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07 Aug 2016

MERCEDES-BENZ WORKING ON ELECTRIC SPRINTER

MERCEDES-BENZ WORKING ON ELECTRIC SPRINTER With plans to launch its first fully-electric heavy truck ­— and plenty of battery-electric passenger vehicles in the works — German automaker Daimler is in the early planning stages for an electrified medium-duty van, senior officials unveiled recently. Mercedes-Benz is considering launching a battery-based Sprinter van around the end of the decade, approximately the same time it plans the next redesign of the large commercial van.



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05 Aug 2016

ALLISON HELPS RUSSIAN BUS FLEET REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION BY 11 PERCENT

ALLISON HELPS RUSSIAN BUS FLEET REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION BY 11 PERCENT A trial by Public Transport Enterprise No. 4, a 300-strong bus fleet in Kazan, that compared buses equipped with an automated manual transmission (AMT) and one equipped with an Allison transmission featuring FuelSense Max, has resulted in the Allison-equipped bus returning a fuel economy improvement of 11 percent. The bus used in the real life test on a city route was a Cummins diesel engine-powered NefAZ З5299-30-32. It was converted to a fully automatic Allison T310R transmission, with FuelSense Max package, with 223,045 km on the clock. FuelSense is a set of unique packages of software and electronic controls designed to improve fuel economy.



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04 Aug 2016

CHINESE RESEARCHERS URGE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE BIKES, BUSES AND RAIL

CHINESE RESEARCHERS URGE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE BIKES, BUSES AND RAIL Based on the results of their analysis of the potential air quality and health impacts of travel demand in China under business-as-usual and alternative transport scenarios, a team of researchers in China is urging policymakers to encourage the replacement of private cars for short trips with bicycles or public buses and the replacement of commercial vehicles with rail transport. In their paper, published in the journal Energy Policy, Ling-Yun HE and Lu-Yi QIU, observe that regulatory policies imposed on vehicle usage as well as on car ownership can not solve the growing emissions problem.



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