Caterpillar Inc. plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China, with construction and modification of pre-existing buildings beginning this year and production scheduled to start in mid-2012.
Cyclone Power Technologies, developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, and its licensee, Advent Power Systems Inc. have been awarded a $1.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command to develop a compact 10-kW auxiliary power unit (APU) to increase operating efficiencies and decrease fuel usage of various ground combat vehicles.
The recently released “Engineer Employment Study for Mobility Industries, 2011-2016” offers encouraging news for mobility-industry professionals on the job hunt.
General Motors is installing solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at North American dealerships. Two dozen U.S. dealerships have pledged to install charging stations, with each one generating electricity equivalent to 12 full vehicle charges per day.
By analyzing CFD simulations early in the product development process, engineers can detect possible errors, significantly reducing development costs and increasing profit margins for automotive companies, according to a recent study from TechNavio.
The off-the-shelf piston engines that have been the only choice for developing range-extended EVs are rapidly being replaced by ICEs designed from scratch for fairly constant load in series hybrids, according to the IDTechEx Research report “Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles 2011-2021,” available from Research and Markets at http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/c66014/range_extenders_fo.