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2008-04-11
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Of all the production piston engines in GM’s 100-year history, only the Allison aero V-12 that powered World War II fighter planes produced more power than the new LS9 V8 that will power the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Although GM has yet to certify the 6.2-L LS9 to SAE J1379 standards, its maximum torque target is above 600 lb•ft (813 N•m), and dyno testing has shown that 90% of peak torque is produced from 2600 to 6000 rpm.
2008-04-11
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When supercar-beating performance is the main development bogey, vehicle engineers often embrace new solutions. Nissan went to BorgWarner for expertise in developing the six-speed dual-clutch transmission for its all-new 2008 GT-R, which features a rear-mounted transaxle.
2008-04-25
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GM’s 2010 Duramax 4.5-L V8 is now in its Gamma development phase and Charlie Freese, Director of Diesel Engineering, is pleased with its progress. Freese recently gave AEI a status report on the new light-truck diesel program, including details of its innovative cylinder heads which improve performance and save cost. The heads feature inboard-facing exhaust ports feeding a single turbocharger nestled in the valley of the 72-degree CGI block.
2008-03-31
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Ford’s Explorer America is the automaker’s first glimpse of how it plans to move the Explorer nameplate onto a smaller, unibody, more fuel efficient crossover-utility (CUV) architecture beginning in 2010.
2008-06-10
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Reinert, that is. And he has not yet joined the plug-in-electric bandwagon.
2008-03-31
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The Society of Plastics Engineers’ 37th annual Automotive Innovation Awards are the Oscars of the automotive plastics business. The competition for 2007 was “especially intense,” noted program chair Brian Gosser, Automotive Business Manager for Samsung Chemical USA. As in years past, AEI was honored to participate on the Blue-Ribbon judging panel.
2008-03-31
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While traditional paint still dominates automotive-exterior coatings, paint film is steadily replacing it on those surfaces that must deliver high wear resistance. Made by Soliant and competitors including Avery-Denison, Decoma, and Mayco-Schulman, paint film is an ultra-thin painted elastic film that is bonded to plastic parts (in a variety of substrate types) during their molding.
2011-11-16
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So for the sake of expediency, I thought it might be useful to pull what I believe are significant and frank quotes and comments out of my Reporter’s Notebook and offer them here.
2011-11-16
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The laptop world has nothing on the automotive industry when it comes to meeting rigorous battery specs.
2011-11-15
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The cathode is the "energy-carrying heart" of the lithium-ion battery, according to Umicore's Tom Van Billinghen, and rethinking its materials and design is key to helping to reduce Li-ion battery costs.
2011-11-16
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Purpose-designed for EVs, the permanent-magnet-type motor will see its production launch in a few months.
2011-11-15
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SHANGHAI, CHINA—Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2011—“Me-chem-tronics” is the convergence of mechanical, chemical, and electrical/electronics engineering skills that are defining automotive product development jobs now and in the future, due to new vehicle designs, powertrains, and materials.
2011-11-15
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SHANGHAI, CHINA—Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2011—One of the auto industry’s most respected battery experts is cautiously optimistic that a Chevrolet Volt battery fire that occurred weeks after a government crash test won’t affect the public’s attitude toward EVs.
2011-11-15
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Blog from the 2011 SAE International Batteries and E-Motors Summit SHANGHAI, CHINA, Monday evening, Nov. 14, 2011—China’s bold plan to produce 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2015 is being reevaluated by the Beijing government, with much work to be done on a revised plan, according to a top Chinese automotive official in his Nov. 14 keynote address at the 2011 SAE International Vehicle Battery Summit.
2011-11-17
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“We expect increases in raw material prices—there will be no relaxation in the future,” warned Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart, a partner with strategy consultants Roland Berger.
2011-11-17
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The global auto industry uses more than 80% of the world’s dysprosium, the total annual production of which is about 1000 t (1100 ton)—“and it’s all mined in Szechuan, China,” said SAE International E-Motors Symposium speaker Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research.
2011-08-26
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The companies will collaborate on an all-new hybrid propulsion system and component technologies for RWD, high-input-torque applications such as pickup trucks and SUVs.
2011-11-14
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SHANGHAI, CHINA—Monday afternoon, Nov. 14—Who better to open the 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit (VBS) than the auto industry’s best-known “battery guru,” Dr. Menahem Anderman?
2011-11-14
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SHANGHAI, CHINA—Monday morning, Nov. 14, 2011—There’s never been an event like it: four days of in-depth technology sessions, workshops, and professional networking, all focused on the main elements of the electrified vehicle propulsion system.
2011-09-09
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With major engineering support from Magna, Ford’s first battery-electric passenger car promises Leaf-blowing features including half the charge time as that claimed by Nissan using a 240-V SAE J1772 Class 2 charge source.
2011-11-17
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In the race to improve EV traction motors, engineers are looking beyond the two popular incumbent technologies: interior-permanent magnet and induction machines.
2011-12-08
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General Motors patented the ferritic-nitro carburizing (FNC) process and will apply it to 80% of its U.S. production brake rotors by 2016. Shiny, hard-wearing rotors are the result.
2012-03-12
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Q&A with Carla Bailo, Senior VP of Research & Development for Nissan Americas, which has a booming book of business in new vehicle development and fuel-cell core research, among other work.
2012-01-09
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With its 2013 Fusion, Ford is bringing a battleship to the gunfight that is the North American midsize passenger car segment.
2012-01-09
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Mass efficiency, high power-to-weight ratio, and plenty of Nurburgring testing were keys to development of GM's new global compact sport sedan.
2012-01-09
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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.
2012-02-13
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For the industry to truly leverage high-volume production in order to lower battery costs, it needs to reduce the proliferation of different battery cell types and configurations. Don't expect that to happen any time soon.
2012-02-14
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How crowded is the "white space" around electrified-vehicle intellectual property? A veteran advanced-engineering expert says it's not as bad as you might think.
2012-02-13
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Freudenberg-NOK brings its expertise in sealing, mechatronics, NVH attenuation, and more into electrifed vehicle development.
2012-04-04
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The new sedan on display at the 2012 New York International Auto Show brings lighter weight, a new Jatco CVT, and use of the rearview camera for all exterior safety-sensing functions.
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