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BMW Engineers for the EV-Transition Reality

When the time comes for the debut of a new generation of a German flagship sedan, it’s best to expect the incremental. Sure, there will be technology stretches and conveniences so impressive...

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Design

Making the Torque-Transfer Transition

A reckoning has arrived at suppliers whose product portfolios, engineering resources, and R&D activities are not aligned with the EV horizon. The challenge of pivoting their focus to...

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Automotive

Electric Radiant Heat for EV Cabin Comfort

Vehicle OEMs have been steadily increasing the range of their electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV), but the ranges they claim publicly are in ideal thermal conditions. Now comes...

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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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Power

SAE WCX 2022: Internal-Combustion’s Life Extension

Whichever way you “slice” it, the future of the 150-year-old internal combustion engine is moving steadily into the hands of global emissions-policy regulators. New ICE programs...

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Unmanned Systems

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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Electronics & Computers

GM: Ultium Heat-Pump System Boosts EV Range, Reduces Charge Times

On the same day that General Motors president Mark Reuss confirmed there will be a fully electric version of the company’s Corvette along with a hybrid model, the...

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Transportation

Valve Cuts NVH in GDI Engines

When an automotive manufacturer struggled with the release of a new fuel-injection engine technology, the company required an immediate solution.

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Energy

Airing on the Side of Innovation

Is there a proven formula for creating a top-notch engineering organization and benchmark product from scratch? Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson shared his approach at the company’s Newark, Calif,...

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Regulations/Standards

Keeping Combustion in the Conversation

The signals are everywhere that the days are numbered for internal-combustion engines (ICE) for passenger vehicles. Volkswagen CEO Ralph Brandsteatter told a German magazine in early 2021 that VW...

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Regulations/Standards

SAE WCX 2022: Driveline Flexibility Is Key for Electrification

The electrification of light-vehicle powertrains is now not just probable, it is inevitable. OEMs and suppliers around the world are looking at all possible means to reduce...

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Automotive

Driving Electrified Powertrain Systems Design

The risks that come with electrification leave OEMs and Tier 1s little room for miscalculation in their product planning and development. The costliest mistakes loom largest in the...

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Regulations/Standards

SAE WCX 2022: The Road to Zero Emissions Has Many Lanes

Emissions are currently one of the hottest macro topics across the automotive industry. Governments around the world are ramping up regulations over the coming decades to reduce...

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Energy

Engine Technology a Decade Later

A securities analyst from New York called me recently, to ask about the future of powertrain. Specifically, she wanted my prediction for a timeframe for the demise of both gasoline and diesel IC engines....

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The Soft Underbelly of The EV Transition

The list of OEMs and suppliers that are splitting their organizations into traditional ICE powertrain and EV operations continues to grow.

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Propulsion

GM details Corvette’s new and mighty LT6 V8

If the end of the internal-combustion epoch truly is within sight, General Motors intends to see it out with a bang. It’s latest — who’s to say whether it’s the “last?” —...

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Power

Powertrain, Propulsion Lead Tech-Paper Topics at SAE’s WCX 2022

For 2022, advanced powertrain/propulsion-related topics continued to dominate the categories of published SAE technical papers, more than doubling the number of papers in...

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Design

The New EV-driven Regional Supply Focus

The recent flurry of investment announcements focused on the conversion of North America’s light-vehicle production to electric-vehicle propulsion has been head spinning.

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Propulsion

Light-vehicle Horsepower Hits Historic High in 2021

Full-electric propulsion for the U.S.’s light-vehicle market segments is gaining momentum, but developers of the internal-combustion engine aren’t throwing in the towel just yet....

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Motion Control

Wheel-Hub-Motor Innovations in Flux

The packaging and design of electric motors has, not surprisingly, come under scrutiny in recent years as the pace of vehicle electrification has accelerated. Wheel hub motors, once dismissed as too...

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Automotive

EV Motor Development Is on the Move

It’s happening – the transition to EVs is undeniably underway. Recent launches such as Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, versatile-body-style EVs from mainstream brands Hyundai and Kia and forthcoming...

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Energy

Electrons, Combustion, and Bosch

"We expect to reach 5 billion [euros] in a few years. We are well prepared for all the battery-electric vehicles that will be built in the future."

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Electronics & Computers

The Bi-Directional Bonus for EVs

Although other automakers have talked about the potential for electric vehicles (EVs) to use their increasingly powerful batteries for purposes beyond propelling the vehicle, it was Ford that brought the...

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Power

Unique Helmholtz Induction Feeds 2023 Corvette Z06

The 2023 Corvette Z06 recently arrived, powered by a 5.5-L LT6 V8 (above) spinning a radical flat-plane crankshaft. Now that additional engineering details have emerged, the LT6’s top...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

The Path to Better, Smarter Vehicle Charging

As the roster of light-duty and commercial-purpose battery electric vehicles (EVs) begins an almost catalytic expansion in 2022, better, faster and smarter battery recharging is on the way to...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

2022 Nissan Rogue Gets a VC Turbo Triple

Nissan’s best-selling Rogue entered its third generation as an all-new vehicle for 2021, missing the significant powertrain change that arrives in 2022 models. The all-new 3-cylinder gasoline...

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Propulsion

Seeking More Traction in Budding EV Market, VW Adds AWD to ID.4

A second motor and free charging create a compelling offering as Volkswagen debuts the most-affordable, all-electric, all-wheel-drive SUV.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

VW’s Newest Battery Pack Facility Is Production-Line Adjacent

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle (EV) is set begin localized production in the United States in early 2022. The MEB-platform, 2-row SUV will share an assembly line with...

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Software

Lithium-Free Corvette Z06: More Sting for the 2023 Stingray

Topping the eighth-generation (C8) 2020-22 Chevrolet Corvette is no mean feat. Customers still pay premiums and patiently wait in line to own one. Yet the new Z06 edition, due...