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On Monday, Valeo, an automotive supplier that focuses on components designed to reduce a vehicle's CO2 emissions, and Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC), presented a battery-powered demonstration car equipped with the latest electric-drive components to the Governor of Beijing, China.

While we expect to see hundreds of cars produced by automakers displayed at this year's Paris Motor Show, it's rather surprising to find out that international parts supplier Valeo will unveil the company's latest technological innovations wrapped inside the confines of an electric car manufactured by an undisclosed partner. Though we don't know anything about the actual show car, we do know that Valeo will use the electric vehicle (EV) to promote its latest EV-specific driveline components and

With much of our discussions focusing on hybrid powertrains and the electric cars of tomorrow, we occasionally overlook some of the simpler, efficiency-boosting technologies available today. A prime example of this is the second-generation micro-hybrid stop-start technology from Valeo called i-StARS. Set to debut later this year, the system will initially be featured on diesel-powered Peugeot and Citroen vehicles. A lot of them. Valeo hopes that its i-StARS micro-hybrid technology reaches one mi

It's not a new idea, but Valeo and Michelin want France to be known for electric cars. The two companies have announced they will partner up to develop and build pure EVs and plug-in hybrids. One of the more important partners, an automaker, is still missing. The two companies hope that Michelin's Active Wheel technology, which uses two built-in electric motors in each wheel, will entice one to climb aboard. According to Automotive News Europe, Michelin says that Active Wheel technology eliminat

The city of Frankfurt is celebrating the Automechanika trade show which is focused on aftermarket equipment. During this exhibition, awards are handed out and one went to autoparts maker Valeo, which got the Automechanika Innovation Award for its StARS Micro-Hybrid System, also called Stop&Start.

We already mentioned PSA's plans to downsize engines in an effort to improve fuel efficiency. The French company will showcase the progress its making during PREDIT (National Program for Terrestrial Transport Innovation), which is taking place this week in Paris. PSA will show a prototype co-developed with Valeo and IFP (the teams behind the low-carbon Smart). The prototype is a Citroën C2 with a two-cylinder engine, 8 valves and a mild-hybrid system with Stop&Start and regenerative bra

While it has looked like Peugeot would be the first company to market a mainstream passenger vehicle with a diesel hybrid powertrain, it now looks like it won't come as quickly as previously thought. PSA (parent company of Peugeot and Citroen) has been developing a diesel hybrid system in cooperation with suppliers Bosch, Continental, Valeo and Thyssen-Krupp. The system was originally supposed to debut in the compact Peugeot 308 in 2010. The cost of developing the system was to have been partial

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, French automotive supplier Valeo will be displaying some of the components that they have developed to improve vehicle efficiency. Valeo claims that combining all of their technologies could yield efficiency improvements of up to forty percent. Whether those kinds of improvements could actually be achieved is debatable since the cumulative effects of multiple technologies typically adds up to less than the sum of each component.

We are pretty big fans of the stop/start technology that is being implemented by a growing list of automakers lately, as it is a relatively inexpensive way to get some meaningful fuel economy and emissions benefits. The systems can be adapted to many different platforms, because all modern cars are already set up with the components to make it work. The alternators and starters need to be made more powerful, and are combined in the Valeo StARS system, which is going to be standard on the new Sma

Automotive designers have been working on the idea of engines without camshafts for many years. Camshafts add complexity, weight and friction to engines. Due to it's physical profile, a cam can only control the movement of a valve within limited parameters, that won't be optimal for all operating conditions. Advancements in variable valve timing technology, in recent years have improved performance and efficiency. However, these VVT systems add still more mechanical complexity and weight.

While most consumers are now carefully looking at the fuel economy of their next car, legislators are still focusing their efforts on reducing vehicle emissions. While emission standards vary around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the existing and future standards with incremental changes to conventional gasoline and diesel engines. Full hybrids, like the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape, offer fuel economy improvements, and as a direct result, produce lower CO2 emissions. B