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Bollinger Motors showcases second-gen Class-3 EV prototypes

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Kami Buchholz
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_16
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Bollinger Motors recently unveiled its second-generation Class-3 EV prototypes. The start-up, based in Ferndale, Michigan, revealed the latest beta of its B1 SUV and B2 truck prototypes, highlighting the amount of in-house engineering and design. As a Class 3 (GVWR 10,001 to 14,000 lb.) vehicle, the Bollinger Motors truck and SUV are in the same classification as a Ford F-350 or Ram/Chevy 3500 truck. “This is the only all-electric Class 3 truck with off-road capability,” founder and CEO Robert Bollinger said of the B2.

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STATE OF CHARGE

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_01
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

With just 16 hours to complete a three-state, 600-plus-mile roundtrip, we judge whether the nation's non-Tesla fast-charging network is a match for the new breed of long-range EVs like Jaguar's inspired 2019 I-Pace.

It's a trip we've done scores of times with barely a thought. From our home near SAE International headquarters in western Pennsylvania to the metro Detroit area is approximately 300 miles (483 km) of highway driving. We often do it in four-and-a-half hours without a stop of any kind, much less for fuel. Some diesels and hybrids, and even a few conventional gasoline vehicles, can knock off the entire roundtrip on a single tankful.

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ACeDrive consortium plans more-efficient EV powertrain

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Stuart Birch
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_03
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Led by GKN, the ACeDrive consortium is developing lighter and more-efficient EV propulsion, targeting volume production in 2023.

It's called ACeDrive, which may sound innocuous for an auto-industry project. But the consortium that formed it has announced that it seeks to develop the world's lightest and most efficient volume electric vehicle (EV) powertrain. Involving two major suppliers, a research university and the UK government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the aggressive targets for the ACeDrive (Advanced Cooling and Control of high speed e-Drive) include a 25% reduction in cost, a 25% reduction in packaging size and a 20% reduction in weight combined to deliver a 10% increase in efficiency.

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EDITORIAL: Engineering lapses test brand loyalty

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Editor-in-Chief-Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_05
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

“Today a bunch of idiot lights appeared in the minivan during my drive to work,” reported my spouse, Suzie, after she arrived home one evening last month. Sure enough, the cluster on our 2011 Honda Odyssey lit up like a Christmas tree when I turned on the ignition to investigate. The Check Engine light and two others were illuminated.

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SUPPLIER EYE

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

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  • 19AUTP11_07
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

The automotive industry has reached a strategic inflection point, where significant structural change is driving greater levels of instability on one hand, and opportunity (for some) on the other. That's the conclusion I'm hearing in discussions with suppliers and OEMs.

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Battery experts: solid-state EV tech could be five years out

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Bill Visnic
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_11
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Solid-state batteries are the “reach” energy-storage technology slated to take electric vehicles (EVs) - and to a lesser extent, other consumer-electronic products - to the next level. And at September's 2019 Battery Show of North America, speaker panels and presentations about solid state certainly were in abundance. Just one problem: experts at the show's Solid State Battery Feasibility roundtable discussion where brutally realistic in agreeing the technology won't meet criteria for mass-production EVs for at least five years.

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FCA claims North America's most-advanced driving simulator

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Paul Seredynski
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_09
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

FCA recently inaugurated what it's billing as the most advanced driving simulator in North America at its Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Windsor, Ontario. The new Vehicle Dynamics Simulator (VDS) provides nine degrees of freedom and driver-specific calibrations to emulate a vehicle's driving behavior on a wide range of surfaces and environments. The new hardware-in-the-loop test bench will permit iterating a host of simulated systems between concept and prototype phases to improve the overall product experience.

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A mirrorless future? NHTSA seeks input on camera vision systems

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_13
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early October distributed a notice soliciting industry and public input on whether to allow “camera monitoring systems” to replace rear- and sideview exterior mirrors mandated since 1968 in U.S. auto safety standards. The agency said in a notice in the online Federal Register that it is seeking outside research and data about the potential safety impacts of replacing conventional fixed mirrors with camera-based vision systems. The action is one step in the process to inform a potential proposal to alter the mirror requirement for future production vehicles sold in the U.S.

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Toyota unveils rear-drive FCEV Mirai, plug-in RAV4

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Paul Seredynski
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_15
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

As part of an electrified stable primed for the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), Toyota will display its all-new Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and the upcoming plug-in hybrid version of its RAV4 compact SUV. The two 2021 models will further pad the Japanese company's already market-leading six hybrid offerings (12 if the premium Lexus brand is included). On top of previously announced plans for a “major battery electric vehicle (BEV) rollout,” Toyota also announced an extension of its hybrid battery warranties.

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Q&A

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_17
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Valeo is an industry leader in technologies essential to vehicle electrification and connected/automated driving. The French Tier 1 pioneered 48V mild-hybrid systems and is a major producer of e-hardware and software including belt-starter generators, power electronics, electric superchargers and traction motors. Valeo recently entered a collaboration with Dana Inc. to develop and supply electrified AWD systems featuring 48-V hybrid power. The first of these is scheduled to launch in volume in early 2020 with a major European OEM.

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