Automotive Engineering - April 2023 - 2

CONTENTS
FEATURES
18 Steer-by-wire stars on the new
Lexus RZ 450e COVER STORY
Lexus' first BEV arrives with innovative touches, dual-axle
propulsion and less-than-spectacular range.
24 Rethinking the grid for EVs EV CHARGING
Interoperability and 'smart' energy management are vital for
meeting EV charging demand.
26 Designing for 200 BMEP and
22,000 RPM HONDA GP ENGINE LEARNINGS
How Honda's Grand Prix motorcycle program in the 1960s created
the world's most-advanced IC engines.
32 Spelling Ford with an 'e' LEADERSHIP
Ford Motor Co.'s new Model e team aims to transform the 120-yearold
auto giant. Meet some of its new technology leaders.
35 Chamber made to protect
EV batteries EV BATTERY TESTING
With the ACS Dust Chamber, testing to ISO 20653 helps ensure EV
battery housing designs will keep out dust and small particulates.
ON THE COVER
The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e, the first production EV for Toyota's luxury
brand, has been engineered to offer true by-wire steering control, with
no mechanical backup - as well as a yoke to replace a conventional
round steering wheel. Drives of the RZ 450e in France demonstrated
the system is well-executed and pleasing to use, enhancing the
vehicle's responsive driving dynamics. (Cover images: Lexus)
REGULARS
4 Editorial: Sunset for the American V8
5 Supplier Eye
The great migration of light-vehicle production
8 Technology Report
8 SAE launches new standards doc to rate
power of electrified vehicles | STANDARDS
10 Tesla reveals new cost-cutting, manufacturing
strategies, but no Model 2 | MANUFACTURING
11 Transforming the vehicle into a microphone |
SENSORS
13 Snapdragon Ride Flex puts safety,
infotainment onto single chip | SOFTWARE
14 Road Ready
14 Toyota stretches SUV lineup with world debut
of Grand Highlander
39 Product Briefs
Spotlight: Propulsion Simulation; Analysis Tools
41 Reader Feedback
42 Q&A
Discussing the fuel-cell future with Rob Del Core,
general manager at Symbio, the Faurecia-Michelin
joint venture aimed at fuel-cell stack and systems
development.
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