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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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Manufacturing & Prototyping

New Keys to Success

Much has been written about the extraordinary vehicle production and market environment of the past four years in North America and beyond. The plethora of negative impacts from COVID, chip availability, scarcity of...

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Technology Report
Test & Measurement

Tenneco Opens Engineering, Simulation Center in Poland

Suspension- and powertrain-components specialist Tenneco recently opened a new 9,600 sq.m (103,334-sq.ft.) European engineering center at Gliwice in Poland to serve its European...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Moons Aligning

So far this decade, our industry has been heavily impacted by an endless stream of calamities. When impacted in isolation, dealing with a pandemic, weather disasters, supply- chain disruptions, ICE-to-BEV transition...

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Manned Systems

Volta’s Electric Truck Is U.S. Bound

Volta Trucks has been operating its all-electric Volta Zero delivery trucks in Europe for three years. Now, the map is expanding. Fleet operators soon will be able to get behind the wheel of a...

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Technology Report
Unmanned Systems

The Challenging Legal Environment of AI

“Holy cats. What happens when this stuff goes wrong?”

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Supplier Eye
Power

Electrification Brings Supplier Value Closer to Home

Various aspects of life and business come full circle. While I’m not waiting for bell bottoms from the 1970s to make a triumphant return, the automotive industry is quickly...

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Design

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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Design

Defrosting Tech Saves EV Battery Energy

Turning on the heater in most EVs can be a range-killing decision due to the power draw of the vehicle’s HVAC. But while cold feet reluctantly is a better option than not arriving at your...

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Manned Systems

WCX 2023: Battery Leaders Say Manufacturing Prowess Needs to Advance

Batteries are an incredibly complex subject, so it’s not surprising that in a panel at SAE’s WCX 2023 conference in April titled “Battery: Today, 2030 and...

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Design

Sustainability in Strong Supply

Sustainability no longer is a vague aspiration for OEMs and suppliers looking for a ‘green’ veil. It’s rapidly become a guiding tenet of product innovation, and ESG progress, as the industry pushes...

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Q&A
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Scaling the Solid-State Battery FEST

Start-up battery developer Factorial Energy’s workforce of engineers, chemists and other technology specialists has topped 100 with recent hirings in the Asia-Pacific region. A pilot manufacturing...

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Energy

Hyundai Bears down on EV Charging, Sustainability

Inoperative public charging stations are a major irritant to both EV owners and to Hyundai Motor North America, asserts Olabisi Boyle, the company’s VP of product planning and mobility...

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Imaging

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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Technology Report
Energy

SAE Launches New Standards Document to Rate Power of Electrified Vehicles

In late February 2023, SAE International announced the release of a standards document to provide a common testing procedure to rate the maximum power of...

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Road Ready
Design

Volvo’s Electric High-Wire Act

Under a circus-size tent in downtown Stockholm, Volvo recently introduced its new high-wire act — one with its share of nail-biting risk.

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Supplier Eye
Design

Erratic Transition to the BEV Future

The bloom is slowly wilting off the rose. The last two years witnessed an unprecedented level of battery electric vehicle (BEV) investment from both the auto industry and federal government....

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Power

BMW Reapproaches Hydrogen

Automakers have raised and dashed hopes for using hydrogen to power cars and trucks, including General Motors’ notorious 2007 promise that it would sell 1 million fuel-cell vehicles annually (actual number:...

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Supplier Eye
Unmanned Systems

CASE Struggles to Fulfil Expectations

The saying ‘Two steps forward, one step back’ describes the overall progress of CASE — Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified vehicles and infrastructures. While electrification and...

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Energy

BMW Plans Move to Structural Battery Packs and ‘46120’ Cells

The technology below the smooth skin of BMW’s i Vision Dee concept car, unveiled at CES 2023, marks a major step forward in the company’s electric-vehicle...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

AV Life After Argo AI

The recent shuttering of Argo AI, one of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s leading tech companies, by Ford and Volkswagen might come as a surprise to commuters in San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Zeroing in on Zero-Carbon Fuels

COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, over a two-week span in November, helped bring global attention to the need for significant reductions...

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Energy

Are You Prepared for Scope 3?

Suppliers’ heads keep spinning. If the challenges of inflation, energy costs, logistics and labor scarcity weren’t enough chaos, here comes another hurdle: The ongoing push for de-carbonization —...

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AR/AI

Accessibility: The Future of Mobility

In August 1975, I headed west from Michigan in my new Chevy Van, personally customized for living on the road. My destination was the University of California, Berkeley, where I was enrolled to...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Going the Last Mile

Pizza is a subject that puts a smile on most faces but for Matteo Del Sorbo, the delight extends far beyond the actual pie.

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Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

ZF, Freudenberg Developing Integrated Fuel-Cell and E-Drive System

Although there were new commercial vehicles on display at this year’s IAA Transportation staged at the Hanover Messe Fairground in Germany, it was electric drive...

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Manned Systems

May Mobility Starts ADA-Compliant AV Transit for Rural Area

Automated-driving system developer May Mobility confirmed in late September that it launched what it called the first public-transit project to deploy American Disability Act...

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Materials

Closing the Loop on EV Battery Recycling

Development of a robust electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling industry has moved from a net-positive sideline to a necessity as automakers, and their suppliers, transition away from internal...

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Supplier Eye
Automotive

Good News and Bad News for Auto Suppliers in 2023

The Fall season brings the annual rite of passage for the industry — setting budgets for the next calendar year. The balance of building revenue forecasts driven by vehicle demand,...

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