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2025 Cadillac Optiq EV Arrives with Standard Dual Motors

Continuing its rollout of EVs, Cadillac revealed the 2025 Optiq SUV today, the company’s most affordable EV yet and a smaller sibling to the popular Lyriq that was introduced...

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Energy

The Fiat 500e Is Back

After a hiatus of five years, Fiat is reintroducing the 500e to the U.S. The all-new EV, which is new to the U.S. in 2024, has been sold in Europe for the past four years. So, what’s new? We spoke with Stellantis...

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Propulsion

WCX 2024: Tier 1s Rolling with the Rocky Transition to EVs

The jagged transition from ICE-powered vehicles to EVs and shorter lifecycles for new technologies are gnawing at Tier 1 suppliers’ production volume forecasts. “It’s a...

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Overcoming EV Drivetrain Testing Challenges

Transportation markets have seen a tremendous surge of interest in hybrid and electric vehicle technology. To gain the promised efficiency benefits and green profile of these vehicles, it is...

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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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Power

2025 Kia Carnival MPV Hybrid Brings Unplugged PHEV Power

The 2025 Kia Carnival MPV is acquiring a hybrid powertrain as part of the minivan’s model year update that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. The internal-combustion engine...

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Propulsion

Stellantis Unveils STLA Large Platform for D, E Segments

Stellantis on Friday unveiled its STLA Large platform, which will be the basis for eight new EVs from sedans to Trail Rated SUVs by 2026.

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Energy

EV Energy-Management Powers-Up

Future electric vehicles will be more efficient, more powerful and will be able to hold more energy in their batteries than today’s EVs. Those big “mores” require countless small improvements beyond...

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Energy

Sensor Fusion Expanding in Step with Advancing Vehicle Sophistication

When drivers of passenger vehicles change lanes, brake at stop lights, or accelerate on the highway, they’re probably not thinking about sensors. Sensors monitor,...

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Application Briefs
Aerospace

Hybrid Electric Aircraft Demonstrator

After several years of travelling between Tarbes and Toulouse on a regular basis to oversee EcoPulse’s development, Airbus Project Leader William Llobregat found himself back onsite in November 2023 with his team, and those of Daher and Safran. The occasion? The first EcoPulse test flight.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

EV Confidence

EVs are not for everyone. Not yet, anyway. But despite the headlines, there’s no reason to lose confidence in the overall EV trajectory that’s been underway for the last dozen years or so.

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LA Auto Show 2023: Revenge of the Hybrids

Electrification was still a thing at mid-November’s 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show, but there was no lack of ICE and hybrid powertrains sprinkled throughout the various debuts and unveilings. The...

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Propulsion

2024 Lexus TX Has Three Powertrain Options – ICE, Hybrid, PHEV – and It Shows

Despite its considerable size, the new Lexus TX does not lumber. It does not struggle. Instead, Lexus’ latest three-row SUV provides surprisingly smooth...

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Energy

Toyota Still Favors Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries for HEVs

Toyota has no immediate plans to drop its decades-long history of using NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries, a stark contrast to other automakers solely offering electrified...

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2023 Battery Show North America Opens as Automakers, Suppliers Intensify Battery Investments

As the world’s major auto markets begin an inexorable shift to EVs and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), any discussion of the engineering...

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Energy

Fully Charged in Six Minutes?

Battery technology company Nyobolt and UK-based design and engineering consultancy Callum are collaborating on a demonstration of new lithium-ion battery tech that would permit the full charge of a vehicle...

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2024 Land Cruiser Returning to Roots

After three years away from the U.S. market with its range-topping SUV, the Land Cruiser, Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2024 Land Cruiser in Salt Lake City on Aug. 1. The model, long known around...

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Energy

Mazda’s Revived Rotary Engine Starts Production

Mazda, the automaker with the longest and richest history of using the Wankel rotary engine announced on June 22, 2023 that it resumed mass production of rotary engines for a new variant...

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Power

VW Introduces Singular ID.Buzz in Three-Row Layout

As automakers keep rolling out new EV models, a kind of sameness has crept into the proceedings. Put a four-door sedan or crossover on a skateboard platform with a 90-kWh-or-so battery,...

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Imaging

New Lexus SUVs: GX for Show, TX for Dough?

Normally, automakers launch models one at a time. It generally ensures media, dealer and fan focus. Introducing more than one comes with the risk of one model getting more attention. That’s...

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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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Power

Dodge Ready with a Sting for the Compact-SUV Market

If you accept that the oddball and odd-sized Journey never was a legit rival for the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape — and it wasn’t — Stellantis’ Dodge...

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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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Green Design & Manufacturing

Europe’s Dust Buster

In a proposal submitted in November of 2022, the European Commission detailed its new Euro 7 vehicle emissions standard, which is widely expected to be approved by the European Parliament and Council and begin...

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Toyota Launches Longer-Range 2023 Prius Prime

Toyota’s rollout of the 2023 Prius is a two-phase affair. Although the company didn’t say it outright, the launch seems targeted to address two distinct Prius customers. Those who just...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Spelling Ford with an ‘E’

One year ago, Ford Motor Co. kicked off a new era in its long history when it bifurcated into two strategically interdependent auto businesses. Ford Blue, the “traditional” business, is responsible for...

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Power

Toyota Stretches SUV Line-Up with World Debut of Grand Highlander

The new Grand Highlander is a three-row midsize SUV, just like Highlander. So it’s not surprising that the Toyota siblings share two powertrains.

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Deere Pursues Electric Construction Machines and Charging Infrastructure

John Deere revealed its first electric excavator, the 145 X-Tier, at CES 2023 in January and used the CONEXPO Show in March to continue showcasing its...

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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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