DBusiness Daily Update: WCC uses Mustang Mach-E to train future workforce, ELMS files patent application for EV security system design, and more

Washtenaw Community College is using a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E to prepare the workforce of the future. // Courtesy of WCC

Washtenaw Community College is using a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E to prepare the workforce of the future. // Courtesy of the WCC

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WCC uses Mustang Mach-E to train future workers

Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor is using a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E to prepare the workforce of the future.

The vehicle, acquired with Michigan State Perkins funding, will be integrated into WCC’s Advanced Transportation Center, which was founded in 2014 with a $ 10 million investment to train students and meet the needs of the transportation and mobility industries.

The Mach-E will provide hands-on cross-functional learning opportunities for next-generation electric vehicles (EV), including functional performance and range assessment; Diagnosis and maintenance of EV batteries, motors and powertrain controls, sensors and battery charging power; Cybersecurity coding to protect driver privacy and vehicle infotainment systems; and research into additive manufacturing processes for selected components to provide weight reduction recommendations that affect range.

The college coordinates the purpose of the vehicle with the activities of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT), a consortium of five Midwestern universities for research and product development on connected and automated vehicles. The WCC is the only community college that participates in CCAT with the University of Michigan, Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Akron, and Central State University.

“We are very excited to have one of the latest battery electric vehicles to train our students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Rose B. Bellanca, WCC president. “We have an average of 1,000 students enrolled in our mobility-related courses at any given point in time, and this is a big step in our quest to prepare a highly skilled workforce and fill a much-needed talent gap.”

The college will be exhibiting its Mach-E at this year’s Motor Bella Automobili-D Days September 21-22 at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. Motor Bella is this year’s bridge event to the North American International Auto Show, which normally takes place in Detroit.

ELMS files patent application for design of EV security systems

Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc. (ELMS) of Troy has patented a portion of its proprietary energy-absorbing front bumper impact protection system for electric vehicles.

The system with its honeycomb structure is intended to improve the safety of the vehicle and occupants as well as the stability of the battery in the event of a collision.

“This design, just part of our EV crash protection system, is a testament to our ability to develop and develop leading safety technologies specifically for commercial EVs,” said Praveen Cherian, vice president of engineering at ELMS. “Our most recent crash test with the design delivered positive results and we believe that we are on the right track to produce the Urban Delivery later this year.”

The design included in ELMS ‘preliminary patent application allows the hollow duct bumper, crash boxes, tubular supports and ring assembly to gradually crumple in a frontal impact to absorb and redirect energy to protect the occupant as well as the high voltage battery.

ELMS plans to conduct its next round of crash tests in August and intends to use the energy-absorbing design of the vehicle’s front body in Urban Delivery, which the company plans to bring to market later this year.

ELMS Urban Delivery is expected to be the first Class 1 commercial electric vehicle available in the U.S. and will be deployed at the company’s 675,000 square foot facility in Mishawaka, Ind.

Organic 3 in Southfield is being renamed to downsize small batch supplements

Organic 3, a nutritional supplement company based in Southfield, has renamed itself Smidge Small Batch Supplements and has launched a line of premium supplements that include probiotics, digestive enzymes, whole foods, and natural minerals.

The company, which has been in business as Organic 3 for more than 10 years, also rolled out a streamlined online shopping experience on GetSmidge.com.

“At Smidge, we believe that food is medicine, you are what you digest, and good nutrition is the root of wellbeing,” said Daniel Corrigan, co-owner of Smidge. “Our products complement a healthy diet instead of replacing it.

“As a brand, it is first and foremost important to us. Everyone at Smidge has a real, genuine concern about our customers’ wellbeing and their journey back to health. We can empathize with our customers who are struggling to regain their health because we went through it. At Smidge, we have dedicated our life’s work to helping our customers on their unique journey to healing and wellbeing. “

Smidge Small Batch Supplements makes the promise of better, cleaner, and proven nutritional supplements by returning to the minimalist basics of nutrition and a more holistic approach to health. As the name suggests, Smidge Small Batch Supplements are not mass-produced. Every Smidge dietary supplement is made with the utmost care and uses only the cleanest formulas, such as honest, high quality, real food ingredients that are clearly listed on the vitamin labels.

“We are meticulous so our customers don’t have to,” Corrigan adds. “You can be sure that you are getting the right product in the right dosage in its purest form. While we’re a nutritional supplement company, we don’t believe that everyone should be bringing nutritional supplements to market for every little problem. We take a more holistic approach. We care about the whole person and empower our customers to slowly regain their balance and heal themselves with small doses of essential nutrients, because a little bit makes a big difference. “

Bally Sports Detroit shows “The Other Boys of Summer” on Campus Martius

Bally Sports Detroit, the Detroit Tigers and Tumbleweed Pictures will present a free screening of “The Other Boys of Summer” on the outdoor screen of Campus Martius Park in Detroit on July 28th at 7:00 pm.

The event marks the start of the Tigers’ Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration in Comerica Park.

The Other Boys of Summer, produced by Lauren Meyer, is a documentary film that tells the story of segregation and civil rights in America through the eyes of Negro League baseball players.

The film is narrated by the actress Cicely Tyson.

More information can be found here.

Paul W. Smith Golf Classic schedule scheduled for August 2nd

The 18th Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, which will benefit a number of metropolitan Detroit charities that support approximately 55,000 Detroit youth, will be held on August 2nd at the Detroit Golf Club.

Considered one of the most successful fundraisers of its kind in Michigan, the event has raised more than $ 7.2 million to date, increasing the number of charities and children who benefit from the generosity of its supporters.

“Our nonprofits are still grappling with the challenges of COVID, but they have never given up on the families they serve,” says Smith. “In fact, the services our charities provide are more important than ever today. We are very grateful for the support we receive from our corporate community and from individual donors. Your active support helps our charities provide critical health and behavioral health services, sports and school enrichment programs, and medical and therapeutic services for children with special needs. “

News / Talk 760 WJR returns as the title sponsor. Tournament sponsor is Ford Motor Co. All presenting sponsors are returning, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy Foundation, General Motors Co., Lear Corp., Stellantis and Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

The company’s new supporters include Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Clements & Church, Howard & Howard Attorneys, ITC Holdings, Jeffery King Interiors, Michigan Medicine, National Electrical Contractors Association, Near Perfect Media, One Magnify, and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Beneficiaries include The Children’s Foundation, The Children’s Center, Variety, the Children’s Charity of Detroit, and Detroit PAL, the original charity.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Smith invites the public to support the nearly 55,000 youth cared for by these charities by joining Paul W’s Caring for Kids Club. Memberships start at less than $ 10 / month and are available here.

DesignConnect Planning Fundraising Gala September 10th

DesignConnect, a Detroit nonprofit nonprofit that provides Detroit students with career paths in creative design through experiential learning, mentoring, and financial support, is planning its Dress for 2050 Fundraising Gala on September 10th at the Taubman Center of the Center for Creative Studies.

Sponsored by CCCS, the annual gala will highlight fashion design. Guests are encouraged to impress in their most futuristic and imaginative fashion. Hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and cocktails are served during a stroll. The gala includes a fashion competition, dance, auctions, raffles and live performances.

Various sponsorship levels are available from $ 500 to $ 10,000. Visit here for more information.

In addition, DesignConnect is holding the award ceremony for the “Design Our Future” competition on August 28 at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit. This year’s competition focuses on designs that promote human connection and improve mental wellbeing. It is sponsored by the DTE Beacon Park Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.


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