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Fresh air for the passenger experience

When considering environmental factors in commercial aerospace, the most familiar themes focus on the reduction of emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. These design factors are interlinked and present a ...

The Cost of Electrification

There isn’t a single automaker in the world who believes it can earn profit from electric cars in the short term. The reason is the high cost of batteries that are needed to give the range drivers expect. In ...

The aircraft of the future: How electrifying will they be?

As mobility’s industry revolution on the ground captures all the press—electric and fuel-cell vehicles, driverless cars, etc.—it should not be a surprise that the aerospace industry’s drawing boards are full ...

Global harmonization of emissions standards: a (tail) pipe dream?

The world’s mobility engineers are responsible for an amazing success story over the past 200 or so years. From 1800 to 2000, while the world’s population grew six-fold and global GDP grew one-hundred-fold, ...

Alternative Powertrains – Back to a Future of Many Choices

It was not that long ago that we grew up knowing only one type of automobile – one powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). But that was not always the case. At the beginning of the 20th century, when ...

Powering the More-Electric Aircraft

It is theorized that systems and equipment for an All Electric Aircraft (AEA) will be developed 20 years hence as a More-Electric Aircraft (MEA) with no bleed system, which is a concept typified by the Boeing 787, ...

Aerospace Applications for Off-Highway Engines

It’s 2016, and EPA Tier 4 Final is firmly in the rearview mirror. So we can all relax, breathe a big sigh of relief and never worry about increasing emissions standards ever again. Right? I can hear your “yeah, ...

Personal Mobility in the Era of Megacities and Supercities

In the 1950s, around 30% of the world’s population lived in urban centers. In countries like India today, that is still largely the case. But as we approach 2050, the UN projects that some 70% of the entire ...

Debunking Electric Vehicle Myths

Panelists of the “Why it’s likely that there will be an electrified vehicle in your future?” session at the SAE 2016 World Congress (our largest global automotive event) discussed the influence of ...

48 V Mild Hybrids Dominate

The consensus of global forecasts suggests that 48 V mild hybrids will soon come to dominate the market. In fact, due to tightening vehicle efficiency and emissions regulations and increasing demand for onboard ...