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    Landmark Umicore deal key to Volkswagen’s EV battery strategy in Europe
    On 26 September 2022, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen Group’s newly established battery company PowerCo and Brussels-based material supplier Umicore announced setting up a joint venture (JV) for precursor and cathode material production in Europe, starting from 2025. The landmark agreement with Umicore is expected to be critical for VW, which has two major long-term milestones to achieve: prepare for the European Union’s regulatory requirement of allowing sale of only zero-carbon-emis...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    Continental partners with Kartoffelzucht Böhm for dandelion natural rubber project
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 27 September that it’s Taraxagum dandelion natural rubber project will be adding German plant breeding specialist Kartoffelzucht Böhm as a project partner. Continental Tire’s Head of the Expert field Materials Chemistry Dr. Carla Recker discussed the new development, stating, “We are pleased to welcome another plant cultivation specialist to our network. The internationally active company Böhm has great experience in ...
    Evonik, Pörner, and Phichit Bio Power to supply sustainable silica to tire manufacturers
    German specialty chemicals company Evonik announced via press release on 28 September that it would be partnering with Austrian process engineering company Pörner Group and Thai energy company Phichit Bio Power Co., Ltd. to develop and supply biobased precipitated silica to the tire industry. According to the press release, the sustainable ULTRASIL silica will be made out of sodium silicate, derived from rice husk ash (RHA), an agricultural waste product, and produced exclusively with biomas...
    dSPACE develops 60 GHz radar converter for in-vehicle monitoring systems
    dSPACE has developed a converter which operate at any dSPACE Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) in the 60 GHz V band, it said in a press release on 12 September. The DARTS HBC-7066V validates in-cabin monitoring systems that features industry-proven base technology. DARTS are suitable for applications in the development process of radar sensors and the vehicles equipped with them. Typical applications can be found in chip design, controller testing, vehicle testing, end-of-line testing, and...
    MapMyIndia to develop mapping tool for EV charging stations in Delhi
    MapMyIndia has partnered with the Delhi government to develop a tool for mapping electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, Business Today reported on 29 September. The web-application will be a geo-spatial decision-making tool to sight EV charging stations. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Delhi’s march towards becoming the EV Capital of India, and for Delhi to become a cleaner, greener, and better place. MapmyIndia Mappls mGIS maps and technology platform will be...
    INFINITI launches new MyINFINITI app
    INFINITI has launched the all-new MyINFINITI App, it said in a press release on 30 September. The app offers INIFINITI owners the options for remote vehicle access, personalization, maintenance, convenience features, and links to financial services account management. It is available in Apple App and Google Play Stores. “In a world where mobile devices hold so much power, the MyINFINITI app will only add to the ease and comfort that comes with owning an INFINITI vehicle. Along with INFINITI...
    General Motors to ramp up EV production
    US automaker General Motors plans to ramp up the production volumes of its electric cars, including the Chevrolet Bolt EV and other models, according to a news report published by Reuters on 3 October 2022. The news report cited GM as the original source of the information. The Detroit-based carmaker plans to boost the production of Bolt EVs for global markets to more than 70,000 units in 2023 from about 44,000 units in 2022, the report said, citing a note issued by GM on Monday. In 2021, the...
    Plastic Omnium acquires Varroc Lighting Systems in order to future proof lighting business
    Plastic Omnium announced the acquisition of tier-1 lighting supplier Varroc's automotive lighting business, Varroc Lighting Systems (VLS), for EUR600 million (USD635.43 million) as part of the company's investments for sustainable growth. VLS’ expertise in advanced lighting solutions in headlamps and rear lamps, innovative technologies in optic system development and electronic control, and software for lighting will help Plastic Omnium to provide turnkey exterior lighting to vehicle manufactu...
    Demand for chips in vehicle lighting industry to stay strong
    The ongoing global chip shortage has impacted several industries, including lighting. The shortage has been aggravated by a variety of factors, ranging from changing market dynamics to geopolitical tensions. Shipping delays and shortages of semiconductors used in electronics such as LED drivers have extended lead times and impacted product availability in the lighting industry. This situation has driven several major LED product manufacturers globally to increase prices on LED luminaires and LED...
    CATL plans to build USD1.9 billion battery plant in central China’s Henan province
    China’s largest battery maker CATL plans to build a battery manufacturing facility in central China's Henan province with an investment of more than CNY10 billion (USD1.9 billion), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 29 September 2022. CATL’s new battery plant is slated to come up in the Yibin district of Luoyang, Henan province, the report said, citing a regulatory announcement by the company last week. Further quoting the company document, the news report stated ...
    Grupo Antolin unveils smart sliding floor console concept to enhance in-vehicle experience
    Grupo Antolin has announced via press release on 4 October that it developed innovative smart sliding floor console concept to enhance in-cabin space enabling occupants with flexible interior layouts. According to the press release, the power-slide center console concept moves softly back and forth on the even floor, allowing front and rear passengers to operate it safely