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Electric propulsion is now “inescapable”

2016-04-13
Though battery-powered vehicles haven’t yet met predicted sales levels, leading automakers are bullish about the future, saying that newer generation vehicles now provide features and prices that will attract buyers.
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V-CR, water injection, new EGR methods top SAE engines symposium

2016-04-11
Powertrain experts detailed the technologies they see as most promising to enable light-vehicle engines to meet global CO2 regulations through 2025, at the 2016 SAE High-Efficiency IC Engines Symposiumt. The list includes growing use of the Miller and Atkinson thermodynamic cycles, cooled EGR, and water injection, as well as variable compression ratio systems, dedicated EGR, and divided exhaust boosting.
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Caterpillar eyes 3D printing for production parts

2016-04-04
This past November Caterpillar opened its new Additive Manufacturing (AM) Factory at its Tech Center in Mossville, IL, to consolidate and expand its 3D printing activities. AM engineer Brittany Hancock recently gave Off-Highway Engineering a tour of the new facility and discussed the company’s current and future plans regarding the use of 3D printing technology.
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Tesla's "affordable" Model 3 brings technology questions

2016-04-04
Tesla engineers have previously talked about a potential mixed-materials strategy as they move down the retail-price ladder. The prospect of an aluminum-intensive Model 3 raises the question of how profitable a $35,000 EV will be when it carries 60-80% of the battery capacity of the basic $71,200 Model S 70.
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Chipmakers gearing up for on-board wireless charging

2016-03-30
Smart phones are becoming an integral part of vehicle infotainment options, but this integration is putting a strain on the phone’s battery. Wireless charging is on the way, backed by new standards and charging technologies.
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