Patents in hybrid technology

Posted on 19 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Study of hybrid technology patents shows Asia in the lead
Recent research by intellectual property management consultancy CPA into patenting trends in hybrid powertrain technology shows that Asia is leading the way; over the past five years, Asia Pacific companies have been driving innovation though European companies are now increasing investment, particularly so European manufacturers who sell into the USA – as with BMW’s joint R&D programme with GM and DaimlerChrysler. US companies themselves are also now challenging Asia Pacific’s market dominance, with Ford and Visteon investing in hybrid R&D. Christian Bunke, IP consultant at CPA, says: “We found several examples of cross-company collaboration to get hybrid products to market and yet, while there is a strong growth in the industry, our research also indicates a lack of specialised components.” CPA’s patent analysis showed the world’s top ten most active companies in hybrid technology development, as measured by their number of patent ‘families’ registered since 1991, puts Toyota at the top with 641 patents, followed by Nissan with 477 and Honda registering 319 patent groupings.
The Scuderi Group has taken many precautions to ensure the strength, scope, validity and ability to license its intellectual property. Its patent portfolio provides protection for the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine technology worldwide for at least the next 20 years. The Scuderi Group patent portfolio currently consists of: Seven issued U.S. patents, Five U.S. patents pending Five international patents pending, in over 45 countries. Representing over 100 individual claims

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Scuderi Air Hybird Engine Profiled in Automotive Engineering International

Posted on 19 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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The Scuderi Air Hybrid Engine was featured in the May issue of Automotive Engineering International, a publication of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Sal Scuderi spoke to reporter David Alexander at the recent SAE show in Detroit. This article provides an excellent technical overview of the Scuderi Air Hybrid Engine and shows why this engine is such an amazing engineering accomplishment. The Scuderi article starts on page 5, you can read the full article by clicking here. Automotive Engineering International Overview Circulation 88,000 Established in 1917 and written for domestic and international manufacturers of self-propelled vehicle systems, producers of automotive parts, components and materials, automotive design engineers and technical managers. Focuses on current, global information on automotive industry developments, from technological breakthroughs to acquisitions and mergers to Internet sites. Includes features on Asian business trends, manufacturing solutions and regulatory and legislative information. Automotive Engineering International is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.aei-online.org.

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Plug-in hybrids charge Capitol Hill

Posted on 18 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Plug-in hybrids charge Hill Bay Area group touts cars to House panel
Washington -- Hydrogen-powered cars. Bio-diesel. Clean diesel. Vehicles propelled by ethanol, the corn-based fuel that's the dream of Midwestern farmers. Electric-gas hybrids. They've all been featured in mini-auto shows in recent weeks on Capitol Hill, where the spike in gas prices across the country has caught Congress' attention. Members and their constituents are searching eagerly for alternatives, and the possible technologies of tomorrow have lined up for their moment in the spotlight. Wednesday was the turn of Bay Area researchers, who brought their plug-in hybrid vehicle technology to show off for a House science subcommittee.
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Business Week sits down with Toyota's top executive in North America

Posted on 17 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Toyota's North American chief sat down with Business Week for an interesting Q&A, Toyota’s Jim Press Discusses the Future Toyota North America’s new head on moving the company forward, his role, the competition and alternative fuel
MK: What’s your view on hybrid technology? JP: We recognize more and more hybrid technology is going to be a key technology for the future success of this business. Hybrid is going to be hybrid diesel. Fuel cell cars are hybrids. The internal combustion engine cars we are selling today are hybrids. Flex fuel vehicles will be hybrids. Hybrid is the enabling technology that makes all of those more efficient. Diesel, gasoline, hydrogen and biodiesel are all fuels that feed through a common system, which is a hybrid. This is the thing we’re developing. Hybrid is the way you gain the synergy of combining stored energy that you store when you don’t need it and release when you do. MK: You are chairman of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the industry’s top trade group, and you are the first international automotive executive to do so. How’s that going? JP: It’s a time of turbulence and great interest in fuel. We’ve been dealing with a war of words over who is at fault with high gas prices. There are those who think the auto industry is at fault because their cars don’t get very good mileage. But the auto industry doesn’t bring the oil out of the ground and price it. OPEC does; oil companies do. The issue of gas prices is a consumer issue and becoming a political one. It’s really a great time to have all this stuff stirring around. Ten years ago, CAFE was an issue for us but the public wasn’t involved. Now they are engaged. So it is a great time for the industry to utilize its capability to educate through an ad campaign to consumers and thought leaders making decisions on future regulations. It’s a very stimulating opportunity MK: Does Toyota have plans for ethanol vehicles? JP: We have no flex fuel vehicles. We’re studying them. MK: There’s suddenly great interest in it and in Brazil, which has 90 percent of its fleet using ethanol. JP: As for Brazil, they use sugar to make ethanol. They have lots of it – too much. And sugar cane is more efficient than corn. Their total vehicle population is smaller and more concentrated. Also in Brazil, they have government policy that has driven them in that direction just Europe has one that has encouraged diesel. Here, we don’t have that. So it is really hard for the free market on its own to embrace a fuel that costs more to produce and is less efficient. It’s also a fuel that if we really did embrace it would require a tremendous amount of corn production. That would bring up other issues – land use issues, significant changes to our structure of tariffs on importation. Who is going to pay for ethanol gas stations? There are less than 600 in the country. There’s one in California, and it’s not open to the public. All those flex fuel vehicles sold in California provide a credit for CAFE but they are running on gasoline. We need to have more gas stations and more ethanol available. E10 we can run through regular gas station and today’s cars can use it. If we all went to E0 today, we’d get at least 10 percent more out of our gallon of gas, which may be a way to phase it. But now it doesn’t have the same CAFE credit. So there are obstacles. Ethanol definitely helps in the cause of dependence on foreign oil.
To read the full interview, click here.

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What are Honda's priorities?

Posted on 17 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Honda chairman’s mid-year speech outlines plans for R&D and global manufacturing expansion and first-ever OEM C02 reduction target 17th May 2006 Honda chairman’s mid-year speech outlines plans for R&D and global manufacturing expansion and first-ever OEM C02 reduction target
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has just announced specific plans in three areas to accelerate its efforts to achieve further growth: 1. Establishing advanced manufacturing systems and capabilities 2. Strengthening the foundation for overseas growth with new overseas plants 3. Strengthening the commitment to reduce Honda’s environmental footprint We report the plans at some length as some of the most ambitious global expansion, technology investment and environmental management plans ever announced by a vehicle manufacturer.
To read more about Honda's plans in the areas of product strategy, hybrid roadmap and manufacturing plans, click here.

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Ford targets emerging markets, considers new hybrid

Posted on 11 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Ford targets emerging markets, considers new hybrid
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co.(F.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive Bill Ford Jr. said on Thursday that the automaker is targeting fast-growing markets in Asia and Eastern Europe to boost global sales and profits. He also said Ford was considering the launch of a plug-in hybrid vehicle for its future product line-up. Ford's operations in emerging markets such as Turkey, Russia, India and China are "a critical source of future growth and profits and we are pursuing them aggressively," Bill Ford said at the company's annual meeting.
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Enhanced Fuel Economy Tops List of Automotive Technologies European Vehicle Owners Say They are Likely to Purchase

Posted on 9 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Harris Interactive Reports: Enhanced Fuel Economy Tops List of Automotive Technologies European Vehicle Owners Say They are Likely to Purchase for Their Next New Vehicle New Harris Interactive AutoTECHCAST Europe study gauges consumer attitudes in the five largest European countries toward 61 advanced automotive technologies
Overall, the European market appears much less interested in hybrid technology versus what we see in the United States, especially when considering the cost that it adds to a vehicle," says Bryan Krulikowski, Senior Director of Automotive and Transportation Research at Harris Interactive. "European consumers already enjoy access to fuel-efficient diesel-powered vehicles and are looking beyond hybrid technology." In fact, European respondents are significantly more likely to say they will purchase a fuel cell vehicle (28% say they are very/extremely likely) than a hybrid (20%). Italians show the greatest purchase consideration for this technology as almost half (48%) say they are very or extremely likely to next purchase a fuel cell vehicle. The key factor, however, is affordability. While purchase consideration for fuel-efficient technologies is high among Europeans in the five major markets, the additional cost they place on a vehicle makes them less attractive. Purchase consideration for both enhanced fuel economy and fuel cell vehicles declines significantly once respondents are made aware of their estimated market prices, an additional euro 950 (650 pounds Sterling) and euro 5,800 (4,000 pounds), respectively. "While consumers indicate they are not willing to pay for this technology at today's estimated prices, their initial high level of interest suggests that these technologies will gain consideration as they become more affordable," continues Krulikowski.
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Scuderi Group opens european office; to unveil design of Air-Hybrid Engine at Germany's Engine Expo 2006

Posted on 4 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Scuderi Group to Unveil Design of New Air-Hybrid Engine To European Auto Industry at Engine Expo 2006 Hires longtime auto industry finance executive to oversee European operations
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA - May 3, 2006: The Scuderi Group, the engine development company that has designed a breakthrough Air-Hybrid Engine, announced today that it has expanded operations into the European marketplace. The company also announced that they have hired longtime auto industry finance executive Lutz Deyerling to oversee European operations. Developed by a team of fluid and thermodynamic experts, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine is expected to deliver a quantum leap in performance, efficiency and environmental impact over today's internal combustion engines. The Scuderi Group accomplished these advances by focusing on the heart of the engine, challenging conventional approaches to engine design in place for over 120 years. Backed by the U.S. government, verified by a world renowned independent laboratory and protected by multiple worldwide patents, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine is adaptable to diesel and gasoline automobiles, commercial vehicles and any other applications powered by internal combustion engines. The Scuderi Group will debut designs of its breakthrough air-hybrid technology, the world's most fuel efficient internal combustion engine, to the European auto industry next week at the Engine Expo 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany (Booth 6200.) Deyerling has deep roots in the European automotive industry, having worked in senior finance positions in the auto industry practice groups at Ernst &Young Corporate Finance GmbH, Bankgesellschaft Berlin and Deutsche Bank. Deyerling will assist The Scuderi Group in fundraising and licensing activities within the European automobile marketplace. "Since we unveiled the breakthrough design of the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2006 World Congress, we have seen an explosion of interest from all over the world," said Sal Scuderi, president of The Scuderi Group. "Gas-electric hybrids have a number of promising aspects, but they still have some troubling issues, such as complexity, weight and cost. This has automakers continually looking for the next evolution in hybrid technology. We are excited that Lutz has joined our organization, and we look forward to working with him to introduce The Scuderi Group and our Air-Hybrid engine technology to the European investment and automotive communities." "What drew me to The Scuderi Group was the way they have gone about developing the engine. All of the funds have been raised through private investment, leaving The Scuderi Group in control of its own destiny," said Lutz Deyerling. "The development of the engine technology has been done in conjunction with a world-renown testing facility utilizing the most sophisticated computer modeling available today. When you combine these factors with their extensive global patent portfolio, the company is in a tremendous position to market its technology to automakers anywhere in the world."
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How far can you drive on a bushel of corn?

Posted on 3 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Popular Mechanics has a very long, detailed look at alternativbe fuels in the current issue. How far can you drive on a bushel of corn? Crunching the numbers on alternative fuels.
For this special report, PM crunched the numbers on the actual costs and performance of each major alternative fuel. Before we can debate national energy policy--or even decide which petroleum substitutes might make sense for our personal vehicles--we need to know how these things stack up in the real world.
To read the entire article, click here. To hear from the author of this article, check out Glenn & Helen Reynolds Podcast interview with Jim Meigs, Popular Mechanics Editor-in-Chief.

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Business Week Puts Brakes on Ethanol Hype

Posted on 1 May 2006 | 0 Comments

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Ed Wallace has a contributed article in Business Week strongly questioning Ethanol: A Tragedy in 3 Acts
Amid the current panic about gas prices many people are embracing ethanol. But that's not such a good idea
To find out why, click here.

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