48-volt concept: At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Schaeffler and Continental presented a mild hybrid in what they dubbed the ‘Gasoline Technology Car’ (GTC). Based on the Ford Focus the GTC is said to use 17% less gasoline than a conventional compact car.
Less platinum, longer life: Researchers at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai found that new platinum-iridium alloy catalysts for PEM fuel cells led to a “drastic” improvement in durability and stability while using 50% less platinum.
Even less platinum: A new electrospinning/electrospraying (E/E) technique for fuel cell electrodes results in high power densities with ultra-low platinum loadings. The method which produces a nanoparticle cathode catalyst layer has been developed by researchers at Drexel University, USA.
Nigeria’s first electric car has been built by student Segun Oyeyiola. His conversion of a VW Bug features a solar roof and is said to come with enough range for the family’s daily errands.
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