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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Catesby Tunnel officially joins CAM Testbed UK
    The 2.7km Catesby Tunnel has officially joined CAM Testbed UK, a global centre for the innovation and development of connected and self-driving vehicle technologies. In collaboration with Catesby Projects, the official worldwide resellers of Catesby Tunnel, this one-of-its-kind facility will become the sixth test facility to join the network, according to a press release on May 20. Catesby Tunnel boasts ideal conditions for all kinds of vehicle testing, combining high levels of repeatability ...
    Nikola partners with AiLO for decarbonization of trucking industry
    In a press release dated May 21, Nikola announced that it has received an order for 100 hydrogen fuel-cell electric trucks from AiLO Logistics, a major drayage carrier operating in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Deliveries of the trucks are expected to start in 2025. “Nikola trucks are on the road today, and the biggest test of our trucks is measured by our customers and their repeat orders. Having a prominent and mission-driven customer in AiLO not only purchase trucks for 2024 b...
    VTRL installs 47 high-power charging stations for electric trucks in California
    Velocity Truck Rental and Leasing (VTRL), a division of Velocity Vehicle Group, has installed 47 high-power charging stations for electric trucks at four strategic dealer locations across Southern California, the company announced on May 13. Scheduled to be fully operational in May 2024, the high-power EV chargers have been installed at VTRL facilities in Rancho Dominguez (17), Fontana (14), the City of Industry (14) and San Diego (2). The company said that this significant investment is p...
    Murata obtains ISO 26262 certification for functional safety in automotive applications
    Murata Manufacturing obtained the ISO 26262 development process certification for Functional Safety Automotive ISO 26262 from the German third-party certifier SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH in February. The official certification ceremony took place May 21 at the company’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, as reported in a press release May 21.  This certification validates that Murata’s development process for hardware and software, as well as systems integrating them, complies with Automotive Safe...
    GM, LGES to offer $150 million in settlement to Chevrolet Bolt EV owners for faulty batteries
    General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solution (LGES) have reached a settlement with Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle owners for faulty batteries, according to a Reuters report dated May 17. GM and LGES will establish a $150 million fund to compensate Bolt EV owners who have been impacted by defective batteries. "GM, LG Energy Solution and LG Electronics have agreed to a settlement with plaintiffs to resolve class action litigation related to the Bolt EV battery recall," GM said in an emailed stateme...
    Nio’s EV battery-swapping network reaches 800 stations along highways in mainland China
    Shanghai-based electric-car maker Nio’s electric vehicle battery-swap network has reached 800 swap stations along the highways in mainland China, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 20. Citing an announcement from Nio, the report said that the EV maker added two new battery-swap stations along the highways, bringing the total number of such stations to 800. It further said that of the 800 battery-swap stations, 675 are located at highway service areas and another 125 ...
    Chinese EV company Aiways plans to exit mainland China, move to Germany
    Mainland China-based electric carmaker Aiways plans to officially exit the world’s largest electric vehicle market and focus on Europe, according to a news report published by Autocar on May 14. The report said that Aiways plans to expand its European headquarters in Germany as it looks to introduce a new entry-level crossover for Europe. Citing unnamed sources aware of Aiways’ plans, the report mentioned that major change in the EV maker’s global operations strategy comes as it gear...
    Battery technology startup Bedrock Materials raises $9 million in seed funding
    US battery technology startup Bedrock Materials, which was launched out of Stanford University in 2023, has raised $9 million in seed funding alongside the inauguration of its new research and development headquarters in Chicago, the company announced May 16. The $9 million seed-financing round was led by Trucks Venture Capital, Refactor Capital and Version One Ventures. Additional investment was provided by Hanover Technology Investment Management, SpaceCadet Ventures, Brainstorm C...
    X-Fab enhances 180 nanometer automotive-grade high-voltage CMOS foundry solution
    X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (X-Fab), an analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, has introduced updates to its XP018 high-voltage complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication platform. The platform now includes new 40-V and 60-V high-voltage primitive devices that offer an extended safe operating area (SOA) for improved operational robustness, as reported in a press release on May 16. These second-generation devices also boast a significant reduction in RDSon figures, up t...
    Inceptio’s autonomous fleet reaches 100 million kilometers on commercial routes
    Inceptio Technology, a developer of autonomous driving technologies for heavy-duty trucks, has announced that trucks equipped with the Inceptio Autonomous Driving System, featuring Truck Navigate-on-Autopilot (T-NOA) capabilities, have collectively traveled more than 100 million km in safe commercial operations, according to a press release on May 9. The successful deployment of Level 3 and Level 2+ autonomous heavy-duty trucks across various sectors, including express delivery, less-than-tru...
    Marquardt to focus on human-machine interfaces and hologram systems development
    According to a press release on May 14, Marquardt announced that it has registered almost 100 new patents and property rights in the 2023 financial year. The company's focus has been on creating human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that cater to the growing demand for autonomous vehicles with a new operating architecture. This move aligns with the ongoing technological shift toward autonomous cars. Marquardt is also actively working on the development of hologram systems that enhance perception wi...
    Rheinmetall receives $8.3 million subsidies for hydrogen, electrification tech development
    German supplier Rheinmetall has received about €7.7 million in subsidies from the German federal government and the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state, Germany, for the development of innovative hydrogen and electrification products and solutions. The aim of these projects, launched in collaboration with various industry and science partners, is to enhance hydrogen's competitiveness as a cutting-edge technology and expedite sustainable mobility. The H2.MODUS funding project will be given ...
    Hyundai, Aptiv complete ownership restructuring in Motional
    Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) have successfully completed the previously announced ownership restructuring of their autonomous driving joint venture company, Motional, the US-based supplier said in a press release on May 16. As part of this restructuring, Aptiv sold an 11% common equity interest in Motional to Hyundai for approximately $448 million in cash. Additionally, Aptiv converted about 21% of its common equity in Motional into an equal number of preferred shares. Following Hyunda...
    Tier IV to launch autonomous ride-hailing business in Tokyo in November 2024
    As reported in a press release on May 19, Tier IV, a developer of open-source software for autonomous driving systems, is preparing to launch an innovative robo-taxi service in November 2024. The service will initially focus on areas and times that traditional taxi operators struggle to cover, starting with proof of concept (PoC) tests in Tokyo Bay's Odaiba area. The company aims to gradually expand its coverage to major districts in Tokyo by 2025 and eventually encompass the entire metropolitan...
    Xiaomi EV plans to expand production of its electric sedan SU7
    Xiaomi EV, the EV division of Chinese consumer electronics giant Xiaomi, plans to expand the production of its recently launched electric sedan — the SU7 — as the company struggles to meet demand, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on May 15. Citing a local media outlet Cailian, the report mentioned that Xiaomi EV's Beijing-based car manufacturing plant is scheduled to add a second shift in June, increasing production operations from 8 hours to 16 hours a day. The report ...
    EVgo to integrate North American Charging Standard connectors in its fast-charging network
    EVgo Inc., one of American's largest public fast- charging networks for electric vehicles, has announced plans to install North Americann Charging Standard (NACS) connectors on its fast-charging network later this year, which are currently being standardized as SAE J3400. The company will serve both Combined Charging System (CCS) and NACS vehicles at its stations, starting in markets with high NACS vehicle penetration to maximize charger use. EVgo's network usage rose from around 9% in first qua...
    Honda outlines investment and development strategy for electrification
    In a press briefing May 16, Honda outlined its investment and technology development strategy for this decade. The automaker said the mid-2020s will be the transitional period, from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles, emphasizing its flexibility in responding to changes in demand, business environment and the need to ensure profitability. Honda confirmed its electrification target to make EVs and fuel-cell EVs represent 100% of its global vehicle sales by 2040. As of 2030, Ho...
    Mainland Chinese EV startup Aiways to go public via SPAC in the US
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle startup Aiways is set to go public via reverse merger with Hudson Acquisition I Corp. Hudson Acquisition I announced that it has signed a letter agreement with Aiways Automobile Europe GmbH (“Aiways Europe”) for a business combination. The shareholders of Aiways Europe will receive newly issued shares of HUDA common stock representing an equity valuation of approximately US$400 million. The de-SPAC (special purpose acquisition company)  is exp...
    MAHLE sells OEM thermostat business to investment holding firm ADMETOS
    MAHLE has completed the sale of its original equipment manufacturer thermostat business to ADMETOS as of May 2. As part of the deal, ADMETOS is taking on about 600 employees in six countries. ADMETOS will operate the business under the name BTT Solutions. In the spare parts and accessories market, the sale of thermostats under the MAHLE and Behr brands will continue to be handled by the worldwide MAHLE Aftermarket network. “In ADMETOS, we have found an owner that offers both the compan...
    Battery recycling startup Cylib raises €55 million in series-A funding round
    Germany-based battery recycling startup Cylib has secured €55 million in a series-A funding round, the company announced on May 15. Co-led by the leading European climate tech VC World Fund and Porsche Ventures, the venture arm of sports car manufacturer Porsche AG, Cylib’s series-A funding round was joined by Bosch Ventures, DeepTech and Climate Fonds, NRW.Venture, along with the existing investors namely Vsquared Ventures, Speedinvest, 10x Founders, and other established business angels...
    Electric vans more cost effective than petrol, diesel vans: VW Commercial Vehicles UK study
    According to a new study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, the van drivers believe that electric vans are more cost effective compared with the petrol- and diesel-powered vans, VW Commercial Vehicles said in a press note on May 14. The results were derived from a poll survey that included 1,000 UK-based van drivers. The survey was commissioned by VW Commercial Vehicles and was conducted in December 2023, the company said. At a time when businesses are operating under pressure, about 52...
    Nissan to invest in Japanese interior trim supplier Kasai Kogyo
    Nissan has announced plans to invest ¥6 billion ($38.4 million) in Kasai Kogyo, the company said in a press release on 9 May.  The Japanese automaker will invest through acquiring newly issued shares of Kasai Kogyo. The acquisition of the shares is subject to approval at the Japanese supplier’s ordinary shareholder meetings, completion of regulatory approval and other necessary process. Kasai Kogyo specializes in interior trim parts including door trim panels, headliners, sunvisors, r...
    Swiss battery startup 8inks raises €3 million in pre-seed round
    Swiss battery startup 8inks has raised €3 million in its pre-seed funding round, according to a news report published by StartupTicker on May 13. The startup, which has developed a multilayer coating technology for scalable lithium-ion battery production reducing production costs by upto 30%, plans to scale its patented production technology with the newly raised funds, the report said. According to 8inks, traditional single-layer manufacturing technology is reaching its limits with new ...
    Motional lays off around 550 employees, pauses commercial operations
    Autonomous vehicle company Motional has laid-off around 550 employees, TechCrunch reported on 14 May. The latest restructuring has impacted almost every team, including high-level roles such as the company's chief operating officer, Abe Ghabra. Notable reductions include a downsizing of the technical program management team from 44 to 19 and the elimination of the high-performance computing team. The company's offices in Milpitas and Venice are also being closed down. The layoffs include 145 ...
    Solectrix to present automotive imaging solutions at ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Expo 2024
    Solectrix, a provider of imaging solutions, has announced its participation in the upcoming ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Expo, where it will showcase two innovative imaging products. The event, scheduled from June 4th to 6th, 2024, will provide an opportunity for Solectrix to demonstrate its technologies, according to a press release on May 7 . One of the highlights of Solectrix's presentation is the SXIVE Calibration SDK, which expands its comprehensive image processing ecosystem, SXIVE. Th...
    SK Keyfoundry announces enhanced 0.13 micrometer Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS process
    SK Keyfoundry, an 8-inch pure-play foundry in South Korea, announced that it is offering an enhanced 0.13 micrometer (㎛) Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) process to enable automotive power fabless companies to design high-performance automotive semiconductor products, according to a press release on April 25. SK Keyfoundry's enhanced 0.13㎛ BCD process has met the requirements of AEC-Q100's Grade-0 reliability test standard for automotive electronic components, and is qualified to be a suitabl...
    Samsung halts autonomous vehicle research – report
    Samsung Electronics has halted its autonomous vehicle research, joining Apple and other global automakers in abandoning Level 4 autonomous driving, according to a report by Business Korea on May 10. The company has shifted its development personnel to the robotics field as part of a strategy of selection and concentration. The decision comes amid a challenging landscape for autonomous driving technology, with numerous companies facing difficulties in development and lack of business prof...
    UltraSense Systems' TouchPoint Q controller gains traction with automakers
    UltraSense Systems has announced that its TouchPoint Q Controller is now being used in numerous sport utility vehicle (SUV) and sedan production vehicles, in a press release dated May 13. The company has collaborated with South Korean tier-supplier Mobase Electronics to augment its capacitive technology by detecting specific force patterns and thresholds for the infotainment system in 2024 (South Korean models) and 2025 (global models) of the Genesis GV80, GV70 and G80 SUV and sedan platfor...
    Chinese smart EV maker Xpeng Motor enters Australia
    Mainland China-based smart electric-car maker Xpeng Motors has forayed into the Australian electric vehicle market after it signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Australian company TrueEV, according to a news report published by online news portal CarNewsChina on May 13. Under the agreement, TrueEV will serve as Xpeng’s exclusive importer, distributor and retailer in Australia, providing brand showrooms and comprehensive customer support to its customers in the new market. The f...
    RFpro develops digital twin of Los Angeles to support autonomous vehicle development
    RFpro announced on May 8 the development of a highly accurate digital replica of an extensive road network in Los Angeles, designed to support the advancement of autonomous vehicles and automated driving technologies. This virtual environment facilitates comprehensive testing of autonomous vehicles in simulation before real-world deployment, boasting a sprawling 36-km loop. Utilizing survey-grade Lidar scan data, the digital model ensures precision by maintaining road surface accuracy wi...
    AMS Osram plans to expand production and chip technologies in Austria by 2030
    AMS Osram is sustainably strengthening its development and production site in Premstätten, Austria. Aldo Kamper, CEO of AMS-Osram AG, together with Federal Minister Martin Kocher and the Governor of Styria Christopher Drexler presented plans to invest a total of €588 million in the development and production site in Premstätten by 2030, as reported in a press release on May 13. Within the framework of the European Chips Act, funding of up to €200 million has been app...
    Porsche advances in advanced driver assistance system with Level 2+ technology integration
    According to Porsche's blog post on May 8, the company has unveiled its plans to enhance advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) tailored for city driving, with a particular focus on freeway and traffic jam support. Acknowledging the desire of drivers in such conditions to engage in productive activities, Porsche aims to elevate its current Level 2 system to Level 2+. This advancement would enable drivers to briefly disengage from the steering wheel while remaining vigilant to resume cont...
    Hyundai, Laxmi Group launch first vehicle assembly plant in Nepal
    Hyundai Motor India has partnered with Nepal's Laxmi Group to establish a new vehicle assembly plant in Nepal, with an annual capacity of 5,000 units. The plant is the first of its kind in Nepal and is expected to generate employment opportunities and promote localization. The Hyundai Venue compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the initial model to be mass-produced at the facility. The plant was inaugurated by Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal in the presence of Hyundai Motor India ...
    Geely’s premium EV arm Zeekr lists on NYSE
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, popularly known as Geely Holding, mainland China’s largest private-owned automotive group, announced May 10 that it has listed its premium electric-car unit Zeekr on the NYSE after completion of an IPO. Shares of the new publicly listed company will be traded under the ticker ZK, it said. Geely said that the funds raised from the IPO will be used to further develop new advanced technologies and products for Zeekr as well as support the expansion of its sales...
    Lyten begins shipping lithium-sulfur battery samples to major automotive and tech companies
    Lithium-sulfur battery technology provider Lyten has begun shipping lithium-sulfur A-sample cells to various automotive original equipment manufacturers, including Stellantis, and other leading US and EU auto OEMs, it said in a press release dated May 8. The company has also shipped samples to a major consumer electronics company and plans to deliver cells to the US Defense Department in May. Lyten's lithium-sulfur cells are manufactured on its semi-automated Pilot Line in San Jose, Calif., w...
    Kongsberg Automotive relocates HQ to Norway, maintains Zurich as financial center
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has decided to operate its business out of Kongsberg, Norway, with Zurich serving as the company's financial center. This move comes after KA centralized its business model in Zurich in 2017 with the intention of streamlining business and decision processes. However, in alignment with changes in the company's strategic business focus, the board of directors, CEO and executive management evaluated the situation and decided to reestablish Kongsberg as the headquar...
    Karsan showcases product portfolio at Next Mobility Expo, Italy
    According to a press release on May 8, Karsan showcased its latest innovations at the Next Mobility Exhibition in Milan. The company highlighted its electric, autonomous and hydrogen technologies, including the e-ATA HYDROGEN, e-JEST and Autonomous e-ATAK. Karsan also signed a dealership agreement with KMobility to strengthen its presence in the Italian EV market. The company aims to expand its customer base and improve its aftersales services through this collaboration. The company h...
    US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Lab licenses lithium recovery technologies to Element3
    A total of seven technologies for lithium recovery developed by scientists from the US Energy Department's (US DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been licensed to Element3, a Texas, US-based company focused on extracting lithium from wastewater produced by oil and gas production, ORNL announced May 7. These technologies were developed through the Critical Materials Innovation Hub, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames National Laboratory that is dedicated to accelerating scien...
    KopherBit passes ASPICE CL2 assessment with TÜV Rheinland, solidifying its position in automotive software development
    KopherBit, a new startup, has successfully passed the ASPICE CL2 assessment with TÜV Rheinland, demonstrating its ability to develop software that meets international standards for automotive software processes. The company, founded by a team with extensive experience in automotive software development has created software firmware and hardware integration controller solutions for the automotive industry. The Kite control unit GEN1 controller is already being used in most electric buses in...
    AIC T-Hub launches cohort to support mobility startups
    Indian startup incubator AIC T-Hub has launched a mobility cohort of its program in collaboration with Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), Autocar reported May 8. The cohort aims to support startups focused on critical areas such as battery technology, battery management systems (BMS), electric vehicle development, shared mobility solutions and distribution networks. Eight startups have been selected for the three-month program, which will provide them with exclusive mentoring, group sessions,...
    WattEV opens electric truck charging depot in Bakersfield, Calif.
    WattEV, one of the leading companies to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, has opened an electric truck charging depot in Bakersfield, Calif., the company announced May 7. The new facility is WattEV’s fourth electric truck charging depot in California, US. The WattEV Bakersfield charging depot will connect the San Joaquin Valley, Calif.’s vast agricultural sector and growing warehousing complexes to California’s seaports and i...
    Keysight secures approval to emerge as technical service provider for UNECE regulation
    As reported in a press release on May 8, Keysight Technologies' device security research lab, Riscure Security Solutions, has received formal approval from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) to become a designated technical service provider for approval of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) R155 and R156 regulations. Created by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), the UNECE R155 and R156 regulations establish cybersecurity and software ...
    Eaton to supply ELocker differential system to leading electrified vehicle manufacturer
    Eaton announced that it has been selected by a leading manufacturer of electrified vehicles to supply a unique ELocker differential system for use on a new plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) sport utility vehicle (SUV). Unlike traditional PHEVs, which use an electric motor and internal combustion engine (ICE) to power all the drive wheels, the new model leverages an electric motor to power the rear wheels and an electric motor or an optional ICE driving the front wheels, a press release dated M...
    Milence’s new charging hub in Perpignan, France, to open in September
    Milence, the joint venture between Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group, plans to set up its second charging hub in France, located in Perpignan, the company announced May 6. The announcement comes soon after the company inaugurated its first electric vehicle charging hub in France, located near Rouen, in April. The new charging hub is located in the city of Perpignan, under the administration of the Perpignan Town Hall. The city is 40 km from the Spanish border, within a key in...
    Hyundai taps Continental for Tucson tires
    Hyundai Motor Group relies on Continental's expertise for its Tucson, giving the South Korean car manufacturer three approvals for its sport utility vehicle (SUV). The Tucson runs worldwide from the factory on either energy-saving EcoContact 6 or comfort-optimized PremiumContact 6 tires. For the Asia-Pacific region, Hyundai has also approved the CrossContact LX Sport, designed for light off-road driving. The EcoContact 6 tire features a special rubber compound that minimizes energy absorption...
    Rheinmetall secures new orders to supply heat pumps
    Rheinmetall announced May 3 that the company is expanding its Electromobility business into new areas of application with two new independent orders for its innovative plug-and-play heat-pump solution. Without disclosing the order size, the company said that the first new order is a major contract in the high single-digit million euro range from an international expert in electric bus conversions. Meanwhile, the second order Rheinmetall has secured is from a German expert in off-road electric...
    NHTSA probes Ford's BlueCruise after fatalities in US
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an official investigation into Ford's BlueCruise advanced driver-assistance software after it was linked to fatalities while in use, The Verge reported April 29. The investigation includes two incidents from 2024 that the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating, one in San Antonio and another in Philadelphia. The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation noted that the Ford vehicles involved in the fat...
    Indian auto component supplier Happy Forgings gets new international order
    Happy Forgings (HFL) announced that it has received an order from a leading global manufacturer and supplier of automotive components to supply e-axle components for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US Passenger Vehicle segment, Business Standard reported May 3.  This contract exemplifies HFL's commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, showcasing the company's ability to cross-sell products to existing clients while maintaining the highest&...
    Tesla lays off more staff in software and service teams ‒ report
    Electric-vehicle maker Tesla has laid off staff from the software, service and engineering departments, Reuters reported May 6, quoting tech publication Electrek. The move comes after the automaker disbanded its EV charging department following Tesla's announcement in April that it was reducing its global workforce by more than 10%. Employees at the automaker received emails over the weekend as part of broader layoffs, the report said.  The company disclo...
    Visteon opens high-tech lab in Bulgaria, expanding global footprint
    Visteon, a global automotive technology company, has opened its first high-tech laboratory in Bulgaria, expanding its global footprint of high-tech lab facilities in Mexico and India. The new facility, located in Sofia, is equipped with cutting-edge technology and houses over 70 highly skilled engineers. The lab is the only one in Bulgaria capable of conducting electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and immunity testing, and it will play a significant role in ensuring the quality and reliability...
    EV charging-equipment manufacturer Tritum declares insolvency
    Australian electric vehicle charging-equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Ltd. has declared insolvency on April 18 amid a global slowdown in the sale of electric cars, and the continued struggle for EV supply equipment (EVSE) suppliers and charge-point operators (CPOs) to maintain profitability. In a regulatory note dated April 18 to the US SEC, the company, which traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange, said that its board of directors have resolved that the company, along with its three subsidia...
    Electrify America plans to expand network to 5,000 DC chargers by end-2024
    Electrify America, one of the leading DC charge-point operators (CPOs) in North America, plans to expand its network to 5,000 DC fast chargers by end-2024 across the continent, the company announced May 2. The expansion will include building larger electric vehicle charging stations to meet the demand for public DC fast charging along with expanding Plug&Charge payment technology to support EV adoption. The announcement came on May 2, which marked the Volkswagen-backed CPO’s six-year...
    Gowin secures ISO 26262 certification for its field-programmable gate array design environment
    Gowin Semiconductor, a field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) manufacturer, has announced that its FPGA design environment has been certified compliant with ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 functional safety standards by the TUV testing laboratory, according to a press release on April 30. This certification assures automotive original equipment manufacturers that Gowin's mid- and low-density FPGAs can meet the required functional safety standards for automotive applications. The company's FPGAs ...
    Autonomous vehicles startup Leo Drive expands operations in Netherlands
    According to Leo Drive's social media updates on May 3, the company has announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Leo Drive BV, in the Netherlands. The company is a full-stack autonomous technology company focused on software-defined vehicles, with a strong emphasis on innovative software, hardware and algorithms. By expanding into the Netherlands, Leo Drive is positioning itself closer to its partners and clients, allowing it to offer more tailored, efficient and cutting-edge solutions. Th...
    Teijin Automotive opens new facility in Indiana, US
    Teijin Automotive, a leading supplier of advanced composites and automotive components, has opened a new 164,000-square-foot top coat and assembly facility in Huntington, Ind. The facility is located in the Riverfork West Industrial Center and is part of a total investment of over $100 million in the area. The new facility will employ approximately 110 people when operations begin in June, with the potential to employ up to 200 people in the future. The new facility enhances the capabilities ...
    KPIT Technologies to launch proprietary generative AI technology in next six months
    KPIT Technologies, an automotive software supplier based in Pune, India, is set to launch its proprietary generative AI technology within the next six months, according to the company's CEO. Generative AI is a type of AI that creates new solutions within a specific field, such as designing and developing innovative vehicle components or streamlining production processes in the automotive industry. KPIT's engineers have a deep understanding of the technology and plan to begin mainstream implem...
    Sennheiser Ambeo to offer immersive in-car Hi-Fi systems for new Cupra Formentor and Leon
    To make its presence felt in the passenger car market, Sennheiser is partnering with Spanish car brand Cupra (which is owned by VAG, the Volkswagen Group). Cupra has just announced a 2024 refresh for its Formentor and Leon models, which for the first time will be fitted with an optional Sennheiser Mobility sound system. The 425-W 12-speaker system is available for both car models, and uses Sennheiser’s Ambeo Concerto software to process the sound and provide a more immersive listening exper...
    Škoda Auto India enhances safety features of Kushaq, Slavia with standard six airbags
    Škoda Auto India has enhanced the safety features of its Kushaq midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) and Slavia sedan by making six airbags standard across all variants, Autocar reported April 30. This move is part of the company's model year (MY) 2024 updates for its India 2.0 product portfolio. The price due to the addition of the airbags has increased in the range between $120-$420. The enhancements to the Kushaq's and Slavia's MY 2024 range include the introduction of all-new features suc...
    BT Group begins pilot on EV charger powered from a street cabinet in Scotland
    BT Group has installed its first electric vehicle charge point powered from a street cabinet, marking the first phase of trials that could lead to the wider upgrade of existing street cabinets across the UK, the company said May 1. The EV charger, which is powered by a BT Group-owned cabinet traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling, forms part of a nationwide pilot by the business’ startup incubation hub — Etc. — designed to address the shortfall in public ...
    Natron starts commercial-scale operations at its sodium-ion battery plant in Michigan, US
    Natron Energy Inc. has commenced commercial-scale operations at its sodium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich., the company announced April 29. The company organized an opening ceremony at its facility in Holland, and the event was attended by Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks; Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Evelyn Wang; and senior company executives, including Founder and Co-CEO Colin Wessells; and Co-CEO Wendell Brooks. The development marked ...
    UK-based Swarco Smart Charging renames its charging service business as Evolt Charging
    UK-based Swarco Smart Charging (SSC), which is part of the Swarco Group of Companies, is formally renaming and rebranding its Systems and Service business to Evolt Charging, the company announced April 25. “Swarco Smart Charging will transition to Evolt Charging on 25 April 2024,” the company said in a press note. The step to rebranding itself aims to reflect how the company’s market proposition has evolved and recognize its heritage in a name that launched its electric vehicle charg...
    Audi sets up EV charging hub in Tokyo, its first outside of Europe
    Audi has opened its first electric vehicle charging hub, called the Audi charging hub, in Tokyo on April 26. The new charging facility is Audi’s first exclusive charging hub outside Europe, and the seventh globally. Volkswagen’s premium car unit said all brands of electric cars can use the facility to charge their vehicles in Tokyo. The newly opened Audi charging hub houses two charging stations with a total of four fast-charging points, each with up to 150 kW, an excellent power ...
    AB Dynamics automates testing for EuroNCAP’s 2024 assisted driving grading
    AB Dynamics, an automotive test solution supplier, is enabling the automation of the European New Car Assessment Program's (EuroNCAP’s) new 2024 Assisted Driving tests through its configurable test groups in the latest version of its RC software, as reported in a press release on April 29. EuroNCAP's 2024 Assisted Driving Grading is designed to provide consumers with comprehensive data on the performance of assisted driving systems to better inform purchasing decisions. To more thoroughly a...
    HL Klemove opens advanced driving assistance system radar manufacturing unit in India
    HL Klemove Corp. has inaugurated its first local Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) Radar Manufacturing Unit in India. The unit was launched at the company's Chennai, India, plant, marking a significant milestone in the Make in India initiative. The event was attended by Vinod Sahay, president and chief procurement officer of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.; and Pal-Joo Yoon, CEO of HL Klemove; according to a report published by Telemetics Wire on April 25. HL Klemove is the first co...
    DeepRoute.ai unveils IO platform at Beijing Auto Show
    DeepRoute.ai, an AI company specializing in smart driving solutions, unveiled its new platform, DeepRoute IO, at the 2024 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, according to a press release on April 26. The platform offers an end-to-end model without dependency on high-definition maps, enabling automakers to provide safer and more human-like smart driving experiences at a more accessible cost. The first mass-produced car equipped with one Lidar, 11 cameras and an Nvidia Orin system...
    Valeo's innovation and Patent filings in mobility sector recognized by European Patent Office
    Valeo, a French company, has been recognized for its innovation and patent filings in the mobility sector. According to a report by the European Patent Office (EPO), Valeo ranked first in France and 33rd overall in terms of patent filings in Europe in 2023, for the second year in a row. The company filed 564 patent applications in Europe in 2023, accounting for 40% of its priority patent applications filed worldwide. Additionally, Valeo was ranked as the number one French patent applicant wor...
    Stellantis' three plants in Europe face production loss due to supply chain issues
    According to a Reuters report on April 25, production at three Stellantis assembly plants in Europe has been stopped for several days due to a strike at a plant run by supplier MA France, quoting the company spokesperson. Three sites have seen a production halt since the start of the week, the spokesperson said, adding two are in France (Poissy and Hordain) and one in Britain (Luton). The Hordain plant makes vans and minibusses for Stellantis brands and also for Toyota. MA France...
    Valeo restructures to lead electrification market with new division and leadership
    Valeo has restructured its operations to better address the electrification market expectations and improve its competitiveness and financial performance, it said in a press release dated April 22. The company has created a new division called Valeo Power, which combines its thermal and powertrain activities. Xavier Dupont has been appointed the chief executive officer of the Valeo Power division and Valeo Group executive vice president. The company has also updated the names of its other two...
    GM discontinues Smart Driver following customer feedback
    Based on customer feedback, General Motors (GM) has decided to discontinue its OnStar Smart Driver product across all of its vehicles and unenroll all customers, according to a press release dated April 24. The company had established the product to promote safer driving behavior, but due to customer concerns about data privacy, the company has decided to discontinue the services. The process will begin over the next few months. GM has also decided to terminate its relationships with thi...
    The geopolitics of semiconductors
    In the latest Talking Heads feature, we spoke with Jeremie Bouchaud and Phil Amsrud, experts in E/E and Semiconductors at S&P Global Mobility. The focus of this discussion is on the pivotal role of semiconductors in today's technology landscape and the challenges arising from geopolitical tensions. We also consider how Mainland China has responded to export bans, leading to disruptions in the global automotive semiconductor supply chain. Click the link above to download the whole article.
    Sila updates on its upcoming battery materials plant in Moses Lake, Wash.
    Sila Nanotechnologies, a next-generation battery materials company, announced on April 22 that the build-out of its manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington is on track and is expected to be completed as per the original target of Q1 2025. According to the company, the progress reinforces its ability to deliver qualified materials for customers beginning in Q4 2025. Meanwhile, Titan Silicon, Sila’s flagship nano-composite silicon, is gaining commercial traction. The battery anode ma...
    Tata Passenger Electric Mobility signs memorandum of understanding with Vertelo to accelerate electrification in fleets
    Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd. (TPEM), the EV unit of Tata Motors, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vertelo, a Macquarie managed integrated fleet electrification platform, for the delivery of 2,000 XPRES-T EVs, Tata announced on April 24. The automaker said that this partnership aims to accelerate fleet electrification in India. The carmaker plans to begin delivering the compact electric sedans to Vertelo in a phased manner. Vertelo is a new platform p...
    Continental celebrates 15 years of tire production in Thailand
    Continental is celebrating 15 years since establishing its tire business in Thailand and five years of tire production in its Rayong plant. The tire manufacturer has invested a total of €250 million in the plant located in the eastern part of the country. With around 900 local manufacturing employees, the Rayong plant has an annual production capacity of 4.8 million passenger and light truck tires (PLT) as well as motorcycle tires, serving both the original equipment and replacement sector....
    EasyMile gets ISO 26262 certification for autonomous driving functions safety
    EasyMile has successfully achieved ISO 26262 compliance of its functional safety management process up to ASIL D, it said in a press release dated April 23. This marks a significant milestone in the company's commitment to safety and quality in its autonomous vehicle solutions. It followed a rigorous audit by CertX, an evaluator in certification services. ISO 26262 is a globally recognized automotive standard that addresses the functional safety of electrical and electronic systems within vehicl...
    Pirelli showcases new products, focuses on sustainability at TIRE COLOGNE 2024
    Pirelli will exhibit new products and technologies for high-performance cars and motorcycles at TIRE COLOGNE 2024, held in Milan from April 22nd to 25th. The company's CEO, Wolfgang Meier, emphasizes Pirelli's position as a leading development partner for premium and prestige segments of the automotive industry. The stand will feature a special focus on sustainability, with information provided on the company's commitment to the sustainability transition and future-oriented products. New p...
    Tozero ships first batch of recycled lithium from used batteries
    Tozero GmbH, a Munich-based battery material recycling startup, has shipped recycled lithium derived from battery waste using its proprietary hydrometallurgy process to its customers in Europe, the company announced on April 23. The development marks a significant breakthrough for the startup as the shipment is its first commercial delivery. Launched in July 2023, Tozero operates from a pilot plant based in Munich. The company claims that its cutting-edge hydrometallurgy process maximizes ...
    Apollo Tyres celebrates 15 years of Dutch heritage with unique Kanwar Tulip variant
    Apollo Tyres has commissioned a new variant of the Kanwar Tulip, a plant closely associated with the Netherlands, to mark the 15th anniversary of the company's acquisition of Vredestein and the recent 115th anniversary of the formation of the iconic Dutch premium tire brand. Since acquiring Vredestein in 2009, Apollo Tyres has continued to invest in its European research and development and production capabilities, creating premium-quality tires that offer superior levels of performance, dura...
    Kia offers customizable NBA team themes for in-car displays in North America
    Kia has launched a customized service in the North American market that allows users to personalize the design of their in-vehicle clusters and infotainment displays. The service, called "display themes," offers 30 designs for each NBA club ahead of the start of the NBA playoffs. Customers can access the Kia Connect Store and wireless software updates to purchase and apply their favorite NBA club display themes to their in-car displays. Kia plans to expand the service to South Korea in the se...
    TACL secures major order worth 10 billion Indian rupees for suspension arms in Europe
    Talbros Automotive Components Ltd (TACL) has secured a new business order worth approximately 10 billion Indian rupees from a major European original equipment manufacturer. The order is for the supply of suspension arms tailored for both conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and new-age electric vehicle platforms for the EMEA and NAFTA regions. The supply order will be executed over an eight-year period starting from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2025 and will be produce...
    Yokohama breaks ground on Mexico tire plant
    Yokohama Rubber held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new passenger car tire plant in Mexico, it said in a press release dated April 22. The plant is expected to increase the company's tire production capacity in North America. The new plant will have an annual production capacity of 5 million tires, and construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2024, with production starting in the first quarter of 2027. The company also plans to consider expanding the plant's capacity in ...
    STMicroelectronics' L99H92 automotive gate driver offers high integration
    The L99H92 automotive gate driver from STMicroelectronics is a highly integrated and configurable driver that can control a single H-bridge powering one bidirectional DC motor or two half bridges for two unidirectional motors. The driver contains two high-side and two low-side drivers and features an SPI port for programming and diagnostics, a charge pump, protective features and two additional current-sense amplifiers for system monitoring. The driver is designed for applications such as ele...
    DS Automobiles introduces Geofencing service for EVs
    Stellantis' brand DS Automobiles has introduced a Geofencing service that automatically triggers electric mode in its plug-in hybrid models when driving in low emission zones (LEZs) across Europe, according to a company press release dated April 18. The service is available on DS 4 E-Tense, DS 7 E-Tense and DS 9 E-Tense models equipped with the DS Iris System. The Geofencing service is linked to the rollout of LEZs across Europe, which aim to limit the flow of the most polluting vehicles...
    Toyota launches challenge to accelerate AI-predicted materials synthesis for EVs
    Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has launched a multiyear, multimillion-dollar challenge aimed at accelerating the synthesis of new materials predicted by AI for use in electric vehicles and other emerging technologies, according to a press release on April 18. The challenge, called the Synthesis Advanced Research Challenge, is designed to bridge the gap between AI predictions and actual material synthesis in the laboratory, which can take years. TRI Senior Director of Energy & Materi...
    Tesla slashes price of Full Self-Driving software by a third to $8,000
    Tesla has cut the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver assistant software to $8,000 from $12,000 in the US, as CEO Elon Musk reaffirms his commitment to self-driving technology, according to a Reuters report dated April 20. The company’s CEO is betting the technology will become a major source of revenue for the world's most valuable automaker. However, he has for years failed to achieve the goal of self-driving capability, with the technology under growing regulatory and legal scrut...
    Battery materials supplier Umicore secures €499 million in private debt placement
    Umicore announced April 19 that the company has successfully completed the issue of a fixed-rate, sustainability-linked US private placement notes for a total amount of €499 million, as per the exchange rate of end of March 2024. The private placement notes, placed with 17 institutional investors in Europe and North America, attracted strong interest both from investors who participated in Umicore’s previous placements, as well as new investors, the company said, adding that the transacti...
    GM Energy rolls out new product suite, offering vehicle-to-home bidirectional charging technology
    GM Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors focused on expanding a holistic energy ecosystem through new products, including software and services, announced April 18 that it has launched initial offerings for residential customers that will enable the use of vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging technology to provide power from a compatible GM electric vehicle to a properly equipped home. The V2H charging technology is aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of weather-rel...
    Piedmont Lithium gets mining permit for the Carolina Lithium Project in the US
    Piedmont Lithium has received the mining permit from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources (DEMLR) to begin the construction, operation and reclamation of the proposed Carolina Lithium Project in Gaston County, NC, the company announced April 15. DEMLR provided the permit approval following a thorough review of the application submitted by Piedmont Lithium on Aug. 30, 2021, the company said, adding that the minin...
    BTR New Material Group to invest in building cathode material plant in Morocco
    BTR New Material Group Co. Ltd., a leading battery material supplier from mainland China, has inked an investment agreement with the Moroccan government to set up a lithium battery ternary cathode material facility in the country, the company announced March 29. The battery material plant in Morocco is part of BTR’s global expansion strategy, which entails building several such facilities to cater to the surging demand for battery materials. Currently, the company is in the midst of bu...
    Continental Tires extends e-mobility strategy to secondary brands
    According to a press release on April 17, Continental has announced that it will begin labeling its secondary brands' new passenger car and 4x4 tires as electric vehicle-compatible in Europe. The company aims to expand its product strategy for EVs by meeting the high requirements of EVs while also supporting conventionally powered vehicles in driving efficiently and safely. The EV-compatible logo will be featured on the sidewall of the tires, as well as in all ordering systems, marketing mate...
    Cyngn receives notice of allowance for patent on autonomous vehicle environmental modeling
    According to a press release on April 17, Cyngn has received a Notice of Allowance for a new patent related to its autonomous vehicle solutions, specifically for the generation of a compensated environmental model using methods to address challenges arising from sensor motion and processing delay. "Receiving a Notice of Allowance for our 20th U.S. patent is a testament to Cyngn's relentless pursuit of innovation in autonomous vehicle solutions," said Cyngn Chairman and CEO Lior Tal. "In ...
    BP scales back its EV charging business
    British energy major BP has trimmed more than one-tenth of the workforce employed by its electric vehicle charging business — BP Pulse — and has also pulled it out of several markets as the company struggled to make profits, according to a news report published by Reuters on April 15. The report cited company sources, who spoke to the news agency on the conditions of anonymity. Citing sources, the report said that BP Pulse has axed over 100 jobs in recent months, or over 10% of its glo...
    Huawei expands self-driving tech into wider range of EVs – report
    Huawei Technologies is expanding its self-driving technology into a wider range of electric vehicles through partnerships with automakers, according to a report published by Nikkei Asia on April 16. The company aims to counter new rivals, such as Xiaomi, in the rapidly growing EV market. Huawei's new autonomous driving system will be available on the lowest-priced version of the S7 sedan from Luxeed, a brand owned by state-owned Chery Automobile. The system can automatically turn the ste...
    Inteva opens new technical Center in Querétaro, Mexico
    Inteva has opened a new Technical Center in Querétaro, Mexico, it said in a press release dated April 16. The state-of-the-art center expands Inteva's technical capabilities and footprint in the Central Mexico region, providing advanced engineering support, design, development, durability testing and functional testing teams. The center houses about 32 engineers, technicians and others, with plans for additional growth. Currently, Inteva operates several technical and manufacturing facilitie...
    Green Li-ion launches commercial-scale battery material recycling plant in the US
    Green Li-ion, a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling technology company, has launched its first commercial-scale installation to produce sustainable, battery-grade materials, the first of its kind in North America, the company said April 11. The new plant, which is located within an existing recycling facility, is slated to produce valuable battery-grade cathode and anode materials from concentrated components of spent batteries using Green Li-ion’s patented multicathode-producing Green-h...
    Hyundai Mobis announces new Level 4 autonomous trial in Incheon, South Korea
    As reported in a press release on April 15, Hyundai Mobis has signed a new business agreement with the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority and Incheon Techno Park to test a Level 4 autonomous demonstration vehicle in a 60-kilometer (37-mile) section of Songdo and Yeongjongdo in Incheon, a city in Seoul, South Korea, by the first half of 2025. An agreement ceremony commemorating the signing was attended by officials including Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority Commissioner Yoon Won-seok; Inche...
    OpenAI-backed Ghost Autonomy shuts down
    Ghost Autonomy, a startup that focused on developing autonomous driving software for automaker partners, has ceased operations. The company, which had raised approximately $220 million in funding, announced April 3 on its website that it has shut down its worldwide operations. With offices in Mountain View, Calif.; Dallas; and Sydney; Ghost Autonomy employed about 100 people. “We are proud of the substantial technical innovations and progress the Ghost team made on its mission to deliver so...
    Tesla cuts Full Self-Driving software price to boost adoption of advanced driver assistance system
    Tesla has reduced the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software subscription from $199 to $99 per month, aiming to boost the adoption of its advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) ahead of first-quarter earnings, according to a report published by TechCrunch on April 13. The price cut follows a free one-month trial of FSD for all US customers with compatible Tesla vehicles. Formerly known as FSD Beta, Tesla now refers to the software as Supervised FSD to emphasize that it does not ...
    Amprius Technologies completes qualification process for tools to mass-produce silicon anodes
    Amprius Technologies, a leading battery technology company, announced April 11 that it has completed its qualification process for its centrotherm mass production deposition tool to manufacture silicon nanowire anodes. This milestone, according to the company, marks a pivotal step in ramping production capacity to meet the growing demand for its ultrahigh-energy SiMaxx cells for electric mobility applications. Amprius said throughout its capacity expansion in Fremont, Calif., it has been w...
    Voltpost debuts lamppost EV charging solution in the US
    Voltpost, an electric vehicle charging solutions provider that retrofits existing lampposts into modular and upgradable Level 2 EV chargers, announced April 11 that the company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major US metro areas, including New York City, Chicago and Detroit, in 2024. The company’s modular Level 2 EV chargers are operated via a charging platform that is powered by a mobile app. Voltpost’s lamppost charging platform, which provides convenient and afford...
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