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Business

Four Auto Companies Rank Among the World's Most Ethical

GM and Cooper Standard make the list for the first time, joining long-running honorees Aptiv and Cummins

Hybrid

XL Buys Quantum’s Electrification Unit

Boston-based XL (formerly XL Hybrids), which supplies hybrid powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, has acquired Quantum Fuel Systems LLC’s electrification division.

Business

CEOs Say Shareholder Value Isn’t Everything

Publicly trade companies have a duty to do much more than deliver hefty dividends to shareholders, says the Business Roundtable.

Design

Eaton Vehicle Group Names New CTO, Forms eMobility Partnership

Eaton Corp.’s Vehicle Group has appointed Karl Sievertsen vice president of engineering and chief technical officer.

Toyota Tops Carmakers in 2018 Patents

Toyota received an automotive industry-best 2,500-plus patents in the U.S. last year, according to Harrity & Harrity LLC.

Hybrid

Eaton Touts More Efficient EV Inverter

Eaton Corp. is developing a compact inverter for electrified vehicles that the company says will be tested by an unnamed carmaker in the next two months.

Business

Eaton’s New eMobility Business

Earlier this year Eaton Corp. combined products, expertise and manufacturing capabilities from its Electrical and Vehicle groups to create a 1,200-employee business called eMobility.

Diesel

Is the Opposed-Piston Engine Becoming More Real?

Achates Power has been working on its opposed-piston engine technology—which it claims is more cost effective than a traditional engine (thanks, in part, to the elimination of such things as a cylinder head and valve train), easier to produce, and potentially “approximately 50% more efficient than today’s gasoline engines” (the Achates engine runs on gasoline, diesel, natural gas. . .)—since 2004.

Regulations

Supplier Study and 2025

"We remain committed to the ethos of our founder, Sir Harry Ricardo, who in 1915 set out on a mission to ‘maximize efficiency and eliminate waste.’”

Hybrid

Eaton Forms eMobility Unit

Eaton has created an eMobility business group and plans to invest more than $500 million in it over the next five years todevelop new products and technologies for passenger and commercial vehicle applications.

Electronics

Eaton Adds eMobility

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

College Team Tops 3,000 mpg at Supermilage Event

A student team from Pennsylvania State University's Behrend College achieved a winning run of 3,014 mpg in a one-seat motorized vehicle at SAE International's Supermileage competition.

Shell, Airflow Partner on Aero Highway Truck

Shell Oil Co. and Airflow Truck Co. have developed a Class 8 concept truck that they say will provide significant aerodynamic and fuel efficiency improvements.

Diesel

Eaton Addresses Diesel Exhaust

Internal Exhaust Gas Recirculation system requires little space and uses the engine heat to do its job.

Propulsion

Chevy Revs Up 755-hp ZR1 ’Vette

General Motors Co. says the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine will generate 755 hp and 715 lb-feet of torque, making it the carmaker’s most powerful production model ever.

Hybrid

Timing the EV Revolution

The auto industry is moving toward electrified powertrains quickly, but there are regional differences, says Eric Fedewa, senior manager of global market intelligence for Eaton’s Vehicle Group.

Propulsion

Eaton’s Fedewa: Don’t Count Out the ICE

“It is much more cost effective to incrementally improve internal combustion engines than to create a whole new propulsion system.”

Mobility

Piston Engines Running Out of Gas?

In recent months Britain, France and India all have announced plans to gradually phase out gasoline- and diesel-powered engines, and other countries are heading in the same direction.

Eaton Names Faria to Head Vehicle Group

Joao Faria has been named president of Eaton Corp.’s Vehicle Group, effective May 1.

Plastics

Eaton Develops Lightweight Air-Conditioning Line

Eaton Corp. says its new polymer air-conditioning conveyance system provides weight, cost and performance benefits over traditional aluminum and rubber air-conditioning lines.

Eaton Touts Adaptive Fuel Tank Venting Tech

Eaton Corp. has developed an electronically controlled fuel tank vapor venting system it says can be tailored to specific vehicle applications to enhance efficiency, improve performance and reduce fuel system development costs.

Propulsion

Eaton Adds Supercharger Oomph

Eaton Corp. has expanded its supercharger line with the new TVS R2650 unit, which the company says is larger, more powerful and more efficient than previous devices.

Design

Engineering the Colorado ZR2

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Hybrid

Eaton Launches Compact EV Fuse

Eaton Corp. says its new series of Bussmann fuses designed for electric vehicles are about half the weight and packaging size as other high-speed EV fuses.