Bose offers noise-reduction technology without Bose hardware; Distracted-driving-prevention technology migrates from Caterpillar equipment to buses; Silicon-based material designed to extend Li-ion battery life, cut production time....More
One of the earliest applications of the 2-cyl. engine under development is for the next-generation Mini Hybrid, expected in 2015. The small mill eventually may migrate to other BMW Group hybrids....More
Jason Forcier, formerly president of A123 Systems' automotive business, takes over as head of the lithium-ion battery maker that filed for bankruptcy a year ago amid technical problems and slack demand for hybrid vehicles....More
Combined with affordable and renewable energy, a robust public transit system, a closely populated citizenry and an open-minded consumer, the Chevy Spark EV make for a genuine alternative to the internal-combustion engine.
In addition to more elbow room and ability to test additional battery cells and packs, the U.S. auto maker has added prototype-build capability it says is helping to optimize the power and performance of its future EV and hybrid batteries....More
When EV and hybrid fasteners lose clamp load, their batteries lose electrical conductivity, heat can build up and electric arcing can occur. Engineers are finding a solution in innovative fastening and assembly technologies....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
The earnings swoon also reflected difficulties in international markets, specifically South America, where economic headwinds are affecting sales, and in Europe, where GM continues to book losses as it restructures its business....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More