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EU Chooses Sides in DC Fast-Charge Standards Fight

The SAE Combo DC fast charging station has won another ally in the war over DC fast-charge standards: the European Parliament. On one side of the battle is European and US automakers, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen, which last year agreed to use the … Read more »

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Honeywell Auto Refrigerant Has ‘Lower Global Warming Potential Than CO2’

A study has found that Honeywell’s low-global-warming refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, has a global-warming potential (GWP) four times lower than previously calculated, below that of carbon dioxide. The manufacturer says this new study confirms that its automobile air conditioning refrigerant — which came under scrutiny after Daimler said it burst into flames … Read more »

Mercedes

France Bans Mercedes Over GHG Concerns

France has banned the latest models of Mercedes because they use an air conditioning refrigerant that the European Union says emits potent greenhouse gases. A Mercedes spokeman told Agence France-Presse that only new vehicles are subject to the ban. Since Jan. 1, the EU has required carmakers use R1234yf, a … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant ‘Safe for Use in Cars’

Honeywell says a study — and automakers including General Motors, Ford and Toyota — concluded that its low-global-warming-potential air conditioning system is safe for use in cars. The study by automotive engineering association SAE International examined the mobile air conditioning HFO refrigerant R-1234yf, or HFO-1234yf. SAE initiated the evaluation in … Read more »

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BMW, GM Test Fast Charge Stations

BMW and General Motors engineers say they have passed a milestone in adopting the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) standard for DC fast charge stations, charging pre-production versions of the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark EV using stations developed by various suppliers. GM and BMW say this industry-coordinated early … Read more »