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Automotive Use Drives Li-ion Demand Growth, Report Says

Posted June 22, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The market for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries was 87 GWh in 2016, a tenfold increase from a decade earlier. Automotive uses absorbed almost 50% of that Li-ion battery output in 2016 as the automotive market began to electrify its powertrains.


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The Role of Ultracapacitors in Automotive Technologies

Posted May 26, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Ultracapacitors have been integrated into conventional, electric, and hybrid-electric vehicles to help alleviate stress and extend the life of their batteries. They produce peak loads on demand and withstand repeated charge cycles without degradation, thereby improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2emissions.


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U.S. Infrastructure Gets a D+ from ASCE

Posted May 23, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The American Society of Civil Engineers assigned a grade of "D+" to the quality of U.S. roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, the same grade as in 2013. Grades fell for parks, solid waste management, and transit. They stayed the same for aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, and roads.


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Autonomous Vehicles: Innovation, Ethics, and Responsibility

Posted April 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Considering that American consumers are not entirely comfortable with autonomous vehicles (AV) and the ability of the vehicle to make "moral" decisions, the development of AVs has spawned questions and discussions around ethics and responsibility in engineering. Follow this discussion through the "trolley problem" to responsibility in research and innovation.


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Toyota Upgrades UK Plant to Support New Design Platform

Posted March 30, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Starting in 2017, the facility will be upgraded with new equipment, technologies, and systems. This will enable production of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. Read more


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