The DDFlyTrain project has projected a fuel saving of around 10% based on the use of high speed flywheel brake recovery technology retrofitted to DMU rolling stock. This order of saving means that the technology has a potential ROI of inside five years. The project has also produced a proof of concept test rig used to demonstrate the technology to rail industry stakeholders and a concept for integration onto a Bombardier Turbostar DMU.
With the increasing electrification of vehicle powertrains – from electric city cars to conventional and plug-in hybrids and from motorcycles to off-highway equipment and railway locomotives – an ability to engineer best-in-class electric drive systems is an important strategic requirement for Ricardo. The recruitment of a dedicated team for this end-to-end capability, coupled with the company’s longstanding and widely acknowledged leadership in vehicle systems integration, has left Ricardo ideally placed to assist all organizations and all sectors in the electric and hybrid vehicle value chain.
A ground-breaking collaborative research and development project on rail brake energy recovery is scheduled to commence in the second half of this year and will see Ricardo join forces with fluid power expert Artemis Intelligent Power and world-leading rail technology expert Bombardier Transportation. The system to be researched is intended for use on diesel powered multiple units. It is conceived as a cost-effective solution that could be retrofitted to existing rolling stock as well as incorporated into new rail vehicles. To demonstrate a complete rail driveline incorporating this energy storage technology, the system will be coupled to a wheel-set supplied by Bombardier and will be tested on a dynamometer rig at Artemis’s facility in Midlothian, Scotland. It is anticipated that a follow-up project will progress to installing and testing the system on an operating train.
It can be revealed today that the long-standing and highly successful collaboration between Ricardo and Chery Automobile Company Ltd of China, was instrumental in the development of the CVT system launched in the new Chery E5 vehicle.
The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high impact, low cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture.
Following intensive research and engineering development, Ricardo has today announced a breakthrough in its revolutionary Kinergy hermetically sealed high-speed flywheel energy storage device. A significant improvement in the magnetic coupling and gearing system has now taken its efficiency to better than that of a conventional geared drive, consolidating Kinergy’s position as perhaps the most promising high speed flywheel concept currently available
Ricardo Strategic Consulting has today published a white paper outlining the processes that investors and automakers should adopt as they evaluate investment opportunities and suppliers in the economically crucial, rapidly developing electric vehicle (EV) battery systems market.
Ricardo, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ricardo plc, today announced the formation of a strategic business alliance with XRD Inc. (XRDi) and NW UAV to design, develop and manufacture a family of heavy-fuel engine solutions for unmanned systems.
Building on a highly successful collaboration over the past five years, it has been announced today that Ricardo will assist Lifan Automobile Group based in Chongqing, China, with the development of a family of highly downsized gasoline engines capable of meeting future Chinese and international fuel economy and emissions regulations.