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2014-11-13
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Having two gear ratios rather than the single ratio that is typical of EVs enables the eAxle to boost the i8's all-wheel-drive performance across its entire speed range.
2014-10-20
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Automakers are racing to cut the cost of lightweight materials that help boost fuel efficiency. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at the U.S. and German automakers' push for low-cost carbon fiber.
2014-08-19
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Engineers developed a cast-aluminum, liquid-cooled turbine housing that saves cost and weight.
2014-07-15
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With an exceptionally rigid unibody, solid-mounted rear subframe, and lighter transmission, the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder model is faster than the outgoing V8.
2014-06-23
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For over 40 years, Alpina has been BMW's 'outside' tuning house. Their CEO explains the synergies behind his company's success.
2014-05-09
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BMW is doubling down on its commitment to carbon fiber with major capacity increases at the plant that makes the material for its new i brand of lightweight electrified vehicles. The plant (located in Moses Lake, WA, and owned by a joint venture between BMW and SGL Group called SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers) currently operates two production lines, exclusively for BMW i, with annual output of about 3000 ton (2721 t).
2014-04-21
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Vehicle has 18 mi/30 km all-electric range from lithium-ion battery pack. Uses 2.0-l twin-scroll turbo engine with combination peak output of 270 hp/201 kW and 300 lb ft/407 N-m. Offers "predictive navigation" for high fuel efficiency, and can save battery capacity for areas that may require electric vehicle-only operation. European drive cycle ratings are 3.8 l/100 km (62 mpg) and just 89 grams CO₂/100 km.
2014-04-16
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Acoustic panels are installed almost everywhere including in front of the engine and on the rear hatch.
2014-04-15
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With its i3 slated to reach U.S. customer hands in early May, BMW is ramping up production of its first mass-produced all-electric vehicle.
2014-04-14
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To make the most of the opportunities available, decision makers need to think more in terms of alternatives for various “what-if” scenarios—rather than try to predict a well-defined future.
2014-03-10
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The company’s laser-diode high beams have three times the luminosity of LED-type high beams, but don't hit oncoming drivers like a Sci-Fi movie death ray.
2014-03-03
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Emphasizing aerodynamics more than ever, the resulting design innovations are making the 2015 a Mustang fit for the world’s highways.
2014-01-15
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Employing several motorsport-derived features and emphasizing lightweight construction with extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, the M TwinPower Turbo-powered vehicles put out 317 kW (425 hp), go from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.2 s, and see a weight reduction of 80 kg (176 lb) from predecessor models.
2013-12-14
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There has been a population explosion at Mini’s Oxford, England, manufacturing facility: robot count has risen from 600 to nearly 1500, and Plant Director Frank Bachmann is delighted with the resultant increase in production quality.
2013-12-10
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A new system called MSYS is designed to bring greater smoothness, energy efficiency, and reduced weight to EV and HEV transmissions.
2013-12-02
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As quick and nimble as the i3 stablemate is, BMW promises an even better driving experience with the i8 plug-in hybrid-electric sports car.
2013-10-28
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Heavy use of automation, a strong concern for environmental impact, and innovation in materials and processing technologies are major elements in the BMW i3 body manufacturing story.
2013-09-24
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BMW officially launched the i3 electric car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and also showed a prototype of the plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8. This variant of the i8, which was first seen as a concept four years ago, is due to enter production later this year.
2013-06-11
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The reliability of fast-charging of plug-in vehicles got good grades in a recent joint testing program by General Motors and BMW. Engineers conducted dc fast charging according to the SAE J1772 standard over several days and came away from the experience confident that the charging stations of several suppliers that participated in the test program “will consistently allow an electric vehicle to take on an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes.”
2013-06-04
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Prodrive uses its latest value modeling process to see motorsport benefiting from production car experience rather than volume vehicles from track success.
2013-05-09
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The company believes that its entry into relatively high-volume electric car production necessitates a totally new design and engineering approach, with the extensive application of industrialized CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) in a totally new vehicle identity.
2013-04-18
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Jesse Schneider, as the lead of SAE’s J2601 Working Group on Hydrogen Fueling Protocol, gave an update on J2601 on April 17 at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit. He also works at BMW as the Manager of Fuel Cell EV, Hydrogen, and Standards Development.
2013-03-21
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The LF3 V6 features many novel technologies including a unique charge-air cooling system and piston design. GM claims its SAE-certified output levels are best in class.
2013-02-27
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Automotive lightweighting needs drive progress toward cheaper fiber and high-throughput processing.
2012-12-12
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Two heavyweights in the automotive and aerospace industries are joining minds on lighter materials. BMW and Boeing on Dec. 12 announced they would do joint research on carbon-fiber recycling and share knowledge about the material and its manufacture.
2012-10-08
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The company used the 2012 Paris Motor Show to display the Active Concept Tourer that looks set to compete with FWD rivals such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
2012-06-29
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BMW and Toyota have announced their intention to work together in four areas: fuel cells; architecture and components for a future sports vehicle; powertrain electrification; and lightweight technologies.
2012-06-27
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Federal-Mogul's Durabowl process and new 2D ultrasonic testing helps OEMs develop diesel pistons that will endure the higher mechanical and thermal loads associated with downsizing and boosting trends.
2012-06-22
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The breakthrough has come with a physical layer that allows for the in-car transmission of 100-Mbps Ethernet packets over cost-efficient unshielded twisted single pair cables. For future applications, the IEEE 802.3 working group has decided to investigate the development of an automotive suitable Gbit Ethernet.
2012-04-25
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AEI spoke with SCM Metal Products’ Tom Pelletiers at the SAE 2012 World Congress about the North Carolina-based company’s next-generation lightweight materials.
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