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Hydrogen ‘Inevitable’ for Commercial Vehicles

With the perception of diesel engines as bad actors in the worldwide transportation-emissions crackdown, the commercial-vehicle sector is racing to identify and develop propulsion...

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Imaging

CES: VinFast Previews Wild Concept Truck

VinFast used its third appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to introduce three new electric vehicles, including a midsize pick-up truck concept and a small CUV bound for the...

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Lighting

Novel Technologies Debut on 2024 Toyota Tacoma

For nearly 20 years, the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck has been a sales segment-leader and a reputation-maker. “Innovation is core to our success and to our promotion of new...

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Power

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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Transportation

Ford EV Engineers ‘Always On’ for Customer Feedback

Engineers like to know what customers think about a vehicle. Now, drivers of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E can oblige via a new system that channels...

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Energy

Magna Shows off Electric Offroad Powertrain, In-Cabin Tech

If a mid-20th century engineer could time travel and see Magna’s electric off-road powertrains, they might ask “why is the rear differential so gigantic?” But that’s no...

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WCX 2023: Sorting out EV Public Charging in the U.S.

The still-teething U.S. electric vehicle charging infrastructure is wrestling with significant issues as it builds out. Spotty operability of EV public charging stands is in the...

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Transportation

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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Energy

2025 Ram 1500 REV Driving Range Would Jump to Head of Class

Stellantis’ Ram brand introduced more details about the 2025 Ram 1500 REV electric pickup at the New York International Auto Show in early April, and one option is an...

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Manned Systems

Toyota Punches up the Prius

An undeniable technical achievement since its U.S. launch for the 2001 model year, Toyota’s Prius never has been able to shake its weenie-mobile reputation. It’s an image formed largely by the combination...

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Power

CES 2023: Ram Unveils 2024 Electric Pickup Concept

Stellantis’ Ram brand is late to the ranks of full-size battery-electric pickup trucks, following the Ford F-150 Lighting EV and Rivian R1Tin 2022, GM’s Silverado EV due in fall...

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Energy

Tension and the Electric Takeover

Something happened in September 2022 that can be seen as emblematic of the auto industry’s accelerating transition to electrification: Tesla’s Model Y was Europe’s best-selling vehicle. An EV as...

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Power

Hub-Motoring in Lordstown’s Novel Endurance

“It’s been exciting to create a new vehicle from the ground up,” Chi Yip, Lordstown Motors’ director of vehicle integration, asserted from the passenger seat, as we accelerated onto...

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Manned Systems

TRD Spells Capability for Toyota’s Latest Tundra

When Toyota decided it was time to update their capable but aging Tundra, the company knew that the new truck needed to be far more than just a quick reskin. To stay competitive in the...

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Transportation

EAxles Gain Traction for Truck Electrification

Development of electrified drivelines is rapidly ramping up at OEMs and tier one suppliers. With a wide variety of vehicles suddenly in need of electrified drivelines capable of matching or...

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Manned Systems

Ford Puts More ‘Super’ into the All-New 2023 Super Duty

Customer woes had the full attention of the teams developing Ford’s 2023 Super Duty. But when the all-new truck reached the testing phase, another human stressor surfaced....

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Energy

Ford Starts the Hard Work of EV Battery, Raw Materials Security

Along with painful jobs news related to its accelerated shift to EVs, Ford Motor Co. had what those scrutinizing electrification trends might deem as positive message when...

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Manned Systems

GM’s Hummer EV Is Still like Nothing Else

The revival of the Hummer brand has produced a vehicle that is concurrently of its time and a throwback to conspicuous consumption from the decade that spawned its predecessor. Like the...

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Automotive

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Redefines the Pickup Paradigm

Just before the media test drives of the 2022 F-150 Lightning, the battery-electric variant of Ford’s market-dominating light-duty pickup truck, the Lightning’s specs were...

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Power

Spawning an All-New Gasoline Engine, Stellantis’ Hurricane Is Coming

Although Stellantis has announced its intent to have EVs account for at least 50% of its sales mix by 2030, this week the company’s Head of Propulsion Systems...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Electric Pickup Trucks Bring New Surprise, Delight

Legacy pickup truck OEMs are betting big that they can sway buyers accustomed to monster towing capability and hundreds of miles of driving range that electrified trucks can match, if...

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Energy

GM Unveils 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

General Motors has fired its first salvo in the high-volume electric vehicle wars, unveiling two versions of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV that bring formidable feature content, evolutionary...

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Manned Systems

Optimizing EV Platforms for Pickup Trucks

Pickups are the industry’s most popular and profitable product because they offer individualized vehicles for nearly every customer and use case. American pickups wrote the book on mass...

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Power

Engineering the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Chief engineer Mike Sweers talks structure, materials and a different approach to hybrid power for the all-new, third-generation pickup.

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Energy

Hercules Readies Alpha Electric Pickup Prototypes

A modular propulsion system enables multiple driveline configurations – and non-automotive EV applications.

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Manned Systems

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: A Truck by Any Other Name

The Venn diagram of why pickup trucks – particularly fullsizers – succeed in the American consumer psyche surely is a complex and bizarre hodgepodge of reality and perception. But...

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Energy

2022 Toyota Tundra: V8 Out, Twin-Turbo Hybrid Takes Over

The voice of the customer was clearly heard during Toyota’s development of the all-new, third-generation Tundra pickup. “We had multiple focus groups early on to hear directly...

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Manned Systems

Labor Cost, OEM Complexities Pressure Suppliers

Fast-food restaurants are paying hourly wages similar to starting rates at automotive assembly plants, and the accelerating shift to electric vehicles (EVs) promises a wholesale...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Making the Case for In-Wheel Motors

Much of an IC engine-powered vehicle’s ride, handling, sound and overall character derives from the engine. Some believe that electric vehicles (EVs), propelled by electric motors with no intake or...

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