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2014-04-16
Acoustic panels are installed almost everywhere including in front of the engine and on the rear hatch.
Article
2014-04-15
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.
Article
2014-04-14
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.
Article
2014-03-10
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.
Article
2014-03-03
Emphasizing aerodynamics more than ever, the resulting design innovations are making the 2015 a Mustang fit for the world’s highways.
Article
2014-01-15
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.
Article
2013-12-14
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.
Article
2013-12-10
A new system called MSYS is designed to bring greater smoothness, energy efficiency, and reduced weight to EV and HEV transmissions.
Article
2013-12-02
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.
Article
2013-10-28
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.
Article
2013-09-24
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.
Article
2013-06-11
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.”
Article
2013-06-04
Prodrive uses its latest value modeling process to see motorsport benefiting from production car experience rather than volume vehicles from track success.
Article
2013-05-09
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.
Article
2013-04-18
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.
Article
2013-03-21
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.
Article
2013-02-27
Automotive lightweighting needs drive progress toward cheaper fiber and high-throughput processing.
Article
2012-12-12
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.
Article
2012-10-08
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.
Article
2012-06-29
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.
Article
2012-06-27
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.
Article
2012-06-22
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.
Article
2012-04-25
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.
Article
2012-04-24
Floyd Allen, Powertrain Systems Executive, FEV Inc. set the tone for a Tuesday morning panel session at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit by saying there is universal agreement that the United States needs to reduce its consumption of petroleum and develop some alternative energy sources capable of powering “at least a meaningful portion of our mobility needs.” Coming up with the solution(s) is the tricky part.
Technical Paper
2012-04-16
Richard A. Scholer, Michael Bourton, Dan Mepham, Arindam Maitra, Tim Godfrey, Doug Oliver, Donthy Venkatesh, Eloi Taha, Michael Muller, Cliff Fietzek
This paper is the third in the series of documents designed to record the progress on the SAE Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) communication task force. The initial paper (2010-01-0837) introduced utility communications (J2836/1™ & J2847/1) and how the SAE task force interfaced with other organizations. The second paper (2011-01-0866) focused on the next steps of the utility requirements and added DC charging (J2836/2™ & J2847/2) along with initial effort for Reverse Power Flow (J2836/3™ & J2847/3). This paper continues with the following: 1. Completion of DC charging's 1st step publication of J2836/2™ & J2847/2. 2. Completion of 1st step of communication requirements as it relates to PowerLine Carrier (PLC) captured in J2931/1. This leads to testing of PLC products for Utility and DC charging messages using EPRI's test plan and schedule. 3. Progress for PEV communications interoperability in J2953/1. The Use cases, general information and architecture are also being developed and/or updated for the following. 4.
Article
2012-04-03
BMW is now showing an exciting sister vehicle to its upcoming i8 coupe, the i8 Concept Spyder, an open-top version of the two-seater. Both cars employ a plug-in-hybrid powertrain system, in keeping with the i brand's focus on vehicles purpose-designed for electrified powertrains; the third model in the i lineup will be the all-electric i3.
Article
2012-02-03
BMW is carrying out exhaustive R&D work on recovering engine waste heat. It believes there is great potential for considerable fuel savings if electric energy required by all vehicle onboard systems could be produced via the use of waste heat.
Article
2012-01-10
BMW used the occasion of the North American International Auto Show to introduce the sixth generation of the 3 Series sedan and ActiveHybrid 3, dubbed the first full hybrid compact sport sedan in the premium segment.
Article
2012-01-09
Mass efficiency, high power-to-weight ratio, and plenty of Nurburgring testing were keys to development of GM's new global compact sport sedan.
Article
2012-01-09
The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan is claimed to be the most mass-efficient car in its class, thanks to GM's new lightweight Alpha body structure.
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