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
Industry analysts see Renault’s investment in Algeria as a twofold strategy aimed at consolidating markets in Europe and positioning the French company for growth in Africa. The automaker also is eyeing expansion into the Middle East....More
Electric cars simply are more convenient than gasoline cars and will only become more so. My electric car is always full. This is because I plug it in every night. I almost never have to take it to the garage, because upgrades/fixes are downloaded overnight....More