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The Electric Vehicle Battery and Circular Economy Observations

The Electric Vehicle Battery and Circular Economy Observations Recycling, Jobs, R&D & Scope 3 Carbon Emissions The concept of a circular economy for Lithium-Ion batteries (LiBs), along with its drivers, barriers and enablers has been studied recently (NREL 2021) with a view to inform public policy at the federal, state,…

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Analog AM Band Interference in Electric Vehicles

There is an effort in the US Congress to require automakers to maintain AM radio in all vehicles, including new electric vehicles (EVs). However, the nature of EVs and their operating conditions, including acceleration and deceleration, pose a challenge to ensuring electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) with the analog AM band radio….

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Economic Contribution Study of Hyundai Motor America’s U.S. Operations

The purpose of this study is to estimate Hyundai Motor America’s (HMA’s) and its independent dealer network’s employment and economic contribution to the United States and the economies of the seven states in which HMA and HMA dealer networks have significant automotive footprints. This study also estimates the economic contribution…

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Escalating Need for Auto Supply Chain Action to Align with Paris and Limit Warming to 1.5*C

While sustainability in the automotive industry is not new, it is becoming an increasingly vital part of doing business for many. In recent years, the industry has been coping with supply chain disruptions resulting from the pandemic and ongoing parts and semiconductor shortages. However, amid these enduring challenges, sustainability has…

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Assessment of Costs Associated with the Implementation of the Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 2022-14214), CFR Part 463

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a proposed Motor Vehicle Dealers Trade Regulation Rule (16 C.F.R. § 463) (“Trade Rule”) on July 13, 2022. In the Trade Rule, the FTC solicited “comments from the public to improve [benefit or cost] estimates before the promulgation of any final Rule.” In response…

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State of ADAS, Automation, and Connectivity

Vehicles are currently in a new stage of evolution that includes advanced driver assist, connectivity, and automation. Due to the evolving nature of the technology and shifting consumer preferences, the timing and pathway for implementation of these technologies is still uncertain. While these new technologies are still evolving, an understanding…

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The Inflation Reduction Act: Clean Vehicle Credits

On August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 into law. The law will, among many things, allocate nearly $370 billion to climate and energy-focused investments and incentives. The IRA resulted from a hard-fought effort that created a complex regulation. One of the many things the…

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From Internal Combustion to Battery Electric Vehicles: Enabling Digital Manufacturing – Whitepaper

Today’s automotive industry faces a historical shift from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to battery electric vehicles (BEV). This shift is profound, dramatically altering the structure of the automotive value chain and the vehicle manufacturing process. This conversion occurs as the industry undergoes a digital transformation. The ICE to BEV…

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Digital Transformation and Its Impact on Quality Assurance Whitepaper

The conversion brought forth by digital transformation and advanced technologies has made a tremendous impact on the way manufacturers process and manage their organizations. While the strategies of agile and modern management systems, specifically quality management, are the result of digital conversion, there is still limited understanding and unclear identification…

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Data driven digital platforms for automotive transformation – Whitepaper

It is almost cliché that the automotive industry is undergoing transformational change. Perhaps not since the Model T first revolutionized the industry has so much change come so quickly. Driving this evolution is the unstoppable momentum of a Connected, Automated, Shared, and Electrified (CASE) driven digital transformation, which is upending…

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