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Folsom Technologies has been awarded $500,000 funding by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to assist in the design and development of a new generation of continuously variable transmissions for light and medium duty truck applications. A list of NYSERDA 2011 transportation funding awards can be found here. The program will also be supported by a number of companies/institutes both domestically and internationally. Test vehicles will be provided by the Ford Motor Company and the electronic transmission controls will be developed by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. Prototypes will be built and tested by the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) and initial testing will be performed on the Folsom Technologies 400hp dynamometer in East Greenbush, NY. A prior collaboration program between Folsom Technologies and the CCEFP resulted in the adaptation and installation of an existing Folsom CVT into a Ford F150 test vehicle. Knowledge obtained during that program will be leveraged during the design of the new transmission.




As reported in the October edition of Diesel progress, Folsom Technologies has teamed with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota in a program to adapt one of its hydromechanical continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) to suit a Ford F150. Performance prediction analysis and electronic controls development will be done by the University. The transmission will be installed in the F150 and integrated with accumulators and control valves as a hydraulic regeneration system whereby braking energy is stored in the form of pressurized hydraulic fluid which is then redirected back to the transmission during acceleration. Depending on the driving cycle, fuel economy savings in excess of 50% are anticipated.




Folsom Technologies has unveiled its new engineering and testing facilities in East Greenbush, NY, which includes a 400hp regenerative motoring dynamometer funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The new transmission test equipment, custom designed and built by Mustang Dynamometer, significantly extends FTI's testing capabilities. Computer control permits the simulation of many different standard and custom vehicle duty cycles as well as vehicle characteristics



Folsom Technologies International displayed one of their CVTs in the New York Energy Research and Development Authority booth at the 2007 New York City International Auto Show Taxi 07 exhibit. The purpose of Taxi 07 is to showcase technologies that can be used to improve the efficiency of future taxi vehicles. The transmission on display was the 100hp CityCar CVT, an example of which has been fitted to a demonstration vehicle and is currently being evaluated by an automobile manufacturer. Current testing of the City Car equipped with the FTI CVT has demonstrated significant economy and performance benefits over the same vehicle fitted with its current 5 speed manual transmission. In addition, Hydraulic Braking Energy Recovery, which is a feature of the FTI CVT, is an ideal match for the NYC taxi cab application due to its frequent start/stop duty cycle, offering significant gains in fuel economy and reductions in emissions, as well as greatly reduced brake wear, saving the taxi operator down-time and repair costs.
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