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Hybrid

Volvo Adds Plug-In Hybrid XC40 Crossover

Volvo Car Corp. says the launch of a plug-in hybrid version of its new XC40 compact crossover vehicle makes the company the world’s first to offer such variants for all models. 

Propulsion

Toyota, Geely Eye Partnership on Hybrid Cars

Toyota Motor Corp. is exploring potential partnerships with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. on electric-hybrid vehicle technology, according to media reports.

Senate Panel Clears King to Head NHTSA

Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been cleared by a Senate committee for confirmation as the agency’s leader.

Hybrid

China’s Geely Begins Rollout of 30 “New-Energy” Models

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. has introduced the first two of 30 “new-energy” vehicles the company expects to launch in China between now and 2020.

Economics

Ford Invests in 3D-Printing Startup

Desktop Metal Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based 3D printing company, says it has raised an additional $65 million to bring total investment in the firm to $277 million.

Former GE Exec Named Nissan’s Chief Information Officer

Nissan Motor Co. has hired Anthony Thomas as a corporate vice president and chief information officer, effective Oct. 23.

Additive Manufacturing

BMW Invests in 3D Printing Startup

Desktop Metal Inc. says it raised $45 million in its third round of financing to bring total investment in the Burlington, Mass.-based 3D printing startup to $97 million.       

Production

Introducing “IoT Platforms” – Part II

Last month, an article introduced the latest “platform” on the factory floor: the Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Here is what these platforms comprise.

Production

Introducing “IoT Platforms” – Part 1

The latest “platform” for factory floor applications is aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT). Here’s why this platform is important and what it comprises.

Rice Grads Develop Device to Protect Infant Passengers

Every summer we hear the horrible stories about someone who has left an infant in a car.

April is the Windiest Month

Like many auto companies, Honda is working to reduce its environmental impact.

Industrial Control Keeps Getting Better

The changes in PLCs and PACs aren’t so much in operational, but in networking, user interface, and compute horsepower.

Materials & Lightweighting

CNG Availability and Price Proposition

Although there is a tremendous amount of interest in the electrification of the vehicle—there must be something there, not only because of the tremendous investments being made in the technology (for example, there’s this article in the current issue of the magazine about GM and electrification), but also because of the sturm und drang associated with it (as in the recent Tesla-versus-the-New York Times situation). But some people think that there is a more immediate means by which there can be reduced use of petroleum without wholesale changes to vehicle architectures: compressed natural gas (CNG). As this map from the U.S.

Additive Manufacturing

EuroMold 2012 Introduces Two New 3D Printers

3D Tech & the Re-localization of Manufacturing

Materials & Lightweighting

Solidscape’s 3ZPRO, Wireless Production

Better 3D materials; powerful powders/thriftier aluminum parts; wireless 3D printer; SLS material minds the gap.

Hybrid

EV Battery Boost from Research Program?

Although the biggest challenge for the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is undoubtedly the battery—they tend to be expensive, heavy, and not all that great when it comes to providing range—arguably, given the number of organizations that are zealously trying to develop batteries this is something that is likely to be overcome.

Propulsion

GE Unveils More Efficient Traction Motor for EVs, Hybrids

General Electric Co. says its prototype 55-kW permanent-magnet traction motor costs less to make, tolerates high operating temperatures and has almost twice the power density of conventional traction motors.

Composites

What Auto Can Learn from Aero, and Vice Versa

Like the auto industry, the aircraft industry is focused on improving the performance of its vehicles, concentrating on such things as reducing weight and using alternative fuels. So we talk with one of Boeing’s top people to find out what’s going on in that field.

Materials & Lightweighting

The Green Guide

Delphi's exhaust gas heat exchanger; Green Manufacturing 101; What is GreenED?; Ford's Sustainable Materials Shopping List

Visteon Sells Headquarters

Visteon Corp. says it has sold its 287-acre headquarters complex in Van Buren Township, Mich., for $81 million.

Marketing

What’s in a Brand?

  Interbrand is a company that, among other things, develops valuation of the strengths of brand.

Propulsion

Honda Goes Solar

Honda Performance Development is Honda’s advanced motorsports operation.