Standardizing refueling systems isn't a quick process, and a new set of fueling standards for hydrogen stations were about 13 years in the making. But SAE International (SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers) said this week that it finally settled on a hydrogen refueling standard for light-duty vehicles. For the record, it's called SAE J2601.
Sometime during the first quarter of 2012, SAE International says it will officially establish a worldwide standard, calling for an integrated coupler for plug-in vehicles. The SAE says this J1772 combo coupler will allow plug-in vehicles to be charged from either a conventional, 15-amp AC wall outlet or a DC connection of up to 90 kilowatts.
The SAE International 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit, to be held in Shanghai, China, will draw together some of the world's leading engineers, scientists and corporations to discuss breakthroughs in battery technology, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle commercialization efforts and China's pivotal role in the development of lithium-ion batteries.
SAE International's 2011 Supermileage competition kicks off today with technical inspections and practice runs. The competing vehicles, possibly the envy of eco-conscious drivers across the nation, routinely achieve a fuel efficiency rating of more than 2,000 miles per gallon. These fuel-frugal vehicles will partake in the event which is being held at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.
One of the automotive engineering industry's most storied vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has been the focus of thousands of articles, including hundreds on AutoblogGreen, over the past four-plus years as it moved from a wild-eyed concept to real production vehicle.
The SAE International has released the second edition of its Hybrid-Powered Vehicles book, which builds upon the original's exploration of hybrid components, system engineering, design constraints, challenges, and opportunities for hybrid vehicles. It was high time for an update, since the first edition was published way back in 2003 when, if we remember correctly, hybrids were vehicles that used both a horse and a donkey.