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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

SKATEBOARDING INTO THE FUTURE

AUTOMOTIVE CHASSIS DESIGN has a relatively concise history: Body-on-frame follows practices dating back to horse-drawn carriages. Unibody is a 20th-century innovation. And skateboarding is likely to be the 21st-century norm.  … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

DON’T FORGET HYBRIDS

LINDSAY BROOKE IS Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Engineering, the monthly magazine of SAE International. It was 1979 when I jumped ship to R&T from the Society of Automotive Engineers (its interim … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · 3 Comments

SOLID-STATE BATTERIES: WHEN? IF? WHOSE?

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY interesting time for solid-state batteries, those, as their name indicates, using a solid material rather than liquid means of conveying their ions from post to post. … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

A.D.B. ILLUMINATION COMING OUR WAY

IT’S SORTA DÉJÀ VU all over again. In the late 1970s, the U.S. caught up with the best of European automotive headlighting. And, come 2023, we’re likely to do so … Continue reading

January 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

CATCHING UP WITH AUTOMOTIVE NEWS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, I gleaned Automotive News tidbits of one sort or another. This continues today in Part 2 with crystal ball views of our automotive future clear out … Continue reading

October 24, 2021 · 4 Comments

CATCHING UP WITH AUTOMOTIVE NEWS PART 1

HERE’S STUFF I wouldn’t have known, had I not regularly read Automotive News, the auto industry weekly. Tidbits in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow are presented in no … Continue reading

October 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

CHARGED UP ABOUT SWITCHING TO EVS 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, OCTOBER 4, 2021, carried a provocative page 1 story by Michael Martinez: “Ford Isn’t Waiting—It’s All In On EVs.”   “When Ford Motor Co. introduced the F-150 Lightning in … Continue reading

October 13, 2021 · 6 Comments

AN ELECTRIC CAR PARADE PART 2

HERE IN PART 2, we’ll continue our timetables of automaker transitions from internal combustion to one form or another of electric propulsion. Our survey today includes a recent automaker merger, … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 3 Comments

AN ELECTRIC CAR PARADE PART 1

NICOLAUS OTTO IS likely spinning in his grave, crankshaft in hand. Here we are, 145 years beyond patenting the Otto four-stroke, and demise of the internal combustion engine is threatened. … Continue reading

July 24, 2021 · 5 Comments

BEVS AT A CRITICAL JUNCTION

BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES have hitherto been few and far between. But environmental goals around the world are increasing BEV presence and impact.  True, these are clean-air vehicles, even with mixed … Continue reading

June 6, 2021 · 3 Comments