Here's a presentation compiled by Al Steier of Munro & Associates and John Scott-Thomas of TechInsights that walks you through what they found during their analysis of the Chevy Volt's charge/powertrain system:
TROY, Mich. — Ever seen a car come apart really fast? Check out our time-lapse video of the Chevy Volt teardown we did several weeks ago here. More design resources It took three days, but the video shortens it to a few crazy minutes and makes Munro & Associates Al Steier look like he's working on barrels of coffee! I
What’s more fun than driving a Chevy Volt? Tearing one apart! That’s what we’re going to do next week in Michigan as we build toward another new phase of the Drive for Innovation: analyzing the Volt’s inside down to the pc-board level. (Here's a link to the YouTube page where we're posting outtakes from the teardown). We’re gathering in Troy,
By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Drive For Innovation Last week we took a high-level look at the Chevy Volt’s drivetrain, which turned out to be one area where engineering and marketing weren’t quite in sync. This time let’s take a deeper dive into just how the motor and engine actually do sync up. The Volt is based on GM’s
Innovation rests on innovation. In our earlier segment with TE Connectivity’s Adam Tyler, he described the company’s new HVA 280 connector and its automotive-electronics application. The HVA 280, prompted by the Chevy Volt design, was built thanks to the lessons of the TE Connectivity’s earlier HVA 400 series, Tyler said. More design resources That device was an inline connector designed
(Odometer: 2,485 miles) TROY, Mich.–When it comes to automotive design and connectors (and especially in the era of high-voltage electronics), it's all about "redundancy on top of redundancy," says Adam Tyler, development engineer at TE Connectivity's Automotive Alternative Power Systems Development Group (Troy, Mich.). (TE was formerly Tyco Electronics). It's particularly true today as we sit on the edge of
(Odometer: 587 miles) VIRDEN, Ill.–Kevin Smith, in our earlier video and post, walked us through the Illuminati 7′s interior and exterior design, and then we got to roar out onto the highway. We also had him give us a tour of the vehicle’s engine, a beautiful creation with Frankensteinian accents (parts from a Fiero, a Geo Metro and so on).
LISLE, Ill.–Some of the most important but generally overlooked components in any modern vehicle are connectors. We pulled up to the headquarters of Molex in Lisle, Ill., where the heat index was 105 at 10 a.m., to get a few minutes from Brian Krause, vice president of marketing and communications. It was our first stop where someone had components in