EDAG's Schulte on Model Proliferation

Powertrains, “regional” vehicles to drive diversification

Bill Hampton
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Daily

Vehicular Lightweighting: Path. Strategy. Endgame.

The automaker with the best solution for reducing weight will be the one with the clearest vision of the endgame and the strategy to get there.
#Dodge #BMW #Tesla

Dana Tech Spans Drivetrain Spectrum

Dana Inc. offers advanced powertrain technologies for everything from conventional piston-powered vehicles to hybrids, all-electric and fuel cell systems—and from cars to commercial trucks and offroad vehicles.

Schaeffler Addresses E-Mobility

The changing landscape requires not only new approaches to powertrains—but even new types of vehicles. Here’s how one supplier is addressing these changes.
#Ford #Audi #Schaeffler

Getting the Weight Out

The challenge of making cars lighter for the sake of efficiency is more important than ever as vehicle makers ponder hybrid, battery and fuel cell powertrains—all of which weigh more than traditional piston engines.
#Chrysler #Honda #tech

Come 2020, there may be more vehicles in a photo like this one, such as Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles and possibly drones and military vehicles. This is inside the GM Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant in Michigan (about 21 miles southwest of GM HQ in Detroit), where Honda and GM are establishing Fuel Cell Systems Manufacturing for the volume production of hydrogen fuel cells. Yes, the battery pack production for the various vehicles will continue. (Photo: Jeffrey Sauger for GM) Fuel Cells

“Fuel Cell Systems Manufacturing, LLC.” It sort of sounds like “Spacely Sprockets, Inc.,” which those of you of a certain age will remember. (The rest of you can Google it.) But there is nothing fictitious nor cartoonish about Fuel Cell Systems Manufacturing (FCSM), as it is the auto industry’s first joint venture to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell systems.
#Honda #Google #GeneralMotors

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Nikola Reveals Electric Pickup Plans

Nikola jumps into a crowded electric pickup truck market
#Nikola #Rivian #Tesla

Additive Manufacturing, Fuel Cells & More

Carbon’s CEO talks advanced manufacturing and a Hyundai VP explains the application of hydrogen power for vehicles.
#Hyundai #Honda #people

Toyota Opens Electrification Patents: What of the Daily 3?

One of the things that Toyota did when developing the Prius—and realize that the vehicle was first available in 1997 so this is something that has been going on a long time (remember: part of Toyota is the “continuous improvement” mindset)—was to do as much in-house as possible in developing the technology.
#Lexus #oem #Toyota

Volvo Group, Daimler Team Up on Fuel Cell-Powered Big Rigs

Can trucks save the hydrogen-based technology after a tepid response to fuel cell cars?
#tech #sustainability #Daimler

Toyota, Hino Partner on Fuel Cell Truck

Truck tests accelerate, while car sales continue to flounder
#asia #Honda #Hyundai

Gumpert Readies Methanol Fuel Cell-Powered Supercar

The $455,000 Nathalie has a 500-mile range and can rocket from zero to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds
#Audi #HP #Carbon

Bosch Addressing Fuel Cell Tech

Although attention tends to be paid to what the OEMs are doing in the advanced development space—or simply to whatever Elon Musk is up to, or not—there is perhaps more action going on in the supplier space, at least among those suppliers who are dedicated to existing as the industry evolves.
#Bosch #supplier

Honda Pursues a Better Environment

While executives generally talk about planning horizons of a quarter of two, listen to Steve Center, vice president, Connected and Environmental Business Development for American Honda: “In the next 1,000 years, we need an environment that is hospitable.” And it seems that so far as Honda is concerned, there is no better time to start dealing with this long future than right now, so Honda is undertaking a program that is predicated on reducing emissions from its vehicles, as well as from its manufacturing operations.
#sustainability #Toyota #oem

GM and Honda Collaborating on EV Batteries

In 2003, Saturn Corporation wanted to provide an additional reason for people to buy its compact crossover, the Vue, so execs at Saturn did something that was almost unthinkable at the time: To create the high-performance Saturn Vue Red Line they turned to Honda to provide a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6.
#HP #Saturn #Chevrolet

Toyota Putting Muda to Work

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced last week that it will be building a fuel-cell power generation plant at the Port of Long Beach that will be powered by “bio-waste” from dairy farms in northern California, transforming the waste into water, electricity and hydrogen.
#sustainability #HP #oem

CUVs and a Celebration

Presently, Hyundai has two crossover models on the U.S. market, the Tucson and the Santa Fe (with this vehicle coming in two- and three row versions, with the former being named the “Santa Fe Sport,” so it could be argued that it has 2.5 models on the market). But last week Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America, announced that the company is going to not only multiply the number of CUVs it will offer, but provide a range of powertrain types, as well.
#Hyundai #oem #engineer

Toyota’s Fuel Cell Semi

While the wait continues for Elon Musk to unveil the prototype of an electric semi (it was supposed to be shown on October 26, but that has been reportedly pushed back to November 16—for now), Toyota has announced that its hydrogen-powered class 8 semi-truck has completed 4,000 development miles and will go to work on October 23, moving goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach terminals to warehouses and rail yards.
#HP #oem #Toyota