• Ford, DowAksa Speed Up Automotive Carbon Fiber Research

    Ford Motor Co. and DowAksa say that they are accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber. The goal is to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

  • Johnson Controls Unveils Start-stop Automotive Battery System

    A start-stop system using two different battery chemistries is now in the prototype phase, Johnson Controls officials said at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • PPG Highlights Corrosion-resistant Coatings at Detroit Auto Show

    PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business will highlight new products at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The products are designed to help global automakers fight metal corrosion and meet increasingly stringent environmental standards.

  • IHS Automotive Predicts 20% Growth in HMI Components

    Recent forecasting conducted by IHS Automotive estimates a 20% or more growth in human-machine interface (HMI) systems for automotive applications over the next year.

  • Simulation Software Aims to Move Autonomous Vehicles Closer to Market

    Driving simulator software from rFpro, a software company that develops driver-in-the-loop simulators for vehicle dynamics applications, could enable vehicle manufacturers to test ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technologies more accurately.

  • Competition Gap Among U.S. Vehicle Makers Is Smaller Than Ever, IHS Automotive

    A recent IHS Automotive analysis of U.S. new vehicle market share among vehicle manufacturers indicates the competition at the top has never been greater.

  • Round and Round We Go: Rotary Engines for Automotive Applications

    Given that internal combustion (IC) engines used to power automobiles are intended to drive wheels, it might seem obvious that engines which produces rotary rather than reciprocating motion in the first place would be preferable.

  • Volvo Developing 3-cylinder Engine to Improve Fuel Economy

    Volvo Cars is developing a lightweight 3-cylinder petrol engine. The engine is already undergoing prototype testing, says Dr. Peter Mertens, senior vice president of Research & Development for the Swedish-based company.

  • Automotive Market a Target for Aluminum Process Innovation

    Alcoa Inc. has introduced a manufacturing technique designed to supply stronger, more formable aluminum sheet metal for next-generation automotive platforms.

  • UK Group Seeks Low Carbon, Low Emission Automotive Propulsion Technologies

    The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK say they will invest up to £100m ($157.85 million) in collaborative research and development funding.

  • Fill ‘er Up: Building the EV Recharge Infrastructure

    It seems certain that electric vehicles (EVs) will become an increasingly common sight on the world’s highways. From a starting point of around 400,000 such vehicles worldwide at the beginning of 2014, the total figure looks set to double on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.

  • Global Platform Shift Creates Opportunity for Aftermarket, IHS Automotive Says

    The continued trend toward a global platform strategy by automotive manufacturers presents new and unique challenges and opportunities for the automotive aftermarket, according to Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader for IHS Automotive, during a presentation to industry executives at the

  • Two Stroke Engine Makes for a Lighter, More Fuel Efficient Vehicle

    A group of Spanish, French and Czech researchers have developed a two-stroke engine with a reduced weight, size, fuel consumption and emissions compared to the four stroke engine. The engine's reduced weight and size give it a high specific power, creating the need for only two cylinders.

  • Global Study on Automaker-Supplier Relations

    Heightened friction between original equipment manufacturers and suppliers on cost reduction matters is the main factor behind the deterioration of relations between automakers and suppliers globally in 2014, according to suppliers who took part in the annual Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study.

  • ASTM Committee Approves Standard to Test for Glycols in Motor Oil

    The presence of ethylene glycol in in-service motor oil indicates that antifreeze coolant has leaked into the crankcase of an internal combustion engine. Such leakage leads to engine wear problems.

  • Automakers, Utilities Test Cloud-based EV Charging Control

    Eight automakers tested technology in October designed to allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

  • Big Data Aims to Ease Electric Vehicle Driver Anxiety

    Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and pulls in data on a host of variables to predict energy use for the vehicle.

  • Is It a Car or an iPad? Tesla Model S Teardown

    Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers. However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body.

  • Tesla Plans California Battery-swap Station

    Tesla says the first of its battery-swapping stations will be erected by the end of 2014 at yet-to-be-determined location between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For at least $50, customers will be able to trade-in a drained or low-charged battery for a fully charged one.

  • In-Wheel Motors: The 19th Century Technology That's Thoroughly Modern

    In-wheel motors are nothing new. The earliest U.S. patent dates back to 1884 and detailed an in-wheel electric motor for locomotives. The concept was further developed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 when he introduced a wheel hub motor for an electric car dubbed the Lohner Porsche.


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