General Motors is planning to sell the defunct Cruze factory in northeast Ohio to Workhorse Group, a designer and builder of high-performance battery-electric pickups. The plant's fate depends on a new union contract between GM and the United Auto Workers.
Interestingly, this article discusses another electric pickup truck by Tesla. It also runs through the realities of these “clean” electric vehicles. It’s important to maintain perspective when everyone seems to be trying to get you to sing the same song.
Volkswagen AG’s luxury brand Audi is recalling 540 of its first all-electric E-Tron SUVs due to the risk of a battery fire. A company spokesman said that there was “a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring-harness glitch.”
Ford andVolkswagen AG announced plans to expand their global alliance in what may be a significant auto-industry shift. The goal is to create a new manufacturing standard. VW will invest $2.6 billion in an autonomous-vehicle startup, Argo AI, in which Ford has invested $1 billion.
In what may be a bit of a reversal, Ford has decided to use a mixed-material strategy to save weight on the 2020 Ford Explorer. Numerous material (high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, plastic) and process (heat treatment, forging, extruding, stretch bending, etc.) variations have been utilized.
Our sister publication Assembly reported that “BMW AG is leading a project called IDAM (Industrialization and Digitization of Additive) along with 11 partners that include the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, GKN Powder Metallurgy and the Technical University of Munich.
The Jominy end-quench test is used to measure the hardenability of a steel, which is a measure of the capacity of the steel to harden in depth under a given set of conditions. This article considers the basic concepts of hardenability and the Jominy test.
When you think of a wine cellar, you can picture the big barrels lining the floor. Oak, however, is not the only holding tank winemakers use. In fact, some wines cannot absorb the elements found in oak, so it’s steel to the rescue. Stainless steel was introduced to the wine industry in the 1950s for fermenting, aging and storage, and it is widely used today.
According to a report from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), U.S. steel mills have increased their steel production total by 6.8% for the year to date through mid-April compared with the same time period in 2018.