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2022 Create the Future Design Contest: Automotive/Transportation Category Winner — Betterfrost Ultra-Low Energy Defrost & Defog System

Betterfrost’s solution defrosts and defogs electric vehicles’ windshields with 20 times less power than current technology and extends the range of an EV by 38 km on an average commute in winter.

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Hopeful but Closer Scrutiny for SAE Level 4 Automation

As the auto industry and its suppliers, along with technology developers and startups, recalibrate for what appears to be a new and more pragmatic phase of automated-driving...

Technical Innovation
Transportation

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...

News
Manned Systems

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...

Original Equipment
Automotive

Freightliner’s Medium-Duty Makeover

Circling the highway loop at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the enhancements Freightliner engineers made to the new Plus series medium-duty and vocational trucks are...

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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....

Technical Innovation
Transportation

Electrification’s Impact on Commercial-Vehicle Chassis Design

Electrification in the commercial and off-highway truck sectors is ramping up at an increasingly rapid pace. This fundamental change in propulsion will be one of the most...

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Manned Systems

Streamline Your Functional Safety Systems to Save Time, Improve Performance, and Enhance Safety

As off-road and highway vehicles become smarter and aspire to reduce environmental impact, the complexity of on-board systems continues...

Technical Innovation
Transportation

EV Startup Prepares to Enter Commercial Market with Novel EAxle

Startup commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Harbinger is on a torrid work pace. Design, CAE simulation, supplier sourcing, test vehicle builds and other engineering...

Original Equipment
Power

Truckin’ on Hydrogen

The hydrogen-fueled electrified Class 8 road tractor doesn’t move or sound like a diesel-fueled behemoth. “This advanced prototype is production-intent for shape, power, virtually everything, and its...

Technology Report
Energy

New Chemistry Aims to Slash Fuel-Cell PGM Costs by 50%

Hydrogen fuel cells are steadily proving to be a competitive zero-emissions solution for powering heavy trucks, railway locomotives and ships, as well as for various...

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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...

Editorial
Energy

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...

Technical Innovation
Green Design & Manufacturing

Hyliion, Cummins Collaborate on Electric and NG Range-Extender

A recent market report found that nearly 85% of the almost 250 U.S.-based transportation fleets surveyed plan to grow their use of clean-vehicle technologies over the next...

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Manned Systems

Allison Advances Commercial-Vehicle Electronic Controls

Allison Transmission continues to invest in and accelerate its electric-vehicle propulsion solutions, but it also remains committed to its conventional product portfolio, which the...

Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

Lightning EMotors Adapts to Changing Electrification Market

A growing number of commercial truck fleets are moving to electric vehicles, driven partially by government mandates and support funding. For suppliers like Lightning eMotors,...

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Design

Electro-Hydraulic Steering Solutions Explained

The decentralized nature of EVs gives engineers the freedom to rethink the design of steering systems with an eye toward reducing complexity, improving performance and decreasing maintenance...

Original Equipment
Transportation

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...

Articles
Manned Systems

Sensing Enters a New Era

More than 1.3 million people die on the world’s roadways each year and another 50 million are injured. While roadway safety has improved over time, all countries face formidable challenges in reducing the...

Road Ready
Energy

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...

Technical Innovation
Software

Webasto Delivers Battery System for Zeus EV Chassis

Electric work trucks are beginning to roll off the line at Zeus Electric Chassis’ production facility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Zeus is providing the Sacramento Municipal...

Editorial
Energy

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...

Road Ready
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...

Original Equipment
Manned Systems

ACT Expo 2022: Production ECascadia Ready for 230 Miles of ‘Typical Range’

With no surprise but plenty of fanfare, Freightliner Trucks officially revealed the first production model of the all-electric version of its Cascadia at the...

Technical Innovation
Power

WAVE Inductive Charging Purpose-Built for Large EVs

The largest all-electric transit bus fleet in the U.S. serves as a vivid example of commercial vehicles ditching diesel fill-ups. “WAVE’s wireless charging solution is...