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Power

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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Green Design & Manufacturing

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.

Editorial
Regulations/Standards

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...

Supplier Eye
Manned Systems

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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Connectivity

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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AR/AI

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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Energy

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...

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,...

Technology Report
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New 300-Mm Wafer Fab Is Key to Bosch’s Chip Future

A new semiconductor plant is the single largest investment made by Robert Bosch AG in the 122-year-old company’s history. The facility, in Dresden, Germany, is welcome news to...

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Power

Battery Show 2022: Wireless EV Charging, Scaling Gigafactories

At September’s North American stop of The Battery Show 2022 in Novi, Michigan, thousands of attendees crammed into the Suburban Collection Showplace exhibition center to...

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Motion Control

Securing CAN Networks in Commercial Vehicles

Commercial road vehicles are the backbone of the modern consumer economy. Almost any business from construction, to energy, to online retail at some point relies on the delivery of goods by...

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Power

Electric-Vehicle Legislation in California – Third Time the Charm?

The official name is the “Advanced Clean Cars II” ruling and it effectively marks California’s third attempt to mandate the sale of electric vehicles in the...

Editorial
Unmanned Systems

Platooning Still Promising for Trucking

There is “no business case” for platooning, or the electronic coupling of two or more trucks in close formation. That was the assessment of Daimler Trucks in 2019 when it decided to pause its...

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Energy

Emerson Supports Scalability of Fuel Cell Systems

Green hydrogen is a promising fuel on the path to decarbonizing the mobility sector, proven by significant investments in many transportation projects and technologies. New fuel cell...

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Electronics & Computers

Bosch Tunes Its Business to Face Mobility’s Challenges

Components and systems that make up the heart of combustion-engine powertrains have long reigned as a major profit center for Bosch, and the company’s commitment to sustaining...

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Data Acquisition

Ultrasound Tech Offers Sophisticated Battery-Testing Intelligence

The production and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the global EV and stationary energy storage systems (ESS) markets is growing at an exponential rate. At the same...

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Connectivity

Funding, Mandates Fuel Commercial-Vehicle Electrification

Government funding and electrification mandates are providing strong tailwinds for electric vehicle (EV) suppliers. But to optimize their transitions, fleet operators will have...

Original Equipment
Connectivity

ACT Expo 2022 Roundup: Bollinger, Hyundai and Volvo Clean-Vehicle Updates

If there was any doubt that zero-emission work trucks are coming – and, really, there isn’t – the 2022 ACT Expo made it abundantly clear they’re on their...

Applications
Medical

How Automation Can Improve Tubing Manufacturing

As the cost of shrink tubing used in the production of catheters has increased, and supply chain issues caused delivery delays, FEP shrink tubing, for example, has become a very expensive...

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Software

Pushing the Boundaries of Automated Driving

In late April 2022, SAE Media editor Bruce Bennett spoke with Paul Mitchell, CEO of Energy Systems Network, a 13-year-old nonprofit organization that organizes and manages various...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Forecast 2022 for Sensors/MEMS

This article is a marked departure from my annual reporting on the past year’s performance of the health of the MEMS industry vis-à-vis my MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card. [1] ...

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Power

EV Battery Manufacturing Commitments Surge in U.S.

The first half of 2022 is continuing last year’s raft of automaker investments in lithium-ion battery manufacturing and development in the U.S., with Stellantis and the Hyundai Group...

Editorial
Green Design & Manufacturing

Alternative Fuels, Propulsion Poised for Growth in U.S. Fleets

Fuel prices are soaring. Not breaking news, I know, yet the almost-daily alerts citing new record highs for gasoline and diesel prices are still unsettling. Consumers and...

Features
Medical

Materials Science Flexibility Is Key to Medical Device Innovation

There’s strong demand for smart, new lifesaving and life-enhancing technologies in the global medical device market. To meet this demand, medical device manufacturers...

Features
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Accelerating Time to Market for Single-Use Technologies

To fast-track time to market and gain a competitive edge, pharmaceutical and medtech development companies are increasingly implementing single-use technologies (SUTs). SUTs also...

Technology Report
Power

SAE WCX 2022: ICE Won’t Melt amid Shift to EVs

The transition to electrified vehicles in OEM portfolios is progressing, but internal combustion engines (ICE) will continue to power millions of new vehicles for a still undetermined...

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Design

Preparing for a Lumpy EV Transition

Recently, I was asked by an OEM to sum up the looming ICE-to-BEV industry transformation. My reply came in a single word: lumpy! And while that description may not be the most finely tailored way to...

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Energy

Lightning EMotors Announces EChassis for Commercial EVs

Lightning eMotors has announced the availability of the Lightning eChassis platform for commercial EV applications. The platform, which was co-developed with Metalsa, will be...

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Materials

Where Key Minerals Used in EVs Come From

What minerals are used uniquely in the manufacture of electric passenger vehicles? Is the U.S. self-sufficient in these minerals, or does it rely on imports? And if the latter, what are the...