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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in August 2011
Ford, Toyota To Collaborate On Hybrid Powertrains
Blog 
8/26/2011  6 comments
The Ford-Toyota hybrid partnership is a logical way for the two giant automakers to develop the technology they both need to compete in the truck market.
What's the Ideal EV Battery Size?
Captain Hybrid 
8/25/2011  32 comments
As battery prices drop, automakers are likely to use bigger EV battery packs. But how big is big enough?
Slideshow: Automotive's Electric Vehicle Evolution
Features 
8/24/2011  49 comments
Slideshow of automotive alternative power train technologies, showcasing cars ranging from all-electric to hybrids and gas turbines.
Thin Films Could Boost Car Battery of Future
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2011  8 comments
University of Illinois professor Paul Braun has developed a battery structure that offers high power without sacrificing energy.
Materials Broaden Reach of Additive Manufacturing
News 
8/22/2011  5 comments
New metal alloys and plastics create innovative possibilities in medical, automotive, and other applications.
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
8/19/2011  14 comments
Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance, but consider driving range to be an issue.
Bringing FPGAs to Mechanical Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/18/2011  1 comment
Xilinx Inc. and National Instruments are trying to make it easier for mechanical engineers and other "domain experts" to employ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Do You Sympathize With the Automakers?
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2011  38 comments
California's zero-emission vehicle mandate could hurt automakers, but do we care?
Carbon Composite Processes Eye Auto Production
News 
8/17/2011  4 comments
New technology and tougher mileage requirements will push auto design toward lightweight materials.
Video: Our Prius Plug-In Test Drive
Captain Hybrid 
8/16/2011  20 comments
Design News editor Chuck Murray drove a pre-production version of the Prius plug-in, and the good news is that it’s a sensible alternative-fuel vehicle.
Road to ESC Boston: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Teardown
Wolfe's Den 
8/16/2011  2 comments
Here's a Samsung Galaxy Tablet teardown video, as a teaser for ESC Boston, which is coming to the Hynes Convention Center, September 26 through 29.
Weak Springs Cause Power Steering Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/15/2011  17 comments
Three months after my girlfriend’s daughter purchased a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with 45,000 miles in 2009, per our recommendation, the power steering stopped working, intermittently.
Design News Prius PHV Test Drive
DNTV 
8/12/2011  1 comment
Design News weighs in on the technology of the upcoming Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle.
My BMW Remembered Bad Settings
Made by Monkeys 
8/10/2011  11 comments
The memory settings for mirrors and seats on the 2002 BMW X5 SUV are a mess tangled up by monkeys.
Video: Would You Buy a Chevy Volt?
Captain Hybrid 
8/9/2011  63 comments
What would it take to make you buy the Chevy Volt?
Dynacar Puts Entire Vehicle to the Test
News 
8/8/2011  10 comments
Wineman Technology and Tecnalia team up on a real-time vehicle model simulator that can be leveraged for advanced design and testing throughout each stage of the development process.
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2011  14 comments
New materials, combined with efficient design, produce a lightweight car that is targeting a first place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Screaming Engine Prompts Generator Fix
Made by Monkeys 
8/8/2011  6 comments
My generator failed. When I bought the replacement part, I could tell they had discovered their monkey mistakes.
What Makes a Great Engineering Manager?
Wolfe's Den 
8/5/2011  12 comments
How do you define great technical leaders?
Monkeys Messed Up My GE Profile Washer
Made by Monkeys 
8/3/2011  25 comments
Watch out for GE's 'green' washers -- this reader found a mess of Monkey engineering.
Wood Joins Plastics for Injection Molded Composites
News 
8/2/2011  14 comments
A Michigan inventor has developed technology that he feels gives design engineers and injection molders an improved "green" materials option: wood-plastic composites.




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