SwRI engineers develop near-zero emissions diesel engine technology; 90% reduction of NOx

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Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption. Diesel Emissions Engines Regulations

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Bosch and Weichai Power boost efficiency of Weichai truck diesel engines from 46% to 50%

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Bosch and Weichai Power have increased the efficiency of Weichai truck diesel engines from their current level of roughly 46% to 50%. Even though the diesel engine is nearly 130 years old, its development continues. China Diesel Engines Heavy-duty Market Background

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Wärtsilä gas engines to burn 100% hydrogen

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The technology group Wärtsilä is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100% hydrogen fuel. Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years, and has tested its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas. This development is part of the company’s strategy to future-proof its engine technology in line with the global trend towards decarbonization of the energy and marine markets.

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LiquidPiston receives SBIR grant to develop X-Engine as hybrid-electric platform for UAVs

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a developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines for diesel and jet fuels ( earlier post ), received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the US Army for the development of its X-Engine as a hybrid-electric propulsion platform for UAVs.

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Reaction Engines and Rolls-Royce partner on high-speed aircraft systems; hybrid-electric systems

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Reaction Engines Ltd and Rolls-Royce plc announced a new strategic partnership agreement to develop high-speed aircraft propulsion systems and explore applications for Reaction Engines’ thermal management technology within civil and defence aerospace gas turbine engines and hybrid-electric systems.

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BYD unveils Song PLUS mid-size SUV with new, more efficient 1.5L gasoline engine

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The new Song PLUS is the first to be powered by BYD’s new 1.5TI engine, with a maximum power of 136 kW and a maximum torque of 288 N·m. China Engines Fuel Efficiency Market BackgroundBYD has introduced the Song PLUS mid-size SUV at a launch event in Chengdu.

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Chevy Corvette engineers moved to EV team at GM

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General Motors is moving engineers from its Chevrolet Corvette development team to its electric-vehicle program, InsideEVs reported Thursday. Specifically, GM moved the engineers from its Global Products Programs group to the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles group, according to the report.

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MAN Engines showcasing D3876 diesel engine for EU Stage V locomotives without exhaust after-treatment systems

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At InnoTrans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, MAN Engines is exhibiting the D3876 LE63x for locomotives, which produces 471 kW (632 hp) at 1,800 rpm. —Lorenz Panknin, Head of Rail Sales at MAN Engines. Emissions Engines Rail

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Cummins Westport B6.7N natural gas engine receives near zero emissions certifications; full NG engine portfolio now certified near zero

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natural gas engine. Like the Cummins Westport ISX12N and L9N engines, the B6.7N g/bhp-hr, a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current EPA NO x limit of 0.2 natural gas engine is available with ratings from 200 to 240 hp and up to 560 lb-ft. Cummins Westport Inc.

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MAN Energy to supply engines for Finnlines hybrid RoRos; 100% increase in efficiency

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Tier II-compliant main engines for three 238-meter hybrid RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Baltic Sea. —will build the engines in Korea, while Nanjing Jinling shipyard in China will construct the vessels. Engines Hybrids Ports and Marine

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ARPA-E funds Ricardo-Achates partnership for improving efficiency and reducing emissions in full-size pickups; GCI engine, 48V

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Ricardo, engineering specialists in advanced propulsion, software, thermal management and vehicle systems, added to its powertrain design/development capabilities in June when it partnered with API and expanded its Southern California team. The new Gen II program builds upon the successful API Gen I opposed-piston engine with a focus on efficiency, weight, emissions and power. 48V ARPA-E Engines Fuel Efficiency Market Background

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Engineers find new ways to improve efficiency of gas engines: Engineering Explained

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As fast as electric cars are improving and expanding, there are some things that gas engines do better—many experts agree that gasoline engines will be around for several decades. Developing electric cars and refining gas engines aren't mutually exclusive. Videos youtube How It Works Engineering Explained

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Jaguar Land Rover produces more than 1.5M Ingenium engines; adds new straight-six diesel MHEV to family; fuel cell concept coming

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million Ingenium engines at its Engine Manufacturing Center in Wolverhampton, UK. The advanced Ingenium family, which includes a range of diesel, gasoline and electrified engines, are built to maximise performance while at the same time reducing the environmental impact and running costs for customers. Developed and manufactured in-house in the UK, Jaguar and Land Rover’s all-aluminium Ingenium engine designs are modular, flexible and scalable, with common core technologies.

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Audi introduces new lightweight, efficient, powerful turbo engine for DTM

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Audi is introducing a new highly efficient turbo engine for the 2019 DTM racing season (touring car racing series). Following about two and a half years of development and some 1,000 hours of dynamometer testing, the new Audi race engine is ready for its first racing deployment on 4 May at the Hockenheimring. The move from the naturally aspirated V8 to the turbo engine is not only important due to the additional output of some 100 horsepower.

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DEUTZ presents all-electric 360V drive system for off-highway sector; hydrogen engine

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hybrid engine combines a highly compact three-cylinder diesel engine with a capacity of 1.2 The market-ready system underlines DEUTZ’s strategic focus on electrifying its product range and on developing and industrializing its engineering expertise, high-voltage batteries, and electric drive trains. One example is the hydrogen combustion engine offered by DEUTZ—a cost-efficient alternative to other zero-emission technologies such as fuel cells.

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AFRL, Masten Space Systems Inc., NASA, collaborate on successful testing of liquid methane rocket engine

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successfully tested a liquid methane rocket engine, the first of its kind tested at AFRL. The Masten 25k lbf thrust Broadsword rocket engine. The M10A Broadsword is a LOX/LCH 4 dual expander cycle engine, with an additively manufactured aluminum thrust chamber assembly. The use of a dual expander cycle, with both the oxygen and methane heated in the cooling jacket and fed into independent turbopumps, contributes to the lower cost and higher reusability of the engine.

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Researchers demonstrate continuous detonation in rotating detonation rocket engine with H2/O2

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A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has demonstrated continuous detonation in a rotating detonation rocket engine (RDRE) ( earlier post ) powered by H 2 /O 2 propellants. The results show continuous five-wave co-rotating detonations at various equivalence ratios and flow rates demonstrating the potential for H 2 /O 2 propellant-based RDREs for upper-stage rocket engines. Aviation Engines

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ESA completes further design validation of Reaction Engine’s air-breathing SABRE rocket engine

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UK-based Reaction Engines has received further endorsement of its SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) design ( earlier post ) via its collaboration with ESA and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). The two agencies recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at its under-construction test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire.

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International automotive researchers emphasize the importance of continued development of the internal combustion engine

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Thirty-seven globally prominent scientists representing the International Journal of Engine Research have published an open-access editorial addressing the future of the Internal Combustion Engine, and stressing the importance for continued development of more efficient and even lower-emitting technologies. However, research to improve efficiency and methods to reduce dependence on fossil fuels are exciting directions for future IC engine research. Engine lubrication.

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MAN Engines releases first IMO Tier III engines for workboats; low-cost, SCR-only solution

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MAN Engines—a business unit of MAN Truck & Bus, itself a member of the Volkswagen Group—is now offering 12-cylinder, IMO Tier III emission standards engines for workboats, spanning a power range from 551 to 1,213 kW. The engines are immediately available. Customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea ECAs needing to prepare for the mandatory limits, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, now have a series of options in the MAN Engines range.

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WinGD launches new low-speed, 2-stroke dual-fuel engines

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has introduced three new low-speed, two-stroke engines that are capable of operating on low emission fuels. Growing our portfolio of engines ensures that ship owners have the right options to feel confident in their investment. X40DF engine for smaller vessels. The new X40DF in its standard configuration is designed to run on LNG, offering the first two-stroke dual-fuel engine for smaller vessels. X82-D engine for larger vessels. X82DF dual-fuel engine.

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UGA study finds black carbon aerosols from GDI engines will worsen public health, climate; need for GPFs

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The gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine is one of the most prominent technologies car manufacturers adopted to achieve the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission goals established in 2012 by the US Environmental Protection Agency. will be equipped with GDI engines by 2025.

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Landi Renzo USA awarded $600K from South Coast AQMD & SoCalGas for near-zero natural-gas Ford 7.3L engine

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Near-Zero natural gas engine development program, which covers Class 4-7 vehicles. This collaboration will modify the recently introduced Ford 7.3-liter gasoline engine and demonstrate a 0.02 This Near-Zero Natural Gas engine is packaged for shuttle buses (e.g.,

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WinGD wins type approval for biggest and most powerful LNG engine; first application in CMA CGM ultra-large container ships

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WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has received type approval for the biggest and most powerful LNG-fueled engines yet built. The certification process of WinGD’s 12X92DF engine was a long process due to the size and complexity of the engine. Engines LNG Ports and Marine

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ULEMCo and Revolve demonstrate 45% thermal efficiency for 100% hydrogen engine

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ULEMCo and its R&D partner Revolve Technologies have demonstrated thermal efficiencies of 45% in engine control strategies for a 100% hydrogen-fueled engine being developed for the Mega Low Emissions (MLE) truck demonstrator unveiled earlier this year. Engines Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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York, Empa study finds retrofitting of VW diesel engines was successful

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On the opening day of the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Violation: VW diesel engines with 1.6 In many countries, the EA 189 engines manufactured by the VW group had to be retrofitted with software or hardware updates. Retrofitted VW diesel engines emit up to a third less harmful nitrogen oxides in everyday use than engines with the original software dating from the Dieselgate era.

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UVA Engineering researching thermoelectric materials to improve efficiency of jet engines

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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Engineering are seeking to improve the efficiency of jet engines by identifying and developing thermoelectric materials that can harness excess energy. studies in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVA, is leading the work. Hopkins is a mechanical engineer as a specialist in microscale heat transfer and high-temperature materials science. Aviation Engines Thermoelectrics

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DARPA awards additional $2.5M to LiquidPiston for development of 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype

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to LiquidPiston for development of 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype. an advanced internal combustion engine technology company, an additional $2.5 LiquidPiston’s X Engines are non-Wankel rotary embodiments of the company’s High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle (HEHC).

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EIA: natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

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Reciprocating internal combustion engines (piston engines), which are typically used for backup, standby, or emergency power, are now becoming increasingly popular for larger utility-scale power generation applications, especially in areas with high levels of electricity generation from intermittent sources such as wind and solar, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Several of these engines are typically installed at one generation facility.

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MIT, NASA engineers develop morphing wing

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A team of engineers has built and tested a radically new kind of airplane wing, assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. The new wing design was tested in a NASA wind tunnel and is described in a paper in the journal Smart Materials and Structures , co-authored by research engineer Nicholas Cramer at NASA Ames in California; MIT alumnus Kenneth Cheung SM ’07 PhD ’12, now at NASA Ames; Benjamin Jenett, a graduate student in MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms; and eight others.

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Rolls-Royce and ASI Mining plan to optimize MTU engines for autonomous operations

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Rolls-Royce and ASI Mining have agreed to ensure compatibility of MTU engines and ASI’s Mobius command and control software for autonomous vehicles. The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling Rolls-Royce to offer autonomous-compatible, Mobius-ready MTU engine solutions for equipment in a wide range of mining applications. For these applications, MTU engines provide high performance, reliability and availability as well as a maintenance-friendly construction.

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Orbex unveils Prime rocket; largest 3D-printed rocket engine; bio-propane-fueled

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The completed engineering prototype of the Stage 2 rocket (the stage that will transit into orbital flight after launch) is made from a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum composite and includes the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. The 3D printed engine. The 3-D printed rocket engine was uniquely manufactured in a single piece without joins in partnership with additive manufacturer SLM Solutions. 3D printing Engines LPG

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Researchers propose optimization strategy for Atkinson cycle engines in hybrids

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A team from the Beijing Institute of Technology and Beiqi Foton Motor are proposing a performance optimization strategy for the Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, which is playing a key role in the development of hybrid electric vehicles due to its greater fuel economy than a conventional Otto cycle engine. The Atkinson cycle engine has become the main choice for the development of HEV because of its own advantages. Engines Hybrids

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FCA to invest $400M to convert idled Indiana transmission plant to build GMET4 engines

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to build the GMET4 engine—the Company’s 2.0-liter Global Medium Engine inline four-cylinder turbo that is currently offered on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee. The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family. The engine is fitted with double overhead camshafts, dual independent camshaft timing and cooled exhaust gas recirculation. engine with engine stop start (ESS). Engines Manufacturing Market Background

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Volkswagen adds third tank to Polo and Golf natural gas models; new TGI engine for Golf

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three-cylinder engine (66 kW / 90 PS) the additional tank carries 16.5 liter four-cylinder engine, which is powerful, efficiency and environmentally friendly. The new 1.5-liter TGI engine in the Golf uses the TGI Miller combustion process with a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, This allows the 1.5-liter TGI engine to accelerate powerfully at any time from low speeds. Engines Natural Gas

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MAHLE-led consortium’s micro-CHP CNG engine provides 20% efficiency boost over current market best

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Tests have demonstrated that a residential combined heat and power (CHP) engine developed as an Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)-backed venture through the Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) program ( earlier post ) offers at least a 20% improvement in efficiency over the current leading alternatives. The single-cylinder engine, which runs on natural gas (NG), has been developed by a consortium led by MAHLE Powertrain.

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Hermeus wins Air Force investment after demonstrating Mach 5 engine; focused on Presidential and Executive Airlift fleet

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This award comes under an Other Transaction For Prototype Agreement Direct to Phase II contract through AFWERX after Hermeus successfully tested a Mach 5 engine prototype in February 2020. Mach 5 engine prototype. Preceding the award, the Hermeus team designed from scratch, built, and successfully tested a Mach 5 engine prototype, in only 9 months. Aviation Engines Market Background

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GE Aviation completes initial design of supersonic engine for Aerion AS2

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GE Aviation has completed the initial design of the first supersonic engine purpose-built for business jets. This new engine class, revealed as GE’s Affinity turbofan, is optimized with proven GE technology for supersonic flight and timed to meet the Aerion AS2 launch ( earlier post ).

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Punch Group acquires GM propulsion engineering center in Turin; global center of excellence for diesel

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Belgium-based Punch Group has acquired GM’s propulsion engineering center in Turin, Italy. The transaction between the two companies includes an engineering services agreement (ESA) to support GM’s global product programs through the end of 2021. Punch Group plans to reposition the company with developments for new market segments while continuing to provide engineering services to GM. Diesel Engines Europe Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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New BMW X5 xDrive40d and new BMW X6 xDrive40d feature straight six-cylinder diesel engine and 48V mild-hybrid technology

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l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions: 164 – 153 g/km) will feature a newly developed straight six-cylinder diesel engine with a 48-volt starter generator. The new diesel engine develops a maximum torque of 700 N·m becoming available between 1,750 and 2,250 rpm.

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"Death of the internal combustion engine" is now a thing

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The very first working four-cycle internal-combustion engine was invented by Niklaus Otto in 1876, and in due course it changed the world. A quarter of a century later, gasoline engines, steam-powered vehicles, and electric drive competed on an equal basis, but by 1915, it was clear the gasoline engine would triumph. Future Cars combustion cycle Engines plug-in cars gasoline engines

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Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

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General Motors will engineer, homologate, validate and manufacture the Nikola Badger battery electric and fuel cell versions. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co.

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VW expanding EV engineering capability in US; high-voltage lab in Chattanooga

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Volkswagen has begun expanding its Chattanooga factory to build a North American center for electric vehicles—not only for assembly, but for engineering the EVs of the future. To power those efforts, Volkswagen’s Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga will soon feature a high-voltage laboratory designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs for upcoming models assembled in the United States.

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