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Automotive powertrain expert witness candidates typically have expertise and backgrounds in mechanical engineering and/or automotive engineering. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation is often called upon to locate an expert witness to support automotive industry matters including cases involving powertrain technology.

In a motor vehicle, the powertrain system includes the engine, transmission, driveshaft, differential, and the final drive. A vehicle’s drivetrain consists of all the components of the powertrain, excluding the engine. The powertrain market, according to NADA, is still dominated by gasoline vehicles at over 93%, followed by diesel, hybrid, electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is predicted that electric vehicles, including trucks and buses, will continue to have significant market growth. As examples, Cahn Litigation Services has dealt with powertrain matters involving all types of passenger vehicles, heavy duty trucks, military equipment, construction vehicles, and electric vehicle design.

Often, matters requiring drivetrain expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A specialist in powertrain technology might also provide testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving vehicle failure analysis, or be called upon as an accident reconstruction expert.

Litigation support by an automotive expert could include damage analysis, reverse engineering, accident reconstruction, expert reports, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a qualified expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an automotive industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Powertrain experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Powertrain landscape.