Precision Laser Technology

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have developed a hybrid manufacturing process to laser cut thin-walled metal strips that are used in contact parts. It combines a helical-beam optic with a multi-beam module.

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group

Design of the 2021 Kia Sorento

The all-new compact SUV features a fresh, bold design—something that Kia is now known for

F-Series: The 2021 Launch, Going Electric and Solidly American

Ford launches the 2021 F-150, talks about the electric F-150, and calibrates the F-Series impact on the U.S economy


Are you ready to catch the coming EV wave?

The future of e-mobility depends on collaboration. Automotive companies will need to build business models based on strengths and limitations to tap into the EV value chain and fully capitalize on the opportunities within the new EV ecosystem.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe: Electrifying

Bringing a plug to the capable off-roader
#Dana #ZF #Ford

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AutoBeat Live is a monthly 30-minute show featuring conversations with leading observers of and people in the auto industry. Each episode will include insights about what’s happening—things that may affect suppliers to the industry. 


How the 2021 Ford F-150 Was Developed

An inside view on how the new generation came to be from the man who heads all Ford product development, Hau Thai-Tang
#Bollinger #Ford #Rivian


All About EV Batteries

A deep dive into battery tech by a man who was instrumental in helping it get on the road
#people #Ford #Rivian


Building Hondas and Acuras Is a Family Affair

First-hand insights into building NSXes, Accords and much more
#people #Bollinger #engineer

Why EV Charging the Other Way Might Be Profitable

ABB is providing a French company with the ability to put EV electricity back into the grid

Audi Gets Smarter with Integrated Controller

Audi’s new Integrated Vehicle Dynamics controller manages powertrain and chassis functions. The IVD is faster, more powerful, and promises to enhance next-generation technologies.
#Audi #europe #chassis

Talking Powertrains with IAV’s Mike Kenhard

The engineering firm does work for the auto industry on everything from embedded software systems to automated technology. But here we’re learning about powertrains—and an unexpected development
#IAV #Tesla #people

Fisker Taps Magna for EV Platform

New partnerships continue to emerge as companies rush to put EVs on the road
#Magna #Fisker #chassis

FCA Pledges $1 Billion in Canada for EV Production

First electrified model to go into production in 2024

Ford Holds Off Until 2021 on Plug-In Escape

Fire issue in Europe delays U.S. launch again

Volkswagen’s $17 Billion EV Plan for China Rolls On

Company underscores its determination to lead the electric-car market worldwide
#asia #europe #Volkswagen

ZF: From Now on, Hybrid-Ready Transmission Development

This leading supplier of transmissions has decided that it will no longer develop units that can’t be deployed in hybrids. We find out why on “Autoline After Hours”
#Nikola #FiatChryslerAutomobiles #Ford

FCA Hikes Credit Line for Hybrids, EVs to Nearly $1 Billion

European line-of-credit cover research, plant retooling in Italy.
#facilities #europe

VW Aims to Surpass Tesla in EV Output by 2023

Friendly rivals move toward direct competition in the small crossover segment.
#Tesla #europe

Polestar: How to Launch an EV Company

Polestar USA head Gregor Hembrough on the challenges of creating a new brand
#Porsche #Polestar #Tesla

Mercedes Lands 1,800-EV Order from Amazon

Two sizes of e-vans to be deployed across Europe.
#MercedesBenz #Daimler #Amazon