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Driverless Cars: They’ll Be Here Sooner than You Think

September 17th, 2013 No comments

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? Read more…

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Copper Fuels Ford Motor Company’s Solution to Gasoline Prices

June 14th, 2013 No comments

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. 

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A second interview with Pete Savagian, General Director, Electrification/Electric Drive Systems, General Motors

April 12th, 2013 No comments

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.

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2013 Nissan Leaf unveiled at the North American International Auto Show

April 4th, 2013 No comments

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.

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A 2013 Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR Showcase

March 18th, 2013 No comments

 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.  Read more…

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U.S. Army Opens State-of-the-Art Lab Complex to Test Ground Vehicles (Part 2)

January 30th, 2013 No comments

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

If you’re not an auto industry insider, you might not know that the U.S. Army is just as concerned about fuel costs than the average consumer – and maybe even more so. They not only worry about improving fuel efficiency with the tanks and trucks used in the battlefield. They know that the saved energy cuts down on combat risk. Read more…

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