their ranking or fizzle out in the disruption storm ? Time alone can provide the answers & the developments will indeed be watched with great interest.
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Continental's latest concept tire adjusts tread to meet the conditions

Continental's latest concept tire adjusts tread to meet the conditions | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Continental's new tire concepts shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2017) today are named ContiSense and ContiAdapt and are demonstrated in a concept tire that monitors and reports on its health and can tailor its characteristics to prevailing road condition​s.
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Mahindra launches e-rickshaw e-Alpha Mini at Rs 1.12 lakh

Mahindra launches e-rickshaw e-Alpha Mini at Rs 1.12 lakh | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Read more about Mahindra launches e-rickshaw e-Alpha Mini at Rs 1.12 lakh on Business Standard. Mahindra and Mahindra today launched e-rickshaw -- e-Alpha Mini -- priced at Rs 1.12 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, as part of plans to expand its electric vehicle portfolio in the country.
The company, which already sells a range of electric
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Quick off the blocks to cash in on the immense biz potential of the electric mobility segment - commendable move and good luck to them.
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Auto makers may go slow on electric vehicles

Auto makers may go slow on electric vehicles | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
While some auto firms wait for a policy document from the government, others may not launch electric vehicles till the ecosystem matures
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Lightweight platform concept points the way to longer-range EVs

Lightweight platform concept points the way to longer-range EVs | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
Williams Advanced Engineering is demonstrating its versatility with a new electric platform concept. Dubbed FW-EVX, the chassis has been designed to make electric vehicles lighter, safer and more efficient.
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Railways tests RoadRailer transportation unit

Railways tests RoadRailer transportation unit | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
RoadRailer runs as a semi trailer on road and as a wagon on rail
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Progressive move that is bound to cause a paradigm shift in the logistics space. The time and cost factors will be keenly watched by the players before grabbing the unfolding big biz opportunities. 
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Cummins Aeon concept beats Tesla to the all-electric semi punch

Cummins Aeon concept beats Tesla to the all-electric semi punch | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
While the world waits for a Tesla long-haul truck, Cummins has swooped in with the Class 7 Urban Hauler EV concept demonstrator. The all-electric Urban Hauler, which also paves the way for range-extender hybrid long-haul vehicles, hints at a cleaner, greener future for heavy haulers.
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Diesel specialist surprises all by surging ahead in the electric mobility space and the race is getting more interesting by the day - the development augurs well for the customers and as well the society at large.
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This dealership’s success is part of case studies at IIM & Harvard; while its unique outlet idea was adopted by Maruti

This dealership’s success is part of case studies at IIM & Harvard; while its unique outlet idea was adopted by Maruti | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
The Kuttukaran Group, having four companies under it spread across commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and luxury segment, has a combined turnover of Rs 3500 crore.
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One of the main factors for Maruti's success story has to be  to the outstanding contribution by its loyal dealer network. Companies like Kuttukaran group have indeed made Maruti a household name and a brand leader ; and that coveted status is not likely change in the near future making it  a leader nonpareil in the Indian auto space - Kudos to Kuttukaran group.
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India trucking into gas age as govt clears norms for LNG stations - ET Auto

India trucking into gas age as govt clears norms for LNG stations - ET Auto | Automotive Wheels View | Scoop.it
After approving the green fuel for automotive use, the government has now notified changes in the gas cylinder norms to pave the way for LNG refuel..
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