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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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Energy

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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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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Power

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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Propulsion

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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Power

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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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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Electronics & Computers

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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Power

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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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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Nissan Debuts Tech-Laden 2022 Ariya EV SUV

Nissan became an electric-vehicle pioneer when it debuted the Leaf in late 2010, and even with a meager 73 miles (117 km) of range the first-generation 5-door hatchback became the world’s...

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Power

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

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...

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Unmanned Systems

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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Power

Extending a Wankel Future on Hydrogen Fuel

Could the Wankel rotary engine have a major future as a hydrogen-fueled, zero-emissions range-extender engine? Alternative fuel cells are still under development and there are technical hurdles...

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Power

New Zapp Electric Scooter Just 200 Pounds, 200 Components

With simpler designs, no noise and no tailpipe emissions, electric scooters are projected to rapidly gobble market share in Europe and Asia.

Supplier Eye
Propulsion

Dealing with the BEV ‘Concavity’

Any new technology will experience growing pains and volume setbacks. BEVs will be no different.

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Unmanned Systems

Engineering Ford’s Jumbo SUV for Off-Roading

Rollicking hills, rocky ravines and water fording are among the lures of off-roading, and they formed the engineering bogies for the newest edition of Ford’s largest SUV. “Expedition...

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Propulsion

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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Propulsion

Schaeffler Builds an E-Motor Powerhouse

The vehicle-electrification trend has caused the industry’s “traditional” suppliers to bring new strategies, tactics and investment to meet a growing tide of EV development programs. Some...

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Propulsion

Ford Engineered the 2022 Bronco to Give Jeep the Willies

Ford engineers refused to utter a single bad word about Jeep Wrangler during the course of the week-long 2022 Bronco media drive event in Austin, Texas. In fact, some among that...

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Power

Model-Based Analysis of E-Motor Designs

In the auto industry’s shift toward electric vehicles (EV), permanent magnet motors (PMMs) are increasingly serving a variety of roles, including the vehicle’s traction motor and various...

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Propulsion

Suppliers Face the Electrified Future

Suppliers face critical decisions on a daily basis. Crises come and go. Dealing with erratic production schedules driven by semiconductor supply shortages and coping with rising prices for strategic...

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Unmanned Systems

After a 30-Year Hiatus, Jeep Remakes the Wagoneer

You won’t have a hard time distinguishing the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer from the old one. Automotive design and engineering have moved on dramatically in 30 years, even if the...

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Software

Aptiv’s Satellite Route to ‘Democratizing’ Autonomous Tech

Despite the myriad challenges the world faced in 2020, it was a "great year of growth” for Aptiv, the technology company formerly known as Delphi Automotive, according...

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Energy

Dana’s Twin-Clutch Axle Boosts Bronco Sport’s Off-Road Cred

Bandwidth is the Holy Grail of global vehicle development. Its measure of success includes the ability to derive genuinely diverse products and even entire brands from a...

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Electronics & Computers

Tula DMD Aims for More-Efficient E-Machines

The race is on among OEMs and suppliers to optimize the efficiency, performance and cost of electric-vehicle (EV) propulsion systems. Electric machines have moved to the front of the...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Supercharging the Fuel Cell

Management of air has long been a salient aspect of vehicle design. It’s also vital for the operation of hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) as those propulsion systems continue to gain favor for commercial-vehicle...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Ampere EV Motor Aims for Power, Torque Benchmarks

Consider an EV traction motor rated at 220 kW and weighing 10 kg (22 lb). Is it too good to be true? “We’ll find out within nine months when we build it,” said Ian Foley,...