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
Researchers say a material with the same weight and density as aerogel, but with 10,000 times more stiffness, offers promise for the automotive-parts industry where lightweight, high-stiffness and high-strength materials are needed....More
Maruti Suzuki is campaigning to convince global and local investors of the benefits of parent Suzuki’s wholly owned India operation. But some Maruti Suzuki shareholders oppose the plan and regulators have questioned its legality....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