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Are We Stuck with Lithium-Ion?

There’s no shortage of alternatives to lithium-ion EV batteries in development. From lithium-iron phosphate to sodium-ion to multiple solid-state chemistries, companies are racing to perfect these...

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Road Ready
Design

2024 Lincoln Nautilus: The Brand’s First Global SUV

While there is a tendency for new vehicles to have a focus on ride, handling, performance and other dynamic elements, the model year 2024 Lincoln Nautilus team added another element...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

WCX 2024: Volunteers Sought for SAE’s AWIM Student Challenges

Raise your hand if you want to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Connecting fun and STEM skills is a key aspect of being an industry...

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Power

Australia to Acquire New Class of Nuclear Submarines

The U.S., U.K. and Australia are focused on a deliberate, conditions-based approach to ensuring successful implementation of the AUKUS security partnership, the U.S. Navy's top...

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Defense

Honeywell Develops Cooling System Upgrade for F-35 Engine

Honeywell has demonstrated the ability to upgrade the current cooling capacity of the F-35’s Power and Thermal Management System (PTMS) to 80kW. With this significantly enhanced...

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Connectivity

Charging Infrastructure Coming – at a Cost

It’s no secret that insufficient battery charging infrastructure is an impediment to commercial-vehicle fleets’ electrification efforts. To provide direction and some certainty for...

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Materials

Improving and Increasing Energy Density of Batteries

When it comes to making batteries that last longer, a team of researchers including engineers at Brown University and Idaho National Laboratory believes the key might be in how things get clean — specifically how soap works in this process.

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Energy

New Cathode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have invented and patented a new cathode material that replaces lithium ions with sodium and would be significantly cheaper.

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Energy

New Solid-State Battery Design Charges in Minutes

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a new lithium metal battery that can be charged and discharged at least 6,000 times — more than any other pouch battery cell — and can be recharged in a matter of minutes.

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Power

Can Solid-State Batteries Commercialize by 2030?

Automakers are increasingly focusing on the long-delayed promise of solid-state batteries. With no liquid electrolyte, these batteries can be lighter, safer (with reduced fire risk), faster to recharge, and more energy dense while still being able to deliver ranges of 600 miles (965 km) or more.

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Upcycling Commercial Fleets into Circular EVs

Based on the success thus far, Evolectric hopes to introduce its technology to more markets worldwide where demand is growing for affordable and accessible EVs. The company hopes to build a network of local partners capable of carrying out all installation and maintenance services.

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AR/AI

Leveraging AI for EV Performance Improvement

As commercial fleets adopt more electric vehicles, they need accurate state-of-health measurements and smart charging algorithms to ensure their EVs have minimum unscheduled downtime. To solve these problems effectively, we need comprehensive data collection, capable computing infrastructure, and intelligent algorithms.

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Power

Putting a New ‘Charge’ in EV Recharging

Although there have been questions about the continuing consumer uptake of EVs, BMW’s Niels Bohn said that the robustness of the charging network is the key to achieving consumer acceptance.

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Energy

Cobalt-Free Batteries Could Power EVs of the Future

Many electric vehicles are powered by batteries that contain cobalt — a metal that carries high financial, environmental, and social costs. MIT researchers have now designed a battery material that could offer a more sustainable way to power electric cars. The new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery includes a cathode based on organic materials, instead of cobalt or nickel (another metal often used in Li-ion batteries).

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Energy

New Products

See the new products, including Beam Global’s EV ARC, an advanced sustainable charging infrastructure solution for EVs; Solvay's SolvaLite® 716 FR, an innovative fast-curing epoxy prepreg system; Recyclus Group's solution for the safe storage and transportation of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, the LiBox; and Freudenberg Sealing Technologies' new type of foldable gasket for battery electric vehicles.

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Energy

WCX 2024: Come for the AI, Stay for the Optimism

The never-ending task of wrapping one’s head around the auto industry continues at SAE’s annual WCX technical mobility event in Detroit in April. A series of keynotes will discuss the...

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Energy

Fuel Cell Production Spurs Supplier Opportunities

The head of General Motors’ global fuel-cell business is bullish about ongoing opportunities for suppliers in the emerging hydrogen-power space, as GM and partner Honda Motor Co. began...

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Technology Report
Automotive

All-Electric Nissan Ariya Handles Ultra-Cold Temps on Pole to Pole Trek

Chris and Julie Ramsey covered more than 33,000 km (20,505 miles) across three continents in an all-electric passenger vehicle from 1823’s magnetic North Pole to...

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Propulsion

Airbus Preparing to Fly New Prototype eVTOL This Year

The CityAirbus NextGen prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft made its public debut during an unveiling ceremony in Donauwörth, Germany on March 7,...

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Technical Innovation
Energy

Daimler and Linde Announce Liquid-Hydrogen Refueling Technology

Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering recently announced sLH2, a jointly developed refueling technology for subcooled liquid hydrogen. The companies claim that subcooled...

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Energy

Stratolaunch Approaches Hypersonic Speed in First Powered TA-1 Test Flight

Stratolaunch completed the first powered air-launched flight of its Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1 at Mojave Air and Space Port in California on March 9, 2024. During...

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Propulsion

EFuels: An Alternative to the Alternative

Even as electric vehicles dominate today’s alternative powertrain market for passenger cars, the future of how we will all someday drive without burning petroleum is cloudier than ever. To...

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Unmanned Systems

Brembo’s New Octyma Brakes Provide 8 Reasons for Better Deceleration

As the 2024 Range Rover Sport SV barrels down the front straight of the Portimão circuit, it’s fair to ask: What the heck is a 5,532-pound (2,509-kg) luxury SUV...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

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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Aerospace

Sikorsky is Designing a New Hybrid Electric Tilt Wing VTOL Demonstrator

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has unveiled its plan to build, test and fly a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing demonstrator (HEX / VTOL) with a...

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Energy

EV Energy-Management Powers-Up

Future electric vehicles will be more efficient, more powerful and will be able to hold more energy in their batteries than today’s EVs. Those big “mores” require countless small improvements beyond...

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Electronics & Computers

Sensor Fusion Expanding in Step with Advancing Vehicle Sophistication

When drivers of passenger vehicles change lanes, brake at stop lights, or accelerate on the highway, they’re probably not thinking about sensors. Sensors monitor,...

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Energy

New Report Outlines Current Status of Directed Energy Weapons Supply Chain

Directed energy weapons (DEWs), including high energy lasers (HELs) and high-power microwaves (HPMs), have emerged as potentially transformative weapons on the...

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