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WCX 2024: Come for the AI, Stay for the Optimism

The never-ending task of wrapping one’s head around the auto industry continues at SAE’s annual WCX technical mobility event in Detroit in April. A series of keynotes will discuss the...

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Energy

Fuel Cell Production Spurs Supplier Opportunities

The head of General Motors’ global fuel-cell business is bullish about ongoing opportunities for suppliers in the emerging hydrogen-power space, as GM and partner Honda Motor Co. began...

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Power

Daimler and Linde Announce Liquid-Hydrogen Refueling Technology

Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering recently announced sLH2, a jointly developed refueling technology for subcooled liquid hydrogen. The companies claim that subcooled...

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Propulsion

EFuels: An Alternative to the Alternative

Even as electric vehicles dominate today’s alternative powertrain market for passenger cars, the future of how we will all someday drive without burning petroleum is cloudier than ever. To...

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Manned Systems

GM, Autocar to Build Fuel-Cell Commercial Vehicles

General Motors announced this week that it entered a joint development agreement with Alabama-based Autocar Industries to build a range of all-electric commercial trucks powered by...

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Technical Innovation
Power

Fuel-Cell Power for Monster Mining Trucks in GM, Komatsu Deal

In the latest announcement from GM regarding commercialization of its longstanding hydrogen fuel-cell research and development, it and commercial-vehicle specialist Komatsu...

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Power

Hyliion Shifts Focus from Propulsion to Power Generation

Hyliion acquired the Karno generator technology from GE Additive in August 2022 to employ as a fuel-agnostic power system on its Hypertruck platform, which was revealed as a...

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Internet of Things

CES 2024: Bosch Shows Cabin-Monitoring Tech While Acknowledging Complexity

John Nowinski, Bosch’s North American project lead for interior sensing on cross-domain computing solutions, laid out a stark scenario that could be faced by...

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Energy

The Future of Carbon-Neutral Fuels for Heavy-Duty Machines

Decarbonization of commercial vehicles and off-highway machines is rapidly becoming a hot-button topic among regulators in the EU, Asia and North America. In addition to...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Hydrogen ICE Is Heating Up

In the past three months, at least four major announcements have detailed the kickstart of development programs or real-world demonstrations of hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines (ICE). As OEMs and...

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Manned Systems

GM Hydrotec Boss Readies Fuel Cells for Commercial Deployment

Call it a “technology-meets-the-moment” place in the transportation sector’s innovation timeline. After decades of concentrated development work, GM’s fuel-cell...

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Technical Innovation
Energy

Yanmar Announces Marine Hydrogen Fuel-Cell System

Yanmar announced that its marine subsidiary, Yanmar Holdings, is now offering a marine-grade hydrogen fuel-cell (HFC) propulsion system. According to the company’s announcement of the...

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Power

Smart Engineering for Sustainability

Sustainability extends beyond just decarbonization. A term popping up more and more in executive and engineering-focused presentations is “circular economy,” referring to a closed-loop production...

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Energy

Volvo’s Ambitious Goal: 50% Zero-Emission Trucks by 2030

Volvo Trucks’ target is to be completely fossil-free by 2040. “If we stop selling products that rely on CO2 by 2040, it means that our running population [of...

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Electronics & Computers

Sensing to Solve EV Thermal Challenges

A common criticism of electric vehicles (EVs) is that extremes of heat and cold adversely affect their performance, particularly range. OEMs have been aware of the issue and have innovated and...

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Energy

Toyota to Add Battery Lab at Michigan R&D Campus

Toyota will invest nearly $50 million for a new automotive battery lab at its R&D headquarters in York Township, Michigan. The lab is expected to be operational in 2025, the same year...

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Manned Systems

Bosch Begins Production of Fuel-Cell Power Modules for Nikola

At its oldest and largest location – a site long accustomed to manufacturing parts for combustion engines – Bosch is now producing what it calls the most complex system...

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Energy

Reducing the Battery Materials Supply Risk

Battery electric vehicle (BEV) adoption is taking off for a variety of reasons. Battery cost per kWh of energy stored has dropped 10-fold since 2010. Driving range has increased, making range...

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Original Equipment
Connectivity

Nikola Producing Battery-Electric Trucks, Fuel-Cell EVs Coming

Fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are a highway rarity despite decades of technology development. “When I was working in Europe 20 years ago, I was driving fuel-cell...

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Original Equipment
Power

Daimler Launches New EV Truck Brand for U.S. Market

Daimler Truck has launched a new brand, Rizon, dedicated to Class 4 and 5 medium-duty battery-electric vehicles for the U.S. market. Making its public debut at the Advanced Clean...

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Manned Systems

A Diversified Path for Sustainable Fleets

More than 12,000 people attended the 2023 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, Calif., in May. Attendees heard a multitude of viewpoints offered by experts from...

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Manned Systems

Hydrogen Storage in a Box!

Until recently, there was only one practical solution for storing gaseous hydrogen for onboard vehicle use: the cylindrical storage tank. Spiral-wound, carbon fiber cylinders are the proven form factor for...

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Original Equipment
Manned Systems

Hyundai’s Fuel-Cell Dreams Remain Xcient

Hyundai’s fuel-cell truck fleet is growing. The company is about to bring a fleet of hydrogen-powered 6x4 Xcient Fuel Cell Class 8 tractors to the U.S. It displayed one of the large cabs at...

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Energy

Fuels to Transition the Global Legacy Fleet

Put the promise of mass vehicle electrification and its myriad challenges aside for a moment, and consider: What if most IC-engine vehicle owners don’t switch to EVs as the industry and...

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Connectivity

Honda’s Hydrogen Progress

Is the long-promised “hydrogen economy” still 15 years away, as it reportedly has been for… more than 15 years? Or is it just around the corner? SAE Media traveled to Honda’s U.S. campus in Torrance,...

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Power

Handicapping the ‘Race Toward Zero’

Kelly Senecal did not set out to champion the multi-modal approach to vehicle carbon reduction. He’s the CEO of Covergent Science, a company specializing in computational fluid dynamics. A...

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Energy

Making H2 Fuel Cells Happen

Over a 23-year career Rob Del Core has led more than 20 programs related to zero-emissions vehicles and subsystems, most of them related to developing hydrogen fuel-cell power, at companies including Hyzon...

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Energy

CONEXPO 2023 Image Gallery

Concept and prototype vehicles powered by hydrogen and electric propulsion systems were prevalent throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center halls and outdoor lots. And engine manufacturers were eager to...

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Energy

JCB Debuts Clean-Sheet Hydrogen Combustion Engine

JCB unveiled their clean-sheet hydrogen combustion engine, the 448 ABH2, at CONEXPO 2023 in Las Vegas. The company is touting their engine as a zero-emissions solution for construction...

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