Industry Analyst -- Propulsion and Technology
Bob covers Propulsion & Technology: Engines, transmissions and drivetrains and related electrified systems such as electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles.
Latest From Bob Gritzinger
Ford takes the next step toward electrification by building its electric motors in-house. The automaker says its Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center will produce an electric motor every 75 seconds starting this summer.
Jaguar Land Rover is mapping an aggressive path to electrification, but while Jaguar goes 100% electric by mid-decade, the automaker acknowledges internal-combustion engines will be part of Land Rover’s powertrain arsenal for years to come.
Can Achates’ opposed-piston engine design finally make the grade? Engineering firm Ricardo thinks so and is working with Achates Power to bring the engine into production by mid-decade.
In their spare time, a cadre of Toyota engineers modifies an AWD Prius into a rally car, taking the hybrid and its quietly efficient high-mileage powertrain to a completely unexpected level of capability.
Cummins and Tula combine forces to demonstrate the merits of applying cylinder-deactivation technology to diesel engines.
Japanese small-motor supplier Nidec is ramping up its production capabilities to supply the burgeoning global electric-vehicle market. The company’s objective is to achieve a 40%-45% share of the global EV motor market by 2030.