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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    dSPACE provides Toyota with ‘Software-in-the-Loop’ simulation solutions
    Toyota Motor Corporation has selected dSPACE for Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) simulation solutions, according to a press release by dSPACE on 24 January 2023. Hirotaka Kaneko, who is responsible for powertrain test environment at Toyota Motor Corporation, reports, “With VEOS, we were able to benefit from a reliable software simulation platform from dSPACE for the validation of new powertrain controls and to front-load the control software development.” The powertrain and its accompanying...
    BMW, Solid Power deepen partnership to advance all-solid-state battery cell design
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group and US-based battery technology company Solid Power have deepened their partnership with a new joint development agreement to further advance the all-solid-state battery cell design and manufacturing know-how, BMW said on 20 January 2023. “Under an expanded joint development agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a basis for their common next steps. This license enables BMW to establish an ASSB prototype line in...
    DANA opens new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to supply Toyota
    DANA Cardanes has inaugurated a new plant in Querétaro that will have a production line for Toyota, according to a report published by MEXICONOW on 18 January 2023. The establishment of the new plant represents an investment of close to USD21 million and the generation of 110 direct jobs, which could increase to 300 once the three lines of the entire project are up and running. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, director of operations at DANA Cardanes, revealed that three production lines ...
    Stellantis secures supply of nickel sulphate from Terrafame for EV batteries
    Stellantis N.V. and Terrafame Ltd.  have signed a supply agreement for nickel sulphate to be used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, Stellantis announced on 18 January 2023. Under the agreement, the Finnish battery material supplier is slated to start supplying Stellantis with nickel sulphate over the five-year term, beginning in 2025. Commenting on the arrangement with Terrafame, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, said, “This agreement is part of the key raw material sourcing to fit with...
    Magna to supply Ram Trucks with ClearView vision system
    In a press release announcement on 18 January 2023, Magna said that its advanced ClearView vision technology has made its production debut on the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The system combines camera and mirror technology and has the potential to minimize blind-spot incidents and improve vehicle safety by increasing the vehicle's visibility. In addition to making it easier to park and maneuver the car, ClearView delivers additional advantages. “ClearVi...
    Cipia announces new design win for ‘Driver Sense’ DMS
    Cipia has announced that the company had secured a design win with an additional Chinese OEM together with tier-1 HiRain, according to a press release on 15 January 2023. Cipia's Driver Sense Driver Monitoring System (DMS) will be incorporated into a pickup truck model that will be sold in South America, Australia and New Zealand. Cipia's DMS will run on an OmniVision system-on-chip (SoC). The model is expected to start production in 2023. This is Cipia's first design victory with bot...
    Samsung SDI mulls building a joint EV battery plant in Hungary with BMW
    South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI is considering setting up a battery manufacturing facility jointly with its largest customer BMW in Hungary, according to a news report published by Business Korea on 12 January 2023. The report said that the development follows a high-profile meeting between Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Jae-yong and BMW chairman Oliver Zipse in December 2022. It said that Samsung SDI is considering building a third plant in Göd, Hungary, in proxim...
    Ushr to supply HD map to Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist 2.0 ADAS
    Ushr has announced that it will supply its high-definition map (HD map) data to Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system, which will be used in model year (MY) 2023 Nissan Ariya all-electric crossover, according to a company press release on 5 January. Ushr worked with Mitsubishi Electric to integrate its data into ProPILOT Assist 2.0. “We have been collaborating with Nissan for a long time, and we are excited to grow our relationship with Ushr to help enable Nissan...
    BYD to deploy Cerence’s conversational AI in EVs globally
    Cerence has announced that BYD will deploy its conversational AI in electric vehicles worldwide, in a press release dated 9 January. By deploying Cerence Assistant, BYD will be able to offer a user friendly in-car experience. Initial models will include multilanguage capabilities, with additional languages to be rolled out in the future. “We understand what automakers are up against when it comes to creating unique in-car systems that build brand loyalty while still enabling access to the s...
    Stellantis signs agreement with Element 25 to secure battery-grade manganese sulphate
    European–American carmaker Stellantis N.V. has signed a binding offtake agreement with Australia-based material supplier Element 25 Limited to secure the supply of battery-grade, high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate, the company announced on 9 January 2023. Under the five-year agreement, Element 25 will begin shipping the manganese sulphate monohydrate to Stellantis for use in its electric vehicle (EV) battery packs in 2026. A total volume of 45 kilotons will be supplied by Element 25...
    Mapbox to offer cloud navigation solution to Toyota Motor Europe
    Mapbox has announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Europe to offer cloud navigation powered by Mapbox Dash, according to a company press release on 4 January. Customers driving Yaris, Yaris Cross, and Aygo X models in Europe will be able to access lane-level navigation, parking search including real-time parking availability, speed limit and speed camera warnings. In an upcoming pilot, Toyota drivers will be able to pay for parking and fuel via their infotainment system. “Our goal is to p...
    Wolfspeed to supply silicon carbide devices to power Mercedes-Benz future EV platforms
    US-based Wolfspeed, Inc. will supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle (EV) platforms, the semiconductor device manufacturing company announced on 4 January 2023. Wolfspeed’s semiconductors will be incorporated into next-generation powertrain systems for several Mercedes-Benz vehicle lines, the company said, adding that its silicon carbide devices will enable greater efficiency in the German luxury carmaker’s powertrains. “Coming from a long-term ...
    Piedmont Lithium amends previous offtake agreement with Tesla, supply to begin H2 2023
    North America-based lithium hydroxide producer Piedmont Lithium has amended its existing offtake agreement with the US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla, Inc. to begin supplying the spodumene concentrate (SC6) from the second half of CY2023, Piedmont said in a media note on 3 January 2023. “Piedmont and Tesla have mutually agreed to amend their previous offtake agreement with the terms of this new agreement, which are binding for a three-year term and include an option to renew for another ...
    CES 2023: Luminar signs new series production for multiple vehicle models with OEMs
    Luminar has announced more commercial momentum at the end of 2022 than anticipated with additional production wins for multiple consumer vehicle models with leading automakers, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. At CES this week, Luminar will host the North American debut of the Volvo EX90, as well as the SAIC Rising Auto R7, and unveil its new software-based mapping product developed last year following the acquisition of Civil Maps. Luminar will also unveil an updated brand and...
    Rheinmetall wins major order to supply contactors to premium German automaker
    Rheinmetall has won a major order worth over a quarter billion euros (over USD 267 million) in the electric mobility segment from a premium German automaker, the company announced on 2 January 2023. The order entails Rheinmetall supplying a new type of contactor for the customer’s all-new 900V electric vehicle (EV) platform. “Rheinmetall won the order in the face of stiff competition from Asia, establishing itself as a global market leader for contactors for this future voltage class...
    CATL, AVATR plan to deepen cooperation on EV battery supply chain
    Mainland China’s largest EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) has signed an agreement with AVATR Technology to deepen its strategic cooperation with the EV maker in Chongqing, Southwest China, the company said on 20 December 2022. “The signing of the agreement will further deepen the cooperation between the two parties,” CATL said in an official statement. It mentioned that it, along with AVATR, will build an industry-leading battery supply chain ecosy...
    European Lithium signs binding long-term lithium offtake agreement with BMW Group
    European Lithium Limited, a listed mining exploration and development company, announced on 21 December that it has signed a binding long-term lithium offtake agreement, via its wholly owned Austrian subsidiary ECM Lithium AT GmbH (ECM), with German luxury car manufacturer BMW Group. With the said binding agreement, European Lithium has secured its first offtake of battery grade lithium hydroxide (LiOH) from its Wolfsberg Lithium Project in Austria. Commenting on the binding agreement with...
    Seeing Machines to supply ‘FOVIO’ driver, occupant monitoring system to European tier-1 OEM
    According to a press release on 22 December 2022, Seeing Machines announced that it has been appointed by an existing tier-1 customer to deliver its FOVIO Driver and Occupant Monitoring System (DMS/OMS) for an additional program with an existing large European-based global automotive group (OEM) customer.  Seeing Machines continues to expand as an automotive tech company in Driver and Occupant Monitoring Systems, having won a total of 15 automotive contracts spanning 10 various OEMs and ...
    CATL signs joint venture agreement with Changan Automobile on EV batteries
    China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited. (CATL) has signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement with Changan Automobile in Chongqing, Southwest China, the company announced on 20 December 2022. According to the official note released by CATL, the JV will further promote symbiotic cooperation and realize a win-win situation for the companies. The agreement with Changan is a part of CATL’s larger strategy of expanding its business globally as well as in ...
    Solid Power deepens joint development partnership with BMW Group
    US solid-state battery and sulfide-based electrolyte technology company Solid Power has deepened its partnership with the BMW Group wherein it has granted the research and development (R&D) license to its all-solid-state cell design and manufacturing know-how to the German luxury carmaker, the company announced on 21 December 2022. According to the official note, the BMW Group intends to duplicate Solid Power’s pilot production lines at its own facility in Germany and produce prototype ...
    Toyoda Gosei develops new faux leather steering wheel
    Toyoda Gosei has developed a new luxurious faux leather steering wheel, which will be first used in the Lexus RX, it said in a press release dated 21 December. The steering wheels were developed in partnership with Seiren. A special coating is applied to the surface to give a smoother and softer feel while also preventing surface deterioration from sweat or cosmetics. Significance: Toyoda Gosei has a lineup of luxury specifications for steering wheels, using real leather and real wood in addi...
    Ford Motor, CATL explore ways to manufacture EV batteries in the US
    US automaker Ford Motor Company and China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Ltd. (CATL) are exploring ways to build a battery manufacturing plant in Michigan in order to qualify for the revised tax incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 in the US, according to a news report published by Bloomberg on 15 December 2022. The report stated that the two companies are working to draw a complex arrangement designed to stay clea...
    Bose to supply sound system to Volvo Cars
    Bose has announced that it will supply sound system for Volvo Cars, starting with the recently unveiled Volvo EX90, according to a company press release on 20 December. The Bose-equipped vehicle model will be available by early 2024. Bose will supply a 14-speaker sound system to enhance the in-cabin experience. “Teaming up with Volvo Cars is a major milestone for us. We share many common characteristics—from our long-standing commitment to delivering incredible consumer experiences to our...
    Guerrilla RF gets purchase order for ultra-low noise amplifiers from EV maker
    Guerrilla RF has announced that it has received a purchase order for ultra-low noise amplifiers for an electric automobile manufacturer, in a press release dated 13 December. The shipments are expected to begin in March 2023 and continue through November. Revenue from the order is expected to be around USD580,000 during that period. “Securing a purchase order with a top tier electric automobile manufacturer is a testament to our ability to deliver a quality product at a competitive price. T...
    Veoneer secures contract to supply restraint control system to North American OEM
    Veoneer's Restraint Control Systems (RCS) business has been awarded a significant, long-term contract to deliver next-generation product to one of North America's largest OEMs, according to a press release on 16 December 2022. In 2026, Veoneer will begin delivering the restraint control system to four of the North American OEM's vehicle platforms, including its electric vehicles (EVs). Restraint Control Systems (RCS) from Veoneer activate the vehicle's passive safety systems, such as tight...
    SmartEye gets USD78 million deal to supply DMS to North American OEM
    Smart Eye has received an order with a global tier-1 supplier, estimated at up to 53 design wins from a North American OEM in a deal worth around SEK800 million (USD78 million), according to a company press release dated 15 December. “This new order, which has been in the making for some time, means three things for us. Firstly, we solidify our position on the important European market, estimated to be 18 million vehicles in 2026. Secondly, it puts us in the lead in North America, expected ...
    Aisin supplies electric powertrain and safety components for new Lexus RX performance model
    Aisin is supplying several electric powertrain and safety components for a new performance variant of the Lexus RX, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The new Lexus RX500h F SPORT Performance comes equipped with the DIRECT 4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system to deliver improved driving pleasure. Lexus launched its new performance model last month. Lexus debuted its DIRECT4 AWD system in the RZ450e, launched earlier this year. According to the carmaker, the system constantly monitor...
    Panasonic Energy to supply lithium-ion batteries to Lucid Motors
    Japanese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Panasonic Energy Company Ltd., a Panasonic Group company, and US-based EV maker Lucid Group, Inc. have signed a multiyear battery supply agreement, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 13 December 2022. Under the said agreement, Panasonic will supply EV batteries to Lucid for latter’s popular luxury electric sedan Lucid Air as well as for its upcoming Gravity sport utility vehicle (SUV), the two companies said Tuesday. Commenting ...
    Rheinmetall wins USD316 million order for exhaust gas recirculation modules
    In a press release dated 12 December, Rheinmetall announced that its Group subsidiary Pierburg has received an order from a well-known automaker for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules, with a lifetime value of around EUR300 million (USD316 million). The order encompasses low- and high-pressure EGR modules. “Winning this order reaffirms Rheinmetall’s strategic goal of maintaining its global market lead in the emissions reduction realm in the long term, firmly on the path to continued ...
    China Automotive Systems introduces new series of electric power steering systems for BYD
    China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has introduced a new series of electric power steering (EPS) systems from the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD, the company said in a press release on 12 December. CAAS won design contracts for column type EPS (C-EPS), dual-pinion type EPS (DP-EPS), and rack parallel type EPS (RP-EPS) from BYD after close collaboration between the research and development (R&D) teams of the two companies for 18 months.  “Working with BYD brings out the best of...
    Honda to purchase 123GWh of EV batteries from CATL in China
    China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) will supply 123 GWh of electric vehicle (EV) batteries to Honda Motor (China) Investment Company Ltd. between 2024 to 2030, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 8 December 2022. According to the official statement, while the arrangement between the two companies will be limited to China, the world’s largest EV market, CATL and Honda have refrained from disclosing the battery and other financi...
    Innovusion supplies lidar technology to Faraday Future’s FF 91 Futurist EV
    Faraday Future Intelligent Electric has announced the selection of Innovusion’s Falcon lidar to power the FF 91’s autonomous driving system, according to a press release on 7 December 2022. The system is intended to integrate into the FF 91 electric vehicle (EV) to deliver real-time 3D vision, even in adverse weather conditions or the darkest of nights. The Falcon lidar from Innovusion is intended to provide the FF 91 Futurist with a level of insight into its surroundings. As a result of ...
    Envision AESC to invest USD810 million in building battery gigafactory in Florence, South Carolina, US
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer Envision AESC plans to invest USD810 million in building a new, state-of-the-art gigafactory in Florence, South Carolina, US, according to a news report published by the Automotive World on 6 December 2022. The facility, which is slated to have an annual production capacity of 30GWh, will create 1,170 new jobs in the region in its first phase of operations. The plant will produce high performance batteries to power the next generation EVs fro...
    Human Horizons selects BlackBerry to power its digital GT, HiPhi Z vehicle
    BlackBerry has announced that Human Horizons has selected BlackBerry QNX technology to power the autonomous driving controller and intelligent digital cockpit controller of its second flagship vehicle, the HiPhi Z, according to a press release on 7 December 2022. The HiPhi Z integrates the most recent technical advancements providing clients with next-level driving experience by using the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS), QNX OS for Safety, and QNX H...
    Sibros partners with Next.e.GO Mobile for connected vehicle data and OTA software management
    Connected vehicle data startup Sibros has partnered with Next.e.GO Mobile to deploy connected mobility solutions into e.GO’s new vehicle models, it said in a press release dated 30 November. e.GO launched sales of e.wave X in October 2022. e.GO has integrated Sibros’ Deep Connected Platform for vehicle-wide data management and over-the-air (OTA) software updates. “Sibros’ comprehensive connected vehicle product suite provides vehicle manufacturers with data-driven insights, empower...
    Lexus selects Bridgestone’s ENLITEN-equipped ALENZA tires for new RX
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 28 November that its ALENZA 001 and ALENZA SPORT A/S Premium Tires with ENLITEN Technology had been selected as OE on the new Lexus RX. While the ALENZA 001 tires in the 235/50R21 101W size will be equipped in the Japanese, European, and Asian models, the ALENZA SPORT A/S tires in the 235/60R19 103V an 235/50R21 101V sizes will be equipped on the North American models. According to the press release, the ALENZA tire...
    Yokohama’s ADVAN V51 selected for OE fitment on Nissan’s new ELGRAND MPV
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama announced via press release on 29 November that its ADVAN V51 tires in size 225/55R18 98V were selected as OE for Nissan’s new ELGRAND MPV. According to the press release, the ADVAN V51 features a tuned tread pattern and compound that allows a high level of quietness. The high-performance tire also features high structural rigidity to enable an exceptional degree of steering stability. Significance: The Japanese tire manufacturer had previously an...
    Zvision Technologies to supply blind spot detection lidar to Baidu’s Apollo RT6 vehicles
    Zvision Technologies, a provider of automotive-grade MEMS lidar solutions in China has announced that Baidu’s Apollo RT6–6th generation unmanned vehicles will be equipped with its next-generation blind spot detection (BSD) lidar sensors, according to a WeChat press release by Zvision Technologies on 2q2November 2022. Apollo RT6 is equipped with the latest generation of Baidu's unmanned driving system is more capable of Level 4 autonomous driving than the previous generation model and...
    BMW Group to construct a high-voltage battery facility at its Debrecen plant in Hungary
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to build a high-voltage battery assembly facility in Debrecen, Hungary, BMW announced on 25 November 2022. The planned battery assembly unit will be located on the site of the Debrecen vehicle plant, which started construction about six months ago, the company said, adding that the new facility is expected to will create more than 500 additional jobs and invest over EUR2 billion (USD2.07 billion) in the construction and launch of the entire plant by the ...
    Hyundai Motor signs MoU with SK On to secure supply of EV batteries in North America
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with battery maker SK On Company Ltd. in order to secure supply of EV batteries in North America, the carmaker announced on 29 November 2022. The MoU was signed at the SK Group headquarters in South Korea by Heung-soo Kim, EVP and head of Corporate Future Growth Planning Division & EV Division of Hyundai Motor Group and Young-chan Choi, Chief Administrative Officer of SK On, the company said. Under...
    Surface Transforms wins new GBP100 million contract for carbon fiber brake discs
    British carbon fiber specialist Surface Transforms announced via press release on 24 November that it had been awarded a contract with as a tier-1 supplier of a carbon ceramic brake disc to an automotive company based in the US and previously named as "OEM 10" in company documents. According to the press release, the supply contract has a lifetime value in excess of GBP100 million (USD120 million) over a 6-year duration starting from 2024 (series production anticipated to commence in the...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    Smart Eye to supply driver monitoring system software to European carmaker
    Smart Eye has been selected to deliver its driver monitoring system (DMS) software for a luxury electric car by a European premium car manufacturer, according to a company press release on 23 November. The automaker has already integrated Smart Eye’s software in an earlier model. The new vehicle model should start production in the first half of 2024 with an estimated revenue of SEK10 million, based on product life cycle volume projections. “We are once again pleased to have an existin...
    Porsche selects Goodyear’s Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 for new Cayman GT4 RS
    American tire manufacturer Goodyear announced via a press release on 23 November that its Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 would be available as an ‘N2-rated’ original equipment (OE) option on the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. According to the press release, the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 features increased lateral stiffness, block stability, and resistance to flex for stability under high G-forces as well as even pressure distribution across the tire’s footprint for precise steering and control...
    Grammar develops center console for smart #1 all-electric SUV
    Grammar has announced that it has developed the center console for smart Automobile’s #1 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a company press release on 24 November. The cockpit features distinctive lines, individual ambient lighting while both air conditioning outlets are at the center console. “With this contour and seamless connection, we are picking up on a key design feature in the exterior and interior, supporting the brand's approach of setting new trends in design, t...
    Bridgestone develops bespoke Alenza tires for new BMW iX
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 23 November that it had developed bespoke Alenza tires for the new BMW iX. According to the press release, the bespoke tires feature: Bridgestone’s proprietary and lightweight ENLITEN technology to reduce rolling resistance and weight by up to 20% A specially-developed material compound and tread pattern that accommodates the iX’s high acceleration capabilities Significance: BMW in April selected Goodyear...
    Renault Group selects KPIT as technology partner for software-defined vehicle program
    KPIT Technologies has announced that it has been selected by Renault Group as a strategic software scaling partner for next-generation SDV programs, according to a press release on 23 November 2022. "The power of software from KPIT will unlock electrification, autonomous driving, and connected vehicle experiences that will delight Renault consumers. KPIT will bring competencies at scale, IP, an ecosystem of partnerships, thereby creating long-term value. We are looking forward to jointly buil...
    Pirelli’s P Zero Elect selected as OE for limited edition Polestar 2
    Modern Tire Dealer reported on 16 November that Pirelli’s P Zero with ELECT technology had been selected by Polestar as OE on the new, limited-edition Polestar 2 BST 270. According to the report, the ultra-high-performance tire will be supplied in size 245/35R21 and will feature a high load index and HL marking on its side.  Significance: The Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 has been developed a more powerful version of the Polestar 2 and will be available primarily in the European and No...
    ŠKODA selects Hankook’s Ventus S1 evo 3 tire for new Enyaq iV
    Tire manufacturer ŠKODA announced via press release on 18 November that its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tire will be equipped as original equipment on the Škoda Enyaq iV. According to the press release, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev features low rolling resistance, high load-bearing capacity, high stability (thanks to a double-layer carcass made of high-performance fibers), a low tare weight relative to its size, direct steering response (thanks to a steel-based reinforcement in the bead area that increase...
    Harman supplies Harman Kardon premium sound system to Renault Austral SUV
    Harman has announced that it has supplied Harman Kardon premium sound system for its Renault Austral compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), in a press release dated 17 November. Harman Kardon uses high-performance loudspeakers for a premium sound experience in the vehicle. “Starting with the partnership in 2021, Harman Kardon and Renault proved a perfect match. Harman Kardon's acoustics engineers worked closely with the Renault engineers to create a state-of-the-art sound system that seamless...
    Hesai to supply AT128 high-performance lidar to Changan Automobile
    Hesai Technology has announced that it will provide Changan Automobile with its AT128 automotive-grade, high-performance lidar, according to a company press release dated 18 November. AT128 is a long-range main lidar for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) series production vehicles. Significance: Going forward, AT128 will be used as a core sensing component in Changan's SDA architecture. In September, Hesai became the first lidar company to achieve a monthly delivery of over 1...
    Porsche selects Pirelli’s Scorpion All Terrain Plus tire as OE for 911 Dakar
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 17 November that its Scorpion All Terrain Plus tire had been selected as original equipment for Porsche’s new 911 Dakar model. According to the press release, the Scorpion All Terrain Plus features: An ability to handle the performance of the Dakar on loose surfaces as well as on asphalt A strengthened structure that is optimized for an improved contact patch A tread pattern that equally delivers competitive performa...
    General Motors, Vale Canada sign long-term agreement on supply of battery-grade nickel
    US carmaker General Motors and Vale Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Vale S.A. announced on 17 November 2022 that the two companies have signed a term sheet for long-term supply of battery grade nickel sulfate from Vale's proposed plant at Bécancour, Québec, Canada. According to the official note from the carmaker, under the terms of the agreement, Vale will supply battery grade nickel sulfate, equivalent to 25,000 metric tons per year of contained nickel. The critical material will be used ...
    Honda selects Yokohama’s ADVAN dB V552 tire for new ZR-V
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber announced via press release on 17 November that its ADVAN dB V552 tires had been selected as original equipment on the new Honda ZR-V SUV. According to the press release, the tires will be supplied in the 215/60R17 96H and 225/55R18 98H sizes. The ADVAN dB V552, according to Yokohama, features the following: High maneuverability Lower noise than previous Yokohama tires Reduced rolling resistance Significance: The Japanese tire manuf...
    Veoneer gets contract to supply active safety system to Asian OEM
    Veoneer has signed an agreement with an Asian OEM to equip an electric vehicle (EV) joint venture (JV) in mainland China with an active safety system comprising of a monovision camera, a package of forward-looking and corner radars, and an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Electronic Control Unit (ECU), according to a company press release dated 15 November. “We are proud to receive this major award aimed at the growing Chinese market from a renowned Asian customer. This award is tru...
    Vitesco Technologies to supply EV components to China’s Human Horizons
    Vitesco Technologies has been awarded a contract to supply electric vehicle (EV) components to China’s Human Horizons, the company announced on 10 November 2022. Vitesco said that the company will supply its new zone controllers, plus cell supervising circuits for battery management, and high voltage current modules to a new E/E architecture developed by Human Horizons. The component supplies will address the Chinese market, it clarified in its official statement last week. Human Horizon...
    Constellium to supply aluminum body sheets for new Maserati Grecale
    French manufacturer of aluminum rolled products Constellium announced via press release on 10 November that it will be supplying aluminum automotive body sheets for the new Maserati Grecale sport utility vehicle (SUV) from its Neuf-Brisach, France plant. According to the press release, the products being supplied by Constellium will include: Surfalex® high surface quality sheets  with specific hemming and roping properties for the outer surface of the hood and liftgate High perf...
    Infineon, Stellantis signs MoU on multiyear delivery of SiC chips
    Infineon Technologies and the global automaker Stellantis have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a first step toward a potential multiyear supply cooperation for silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, according to a press release by Infineon on 14 November 2022. Infineon would reserve manufacturing capacity and supply CoolSiC “bare die” chips in the second half of the decade to the direct tier-1 suppliers of Stellantis. The potential sourcing volume and capacit...
    onsemi SiC power modules increase range of Mercede’s VISION EQXX
    onsemi has announced that Mercedes-Benz adopted onsemi silicon carbide (SiC) technology for traction inverters as part of a strategic collaboration, according to a press release on 14 November 2022. onsemi’s VE-Trac SiC modules increase the efficiency and lowers the weight of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX’s traction inverter, extending the electric vehicle’s (EV’s) range by up to 10%, the company said. The EV completed a 1,202 km trip from Stuttgart, Germany to Silve...
    Pioneer supplies display audio units and premium audio systems to Toyota Motor Thailand
    Pioneer has said that it has been supplying its display audio units and premium audio systems to Toyota Motor Thailand for their new Yaris ATIV sedan, in a press release on 9 November. The Pioneer Display Audio is equipped with a large nine-inch screen and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the Pioneer Premium Sound System consists of six speakers. Significance: Apart from the Yaris ATIV, the Pioneer Display Audio is also featured in Toyota’s Veloz compact MPV in Thailand. T...
    Li Auto selects Melexis ToF sensor for in-vehicle gesture control system
    Melexis has announced that Li Auto has selected its MLX75027 3D depth sensor for the infotainment system of the Li L7, L8, L9, and Li One premium sport utility vehicle (SUV) models, according to a company press release on 10 November. The MLX75027 maps user gestures directly to the system’s full-color display. It’s 307,200 pixels true VGA resolution ensures high sunlight immunity. The sensor is consistent in all ambient conditions. “This is an important cooperation that strengthens...
    Our Next Energy to supply EV batteries to Bollinger Motors
    Detroit-based electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Our Next Energy (ONE) will supply modular, linkable Aries battery packs to Bollinger Motors, which recently became a majority owner of EV maker Mullen Automotive, Inc., according to a media note issued by ONE on 10 November 2022. ONE’s batteries are expected to power Bollinger’s all-electric commercial platforms and chassis cabs. “ONE battery packs are ideal for our commercial trucks, giving our customers the driving range they...
    CATL, Daihatsu sign MoU on supply of EV batteries, battery technologies
    China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) and Japan’s Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) of strategic cooperation on battery supply and battery technologies to promote electric mobility in Japan, CATL announced on 11 November 2022. According to the company, under the agreement, CATL will ensure stable supply of batteries to the electric vehicles (EVs) of Daihatsu, which is popular for devel...
    Continental gets order for semi-dry brake system worth over EUR2 billion
    Continental has received an order for the series production of its semi-dry brake system (Future Brake System, FBS), valued at about EUR1.5 billion, it said in a press release on 9 November. This takes the liftetime sales to over EUR2 billion. The start of series production with a North American car manufacturer is scheduled for 2025. “We are very happy about the first business award for our Future Brake System. This success combines the introduction of future technology with a significant ...
    AAM to supply axle systems to General Motors’ next-generation midsize pickup trucks
    Detroit-based automotive supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) plans to supply axles to General Motors for the carmaker’s next generation midsize pickup trucks, AAM announced on 4 November 2022. The new GM pickup trucks with AAM axles are expected to debut for model year 2023. "AAM is pleased to expand our partnership with GM as the new supplier of axles for GM's next generation mid-size pickup trucks. We look forward to providing our latest and most efficient driveline techno...
    TomTom to supply navigation solutions to Stellantis
    TomTom has announced that it has received a new global deal from carmaker Stellantis to provide maps, navigation software, and connected services, in a press release dated 7 November. TomTom will offer solutions such as real-time traffic information to STLA SmartCockpit, Stellantis’ next-generation digital cockpit platform which will be first delivered in 2024. Existing Stellantis platforms will continue to be powered by TomTom’s navigation solutions. Significance: In June, the Dutch...
    Ineos Styrolution supplies Luran S polymer to Ineos Automotive’s Grenediar vehicle
    Ineos Styrolution has announced that it is supplying acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) polymer Luran S to for use in Ineos Automotive’s Grenadier 4X4 front grille, it said in a press release on 1 November. Donna Falconer, head of Product at INEOS Automotive said, “We have the highest expectations of the materials we use for the Grenadier. Luran S fulfills them all. Not only does it deliver superior performance in the harshest of environments, but it also enables a high-quality finish a...
    NETA Auto to be powered by NVIDIA’s DRIVE Orin platform
    NETA Auto will build its electric vehicles (EVs) on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin platform, NVIDIA said in a blog post on 27 October. The software-defined EVs, with automated driving and intelligent features, will be continuously upgraded by over-the-air (OTA) updates. The DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip delivers 254 trillion operations per second. It is designed to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks that run simultaneously in autonomous vehicles, and adheres to safety ...
    Salzgitter and Ford to cooperate on issues related to green steel production
    German steel company Salzgitter announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with Detroit automaker Ford to support a cooperation on issues of sustainable green steel production and green steel products. Sales Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl Phillip Meiser discussed the strategic importance of the partnership, stating, “This collaboration also shows that customers have confidence in SALCOS® as a route to green steelmaking, and perceive value added in the transforma...
    HERE’s EV navigation and range assistant to power Lotus ELETRE vehicles
    HERE Technologies has announced that it has been chosen by Lotus and ECARX to deliver integrated navigation services for the Lotus ELETRE pure electric hyper-SUV, in a press release on 25 October. HERE Navigation is a software-as-a-service, cloud-native navigation solution for connected vehicles. It helps with reducing automotive development and lifecycle costs by offering innovative, turn-key functionalities like online and offline search, real-time traffic, and turn-by-turn voice guidance. ...
    Lear to supply sustainable ReNewKnit sueded material to a global automaker starting 2024
    Lear has announced that the company will supply its premium and fully recyclable ReNewKnit sueded material for use in seating and door panel applications to a global automaker in 2024, it said in a press release on 26 October. Frank Orsini, Executive Vice President and President of Lear's Seating business, said, “At Lear, we are positioning our surface material offerings to what we believe is the future—a global circular economy where repurposed textiles can be infinitely recycled to beco...
    NETA Auto to use Infineon’s new generation BMS
    Infineon has reported that NETA Auto will use its new generation battery management system (BMS) solution, in a press release dated 25 October. The system was developed together with B&Z Technology, a specialist in battery management systems, motor controls and other system solutions for new energy vehicles. “Infineon products have an outstanding position in the areas of vehicle electrification, autonomous driving, connected vehicles and security. We always consider product quality as a...
    Tata Steel Nederland signs green steel supply agreement with Ford
    Dutch steelmaker Tata Steel Nederland announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with automaker Ford for the supply of its Zeremis low-carbon footprint steel. According to the press release, the Zeremis steel will be supplied from Tata Steel’s Ijmuiden mill that is currently being transitioned to manufacture hydrogen-based low emission material. The carbon intensity of the steel produced at the site will be verified by independent assurance expert DNV. Ford Purch...
    Nissan selects Yokohama's ADVAN Sport V107 for new Fairlady Z
    Japan Rubber Weekly announced in October 19 that Yokohama Rubber’s ADVAN Sport V107 tires will be equipped as OE on Nissan’s new Fairlady Z model. According to the report, the ADVAN V107 tires will be supplied to Nissan in the 245/45R18 96W size. The ultra-high performance (UHP) tire reportedly has been selected for is high dynamic performance that balances between safety and comfort and high speeds. Significance: Yokohama’s ADVAN Sport V107 has previously been selected for f...
    Magna, Huatie partner to supply seating systems to automakers in China
    Magna has announced that it entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Guangdong Huatie-Tongda Express Train Systems Inc. (Huatie) to supply seating systems to new energy vehicle (NEV) automakers in Qingdao, Shandong Province, mainland China, according to a press release published by Magna on 20 October. Global VP and Managing Director of Magna Seating Asia Guanmin Chen said, “Entering a joint venture with Huatie helps us further align with trends in China’s mobility marke...
    HELLA receives orders for high-voltage converters from a premium German OEM
    HELLA, a FORVIA company has announced via press release that it received a large-volume order for high-voltage converters for a premium German automaker, the supplier said in a press release on 25 October. Björn Twiehaus, managing director Electronics at HELLA, said, "HELLA has already been actively promoting the electrification of vehicles for years. More than five years ago, for example, we successfully brought a battery management system for fully electric vehicles into series production....
    Mercedes-Benz signs 10,000-TPY lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Rock Tech Lithium
    German OEM Mercedes-Benz announced via press release on 20 October that it had finalized a supply agreement for battery-grade lithium hydroxide with Canadian-German startup Rock Tech Lithium Inc. According to the press release, Rock Tech will supply the OEM’s battery cathode manufacturing partners with 10,000 tons per year of lithium hydroxide from its Guben, Brandenburg, refinery from 2026. The raw lithium that will be refined by Rock Tech is expected to be solely sourced from mining sites...
    Faurecia presents sustainable alternative to animal leather
    Faurecia announced that the company has been testing new bio-based materials as a lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions alternative to animal or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) synthetic leather for use in trim solutions on seats and to cover surfaces of the vehicle interior such as the instrument panel, door panel, or center console, it said in a press release on 11 October. Nicolas Michot, Faurecia Seating Technology Director, said, “Our customers are extremely interested in new materials that su...
    Hyundai Mobis to supply chassis modules for Mercedes-Benz’s EVs in the US
    Hyundai Mobis has announced via press release on 18 October that it is supplying chassis modules to Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicles (EVs). Sung Hwan, CEO at Mobis, said, “We hope to maintain long-term partnerships with Mercedes-Benz AG. We intend to increase trust with customers based on our excellent technical experience and stable supply capacity.” Significance: Hyundai Mobis built a plant in McAlla, Alabama, near Mercedes-Benz’s US plant, for this chassis module supply, and be...
    Smart Eye secures six new driver monitoring system design wins from Korean car manufacturer
    Smart Eye has announced in a press release on 19 October 2022 that it will provide six new models with its AI-based technologies. The major Korean automaker previously decided to use Smart Eye's software in 17 of its earlier vehicle models and is now expanding the technology to a number of its newer vehicles on a new platform. Smart Eye will deliver its driver monitoring system (DMS) software to six additional car models. The estimated revenue of the order is SEK100 million based on estimated...
    LG Energy Solution to supply EV batteries to Toyota in the US
    South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) plans to supply electric vehicle (EV) batteries to Japan’s largest carmaker Toyota Motor, according to a news report published by Business Korea on 17 October 2022. The Korean battery manufacturer is in talks with Toyota over supplying EV batteries in the United States. These batteries, the news report said, would be produced at LGES’ plant in the US and would be supplied to Toyota’s US-based car manufacturing facility. The news re...
    Gentherm supplies ClimateSense in-vehicle technology for Cadillac’s Celestiq
    Gentherm has announced via a press release on 18 October that it supplied its in-cabin ClimateSense technology for Cadillac’s all-new Celestiq. Phil Eyler, Gentherm’s president and CEO, said, “We are honored that the Cadillac Celestiq will feature the industry’s first deployment of our ClimateSense system that offers advanced cabin climate technologies, electronics, and software algorithms that help deliver luxurious, efficient, and personalized comfort for every occupant. The Climate...
    Chery awards three DMS contracts to Cipia
    Cipia has announced that it has secured three additional design wins with Chery, in a press release dated 18 October. The latest win takes the total number of design deals to six models with the carmaker. All models are set to start production in 2023. The vehicle models will be sold in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. “We are delighted that Chery has demonstrated its confidence in Cipia’s DMS solutions and has committed to deepening our relationship with these new design awards. W...
    Pirelli develops custom P Zero Trofeo R tire for Lamborghini’s Urus Performante
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 5 October that its custom-developed Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tire had been selected as OE for the Lamborghini’s new Urus Performante sport utility vehicle (SUV). According to the press release, the new SUV will be equipped the 22-inch performance-oriented road tire that was originally designed for track use. Pirelli stated that the bespoke tire will be able to offer high performance in a wider range of conditions a...
    Toyota selects Yokohama’s GEOLANDAR X-CV for new Tundra and Sequoia
    Japanese tire manufacturer Toyota announced via press release on 18 October that its GEOLANDAR X-CV tire had been selected as OE on Toyota’s new Tundra pick-up truck and Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). According to the press release, while the Tundra will be equipped with three sizes of the tire: 265/60R20 112H, 245/75R18 112T, and 265/70R18 116T, the Sequoia will be equipped with two sizes 265/60R20 112H and 265/70R18 116T. The GEOLANDER X-CV features the follow...
    Faurecia to supply EV startup LeapMotor with sustainable seating systems
    Faurecia, a FORVIA company has announced that it signed a strategic partnership with China-based new energy vehicle (NEV) company LeapMotor to develop sustainable automotive seating supply chain, ChinaEVs reported on 9 October.    Significance: Automakers are offering new seats with sensors that can assess occupants' health and stress levels while they are in the vehicle as they look beyond ensuring safety and comfort for occupants. As a result, seats are becoming more intelligent, ...
    HELLA to supply FlatLight rear combination lamp to an international automaker
    HELLA, a FORVIA company has announced that it will supply FlatLight rear combination lamps to an international automaker, according to a press release published by the company on 13 October. Yves Andres, managing director, Lighting at HELLA, said, "With the market launch of our FlatLight concept, we are taking rear combination lamp technology to a completely new level and setting entirely new standards in terms of design, functionality and energy efficiency. In this way, we are underlining th...
    Panasonic Automotive Systems supplies instrument cluster for Mazda’s CX-60
    Panasonic Automotive Systems has announced via press release on 13 October that it supplied full-display instrument cluster to Mazda’s CX-60.   According to press release, to provide high-definition visuals with a sense of three-dimensionality and depth, a 3D Stereoscopic image with high-quality graphics is installed. Furthermore, the display can switch between a variety of screen modes based on the driver's preferences and the driving conditions of the vehicle. This allows for seamles...
    NVIDIA supplies NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoCs for NIO’s European vehicles
    NVIDIA has announced that electric vehicle (EV) carmaker NIO’s models launching in the European market are all built on the NIO Adam supercomputer, which uses four NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chips (SoC), in a blog post dated 13 October. NIO’s ET7, ET5 and ES7 models will feature a centralized Adam supercomputer which has more than 1,000 trillion operations per second of performance provided by four DRIVE Orin SoCs. Adam can power a wide range of intelligent features, as well as update ov...
    Valeo wins two major orders to supply thermal systems for EVs
    French auto component supplier Valeo announced on 12 October 2022 that the company has secured large orders to supply thermal systems for electric vehicles (EVs) recently. It said that the company signed a contract with Stellantis to supply thermal systems for electric cars in September 2022. The Valeo Group has been supplying the automaker with heat pump solutions since 2019 and now plans to provide a new generation of the technology for its next electric platform. According to Valeo, the ne...
    BASF supplies sustainable Ultramid plastics for Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class, EQE models
    BASF has announced via press release on 12 October that it partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Pyrum Innovations AG, WITTE Automotive and developed automotive components from mass-balanced plastics.   Dr. Martin Jung, President of Performance Materials, BASF, said, “Solutions like these help our customers meet their sustainability goals. This is our Go!Create approach: we invite all our customers and partners to join us in shaping the path towards a circular economy with plastics. With this ...
    DSM Engineering Materials, Renault partner to develop lightweight fuel tank for hybrid vehicles
    DSM Engineering Materials has announced via press release on 13 October that it partnered with French automaker Renault to develop industry-first lightweight solution for hybrid vehicle fuel tanks. Dr. Laurent Gervat, Technical Polymers and Composites Expert, Leader of the Upstream Strategy Material Team, Renault, said, “Working with DSM Engineering Materials to create our new hybrid vehicle fuel tanks has helped us to take a significant step toward providing more sustainable mobility to ou...
    GM to source battery nickel and cobalt from Queensland Pacific Metals’ TECH project
    Detroit automaker General Motors (GM) announced via press release on 11 October that it had entered into a USD69 million investment and battery materials offtake agreement with Australian mining and refining company Queensland Pacific Metals (QPR). According to the press release, GM will purchase nickel and cobalt products processed from QPR’s Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) project in Northern Australia. The TECH project will refine high-grade nickel laterite ore sourced from New Ca...
    StoreDot ships XFC cell samples to global EV OEM partners, potential customers
    Israel-based extreme fast-charging battery startup StoreDot has commenced shipping electric vehicle (EV) cell samples of its ‘100in5’ battery technology to strategic EV OEM partners and potential customers, the company said in its media note on 7 September 2022. Notably, StoreDot’s ‘100in5’ battery technology stands for the company’s in-house developed extreme fast-charging cells that can charge with a driving range of 100 miles in just 5 minutes consistently and without compromis...
    Stellantis signs MoU with GME Resources for offtake of battery-grade nickel, cobalt sulphate
    Stellantis N.V. has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GME Resources Limited for future offtake of battery-grade nickel and cobalt sulphate from the NiWest Nickel-Cobalt Project in Western Australia (NiWest), the carmaker announced on 10 October 2022. The MoU is aligned with Stellantis’ ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan, which defines the roadmap for achieving 100% battery-electric vehicle (BEV) sales mix in Europe and at least 50% BEV sales mix in the US by 20...
    Mazda selects Yokohama’s ADVAN V61 and GEOLANDAR X-CV tires for new CX-60
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama announced via press release on 6 October that its ADVAN V61 and GEOLANDAR X-CV tires had been selected as original equipment (OE) on Mazda’s new CX-60 SUV. According to the press release, the ADVAN V61 features: High wear resistance High hydroplaning resistance, contributing to superior wet grip performance Low rolling resistance Meanwhile, the GEOLANDER X-CV features: Compliance with the Mud+Snow (M+S) standard for high-performance c...
    Goodyear supplies sustainable Eagle GO tires for Citroën's all-electric Oli concept car
    Goodyear has announced that the company supplied sustainable Eagle GO tires to Citroën's Oli concept electric vehicle (EV), it said in a press release on 29 September. Laurent Colantonio, Regional Technology Director Consumer EMEA, Goodyear, said, “Tire architecture has come a long way by incorporating sustainable materials and smart technologies. With Citroën, we have a relationship that provides a great testbed for developing and testing new technologies and techniques. According to ...
    Huf gets series order for ultra-wide band-based smartphone key solution
    Huf has announced that a European car manufacturer has placed a series order for ultra-wide band-based smartphone key solution, according to a company press release on 4 October. The smart key solution will be provided from 2025. “As a leading specialist in secure car access and authorization, we are consistently driving the shift towards digital solutions, relying on the particularly secure UWB technology. With Phone as a Key, we offer a scalable system that can be used in all vehicle clas...
    HELLA receives orders for highly integrated front-end modules from premium German OEMs
    HELLA, a Forvia company has announced via press release on 5 October that it received major orders for highly integrated front ‘Phygital Shields’ from German premium manufacturers for use in electric vehicles (EVs).   Yves Andres, managing director Lighting at HELLA, said, "The customer projects not only extremely important for us because of the order volume. Above all, they once again underline our comprehensive competencies and our leading position when it comes to integrating tech...
    Hitachi Astemo to supply electric axles to Honda Motor’s future BEV line up
    Japanese automotive supplier Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. has received an order from Honda Motor Company to supply electric axle (e-Axle) systems for latter’s mid-size and large-size battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that are slated for a global roll out in 2026, the company announced on 26 September 2022. As a systems integrator, Hitachi Astemo said that the company will deliver a high-performance, integrated drive unit with the e-Axle system, which will combine a highly efficient, silicon carbide ...
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