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    Rising interest in active dampers despite challenges in achieving precision
    Evolution of active damping systems: The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes driven by safety regulations, emissions standards and consumer demands for comfort. Key trends include a shift to electric mobility, integrated safety features and autonomous driving. This evolution is reshaping the role of active damping systems, which are transitioning from stand-alone to fully integrated and networked systems. As vehicles become more automated, the discomfort and motion sickne...
    How will mainland China’s graphite export curbs impact battery demand
    In an ever-evolving trade war between two of the world’s largest economies, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on Oct. 20, 2023, that it would deploy a temporary export control measure on graphite, a critical raw material used in manufacturing batteries. The measure was later implemented as a state policy on Dec. 1, 2023. Mainland China’s implementation of the graphite export control policy came about four months after it had announced restrictions on exports of germanium and galliu...
    Technotrans to supply cooling solutions for fast-charging stations to ADS-TEC Energy
    Technotrans SE has received a follow-up order in the high single-digit million euro range from ADS-TEC Energy to supply thermal management solutions for the latter’s electric vehicle charging stations, according to a news report published by EQS News on Feb. 19. The thermal management solution from Technotrans will be used in ADS-TEC Energy’s battery-buffered fast-charging station ChargePost, it said. The order, which has a term of one year, follows the first order from ADS-T...
    BorgWarner secures a contract to supply dual inverter from a Chinese automaker
    BorgWarner has secured a contract with a major Chinese vehicle manufacturer to supply its dual inverter with boost function, the Michigan, US-based global component supplier announced Feb. 8. It said that its dual inverter with boost function will be used in a series of its customer’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and range-extended (REEV) electric vehicle passenger car platforms. BorgWarner, however, did not disclose the name of its Chinese customer who has placed this order. The boost module i...
    BorgWarner extends contract to supply 400V high voltage coolant heaters to a major global OEM
    BorgWarner has extended its contract to supply 400V high voltage coolant heaters (HVCH) to a major global OEM, the Michigan-based supplier announced on February 8. It said that these 400V HVCH will be used on the undisclosed automaker’s battery-electric light-vehicle platforms, specifically SUV and passenger truck programs. The business win is one of three contracts secured with North American OEMs for BorgWarner’s HVCH, it said in its press note. According to BorgWarner, the robust 40...
    BorgWarner to supply electric motor components to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors
    BorgWarner announced on Feb. 8 that it has begun producing an eMotor rotor and stator to be supplied to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors. It said that these electric motor components will be used by XPeng on its X9 MPV as well as its next electric B-class sedan, with start of production planned for the third quarter of 2024. According to BorgWarner, the high-voltage hairpin (HVH) 220 eMotor offers high power and torque density, and higher efficiency at a competitive cost, as well as an ...
    General Motors, LG Chem sign $19 billion cathode material supply deal
    South Korean battery-materials company LG Chem has signed a 25 trillion won (about $19 billion) deal with US carmaker General Motors to supply the latter with battery cathode materials, LG Chem announced Feb. 7. The new long-term supply contract follows a comprehensive agreement between the two companies in July 2022. This supply contract strengthens the cooperation between the two companies and specifies a portion of the agreed volume, LG Chem said. With the new cathode material supply co...
    Magna bags a new contract to supply eDrive systems to a North American OEM
    Canadian auto-parts supplier Magna has bagged a new contract from a North America-based original equipment manufacturer to supply a specialized primary rear eDrive system for one of the company’s high-end niche vehicle platforms, Magna announced Feb. 6. The highly complex eDrive system, which is a variant of Magna’s 800V eDS Duo, delivers exceptional power and performance offered by only a few vehicles on the road today, the company said, adding that its all-new eDrive system boasts ...
    Evtec Aluminium secures $67M supply contract with JLR for new EV line
    Blackboxstocks has announced that its planned acquisition target, Evtec Aluminium, has executed a supply contract with JLR to supply parts for a new line of Jaguar Electric Vehicles, in a press release dated Feb. 1. The contract is expected to provide over $67 million in new sales to Evtec, excluding aftermarket and model life extensions. Evtec will be a single-source supplier for key components in the EV powertrain of the new line of EVs being introduced by Jaguar. The vehicles will have a ...
    Continental supplies tires for Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is relying on Continental's expertise for its new E-Class, equipping the vehicle with EcoContact 6 Q tires that offer exceptional energy efficiency, improved noise levels and a long service life, according to a press release on Jan. 31. Continental has developed the EcoContact 6 Q tire for various vehicle models, regardless of their drive type, by using a special rubber compound that reduces energy absorption and friction. The tire's improved tread provides better grip on dry an...
    Lotus Emeya to feature RoboSense M Platform sensors
    RoboSense, a provider of lidar and perception solutions, announced that Lotus has equipped its newly launched electric sedan Emeya with two RoboSense M Platform lidar sensors. It is the second Lotus vehicle to incorporate these sensors, following the Eletre, the original equipment manufacturer's electric sport utility vehicle (SUV). Lotus itself will use the sensors to advance the Emeya’s intelligent driving systems, according to a press release on Jan. 30. The compact, high-performance M P...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply Geolandar G91 tires to Subaru for new Forester
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it will supply its Geolandar G91 tires as original equipment (OE) to Subaru Corp. for the latter's new sport utility vehicle (SUV), the 2025 Forester (US model), according to a press release on Jan. 26. The Geolandar G91 tires are designed to provide fuel-efficiency, safety and comfortable performance, and have been developed using Yokohama Rubber's proprietary HAICoLab technology, which combines human inspiration and creativity with AI's massiv...
    Posco International secures a large order to supply motor cores from Hyundai
    Posco International has secured an order to supply 1.03 million units of drive motor cores to the South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor, according to a news report published by Business Korea on Jan. 19. The report mentioned that these motor cores will be used in the electric vehicles that Hyundai and Kia plan to produce locally in Europe from 2025 to 2034. The drive motor cores will be supplied through Hyundai Mobis’ factory in Slovakia, with 550,000 units allocated to Hyundai’s vehicle...
    Hyundai Motor Group secures four-year lithium deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor has signed a deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium Group to secure the supplies of lithium hydroxide, a key raw material required for electric vehicle batteries, for four years starting Jan. 1, 2024, according to a news report published by The Korea Economic Daily on Jan. 19. The report, however, did not disclose more details about the arrangement between the two companies, including the financial terms and total supply volume. The Hyundai-Ganfeng deal new...
    Svolt to supply lithium-ion phosphate batteries for Citroën’s electric hatchback ë-C3
    Svolt Energy Technology will supply its innovative lithium-ion phosphate battery to Citroën for the French carmaker’s affordable small electric car — the ë-C3, the battery-maker said in a press note on Jan. 18. Citroën’s ë-C3, which is slated for commercial launch in the spring of 2024, will be powered by Svolt’s 44-kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery. According to Svolt, its lithium-ion phosphate offers greater thermal and chemical stability, and can withstand more charging cy...
    Hesai selected by global automotive OEM for advanced driver assistance systems lidars
    Hesai Technology announced that a global automaker has selected the company to supply its ultrahigh-resolution, long-range lidar, the AT128, according to a press release dated Jan. 5. The lidar will be integrated in an upcoming all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) as part of a Level 2+ advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). With this latest design win, Hesai's products are now integrated into over 50 ADAS series production electric vehicle models. These models are produced by 15 majo...
    Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics selects Aeva to supply 4D lidar for autonomous trucks
    According to a press release on Jan. 9, Aeva, a developer of sensing and perception systems, will supply Daimler Truck with long and ultralong-range lidar sensors for the trucking company’s series production autonomous commercial vehicle program. Through the collaboration, Aeva will supply Atlas — its newly revealed automotive-grade 4D lidar technology — to Daimler Truck and collaborate with Torc Robotics to enable SAE Level 4 capabilities, starting with the Class 8 Freig...
    Mobileye expands collaboration with Mahindra and Mahindra to explore next-gen advanced driving technology
    In a press release on Jan. 9, Mobileye announced that it is expanding its relationship with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), an Indian original equipment manufacturer. Mobileye will collaborate with M&M to introduce multiple solutions based on Mobileye's next-generation EyeQ6 systems-on-chip, and sensing and mapping software, including an intent to build a full-stack autonomous driving system. Mobileye will leverage its extensive portfolio of advanced solutions and expertise i...
    Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System to be featured in 2025 Infiniti QX80
    The all-new 2025 Infiniti QX80 will feature a segment-exclusive Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System, Panasonic said Jan. 8. The Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System is powered by Panasonic. The system includes 24 specifically designed speakers, such as titanium tweeters, a high-performance 8-inch TriPower subwoofer and Highline roof-mounted speakers, driven by a 24-channel amplifier with a 1-GHz digital signal processor. This integration represents the first of many new featu...
    Mobileye's excess inventory alert puts strain on automotive chip sector
    Mobileye Global issued a cautionary statement on Jan. 4, signaling that a reduction in orders from customers seeking to clear excess inventory would negatively impact its results for the year, according to a report published by Reuters on Jan. 4. This announcement triggered a sell-off in the shares of automotive chip suppliers. The Israel-based company, catering to clients such as Volkswagen and Porsche, witnessed a significant decline of 28.2% in its shares, reaching a one-year low of $...
    Top global automotive OEM selects Aeva to directly supply lidar for series production program
    In a press release on Jan. 3, Aeva announced that one of the top global automotive original equipment manufacturers has selected Aeva as its tier 1 lidar supplier for its series production vehicle program. The multiyear production program is expected to generate revenues starting in the first quarter of 2024 with production ramp by mid-decade. Aeva expects to reveal more details with the OEM regarding this major win in early 2024. “This win is a defining moment for Aeva and the la...
    Kodiak Robotics selects Ambarella AI domain controller SoC for next-gen autonomous trucks
    Ambarella and Kodiak Robotics have announced in a press release on Jan. 2 that Kodiak selected Ambarella’s CV3-AD685 AI domain control system-on-chip (SoC) as a complete embedded compute solution for its next-generation autonomous vehicles. This SoC provides a complete embedded solution for Kodiak’s multisensor perception, fusion and path planning — running neural networks while processing multiple cameras, lidars and radars. Kodiak has already logged over 300,000 mi...
    Kongsberg Automotive gets new contract worth over €19 million for headrest business
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) announced that its headrest business has secured a contract extension as well as a new contract worth over €19 million in estimated lifetime revenue, according to a company press release dated Dec. 27. The four-year contracts were awarded by a tier 1 customer. KA will supply headrest mechanisms globally across two vehicle platforms, which includes an all-electric vehicle. The headrest mechanisms are developed and produced at KA's Mullsjo facility in Sweden. It...
    ClearMotion to supply smooth suspension tech for Nio's ET9 EV
    ClearMotion announced a significant deal with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio. The partnership involves ClearMotion supplying its active suspension technology for Nio's upcoming luxury sedan model, the ET9, with a contract spanning 750,000 cars over the sedan's lifetime. Nio's ET9, scheduled for launch on Dec. 23, is set to enter production in late 2024, according to a report published by Reuters on Dec. 23. ClearMotion Founder and Chief Technology Officer Zack Anderson reveale...
    Kongsberg Automotive wins contracts worth €49 million from European automaker
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has received two contracts valued at about €49 million in estimated lifetime revenue, it said in a press release dated Dec. 22. The contracts were awarded to KA by a global automotive manufacturer based in Europe for the production and supply of hose and tube assemblies (flow control systems) and lever shifters (shift-by-wire) used in electric vehicles (powertrain and chassis). The hose and tube assemblies, which are designed to transport fluids including...
    Hongqi uses Toyoda Gosei’s pop-up hood actuator for its EH7 model
    Toyoda Gosei has announced that its safety product, the pop-up hood actuator, has been adopted by Chinese automaker Hongqi, according to a press release on Dec. 25. The pop-up hood actuator will be used in its EH7 model. The pop-up hood actuator quickly raises the hood in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, creating a space between the hood and the rigid parts beneath it, thereby reducing the impact on the pedestrian’s head. The supplier had recently reviewed the structure o...
    STMicroelectronics signs long-term Silicon Carbide supply agreement with Li Auto
    According to a press release on Dec. 22, STMicroelectronics (ST) has signed a long-term supply agreement with Li Auto, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, to provide Silicon Carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) devices for Li Auto's high-voltage battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Under the agreement, ST will provide Li Auto with SiC MOSFETs to support its strategy of offering premium smart EVs with superior performance and range. The agreement...
    Yokohama Rubber’s Advan V61 tires coming factory-equipped on new Lexus LBX
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. announced in a press release on Dec. 13 that it is supplying its Advan V61 tires as original equipment (OE) to Lexus for use on the new compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) — the LBX — sales of which will be launched in Japan, Europe, Asia and other markets in December. The new LBX is being fitted with 225/55R18 98H and 225/60R17 99H. The Advan V61 tire being supplied as OE is a high-performance tire in Yokohama's global flagship...
    Here HD Live Map powers BMW Personal Pilot Level 3 highly automated driving function
    BMW has announced the availability of its Personal Pilot Level 3 highly automated driving function in Germany starting from March 2024, with the Here HD Live Map playing a central role in the function, according to a press release on Dec. 13. The Here HD Live Map provides critical information about the car's environment and route ahead, and is used to define the operational design domain (ODD) for the function. The map data is used to enhance situational awareness by providing precise informa...
    Major OEM commissions rFpro to create digital twin of the Tōmei Expressway in Japan
    According to a press release on Dec. 14, rFpro has been commissioned by a major automotive original equipment manufacturer to create a highly accurate digital twin of the Tōmei Expressway in Japan. The virtual model will be used for powertrain calibration, including optimizing drivability, efficiency and Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) results, as well as high-speed testing. The digital twin has been developed using survey-grade lidar scan data, ensuring a...
    Yokohama Rubber’s Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tires coming factory-equipped on Honda’s new Odyssey
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tires as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the automaker’s new minivan, Odyssey, which will be launched in Japan in December. The Odyssey is being equipped with the Advan dB V551 in the 225/50R18 95V size, and the Aspec A349 in the 215/60R17 96H size, according to a press release on Dec. 7. The Advan dB V551 is a premium comfort tire that achieves both advanced noise reduction...
    SiriusXM to launch on Rivian's R1T and R1S vehicles
    According to a press release on Dec. 4, SiriusXM has announced that it will be launching its audio entertainment service on Rivian's R1T and R1S electric vehicles in the US in 2024. The collaboration between the two companies will directly integrate SiriusXM into Rivian's in-vehicle software. Upon launch, new and existing Rivian owners will be able to opt in and activate a three-month SiriusXM trial subscription directly on their vehicle's center display. The trial subscription will include S...
    Envision in advanced negotiations with Renault to supply batteries in Spain
    Chinese electric vehicle battery-maker Envision is in advanced negotiations with the French carmaker Renault to supply batteries from its 10-GWh gigafactory that it plans to build in Navalmoral de la Mata, Cáceres, Spain, according to a news report published by local publication La Tribuna de Automoción on Nov. 21. Envision plans to invest €1.31 billion in the first phase of its upcoming gigafactory to set up a production capacity of 10 GWh, the report said, adding that the battery-m...
    Iveco selects Continental as exclusive tire supplier for eDaily 42S electric van
    In a press release announcement on Nov. 22, Iveco said that it has selected Continental as its exclusive supplier for tires for its all-electric van, the eDaily 42S. Continental will provide a range of tires, including summer, all-season and winter tires, which have been specifically designed to meet the needs of electric vehicles. The tires include the VanContact Ultra, VanContact Eco, VanContact 4Season and VanContact Winter. The VanContact Ultra is a premium tire with a long-service l...
    Ecarx begins mass production of Antora 1000 computing platform for Lynk & Co. 06 SUV
    Ecarx announced that it has begun the mass production of its Antora 1000 computing platform for the Lynk & Co. 06 sport utility vehicle (SUV), in a press release dated Nov. 21. This follows the recent debut of the Lynk & Co. 08 EM-P SUV equipped with Ecarx's full-stack solution. The Lynk & Co. 06 EM-P SUV features a 14.6-inch floating central control screen and a 10.2-inch thin-film-transistor instrument cluster. The Ecarx Antora 1000 boasts a technical specification that includes...
    Talbros Automotive Components receives multiyear orders worth 5.80 billion Indian rupees
    Talbros Automotive Components has received new multiyear orders worth about 5.80 billion Indian rupees (about $69.6 million) from both domestic and overseas customers, it said in a press release dated Nov. 20. The orders are to be executed over a period of the next five years, starting from fiscal year 2025 onward, and cover the company’s product lines such as gaskets, heat shields, forgings, chassis and rubber hoses. The company has received orders from export original equip...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Advan V35 tires to Porsche’s Cayenne model
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Advan V35 tires as original equipment (OE) to Porsche AG for use on the automaker’s facelift model of the Cayenne premium sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is sold worldwide, according to a press release on Nov. 15. The tire sizes are 285/40R22 110V for the front and 315/35R22 111V for the rear. The Cayenne SUVs are also being fitted with Advan Sport V107 ultrahigh-performance tires. The Advan V35 is an ultrahigh-performance t...
    Toyoda Gosei to supply hydrogen tank, topcoat-less, hot-stamped grille for Toyota’s Crown sedan
    Toyoda Gosei has announced that it will supply a high-pressure hydrogen tank and topcoat-less, hot-stamped grille for the new Crown sedan by Toyota Motor, according to a company press release dated Nov. 13. The fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) model of the Crown sedan is equipped with high-pressure hydrogen tanks to store the hydrogen fuel. The high-pressure hydrogen tank is jointly developed using technology by Toyota Motor and Toyoda Gosei. Placed in the rear of the vehicle, the tank offer...
    Pioneer supplies display audio units and premium audio systems for Toyota Yaris Cross SUV in Thailand
    Pioneer has been supplying Toyota Motor Thailand Co. Ltd. with display audio units and premium audio systems, according to its press release dated Nov. 8. The display audio units and premium audio systems are factory-installed in the new Toyota Yaris Cross SUV, which was launched in Thailand in October 2023. The Pioneer Display Audio features a large 10.1-inch screen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Pioneer Premium Sound System consists of six branded speakers. Durin...
    Hankook Tire continues Nissan partnership with 2024 Nissan Frontier models
    Hankook Tire & Technology announced its continued partnership with Nissan, supplying the company's next-generation 2024 Frontier with two fitments: the all-terrain Dynapro AT2 in size 265/70R17 and the premium all-season Dynapro HT in size P265/70R16. Both fitments will be produced at Hankook Tire's Tennessee plant in the United States, according to a press release dated Nov. 8 . "We're excited to continue our partnership with Nissan, providing versatile tire products for both on-and-off ...
    Polestar 4 to integrate Luminar LiDAR with Mobileye Chauffeur
    According to a press release by Luminar dated Nov. 9, Polestar is working with Luminar and Mobileye to enhance safety and the future autonomous driving capabilities of Polestar 4 with the integration of Luminar’s next-generation lidar technology with Mobileye's Chauffeur platform. Announced in August, Polestar 4 has planned to be the first production car to feature Mobileye Chauffeur, now with Luminar LiDAR, which builds upon the full-surround camera-based SuperVision platform available in ...
    Aeva to supply long-range lidar to May Mobility
    Aeva has announced it will be the exclusive supplier of long-range lidar sensors for May Mobility globally, in a press release dated Nov. 8. The multiyear supply agreement provides volume commitments through 2028, with delivery starting this year and production ramping up in 2025. May Mobility has provided more than 350,000 rides using its autonomous technology, most of which have been provided using the Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS vehicle platform. “May Mobility is championing an autonomo...
    Polestar signs agreement with SK On to procure battery modules
    Swedish premium electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has signed an agreement with South Korean battery maker SK On, wherein the latter is slated to supply battery cell modules for the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric 4-door GT, the car company announced Nov. 6. SK On was chosen by Polestar owing to their superior battery cell technology that offers high-performing chemistry, fast charging, efficient discharging and superior driving range, according to Polestar's press note, which added that th...
    Hesai secures lidar design win with Leapmotor
    Hesai Technology has secured an automotive lidar design win with electric vehicle (EV) maker Leapmotor, according to a press release dated Nov. 3. Hesai will supply its ultra-high resolution long-range lidar AT128 for Leapmotor's upcoming series production vehicle model. Founded in 2015, Leapmotor is an EV company with a full suite of research and development and manufacturing capabilities. The company developed the LeapPilot intelligent driving assistance system, which continuously introduce...
    Rheinmetall secures order for eco-friendly vehicle plain bearings
    Rheinmetall has secured an order for plain bearings to be used in an environmentally friendly vehicle powered by an electric motor, it said in a press release dated October 26. The order comes from an international automaker with a focus on e-mobility. The order is valued at several hundred thousand euros and will be delivered starting in January 2024. Rheinmetall's plain bearings offer high-quality materials, damping and smooth-running characteristics, and the company expects to receive furt...
    Kempower to supply DC charging solutions to Daimler-Volvo-Traton JV
    Finnish DC fast-charging equipment manufacturer Kempower announced October 18 that it has signed a contract to deliver electric vehicle charging solutions for heavy-duty vehicles to Milence, a joint venture between Traton Group, Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG. Established in July 2022, Milence aims to roll out Europe’s biggest EV charging network for heavy-duty vehicles, including at least 1,700 high-performance public charging points across Europe by 2027. With an initial funding of €5...
    BMW, Allegro MicroSystems collaborate on traction inverters for BEVs
    Allegro MicroSystems, a leading supplier of power and sensing semiconductor technology for motion control and energy-efficient systems, announced October 17 that German luxury-car maker BMW Group has selected Allegro as the sole current-sensor integrated circuits (ICs) supplier for its traction inverter systems used across the company’s entire fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The IC’s built-in overcurrent detection and self-diagnostics will enable BMW to meet the highest level o...
    Chery to use CATL’s Shenxing ultrafast-charging battery
    Chinese automaker Chery will become the first car manufacturer to use CATL’s fast-charging Shenxing battery, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on October 16. The report cited company announcement. It further elaborated that CATL’s Shenxing battery will be featured in Chery's premium Exceed branded cars. The move is expected to further deepen the ties between the two companies, it said, citing CATL, which is the world’s largest battery-maker. According to the report, wh...
    Yokohama Rubber’s BluEarth AE-01 tires coming factory-equipped on Honda’s new N-Box
    According to a press release on October 18, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it will supply its BluEarth AE-01 tires as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the automaker's new mini-vehicle, N-Box, which was launched in Japan in October. The N-Box will be equipped with 15565R1475S size tires. The BluEarth AE-01 is a fuel-efficient standard tire in Yokohama's global tire brand, which is designed to be environmentally, human and socially friendly. The t...
    Tenneco to supply CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension electronic shock absorbers for Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE
    Tenneco will equip the model year 2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance plug-in hybrid model with its CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension electronic shock absorber, it said in a press release dated October 16. The CVSA2 technology adapts to damping conditions based on steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, displacement and other data points. “CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension technology allows drivers to make the most of the capabilities of a world-class powertrain, while enjo...
    Panasonic Automotive Systems to supply full-display meters for Mazda’s CX-90
    Panasonic has announced that its full-display meters will be installed in Mazda Motor’s CX-90, it said in a press release on October 16. The CX-90 will be the second Mazda passenger vehicle to feature Panasonic's full-display meters. The full-display meter is a system that utilizes a large 12.3-inch display to show the driver graphics of a vehicle's conditions, such as speed and warnings. The graphics change according to the vehicle conditions to provide timely and appropriate information, ...
    Svolt Energy to supply about 90 GWh of battery capacity to BMW in Europe
    Chinese battery-maker Svolt Energy has received an order to supply about 90 GWh of battery capacity to German luxury-car maker BMW in Europe, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on October 12. The report cited a local media publication named 36kr. It said that the 90 GWh battery-supply order to Svolt Energy is valued at up to 96 billion Chinese yuan (about $13 billion). Svolt Energy will become a battery supplier to BMW, which already has supply agreements with China’s leading ...
    Hankook to supply Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV tires for Hyundai Ioniq 6
    Hankook has equipped the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with its Ventus S1 Evo 3 electric vehicle tires, it said in a press release dated October 12. These tires have low-rolling resistance and a lightweight, robust construction to meet the requirements of all EVs. Hankook will offer the Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV in the size 22555R18W for the Ioniq 6. “We are very pleased with the confidence Hyundai has shown in our premium tyres, and that the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev will be used in its new top electric model. With t...
    Lattice FPGAs selected to deliver Mazda’s next-gen driving experiences
    Lattice Semiconductor, the low-power programmable supplier, has announced that its new Lattice field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) now enable advanced driver experiences on Mazda Motor Corp.'s new CX-60 and CX-90 models, according to a press release on October 10. The Mazda crossover sport utility vehicles (SUVs) leverage an interface bridging solution based on multiple low-power Lattice FPGAs to provide safety-critical advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) side-radar applications...
    Hesai's AT128 lidar to enhance Neta Auto's smart EVs with advanced driving capabilities
    Hesai Technology has announced an advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) lidar design win with Neta Auto, according to a company press release dated October 10. Hesai will supply its ultrahigh-resolution, long-range lidar, AT128, for Neta Auto's upcoming vehicle model, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2025. The AT128 is an automotive-grade lidar capable of outputting real-time 3D data at a rate of 1.53 million points per second. The collaboration aims to enhance the ad...
    GMV to supply positioning technologies for future BMW Group vehicles
    GMV has been selected by the BMW Group to supply next-generation positioning technologies intended to support new automated driving capabilities for future BMW vehicles, based on a press release by GMV on October 3. The positioning solution provided by GMV is comprised of two components — an onboard Positioning Engine (PE) software, and a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Corrections Service (CS) that provides vehicles with corrections to the Broadcast GNSS Ephemeris, augmentat...
    ZKW equips Volvo EX90 electric SUV with LED headlights
    ZKW has equipped Volvo’s EX90 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with high-quality LED headlights, it said in a press release dated October 5. The digital high-definition (HD) light modules contain over 1.3 million pixel resolution and adapts dynamically to the traffic and precisely blends out other road users. When switched to high beam, the daytime running light splits up and down to reveal the main headlamp. “The unique front lighting, which is distinctive for the brand, combines exc...
    LG Energy Solution to supply lithium-ion batteries to Toyota in the US
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) has signed a supply agreement with Toyota Motor North America Inc., Toyota announced October 4. Under the agreement, LGES will supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery modules for Toyota battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that will be assembled in the US. “Under the contract, LG Energy Solution will supply automotive battery modules at an annual capacity of 20 GWh starting from 2025,” the carmaker said in a statement October 4. The battery ...
    Toyota Boshoku unveils luxurious Century seats with massage, heat and ventilation functions
    Toyota Boshoku has developed seats and interiors for the new Century models by Toyota, it said in a press release dated September 21. The front passenger and second-row seats can slide forward to create space for an ottoman extension and fully reclined back position, up to 77 degrees. The seats feature massage, heat and ventilation functions, as well as decoration and styling inspired by traditional Japanese "Suganui" embroidery technique. The interior includes LED color illumination on the p...
    Nvidia powers Denza’s smart-driving options for N7 model lineup
    Denza, the luxury electric vehicle brand and joint venture between BYD and Mercedes-Benz, is debuting new intelligent driving features for its entire N7 model lineup, powered by the Nvidia Drive Orin System-on-Chip (SoC), according to a press release on September 27. The N7 series was introduced earlier in 2023 as a family of five-seater sport utility vehicles (SUVs) for commuters looking to sport a deluxe EV with advanced driving functionality. All N7 models can be equipped with the Nvidia D...
    Foresight partners with Chinese EV manufacturer to provide 3D vision technology
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings announced the signing of a multiphase cooperation agreement with a leading global electric vehicle Chinese original equipment manufacturer, specializing in EVs, rechargeable batteries and related products, according to a press release on September 21. The first phase of the agreement consists of a proof of concept (POC) project to evaluate Foresight’s 3D perception capabilities, including high-resolution point cloud, object detection and disparity map, for poss...
    Hesai announces production design win for in-cabin lidar with leading automotive OEM
    Hesai Technology has announced a new design win with FAW Group for their next-generation electric vehicle model under Hongqi brand. It marks the first design win for Hesai's ultrathin, long-range lidar ET25, and the first-series production program with an in-cabin lidar solution to be announced globally. The program is expected to begin mass production and delivery by the first half of 2025. During the project collaboration, FAW Group has played a key role in integrating and optimizing t...
    Grammer to supply center console for rear seat in the HiPhi X EV
    Grammer AG will supply the rear-bench center console for Human Horizons' HiPhi X electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), it said in a press release dated September 7. The rear center console features a display holder, smartphone trays, cupholders and two fold-out tables hidden under a butterfly armrest. “As one of the Chinese showcase projects for the European market, the HiPhi X is on a par with current high-end models from established premium manufacturers when it comes to superior qua...
    Mercedes-Benz and Steel Dynamics secure sustainable steel supply deal for Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant
    Mercedes-Benz has signed an agreement with Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) to source more than 50,000 metric tons of CO2-reduced steel annually for its plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to a press release on September 18. SDI steel will be made using an electric arc furnace (EAF) and will use electricity from 100% renewable sources. With EAFs powered by green electricity, emissions can be reduced by more than half to 1.0-metric ton CO2 per metric ton steel on average, compared to prima...
    FAW Group and Mobileye partner to develop intelligent driving technology
    FAW Group and Mobileye have announced a new strategic partnership leveraging their respective industry advantages in software, hardware and technology products. The two sides will work together to create new products based on Mobileye SuperVision and Mobileye Chauffeur platforms, according to a press release on September 14. Qiu Xian Dong, chairman and secretary of the CPC FAW Group Committee, and Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye, held the signing ceremony on Septem...
    Cipia secures 10 additional car models with Chinese automaker Chery
    Cipia announced that it has been awarded 10 additional design wins for automaker Chery, one of the top auto exporters in China. The deal will see Cipia’s Driver Sense driver monitoring system (DMS) installed in 10 car models, in addition to the eight Chery models previously awarded to Cipia, according to a press release on September 12. This new award more than doubles the number of Chery models to incorporate Cipia’s DMS, reaching 18 models. The new vehicles will be sold g...
    Smart selects Mobileye SuperVision for advanced driving automation
    According to a press release on September 6, Smart announced a special upcoming model will feature Navigation smart Pilot (NSP) and a series of highly advanced driver-assistance features built upon the Mobileye SuperVision™ system.  The special edition electric vehicle (EV) will offer smart Pilot Assist 2.0 version, which will be designed to gradually enable point-to-point automatic navigation on highways and urban expressways, automated lane changes, automated on/off-ramp assist and i...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Toyota’s 2024 Grand Highlander with Geolandar X-CV tires
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it is supplying its Geolandar X-CV tires as original equipment (OE) for Toyota Motor Corp.’s first-ever Grand Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV), which was launched in North America in June. The Grand Highlander is being fitted with 255/65R18 111H and 255/55R20 107V size tires, according to a press release on September 8. The Geolandar X-CV tires being supplied as OE on the first-ever Grand Highlander represent a new standard in hi...
    Smart Eye to supply driver monitoring system software to 12 car models from Japanese OEM
    Smart Eye has been selected by a Japanese automaker to supply its driver monitoring system (DMS) software to 12 car models, it said in a press release on September 6. The estimated revenue of the order is 500 million Swedish kronor (about $45 million) based on estimated product life-cycle projections. The new models will go into production in mid-2025. “Thanks to this latest deal we are firmly leading the Japanese [original equipment manufacturer] market. The road to get here has been ...
    Kasai develops door trims for Toyota Alphard and Vellfire models
    Interior-parts maker Kasai Kogyo Co. Ltd. has successfully developed thin initial thickness and highly foam injection molding, which are used in door trims for Toyota’s new Alphard and Vellfire models in Japan. In a press release dated August 31, Kasai said that the technology reduces the amount of plastic material used despite achieving optimal product performance. It leads to lightweighting of the vehicle and also to a reduction in CO2 emissions. Significance: The technology has been adop...
    Hyundai and LG Energy to invest additional $2 billion in Georgia, US, plant
    Hyundai Motor and LG Energy Solution (LGES) will spend an additional $2 billion in their Georgia, US, plant, according to an official statement on September 1. The companies will also hire an additional 400 workers to manufacture electric vehicle batteries at the plant. The initial plans included production of 300,000 vehicles per year at the plant. Expansion is possible to manufacture 500,000 vehicles annually. Significance: This investment is an addition to the announcement made in May. ...
    Continental supplies Alfa Romeo’s new Tonale with EcoContact 6 tires
    According to a press release announcement on August 29, Continental said that it will be supplying tires for Alfa Romeo’s new Tonale model. Alfa Romeo is counting on the original equipment expertise of Continental by factory-fitting the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) with 17-inch and 18-inch EcoContact 6 premium tires. The tires are designed for energy-efficient and noise-optimized driving. The characteristics of the EcoContact 6 tire are a good fit for the hybrid-drive versions in partic...
    Polestar selects Mobileye to bring autonomous technology to Polestar 4
    According to a press release on August 25, Polestar and Mobileye are collaborating to bring autonomous technology to Polestar 4 with potential for other vehicles, using the Mobileye Chauffeur autonomous vehicle platform that will be manufactured and integrated by Ecarx. Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar's CEO, commented, “We are very keen to push innovation in our performance electric vehicles together with Mobileye. We know that driving yourself is not always fun and exciting — this techno...
    Zeekr selects Wind River Linux for future E/E architecture development
    Wind River announced that Wind River Linux has been selected by global electric-mobility technology brand Zeekr to power its future electronic and electrical (E/E) architecture for software-defined vehicles, based on a press release dated August 23. Wind River Linux, which includes a comprehensive suite of tools and life-cycle services for building and supporting intelligent-edge solutions, will be embedded in the future Zeekr Electronic and Electrical Architecture (ZEEA) platform. Signifi...
    Rheinmetall signs contract to supply structural parts to EV manufacturer
    Rheinmetall will supply structural parts to a premium automaker for a contract in the low three-digit million euro range, according to a company press release dated August 17. The parts will be used in fully electric vehicles. Rheinmetall will begin supplying the parts from 2026 for a period of 10 years. The lateral girders will serve as lightweight structural parts. The parts will be based on a complex-casting solution and designed to reduce crash energy. The parts will support the chassis. ...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Porsche’s Cayenne with Advan Sport V107 tires
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. announced that has begun supplying its Advan Sport V107 tires to Porsche AG as original equipment (OE) for the German automaker’s facelift model of Cayenne, according to a press release on August 8. The Cayenne is being fitted with 285/40R22 110Y front tires and 315/35R22 111Y rear tires. The Advan Sport V107 is an ultrahigh-performance tire under the Advan brand, Yokohama’s global flagship tire brand. The tire is targeted for use on three premium car categories ...
    Hyundai Mobis secures a large order from Volkswagen to supply battery-system assemblies
    South Korean component supplier Mobis announced August 9 that it has secured a large-scale overseas contract from Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen. Mobis said that as part of the contract, it will supply battery-system assemblies (BSAs) to the German carmaker. These BSAs will be integrated into VW’s next-generation electric vehicle platform, the company said, adding that it plans to establish a new production base near an automobile plant in Spain to supply the said BSAs after obtaini...
    BorgWarner to supply e-motor stator, inverter to a major East Asian OEM
    BorgWarner announced August 2 that it has won a major order from an East Asian original equipment manufacturer to supply its electric-motor stator and inverter for the automaker’s new electric vehicle platform. The EV platform is scheduled to enter production by mid-2025, it said. Although BorgWarner did not name the East Asian automaker, it said that the two companies have been sharing a technological partnership for more than two decades. As a result, BorgWarner is fully equipped with an ...
    BorgWarner to supply new integrated drive module to a leading Chinese carmaker
    Michigan-based automotive component supplier BorgWarner will supply a new integrated drive module (iDM) to a leading Chinese original equipment manufacturer, the company said August 2. It is anticipated that production will start in the second quarter of 2024, the company said. BorgWarner said that production of its iDM technology is expected to be carried out at its manufacturing facility based in Wuhan, China. Notably, BorgWarner’s all-new iDM works to enhance the overall hybrid-d...
    Innoviz Technologies to develop B-Samples of new lidar platform for next-gen BMW automated vehicles
    Innoviz Technologies and the BMW Group are expanding their collaboration by starting a B-Sample development phase on a new generation of lidar. Under the new development agreement, following BMW's requirements, Innoviz will develop these B-Samples based on its second-generation InnovizTwo lidar sensor, according to a press release dated August 2. After a couple of years working together on an existing program that will include the first deployment of lidar-enabled highly automa...
    Vitesco Technologies to supply its axle drive EMR3 to Honda for all-new electric SUV
    Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, announced July 31 that it is delivering its integrated axle drive EMR3, which stands for third-generation electronics motor reducer, to the Japanese carmaker Honda for its all-new B-segment electric sport utility vehicle (SUV). It added that in Europe, the said Honda electric SUV will be based on the carmaker’s all-new e:N Architecture F, and will be marketed under the name e:N...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Advan V61 tires to Mazda’s new CX-90
    According to a press release July 27, Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Advan V61 tires as original equipment (OE) to Mazda Motor Corp. for use on the automaker’s new crossover sport utility vehicles (SUVs), the Mazda CX-90, sales of which will be launched in Australia and other markets. The tire size being supplied is 265/55R19 109V. The Mazda CX-90 SUVs launched in the US market are equipped with the Geolandar X-CV tires for high-performance crossover SUVs. The A...
    Access Europe to offer radio and podcast content for Great Wall Motor
    Access Europe has announced that it will provide the Radioline audio entertainment app for Great Wall Motor’s (GWM's) European vehicles, according to a press release dated July 25. Integrated with the Access Twine for Car (Twine4Car) platform for in-vehicle entertainment, the Radioline automotive app will bring a plethora of audio content within a single-branded infotainment system for drivers and passengers. “The aim of [Access] Twine4Car is to enable auto manufacturers to quickly integr...
    Carcoustics to provide acoustical-optimization products for Mercedes-Benz GLC sport utility vehicle
    Carcoustics has announced that it will supply acoustical optimization for the engine-bay area and gear box of the new Mercedes-Benz GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV), it said in a press release dated July 24. The parts are manufactured at the company’s plants in Wrocław, Poland, and Haldensleben, Germany, and delivered to Mercedes-Benz plants in Sindelfingen and Bremen in Germany. Significance: The German supplier manufactures various car components including parts for the powertrain, exteri...
    Pioneer to supply Display Audio units for Toyota Yaris Cross in Indonesia
    Pioneer will factory fit its Display Audio units in all hybrid variants and the S-gasoline version of the new Toyota Yaris Cross in Indonesia, according to a company press release dated July 19. The Display Audio is equipped with a large 10.1-inch screen and compatible with wireless connectivity available in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Significance: The Display Audio offers access to radio, playback music and video content stored in USB flash drives and Bluetooth devices, as well as hands...
    Continental supplies Brabus supercar with SportContact 7 grip tires
    Continental has announced that it will supply 21-inch and 22-inch versions of Continental’s SportContact 7 grip tires for the Brabus supercar, according to a press release July 17. For the new Brabus 930, the Brabus company will be using tires from Continental. Size 275/35 ZR 21 tires will be mounted at the front and 335/25 ZR 22 tires at the rear. This combination will give the 930hp/684 kW car a firm grip on the road and enable it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds. The V8...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness sport utility vehicle with Geolandar A/T G015 tires
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Geolandar A/T G015 to be used as original equipment (OE) tires on the new Crosstrek Wilderness sport utility vehicle (SUV) for North America, which was announced by Subaru Corp. in April. The Crosstrek Wilderness is being fitted with 225/60R17 99T size tires, according to a press release July 13. The Geolandar A/T G015, fitted on the Crosstrek Wilderness, is an all-terrain tire for SUVs with high fuel efficiency, comfort and safety pe...
    LG Energy signs new long-term purchase agreement with SQM for battery-grade lithium products
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) has signed a new long-term purchase agreement with material developer Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile SA (SQM), wherein the latter will supply over 100,000 metric tons of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide during 2023–29, SQM announced July 5. Commenting on the agreement, Carlos Diaz, executive vice president of Lithium, said, “We are grateful for the confidence placed by LGES in SQM’s capacity to supply re...
    Bowers & Wilkins to supply 18-speaker sound system for model year 2024 BMW 5 and above series
    Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) will supply a high-end audio setup in models from the 5 Series and up, BMWBlog reported July 8. It also includes an upgraded 40-speaker, 1,965-watt system for the 7 Series G70. B&W’s 18 speaker system will be featured in the 5 Series and 17 in the i5. The Surround Sound System supplies 655 watts of power. It also features seven 25-mm aluminum tweeters and seven 100-mm midrange speakers. Four midrange speakers use Continuum tech to reduce distortions. Si...
    Talbros gets orders worth $48 million
    Talbros Automotive Components has received orders totaling ₹4 billion ($48.3 million), Indian daily Mint reported on July 7. The orders were secured across its business divisions, product sectors, and joint ventures and included both domestic and foreign customers. The orders span across the company’s product lines including gaskets, heat shields, forgings, and chassis, are to be carried out over the course of the next 5-7 years. Significance: The order breakdown is as follows: Stamped...
    Stellantis signs rare earth offtake term sheet with NioCorp Developments
    Stellantis N.V. has signed a rare earth offtake term sheet with NioCorp Developments Ltd with an objective to enter a definitive agreement to secure a stable supply of rare earth materials such as neodymium-praseodymium oxide, dysprosium oxide and terbium oxide, Stellantis announced on July 6. “The Term Sheet executed today envisions a definitive agreement for a 10-year offtake contract for specific amounts of neodymium-praseodymium oxide, dysprosium oxide, and terbium oxide that NioCorp ai...
    Beijing-based battery-maker WeLion delivers 360 Wh/kg lithium ion cells to Nio
    Beijing-based semisolid-state battery-maker WeLion New Energy Technology has started delivering its high-energy density cells to its Shanghai-based customer — electric-vehicle maker Nio, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on July 1. The report mentioned that WeLion commenced delivery of its 360 Wh/kg lithium ion (Li-ion) cells to Nio on June 30. The battery company had made the announcement updating on this development during a ceremony in Huzhou, Zhejiang province, where...
    BMW to source cell-contacting systems from Molex for next-generation EVs
    US-based supplier of connectivity and electronics solutions Molex announced June 28 that German luxury-car maker BMW Group has shortlisted its Volfinity Cell Contacting System (CCS) for its next-generation electric cars. According to Molex, its patented Volfinity CCS, which has been in development since 2018, delivers a reliable and easy-to-implement interface solution that connects cells to the control board in an electric vehicle battery module, eliminating the need for daisy-chained wires....
    BWI Group partners with ClearMotion to supply suspension components to Chinese OEM
    BWI Group has partnered with ClearMotion to supply full-active suspension components and subsystems to a mainland Chinese new-energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer, it said in a press release dated June 27. Since the collaboration and development on the ClearMotion1 (CM1) high-bandwidth active suspension system, the companies have been focusing on emerging market with increasing importance on vehicle passenger comfort, productivity and experience. “Drawing upon our proprietary and extensive ...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Advan tires to Toyota’s new Alphard and Vellfire
    In a press release announcement June 26, The Yokohama Rubber has said that it is supplying its Advan V03 tires as original equipment (OE) to Toyota Motor for use on the automaker’s new luxury minivans, the Alphard and Vellfire, which were launched in June 2023. The Alphard is being fitted with 225/65R17 102H and 225/60R18 100H size tires while the Vellfire is being equipped with 225/65R17 102H. The Advan V03 is a high-performance tire in Yokohama’s global flagship Advan brand. The tires b...
    Ionity to source high-power EV chargers from Alpitronic
    Ionity, a network of high-power electric vehicle charging stations backed by carmakers such as BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and others, is expanding its supplier base to add Italian EV charging-equipment manufacturer Alpitronic to accelerate its network expansion across Europe, the company announced via a LinkedIn post June 23. “To accelerate further growth, Ionity will collaborate with Alpitronic, well-known for reliable and efficient fast-charging solutions, such as their state-of-the-a...
    Element 25, General Motors sign deal on local production of battery-grade manganese sulfate in the US
    Australia-based materials company Element 25 Ltd. (E25) announced June 26 that it has signed an agreement with General Motors (GM), wherein it will supply up to 32,500 metric tons of manganese sulfate per annum to the US automaker. Manganese sulfate is a key component in lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cathodes. E25 said that the supply of manganese sulfate will support GM’s annual production of more than 1 million electric vehicles in North America. In addition, the agreement also entails ...
    Toyota Boshoku develops new seats for Toyota Alphard and Vellfire
    Toyota Boshoku has supplied interior seats for Toyota’s newest models, Alphard and Vellfire, according to a press release dated June 21. According to the press release, the fundamental design of the seats was overhauled, with measures to prevent vibrations and noise from being transmitted to the occupants. The automaker has also increased the space between the front and second-row seats, and between the second row and third-row seats by 5 mm and 10 mm respectively. Significance: Focusing on...
    Toyota Alphard and Vellfire to use NSG’s antifouling coating technology for interior mirror
    NSG Group has announced that a vanity mirror with antifouling coating technology will be used in the Executive Lounge grades for Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, a company press release dated June 22 read. The vanity mirror is usually installed behind the sun visors in the front seats and in the rear seats of the Executive Lounge grades for Alphard and Vellfire. It is also integrated into the table on the second-row seat, instead of the conventional ceiling-mounting type. Significance: NSG used i...
    Panasonic and Mazda to hold discussions on building long-term partnership on EV batteries
    Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corp. have agreed to hold discussions on establishing a medium- to long-term partnership on electric vehicle batteries, the Japanese carmaker announced June 21. Panasonic Energy and Mazda plans to start having concrete discussions on the former supplying the vehicle manufacturer with automotive cylindrical lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries manufactured at Panasonic’s battery plants in Japan and North America. Mazda said it plans to install ba...
    Ascend Elements signs a $1 billion contract to supply cathode precursor to a customer in the US
    US-based closed-loop battery recycling company Ascend Elements Inc. has signed a multiyear contract to supply about $1 billion worth of sustainable cathode precursor (pCAM) to a major US-based company for the latter’s battery manufacturing process, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2024, Ascend said in an announcement June 7. Ascend said that under the terms of the agreement, the customer has the option to expand the contract to a larger quantity with a value of up to $5 bil...
    Yokohama supplies FAW Toyota’s bZ3 EV with BluEarth-GT AE51 tires
    Yokohama Rubber announced that from February, it has begun delivering its BluEarth-GT AE51 tires as original equipment (OE) for the new bZ3 electric vehicle sedan being sold in China by FAW Toyota Motor (FAW Toyota), according to a press release dated June 5. The tire sizes are 215/65R16 98H and 225/50R18 95V. The bZ3 was jointly developed by BYD Toyota EV Technology ― a joint venture established by Toyota Motor Corp. and BYD Co. Ltd. ― and FAW Toyota. The BluEarth-GT ...
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