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    July 2022

    Guide to Battery, Electrification, and Mobility Advances
    This report provides content and insight on electric vehicles, battery production, charging and the evolving global electric mobility market.
      Topics Include:
    • Battery Improvements for Longer Driving Ranges
    • Simulation for Battery Development
    • Venting for EV Battery Packs
    • Adhesives for EV Electronics
    • Aluminum for EV Battery Enclosures
    • Battery Adhesives
    • Reducing EV charging time with Ultra-Fast Carbon Electrode (UFCE)
    • The Last Two ICE-Vehicle Cycles through 2035
    How Electrification Is Changing Testing in R&D
    As the automotive and transportation industry shift from internal combustion to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Research and Development (R&D) personnel are facing major changes to how they perform their testing. The report provides information on the new test protocols as well as the following topics:
    • Considerations for powertrain, environmental and thermal, noise and vibration, and EMC testing
    • C.C. & R: The testing challenges, constraints, and risks inherent in this industry shift
    • Recommendations for planning, designing, and building test facilities for batteries, electric-motors, components, and BEVs
    Women Techs – Solving the Tech Shortage
    Businesses in all sectors of the transportation industry urgently need more technicians and hiring more women technicians could help solve the crisis. This report provides action items for employers and suggestions from women technicians working in automotive, aviation and other segments of the transportation industry ranging in age from 19 to 59 years old.

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    June 2022

    The Future of Electric Vehicles and Material Resources: A Foresight Brief
    Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require a rapid reduction of emissions from the transport sector, which is responsible for almost a quarter of direct greenhouse gas emissions.
    1. Electrifying transport systems will be a crucial step in the process, in which electric vehicles (EVs) will play an important role.
    2. Recent technological advancements offer an opportunity to replace fossil fuels by electric systems in all transport sectors - including air transport.
    The electrification of road transport has already begun, which has been led by the continual development of electric cars. Electric buses and trucks - as well as other EVs, such as two-and three-wheelers - are following. After years of doubt and uncertainty, EVs have begun competing commercially with internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs).
    Standing General Order on Crash Reporting for Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
    In June 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Standing General Order (the General Order) requiring identified manufacturers and operators to report certain crashes involving vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). These vehicles (referred to as Level 2 ADAS equipped vehicles) provide both speed and steering input when the driver assistance system is engaged but require the human driver to remain fully engaged in the driving task at all times. This report provides observations from crashes of Level 2 ADAS-equipped vehicles using data through May 15, 2022.
    Standing General Order on Crash Reporting for Level 3 - 5 Automated Driving Systems
    In June 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Standing General Order (the General Order) requiring identified manufacturers and operators to report certain crashes involving vehicles equipped with SAE Levels 3 through 5 Automated Driving Systems (ADS). Although ADS vehicles are currently still in development, once mature, they will be capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task under defined operating conditions and will not require a human driver to monitor and supervise the automation system. This report provides observations from crashes of ADS equipped vehicles using data through May 15, 2022.

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    May 2022

    Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living - EVs4ALL Program
    Through the DoE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the department is launching the Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program to develop more affordable, convenient, efficient and resilient batteries. $45 million in funding has been allocated to support the domestic development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. The project supports the goal to have electric vehicles make up half of all vehicles sales in the United States by 2030.
    EVs and Smart Manufacturing - A Metamorphic Automotive Shift
    Trends in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing is changing in North America as-a-result of supply chain issues and consumer demand. This whitepaper explores how manufacturers are reacting to the technical challenges and prepare to deliver an increasing portfolio of EVs over the next five years.
    Most Electric Vehicles are Cheaper to Own Off the Lot than Gas Cars
    Research finds that in most states, new electric vehicles (EVs) are cheaper to own than gasoline-powered vehicles on a monthly-basis. These savings are contingent on extending the existing federal EV tax credit, which could make EV ownership cost effective for Americans looking to purchase a new car.

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    April 2022

    Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2024-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks
    Strong fuel economy standards can strengthen U.S. energy independence and may help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Since Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) was signed into law in 1975, the standards have reduced American oil consumption by 25%, or approximately 5 million barrels a day.
    The new CAFE standards for model year 2024-2026 will require fleet average of 49 mpg by 2026, may save consumers money, advance U.S. energy independence and encourage automakers to invest in electric vehicle technology.
    Michigan Revolution for Electrification of Vehicles (MiREV)
    The Michigan Revolution for Electrification of Vehicles (MiREV) has been created to prepare the state's workforce for the new jobs in Michigan's electric vehicles and mobility sector.
    This flyer describes the effort of MiREV to partner employers, institutes of higher education (IHE), and workforce development to create educational programs that provide specific knowledge and skills for the automotive mobility and electrification industry.
    Monitoring Electric Power
    Electric power grids and electric vehicles need to be monitored for extended periods of time in-order to understand their power requirements and plan for sustainable usage.
    This whitepaper presents a real-life example of tests that monitored an electric vehicle for five days to determine why the motor had been failing. The test engineers utilized Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer's (HBK) power analyzer and perception software to acquire data that was used to identify the problem and determine the cause of the motor failure.

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    March 2022

    Can Cars Gesture
    A virtual reality experience tested pedestrians' reactions to a variety of autonomous vehicle (AV) signaling motions, such as braking earlier or stopping well short of the pedestrian. This study reports the impact of an AV's expressive stopping actions on a pedestrian's decision to cross the road in front of an AV.
    The Evolution of ADAS
    Growing interest from both consumers and safety regulators is driving a surge in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) adoption across all vehicle classes. This report identifies three key challenges that the automotive industry must address to gain consumer acceptance of new ADAS systems.
    Fundamentals of Lidar Technologies - Curriculum Module
    The use of Lidars in self-driving cars is likely to be the first widespread commercial application of Lidar. Because Lidar performs well in harsh environmental and light conditions, it can be used in day time as well as during the night. It is expected that Lidar will be integrated into intersections to monitor traffic, security systems to protect property, and many other applications.
    This entry-level curriculum module can be included in courses in photonics, electronics, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, robotics, micro- and nanotechnology, and others.
    Occupant Protection for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a first-of-its-kind final rule to ensure occupant safety in automated vehicles. It updates the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to account for vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls, including steering wheels.
    The rule clarifies that, despite their innovative designs, vehicles with automated driving systems must continue to provide the same high levels of occupant protection as current passenger vehicles.

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    February 2022

    Electric Vehicles & Hybrid Technology - Course
    This course provides the core components of electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle propulsion technology that will help to expand the knowledge of a traditional automotive technician. It will give an in-depth look at the hybrid vehicle components including engine construction and operation, battery packs, power inverters, transaxles, and other electric propulsion systems.
    The Global Automotive and Mobility Industry MSU-CIBER
    This presentation reports on the services provided by The International Business Center that assist businesses, policy makers, academia and students on international business and trade in support of Michigan's automotive industry. The impact of COVID-19 on the global automotive market is illuminated and the opportunities for Michigan automakers based on mobility trends in connected and electrified vehicles.

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