Automotive Electronics

Eaton Adds eMobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 9:11 AM

This morning automotive supplier Eaton announced that it has established a new global business that’s named and dedicated to eMobility.

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Tariffs on Autos: “No One Wins”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 26, 2018 at 6:01 AM

While talk of tariffs may make the president sound tough and which gives the talking heads on cable something to talk about, the impact of the potential 25 percent tariffs on vehicles imported to the U.S. could have some fairly significant consequences.

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Automotive Electronics

Graphene for Better Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 25, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Promethient has developed a solid-state heating and cooling technology that it has named “Thermavance,” which makes use of graphene. This is a setup that is specifically for seats in everything from automobiles to golf cars, a heating and cooling system that is directly below the seating material and effectively works as a heat pump.

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A Lesson from Le Mans

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 21, 2018 at 6:58 AM

“I wouldn’t say we had the speed to win but we had the team to win.”

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Automotive Management

Ford and VW Explore Collaboration. Period.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 4:44 PM

When Volvo announced in 2017 that it would electrify all of its vehicles by 2019, many people thought that this meant that it would be eliminating all of the internal combustion engines that it has on offer and from 2019 it would be all electric vehicles, all the time.

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Ford and Better Things

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 9:35 AM

The quote projected on the front of that dilapidated building in the Corktown District of Detroit is the motto of the City of Detroit: “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” It was written by Father Gabriel Richard, who immigrated from France to the U.S. in 1792, and who came to Detroit in 1798.

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Automotive Engineering

Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

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Automotive Electronics

Creating an Electric Ford Transit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 6:42 AM

You might be surprised to learn that there is presently a Ford Transit 350HD that is chock full of lithium-ion batteries that you can get right now that doesn’t come out of Dearborn but Loveland, Colorado.

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Automotive Engineering

The F-150 and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM

As the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500 and the forthcoming release of the 2019 Chevy Silverado are heating things up in the full-size pickup truck segment, it is worthwhile to call out some materials engineering data related to the Ford F-150, the vehicle that, with the 2015 model year, arguably made a major shift in the segment because it was the vehicle that made the unthinkable a reality: a truck that uses aluminum for its body, box and other components.

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Sponsored Content

How to Get the Most Out of Your Trade Show Experience

June 15, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Events like conferences and trade shows are a great way to learn and stay competitive in the automotive industry. Get the most out of your trade show experience by planning ahead. 

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Automotive Design

Polestar Performs for Electrified Volvos

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Volvo is making bold moves in electrification of its offerings.

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Automotive Design

Living MINI

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Although there is probably nothing that has had a bigger impact on the urban landscape than the automobile, for the most part, automobile companies tend to focus on the vehicles they produce more than the environments they operate in.

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