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Is DC Fast-Charging Ready for Prime Time?

It’s a trip we’ve done scores of times with barely a thought. From our home near SAE International headquarters in western Pennsylvania to the metro Detroit area is approximately 300 miles...

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Power

Bollinger Motors Reveals Second-Gen Class-3 EV Prototypes

Bollinger Motors recently unveiled its second-generation Class-3 EV prototypes. The start-up, based in Ferndale, Michigan, revealed the latest beta of its B1 SUV and B2 truck...

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Energy

All Options on the Table

The push to trim engine emissions is prompting industry-wide efforts to use substitutes for diesel fuel. Alternative fuels and electrified powertrains are making significant inroads, though design teams for...

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Energy

Casting Around for Lightweighting Solutions

“Get more [efficiency] from less [weight, time, cost],” is a mantra that will be chanted sotto voce by many an automotive designer and engineer facing the latest list of a new vehicle’s...

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Energy

Transmissions, Axles Aid in Fuel Conservation for Commercial Vehicles

Transmissions and axles are evolving rapidly as powertrain design teams push to reduce fuel consumption. Intelligent transmission controls are communicating with...

Technical Innovation
Software

Fuel-Cell Nanoparticle Clusters May Cut Platinum Catalyst Costs

Fuel-cell technology is a big subject with some very small but vital aspects, one of which is the size of atomic platinum clusters. Reduce these and the amount of platinum...

Technical Innovation
Propulsion

Ford Revisits OHV Layout, Big Displacement for New Commercial-Truck V8

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn’t intend to be outdone by General Motors’ and...

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Energy

Renewable Propane, Ultra-Low NOx Engines Set Standards for Propane Autogas Innovations

The future of trucking is looking even greener. Not only are companies forced to contend with new government regulations to meet lower emissions and...

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Transportation

Cummins CTO Sees Increasing Power Source Diversification, Digital Innovation

Jennifer Rumsey has been a member of SAE International her entire career and has participated in the organization’s COMVEC event as an attendee and...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Electric Machines Find Their Niche

Many players in the off-highway market are announcing electrification efforts. But why? To date, global regulatory programs have spurred off-highway technological innovations, to improve fuel economy...

Technical Innovation
Power

Holistic Hydraulic Designs Add More Sensors, Advanced Controls

Hydraulic system developers are moving on many different fronts as they strive to improve performance and efficiency. A full-system approach that includes more sensors and...

Technical Innovation
Power

JCB Prepared to Meet EU Stage V Emissions

JCB is preparing to offer Stage V compliant engines across its equipment lines, with updates to its own engine range and changes to supplier models. Group director of engines Alan Tolley said...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

SKF Employs Digital Tools to Enhance Bearing Design, Performance

It began with spherical roller bearings more than 100 years ago and now SKF finds itself amid a digital transformation. Over the years the bearing company has expanded...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

JCB Adds Three New X Series Crawler Excavators

JCB has expanded its X Series crawler excavator line with the launch of three models in the popular 13- to 16-t (28,660- to 35,270-lb) sector. This follows the successful introduction of the...

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Energy

Unique Hybrids Required

Hybrid powertrains still account for a small portion of the off-highway vehicle market—less than 1%, according to Oliver Lythgoe, product marketing executive at Perkins—but interest is most certainly...

Technical Innovation
Propulsion

Achieving Better Power Management by Optimizing Thermal Management

Four primary power transmission subsystems work together in a wheel loader: the transmission system, the work functions system, the steering system, and the thermal...

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Energy

Toyota’s Proven Fuel-Cell Stack Reduces Cost, Complexity in H2 Semi-Truck

Hydrogen proponents likely know that Mirai means “future” in Japanese, but Toyota is only just beginning to explore how important the fuel cell stack in its...

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Power

Going Digital & Electric @ Bauma 2019

Digitalization, efficiency and sustainability are three megatrends that off-highway OEMs and suppliers touted this month at the triennial bauma trade fair in Munich, when they revealed their...

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Design

Developing for Defense

Engineering drivetrain and propulsion solutions for military vehicles can require a different approach and unique considerations compared with developing for the commercial vehicle (CV) sector.

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Propulsion

Ford Debuts F-600 Chassis Truck at Work Truck Show

Ford Motor Co.’s newest commercial truck, the F-600 Super Duty chassis cab, slots between the Ford F-550 and F-650. The new nameplate, which hits a “sweet spot” in the market,...

Original Equipment
Test & Measurement

2019 Ram Chassis Cab: More Capability, More Driver-Assist Tech

The 2019 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks herald class-leading capability in towing, payload, and Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR). “We drove our...

Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

Gasoline Fuels Growing Number of Commercial Vehicles

Biodiesel may be the top alternative fuel for work truck fleets, according to the 2019 Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey conducted by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), but...

Technical Innovation
Energy

Volvo CE, Skanska Demonstrate Concept Electric Site

Volvo Construction Equipment and Swedish construction and mining company Skanska have recorded impressive initial results from an electric quarry research project. The two companies,...

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Power

Developments in Engine-Based Gensets

Generator set OEMs may be at a unique time when it comes to further engineering development. They have responded to the most stringent emissions regulations in the world: Tier 4 Final in the U.S. and...

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Power

FPT Tech Day Reveals Cursor X Concept, Other 4.0 Innovations

FPT Industrial periodically holds Tech Days to demonstrate its latest research and development in a particular technology area. The company’s most recent Tech Day, taking...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Delphi Injects Life into Diesel

Delphi Technologies is predicting a period of unprecedented change for the truck and off-highway powertrain markets. However, chief technology officer Mary Gustanski reports that the company is more than...

Technical Innovation
Motion Control

Cummins Unveils PowerDrive Hybrid-Electrics, Euro 7 Diesel Concept

As vehicle and equipment manufacturers continue to move away from pure diesel power, Cummins has unveiled a suite of plug-in hybrid-electric powertrain solutions under...

Original Equipment
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Caterpillar Reveals Next-Gen Dozers, Excavators, Motor Graders

Caterpillar presented an onslaught of new machines—24 to be exact—at its Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in Peoria, Ill., during its annual year-end press...

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Energy

Deutz Equips Telehandlers with Hybrid and Fully Electric Powertrains

Deutz, which has produced internal combustion engines for more than a century, is moving quickly to integrate electric power with its mainstay diesel engines. Only a...