Alan Harman

Alan
Harman
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Alan writes about the auto industry in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Asia/Pacific and emerging markets.

Articles
Hyundai to Develop High-Performance EVs 
Hyundai, Kia and Rimac Automobili will work to develop prototypes for an electric version of Hyundai Motor’s N brand mid-engine sports concept car and a high-performance fuel-cell EV.
Audi Factory Vehicles Using Recycled EV Batteries 
The automaker is required to take back Li-ion batteries after they have been used in cars. It wants to see if it can convert its entire fleet of factory vehicles, including forklifts and tow tractors, to use the batteries at its 16 global production sites.
Process Could Bypass China as Rare Earths Source 
Rare earths are chemically similar elements that include neodymium, used to make magnets for hybrid cars, and cerium, used in catalytic converters in cars. A shortage of rare earth element production in the U.S. leaves its energy security at risk.
Test Program Seeks Truth in Green Claims 
The European New Car Assessment Program runs the operation, which aims to promote cars that are less polluting and more fuel- and energy-efficient by providing consumers with independent information about cars’ performance.
Infrastructure Key to 5G Technology’s Advance 
Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle drivers account for almost half of all traffic-related fatalities in Spain and international 5G automotive associations say the technology could reduce accidents 68%.
Fuel-Cell Researchers Enlist Goldilocks 
University researchers borrowed some thinking from porridge-sampling Goldilocks to cut down on the use of costly platinum needed in fuel-cell electrodes.
Process Stabilizes Hydrogen in 60% Water 
Electriq-Global claims modeling shows the fuel, using a standard-sized fuel tank, would cost less than half the equivalent gasoline price to fill up – and would deliver about twice the range while being completely emissions-free.
SEAT to Unveil ‘Mobility Platform’ at Tech Conference 
SEAT President Luca de Meo will unveil the concept car developed as a mobility platform at the Mobile World Congress to be held Feb. 25-28 in Barcelona, Spain.
Researchers Tout Advance in Hydrogen Technology 
Kubas Manganese Hydride-1, discovered by an international team of researchers, is said to allow for fuel tanks that are smaller, less costly, and more convenient and energy-dense than existing hydrogen fuel technologies.
Purdue Researchers Develop Long-Distance EV Battery 
Purdue says the patented technology is safe and affordable for recharging electric- and hybrid-vehicle batteries by replacing the fluid in the batteries through a process similar to refueling a car at a gas station.
Academy Training AV, EV Specialists 
French autonomous- and electric-vehicle developer Navya and engineering consultancy Insavalor, a subsidiary of Insa Lyon Research & Development, announce the creation of the Navya Academy by Insavalor.
Oz Lawmakers Plug Electric-Vehicle Support 
The committee report says EV uptake in Australia lags comparable countries due to a relative absence of overarching policy direction from the Australian government.
JLR Testing Communication By AVs 
Trials of the system were set up by engineers working in JLR’s Future Mobility division, supported by cognitive psychologists, after studies showed 41% of drivers and pedestrians worry about sharing the road with autonomous vehicles.
European Parliament Calls for AV Push 
The European Parliament says countries such as China and the U.S. are moving rapidly to make connected and automated mobility available on the market and the European Union needs to respond much faster to the developments.
Three CNG Tanks Stretch SEAT Leon’s Range 
The Leon TGI Evo has a gas capacity of 39 lbs., giving a range of 310 miles in CNG mode. With an automatic switch to gasoline the range is extended 93 miles.
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