Electric Vehicle Transmission in Development

An Italian driveline specialty company, Oerlikon Graziano, is working with British control systems specialist Vocis, on a transmission that could make a significant impact on electric vehicle range and performance, as well as allowing for a reduction in battery pack size. Prototypes of the novel, multi-speed transmission for electric vehicles (EVs) have begun on-road testing…

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Chrysler Takes Lead in Gear Wars

With the announcement that the new 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan will be outfitted with ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions, the company takes the lead in transmission technology for domestic sedans. ?With its state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 represents the pride and determination of our engineers to give our customers the quality and…

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Ford Adds 3-Cylinder Engine & 8-Spd. Transmission

Ford is expanding its fuel-efficient EcoBoost? portfolio with the addition of a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Engineers at Ford?s Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K. began designing the new EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine long before the current spike in fuel prices pushed the cost of a gallon of gas over $4….

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Test Drive: 2011 Scion TC

The only new car I?d buy. I drive a lot of new cars and over the last several years I have become numb to seeing $40,000+ price tags on cars. A couple years ago if you had showed me anything outside of a Porsche 911 with an MSRP more than $50,000 I would have laughed…

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