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posted in January 2012
Chevy Volt: Chargeable With Renewable Energy?
Automotive News 
1/31/2012  31 comments
If you're a prospective Volt owner who wants to load your lithium-ion battery with renewable energy electrons, Chevrolet says it has found a way to help you.
Composites Process Combines Injection Molding & Thermoforming
News 
1/31/2012  12 comments
A hybrid injection-molding/thermoforming process makes complex automotive components from fiber-reinforced composite materials.
'Performance' Car Seat Eliminates Steel
News 
1/30/2012  13 comments
A car seat backrest that integrates the seat frame and back panel into a single structure eliminates steel to save weight and reduce space.
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 
1/27/2012  24 comments
Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
CAE Drives Dutch High-Performance Auto
News 
1/26/2012  22 comments
Using an integrated CAD/CAE platform, Donkervoort bolstered the muscle of its D8 GTO sports car without creating a drag on performance.
Cadillac's ATS Cuts Mass 1 Gram at a Time
Electronics News 
1/24/2012  31 comments
A massive engineering effort has produced a lightweight, high-strength body structure that will let Cadillac enter the compact luxury market segment this year.
Cadillac Cutting Mass 1 Gram at a Time
DNTV 
1/24/2012  Post a comment
How engineers reduced mass of the body structure on the new Cadillac compact luxury sedan.
Slideshow: Top 5 Robotics Trends to Watch in 2012
News 
1/23/2012  22 comments
The most important robotics trends of this coming year will enable volume manufacturing and greater integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights EVs, Hybrids
News 
1/20/2012  40 comments
Automakers at this year's North American International Auto Show unveiled a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting the efficiency of today's vehicles.
Ford Showcases Its First Plug-in Hybrid
DNTV 
1/19/2012  6 comments
The technical choices that Ford made on its new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.
Ford Showcases First Plug-In Hybrid
News 
1/19/2012  25 comments
The auto industry's move to plug-in vehicles gained momentum as Ford rolled out its C-Max Energi hybrid at the North American International Auto Show.
Tesla Model S Hitting the Road This Summer
Automotive News 
1/18/2012  54 comments
Tesla Motors' plan to build practical, competitive electric vehicles (EVs) will finally be put to the test this summer, as the upstart car company rolls out its long-awaited Model S.
Recycled Carbon Fibers Save Money
News 
1/18/2012  25 comments
A new family of yarns and fabrics made from recycled carbon fibers have properties that rival those of virgin carbon fibers but cost less.
Smartphones Pose More Danger to Drivers
Electronics News 
1/16/2012  39 comments
Engineers who have equipped cars with cameras and collected millions of miles of data on crashes say that the key to distraction is visual, not cognitive.
Superbattery: The Next Great Triumph of Engineering
Blog 
1/13/2012  77 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
Case of the Thawed Engine
Sherlock Ohms 
1/13/2012  19 comments
The car worked in cold weather... that is, until the engine warmed up.
CES: Mercedes Foresees Progress in Batteries, Composites
Wolfe's Den 
1/12/2012  16 comments
While Mercedes-Benz and Daimler talk up their new mbrace2 in-car telematics platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on in automotive batteries and composites.
Prius Pushes Hybrid Efficiency
Automotive News 
1/11/2012  43 comments
Hybrid cars entered a new market segment this week as Toyota introduced a "gateway" vehicle aimed at younger, less affluent buyers.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Automotive News 
1/10/2012  18 comments
General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
Chevy Volt Structure Enhancements
DNTV 
1/10/2012  1 comment
To help the Chevy Volt handle side impacts, GM engineers will beef up a laterally oriented cross-car structure and add steel to longitudinally oriented members around the battery.
I/O Drive Stings Boat Owner
Made by Monkeys 
1/10/2012  15 comments
The Stingray boat ran into trouble with its Volvo Penta SX I/O drive.
Would Cellphone Ban Secure Car Safety?
Electronics News 
1/6/2012  72 comments
Automakers continue to expand the scope of electronic "infotainment" features, despite government pressure to ban them and deem them unsafe.
Li-Ion Batteries in EVs May Last Longer
News 
1/5/2012  18 comments
New materials for lithium-ion batteries and their housings, along with cheaper ALD manufacturing methods, may help bring down costs and make them last longer in electric vehicles.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automotive Trends to Watch in 2012
News 
1/3/2012  21 comments
Because automakers are already on the hook to push their Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) to 35.5mpg by 2016, and 54.5mpg by 2025, they're going to be working hard on any feature that can eliminate even the smallest sip of gasoline.




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