“Our stack could be used in a lot of different ways,” he says of the fuel-cell technology, which in its second generation is half the size, 220 lbs. lighter and uses less than half the precious metal....More
Since 2009’s downturn, Schaeffler has hired 3,800 new employees (including 400 engineers), increased content per vehicle 55% and filed some 600 patents. Times are good. A top executive sees no dark clouds on the horizon....More
Las Vegas this week is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, a massive conference that draws 180,000 people and extends to multiple facilities up and down the Strip. Virtually every sector of consumer electronics is represented at the show, including automotive. For the past several years, automakers and key suppliers have stepped up presence at CES. Ten automakers are participating this year.
Ford research projects include car-sharing in India and Germany, car-swapping among Ford employees in Dearborn, rental cars on-demand in London and a cloud-based network identifying available parking spots in Atlanta....More
A Transport Ministry document indicates the government plans to expand its nationwide network of quick-charging stations in hopes of boosting demand for electric vehicles, of which only 24,000 are on German roads....More
The BMW i3’s 170-hp electric motor propels the spacious 4-seater with a free-wheeling simplicity that is uncommon among EVs. Aggressive regenerative braking lets you drive while rarely touching the brake pedal. This is the future....More
The three smallest engines we tested among 36 nominees for 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines earned spots on our tough-to-crack list. The nominees included 18 4-cyl. engines, and 15 of those were turbocharged....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated 36 all-new or improved powertrains before settling on the winners: two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 3-cyl. turbos, a battery-electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell....More
The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines were chosen from a field of 36 nominees, including the 10 returning winners and 27 all-new or re-engineered powertrains and propulsion systems available in the U.S. for under $60,000. The winners consist of two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 2-cyl. turbos, an electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
WardsAuto editors met recently with four automakers to discuss their entries in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. The meetings with Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai are helpful as the editors gather information about new technologies and discuss driving impressions with automaker engineers.
Seven electrified powertrains are in the running for the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul, VW e-Golf and BMW i3 EVs, as well as the extended-range i3....More
Supercapacitors made into a thin film with a high power density could be embedded in an EV’s body panels, roof, doors, hood and floor, storing enough energy to charge the battery in just a few minutes....More
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Many established U.S. suppliers downsized during the market downturn of 2008 and 2009. That left room for new suppliers to get a foothold in the now-booming market, and Chinese firms are taking advantage of that opportunity....More
Group Vice President Doug Murtha says buyer demographics for the iA sedan and iM hatchback basically are the same as those for any car in the Scion lineup: people who want a high-mileage, affordable new small car that isn’t bare-bones....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More