Automotive

  • The Future is Now – Google Introduces the Self-Driving Project July 3, 2014

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association Vice President OEM

    Imagine a car with no steering wheel. You get in, sit back, relax and you’re on your way, safely to your destination. You won’t be gritting your teeth in traffic jams or worried about your teen texting and driving. Check out Google’s new self-driving prototype and see a glimpse into our future.

  • EVs Will Soon Power the Grid May 23, 2014

    By Bob Weed Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President OEM

    The buzz about EVs is only getting greater as people discover the benefits of driving one.  In a new and exciting twist, we’re now seeing more opportunities for EV drivers to  provide power to the electrical grid.

  • Mobility of the Future: The Adoption of New Motor Technologies April 18, 2014

    By Bob Weed Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    Dr. Peter Phleps of BMW’s Institute for Mobility Research describes himself as an “optimist,” but believes that in industrial countries the period of strong passenger car growth is over.  In addition to economic factors, explanations for this trend point to demographic development or increasing multi-modal mobility patterns of young adults. 

  • 2014 North American International Auto Show January 21, 2014

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President OEM

    The Industry Preview Days for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) had everything a car enthusiast could want: shiny new vehicles, company executives, attractive and knowledgeable spokes-models and even the Vice President Biden. Although it is fun to sit in and talk about the display cars, paint, chrome and engines will not be the factors affecting the copper industry. Instead, some definite trends emerged which could have a major impact on copper in the automotive industry.

  • Charging Your EV – It’s not as Hard as you Think December 12, 2013

    By John Hipchen Technical Marketing Consultant, Excel Consulting Group, Palatine, IL

    I’ve had my Nissan Leaf for nearly two years now (33,000 miles) – and I’ve never been in a situation where my battery has run out of juice. People who are unsure about buying an EV talk about “range anxiety” and worry they’ll be stranded far from a charging station with a dead battery. For me, those worries went away soon after I started driving the Leaf.

  • Coppertalk Joins in Celebration of National Plug In Day October 14, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President OEM

    An electrifying event:  98 cities participate along with several international locations

  • EV Charging Infrastructure Conference September 27, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    I had the pleasure of hearing Brian Wynne, President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) provide the keynote address at the EV Charging Infrastructure Conference in Novi, Michigan.

  • Fasten Your Seat Belts – National Plug-In Day Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 September 25, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President OEM

    Could electric cars someday trump football in popularity? You may be shaking your head, but take a break from watching America’s favorite fall sport this weekend to celebrate the growth in electric vehicles on National Plug-In Day, Sunday, Sept. 29. 

  • Car Conversation: Why I Love My Nissan Leaf September 17, 2013

    By John Hipchen, Technical Marketing Consultant, Excel Consulting Group, Palatine, IL

    I’ve owned my Nissan Leaf for over a year now and I had the pleasure of talking to Chicago Tribune writer Robert Duffer about it for his “Car Stories” series.

    Read more here.

  • Driverless Cars: They’ll Be Here Sooner than You Think September 17, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    Copper will show them the way.

    What if we could prevent careless accidents by distracted drivers? Or we could direct our cars to find their own parking spaces? Ever thought about closing your eyes and listening to music rather than fuming during a traffic jam?

  • An interview with John Yurtin, manager of data connectivity programs for Delphi Electrical/Electronic Architecture July 11, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    I interviewed John Yurtin, manager of data connectivity programs for Delphi Electrical/Electronic Architecture at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit.

  • Copper Fuels Ford Motor Company’s Solution to Gasoline Prices June 14, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    Ford Motor Company continues its commitment to producing fuel-efficient vehicles.  I had the opportunity to learn more about the new Ford Focus Electric, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid in addition to Ford plug-in hybrids – the Ford C-MAX Energi and the Ford Fusion Energi. 

  • A second interview with Pete Savagian, General Director, Electrification/Electric Drive Systems, General Motors April 12, 2013

    By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President and OEM

    Pete Savagian describes the Chevy Volt technologies, specifically the “Hold Mode” and its capabilities as an “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” or “E-REV.”  Pete also talks about some of the engineering issues that GM had to overcome to optimize the Chevy Volt powertrain for E-REV.

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf unveiled at the North American International Auto Show April 4, 2013

    By John Hipchen, Technical Marketing Consultant, Excel Consulting Group, Palatine, IL

    The 2013 Nissan Leaf has new features to expedite quicker, more efficient charging – powered with help from copper.  My video interview with Nissan’s Marketing Representative at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, profiles the Leaf’s latest advancements currently on the road.

  • A 2013 Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR Showcase March 18, 2013

     By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association Vice President, OEM

    It’s exciting to see innovation in action at the U.S. Auto Shows, particularly understanding the essential role played by copper in EV technology advancements.