22
Nov
2012

Truck technology is in transition


Many advances in heavy commercial vehicles may significantly improve fuel efficiency but require, on the one hand, some five to ten years before implementation. On the other hand, adaptation of road traffic regulations is required to get many of the new improvement technologies on the road.

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16
Jul
2012

From aftermarket to original equipment! – The OES market for C-parts


The aftermarket business has long been recognized by major vehicle manufacturers as offering important sales potential and in particular a source of earnings.

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02
Mar
2012

Old wine in new skins - what is special about the concept of the 48 Volt-vehicle electric system?


The expert conference of the VDI about “Electrics and Electronics in the Vehicle” in November 2011 left the participants at least with one big surprise: A representative of a vehicle manufacturer introduced the basic concept of a 48 volt-electric system in a passenger car. Preceding this presentation was an appeal of five vehicle manufacturers in July last year in Ludwigsburg, when automotive suppliers were requested to actively develop components for 48 volt-vehicle electric systems. Participants being familiar with the matter have seen a parallel to the discussion about a 42 volt-vehicle electric system at the end of the last decade, which went lost because of the high prices of the components.

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