The Hydraulic Launch Assist™ by Eaton Corp. (www.eaton.com), which displayed the technology in a U.S. Army truck at last March's Society of Automotive Engineers Show in Detroit, has a regenerative braking system that can reportedly improve fuel efficiency by 25 to 35 percent, with similar reductions in emissions. The system works by recovering a portion of the energy wasted as heat by the vehicle's brakes. The recovered energy is held in fluid form in an on-board accumulator until the vehicle accelerates. Eaton says the HLA is fit for vehicles with daily routines of much start-and-stop driving.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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