March 15, 2021
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VW rolls out electrification plans
Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen)
Volkswagen announced plans during its Power Day event to build a half-dozen battery cell factories for electric vehicles in Europe by 2030, with the first factory slated to open in 2023. As part of its pursuit of Tesla, VW also expects to have 3,500 fast-charging points in North America by the end of this year, and 18,000 in Europe and 17,000 in China by 2025.
Full Story: Reuters (3/15) 
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Kettering University AutoDrive wins Mid Michigan SAE Collegiate Cup
Kettering's AutoDrive team takes Collegiate Cup for season recap review. Kettering University is one of eight universities in North America advancing automated driving through the AutoDrive competition. Read the full story here.
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Aerospace
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday from Florida, and the reusable rocket landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket delivered a payload of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit.
Full Story: Space (3/14) 
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Automotive
Several electric vehicle startups are raising funds through special-purpose acquisition companies as the future looks bright for EVs. "We believe this is an inflection point for rapid adoption of millions of electric vehicles," said Avinash Rugoobur, president of Arrival, a manufacturer of electric buses and delivery vans.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (3/15) 
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Martin Berger, in charge of Mahle's Tier 1 corporate research and advanced engineering, said the internal combustion engine will be around for several more decades despite electrification efforts. "We have to have more than just one path, be it battery electric propulsion, be it fuel cell or be it hydrogen, and alternative fuels in the combustion engine," Berger said.
Full Story: SAE International (3/15) 
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Heavy Duty / Commercial Vehicle
OX developed a flat-pack truck that can be assembled by customers upon delivery. OX is now developing an electric vehicle based on the same concept, according to CEO Simon Davis, which could make mobility-as-a-service more affordable.
Full Story: InsideEVs (3/15) 
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Regulations & Standards
New Hampshire became the first state to make flying cars legal to drive on roadways last year with House Bill 1182, also known as the Jetsons Bill, which could pave the way for companies to test the technology in the state. However, manufacturers of flying cars are facing obstacles, as Terrafugia laid off almost half its work force in February.
Full Story: Bloomberg (3/12) 
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Smart Cities
Calif. focuses on sustainable, equitable transportation
(Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
The California State Transportation Agency has developed a new policy framework for its transportation investment that includes social and racial equity and broad community benefit. The investments will support infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and zero-emissions vehicles as well as a statewide network for transit and rail.
Full Story: Streetsblog (3/12) 
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Are you ready for it?
As 5G continues its rollout in the US, experts are looking to the future with 6G, writes Aalyia Shaukat. 6G will offer "near-instant connectivity" and enable things like "holographic media, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), smart wearables, autonomous vehicles, commuting reality devices, sensing and 3D mapping," Shaukat writes.
Full Story: Electronics360 (3/15) 
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SAE News
The Brake Colloquium (BRAKE) is integrating online and in-person components as it pivots to a hybrid event in 2021. In doing so, BRAKE provides the opportunity for you to present, if accepted, in-person in Orlando, Oct. 17 to 20, or via a pre-recorded presentation as part of a digital event component. Submit your paper today. Abstract deadline extended to March 31!
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You can help increase access for ALL students to hands-on STEM learning experiences that develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in future careers. Celebrate Pi Day and the SAE Foundation's 35th anniversary by making a gift on March 15. Your dollars will make twice the impact thanks to the generous support of our matching donors at Schaeffler America!
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