By on June 26, 2014

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Lots of leasing, anger at Uber and a hybrid system that works via the suspension? Here’s what you may have missed.

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11 Comments on “While You Were Sleeping: June 26th, 2014...”


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    psarhjinian

    “Audi plans shock-absorber based hybrid system. Audi wants to recapture the energy lost from shock absorbers (in the form of heat) as a way of increasing fuel efficiency.”

    Heat’s an interesting choice. I’d expected some use of piezoelectric generators spread throughout the car could be used for this sort of thing.

    • 0 avatar
      brkriete

      My take after reading the linked article is that Audi is putting a generator in the place of the shock to transform the wasted energy of suspension movement into electricity, instead of heat.

      I don’t think they are converting heat into electricity via a thermocouple or other similar technology.

    • 0 avatar

      My guess is that Audi is using something called the GenShock, developed by Levant Power with help from ZF. We covered it a while back:

      https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/zf-and-levant-power-develop-regenerative-active-suspension/

      I’m hopeful about energy recovery. The real breakthrough will come with large scale Peltier devices or some other method of recovering the 60%+ of the energy in liquid fuels used in internal combustion engines that now ends up as waste heat.

      Gasoline is such a superior fuel that it still makes a lot of sense even with all that waste heat. Imagine how efficient ICE powered cars could be if we could use some of that wasted energy.

    • 0 avatar
      carve

      Shock absorbers waste energy in the form of heat. It doesn’t saying they’re trying to do something with that waste heat, it says their trying to recover energy that otherwise winds up as waste heat.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    New Mexico bans Uber,

    And decides they will start making rules specifically aimed at services like Lyft…

    The plot thickens. It is important to note that Uber also wanted exemption from some of the regulations like submitting driving records of their drivers.

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    Feds

    Bose might have something to say about the whole magnets-in-coils suspenion system. Make sure you watch from 3:25 on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyf4rfT7bHU

  • avatar
    pragmatist

    Some years ago NJ (and I suppose others) were pushing the concept of pooling and ride sharing. Now that it’s becoming practical, entrenched interests fight back.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Jack and Derek,

    Thanks for this series of summary articles. Short, to the point, full of info. Kudos.

  • avatar
    James2

    Is Uber the service that forces you (the car owner) to mount a large pink mustache on your grille? If so, I saw one of these abominations. Need to get a paper bag to put over your head, while you’re at it.

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