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posted in August 2012
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Captain Hybrid 
8/30/2012  56 comments
General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
Folding Car Is the Ultimate City Vehicle
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2012  26 comments
The 100-percent electric Hiriko Fold is 2.5m long and has a range of 120km.
Breaking: 54.5 MPG Standard Finalized by Obama Administration
Captain Hybrid 
8/28/2012  88 comments
The Obama Administration announced today that it has finalized a fuel economy standard that calls for automakers to meet a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average by the year 2025.
V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test
News 
8/27/2012  14 comments
The US Department of Transportation launched the first big test of V2V and V2I technologies last week, equipping nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses in Michigan with modules that might one day prevent up to 80 percent of the crashes on American roadways.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2012  227 comments
The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
The Force Behind Formula 1 Wings
Features 
8/24/2012  6 comments
The Lee Co.'s three-way solenoid valve helps control the movement of the active rear wing, which had long been banned on F1 cars.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2012  72 comments
A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Joining Techniques Critical to Auto Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Automating production isn't the only technical problem carbon composites face in mass manufacturing. There is also the lack of standards and technologies for joining techniques.
Rebuild the Fuel Pump, or It Wonít Work
Made by Monkeys 
8/22/2012  9 comments
In order to get this SUV's fuel pump to work correctly, you have to rebuild it.
Video: Volkswagen Engineers Underwater Car for Shark Week
Blog 
8/20/2012  12 comments
The Beetle is made from tubular aluminum, with alloy wheels, propellers, and an inbuilt air system that allows the driver (diver?) to plug into before taking it for a spin, under the surf.
Slideshow: Microcars Provide a Glimpse of Yesterday's Fuel Efficiency
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2012  49 comments
Long before lawmakers tussled over corporate average fuel economies, auto companies produced tiny, fuel-efficient vehicles. "Petite Performance: Microcars," a new exhibit at the Studebaker National Museum, offers a look at some of them.
CD-adapco Unleashes Simulation on EV Battery Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/16/2012  4 comments
With its latest STAR-CCM+ Battery Simulation Module, CD-adapco brings simulation to bear on the design challenges around lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market.
One-Piece Carbon Composite Wheel Drives Cars
Engineering Materials 
8/13/2012  19 comments
Carbon Revolution says it has made the first one-piece, all-carbon fiber composite wheel for cars as well as planes.
Reshapeable Plastic Remembers Original Form
News 
8/9/2012  5 comments
A new shape-memory plastic makes QR code labels look like Salvador Dali's famous floppy watch and could prove useful in product and brand protection.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
Blog 
8/8/2012  6 comments
Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesnít mean they can simply cut corners.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
Slideshow: Top 12 Most Fuel-Efficient EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2012  36 comments
We collected 12 of the top fuel-efficient vehicles, as determined by the MPGe rating system. From battery-powered electrics to plug-in hybrids, we present some of the auto industry's best.
Carbon Nanotubes Reinforce Adhesive
News 
8/7/2012  4 comments
Carbon nanotubes reinforce a high-strength epoxy adhesive for structural components.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2012  9 comments
A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
More Than Cars Drive Powder Metals
News 
8/1/2012  17 comments
A wide range of materials and processes are helping engineers in many industries design near-net-shape components faster and with less material waste.
Dassault Steers PLM Toward Automotive Design Challenges
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2012  3 comments
New "Smart, Safe & Connected" industry-specific solution tackles the development of embedded systems while helping ensure compliance with AUTOSAR and new ISO safety standards.




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