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    BMW's sales of electrified vehicles grow 2.2% y/y to 145,815 units in 2019
    BMW has reported a growth of 2.2% year on year (y/y) in the global sales of its electrified vehicles to 145,815 units in 2019, according to a company press release on 14 January. Of these, 42,073 units sold were of BMW i brand, which includes all-electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8, which is a growth ...
    EV sales in Germany grow 75.5% y/y to 62,281 units in 2019
    Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) grew 75.5% year on year (y/y) to 62,281 units in 2019, Germany Trade & Invest announced in a press release on 9 January, citing Germany's Federal Office for Motorized Transportation (KBA). Germany also witnessed sales of 239,250 new hybrid vehicles during the yea...
    NIO delivers 3,170 EVs in December
    NIO has delivered 3,170 vehicles during the month of December in China, which is a growth of 25.4% month on month (m/m), the company announced in a press release on 6 January. The deliveries consisted of 2,537 ES6s and 633 ES8s, an increase of 22.7% m/m and 37.3% m/m respectively. At the end of 2019...
    Norway EV sales grow 30.8% y/y to 60,316 units in 2019
    Electric car sales in Norway grew 30.8% year on year (y/y), to 60,345 units, in full year 2019, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 42.4% of Norway’s total car market in 2019, compared with 31.2% in the same month last y...
    Tesla delivers 112,000 vehicles during Q4 of 2019
    Tesla has delivered 112,000 vehicles during the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019, the company announced in a press release on 3 January. This included 92,550 units of Model 3 and 19,450 units of Model S and  Model X. In full year 2019, Tesla delivered 367,500 vehicles, which is a growth of...
    Sales of Bosch driver assistance systems increase 12% y/y to EUR2 billion in 2019
    Bosch has reported that sales of its driver assistance systems increased by 12% year on year (y/y) to around EUR2 billion (USD2.2 billion), according to a company press release on 2 January. According to Bosch, these assistance systems are paving the way for automated driving. Recently, Bosch develo...
    Volkswagen’s cumulative electrified vehicles sales cross 250,000 units mark
    Volkswagen’s cumulative sales of electrified vehicles have crossed 250,000 units globally since the launch of e-Up! in 2013, the company announced in a press release on 27 December. The 250,000th electrified vehicle—an e-Golf—was delivered at the Autostadt in mid-December. The e-Golf is t...
    Sales of electric cars cross 1,300 units in April-November period in India
    Sales of electric cars in India touched 1,309 units during the April to November period, news website ETAuto reported on 28 December. Mahindra e-Verito was the best selling model with 513 units sold during the period. It was followed by Tata Tigor EV with 491 units, Hyundai Kona EV with 280 units an...
    Tesla delivers over 11,000 Model 3 in Netherlands in December
    Tesla has sold over 11,000 units of its all-electric vehicle Model 3 in the Netherlands in December, reports news website Electrek. Model 3 was the best selling car in the Netherlands during the month. It was followed by Audi E-tron with sales of 2,690 units, Hyundai Kona with 986 units and Nissan L...
    BMW's cumulative sales of electrified vehicles touches half a million units globally
    In a press release dated 19 December, BMW announced that its cumulative sales of electrified vehicles (EVs) has crossed the half-a-million-unit mark globally. BMW is now aiming to have one million EVs on the roads within two years. "Half a million vehicles is the best proof. Our broad r...
    EV maker NIO delivers 2,528 vehicles in November in China
    Electric vehicle (EV) start-up NIO delivered 2,528 vehicles during the month of November in China, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. This includes 2,067 units of ES6 and 461 units of ES8. As of November 30, aggregate deliveries of the ES6 and ES8 reached 28,743 vehicles, o...
    China's NEV sales grow 1.3% y/y to 1.04 million units in January-November period
    Sales of new energy vehicles (NEV) in China have grown 1.3% year on year (y/y) to 1.04 million units during the January to November period, Xinhuanet reported on 10 December. Production during the period grew 3.6% y/y to 1.09 million. In November however, NEV sales fell by 43.7% y/y, whereas NEV pro...
    Sales of electric cars in Norway fall 27.4% y/y to 3,697 units in November
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission cars in Norway fell 27.4% year on year (y/y), to 3,697 units in November, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 36.9% of Norway’s total car market in November, compared with 41.3% in the...
    Russia EV sales more than doubles in January to October period
    Sales of electric vehicles (EV) in Russia during the January to October period have grown over 165% year on year (y/y) to 297 units, as compared to 112 units in the same period last year, Autostat reported on 3 December. Jaguar I-Pace was the best selling electric model with sale of 119 un...
    BMW's global electrified vehicle sales grow 18.4% y/y to 17,480 units in November
    BMW has reported a growth of 18.4% year on year (y/y) in the global sales of its electrified vehicles to 17,480 units in November, according to a company press release on 6 December. Out of these, 13,590 units were plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which is a growth of 20.3% y/y. Sales of the MINI Coo...
    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicle in UK grow 93.8% y/y to 9,014 units in November
    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicles, which includes battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), has witnessed a growth of 93.8% year on year (y/y) to 9,014 units in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMM...
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    BMW's global EV sales grow 8.6% y/y to 14,182 units in October
    German luxury and sportscar maker BMW announced on 8 November its sales results for the month of October and for the first 10 months of this year. Sales of the company’s electrified vehicles climbed to 14,182 units in October, which represents a rise of 8.6% year-on-year from the same ti...
    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicles in EU grow 51.8% y/y, to 110,630 units, in Q3
    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicles (ECVs) jumped 51.8% year on year (y/y), to 110,630 units, in the European Union (EU) during the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced in a press release on 7 November. During the quarter, EC...
    Electric car sales in Norway fall 16.9% y/y, to 3,742 units, in October
    Electric car sales in Norway fell 16.9% year on year (y/y), to 3,742 units, in October, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 35.7% of Norway’s total car market in October, compared with 38.6% in the same month last y...
    Western European countries continue to dominate EV sales in EU
    In a press release dated 29 October, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said that sales of alternatively powered vehicles are following a highly uneven pattern across European Union (EU) member states. According to ACEA findings, consumer uptake of electrically chargeable cars ...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Toyota's hybrid sales in Europe grow 16% y/y to 435,881 units in January to September period
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has reported a 16% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to 435,881 units in Europe during the first nine months of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. HEVs constituted 52% of TME’s total sales of 838,000 units dur...
    EV sales in Norway grow 26.5% y/y to 6086 units in September
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission cars in Norway grew 26.5% year on year (y/y), to 6,086 units, in September, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 54.5% of Norway’s total car market in September, compared with 45.3% in ...
    BMW's global electrified vehicle sales grow 10.1% y-o-y in September
    Sales of the electrified vehicle fleet of German car maker BMW grew by 10.1% year on year in September 2019 to 16,035 units. This was partly due to the launch of new BMW 330e sedan. However, the year-to-date number of BMW Group’s electrified vehicle sales as of September 2019 stood at 96,570 ...
    Renault Samsung Motors to scale back production at Busan plant in South Korea
    South Korean automotive manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors has announced that the company will be lowering its production output at its Busan facility, according to a report filed by The Korea Herald, citing a company spokesperson. Significance: The reduced production will come into effect this ...
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Norma Group wins major order for EV battery thermal management line systems
    German components manufacturer Norma Group has been awarded a major order for the manufacture of line systems for the thermal management of battery units. These battery units are intended for use in passenger cars that are electrically powered. Significance: The company, headquartered in Maintal,...
    Mazda Sollers to ramp up engine production by sixfold in Russia
    Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus., the facility where the very first batch of Mazda’s SkyActiv-G series engines were produced for the Japanese auto market recently, has announced plans to boost production figures in the year 2020. Significance: This production facility, based in the eastern...
    Aisin AW to build new automatic transmissions plant in US state Texas
    Aisin AW Co Ltd. will be locating to a new production facility to produce automatic transmissions in the city of Cibolo in the US state of Texas, the supplier announced in a press release today. At the new Cibolo production facility, which will be referred to as AW Texas, the company has l...
    Diesel car registrations across EU down 16.4% y-o-y to 1.3 million units in Q2 2019
    New diesel vehicle registrations across the European Union (EU) have slipped further in the second quarter of 2019. With new diesel car registrations having plummeted by 16.4% to 1.3 million units being sold in Q2 of this year, almost 60% of new cars that were registered during this time period were...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    NEV sales in China fall 4.7% y/y to 80,000 units in July
    Sales of new energy vehicles (NEV) in China fell 4.7% year on year (y/y) to 80,000 units during July, China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) announced on its website on 13 August. This includes 61,000 battery electric vehicles (BEV), growing 1.6% y/y, and 19,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles...
    UK's PEV sales fall 7.9% y/y to 4035 units in July
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) in the United Kingdom fell by 7.9% year on year (y/y) to 4,035 units in July, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) announced in a press release on 5 August. The sales dropped mainly due to plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), the sales of which d...
    Electrified vehicle sales in South Korea grow 30% y/y to 70,142 units in H1
    Sales of electrified vehicles increased 30.4% year on year (y/y) to 70.142 units during the first half of 2019, ended 30 June, Yonhap News Agency reported on 21 July, citing data from Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) and foreign automakers. In all, eco-friendly vehicles accounted fo...
    South Korea's electrified vehicle exports grow 33.1% on average between 2012 and 2018
    South Korea’s export of electrified vehicles grew 33.1% on average between 2012 and 2018 to 196,000 units, The Korea Herald reported on 16 July citing data from the Korea Automobile Manufacturer Association. Electrified vehicle exports accounted for 8% of total automotive exports from South Korea ...
    Toyota's HEV sales grow 18% y/y to 303,400 units in Europe during first half
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has reported an 18% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to 303,400 units in Europe during the first half of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. HEVs constituted more than 52% of TME’s total sales of 578,400 uni...
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales fall 1.8% y/y to 59,593 units in H1
    BMW has reported a fall of 1.8% year-on-year (y/y) in sales of its electrified vehicles to 59,593 units globally during the first half of 2019, according to a company press release on 10 July. BMW witnessed a bigger fall of 15.8% y/y in its electric vehicle sales during June to 11,684 units. The com...
    NIO sells 3,553 EVs in China during Q2
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup NIO has sold 3,553 units of EVs in China during the second quarter ended 30 June 2019, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. This includes 3,140 units of the ES8 and 413 units of the recently launched ES6. In June, NIO sold 1,340 units, which incl...
    Technology and market dynamics of engine cooling fans & motors sector
    The internal combustion engine (ICE), irrespective of the fuel type, does not sit very high on the efficiency scale.  In most engines, up to 65% of the heat energy produced can be written off as losses—the lion's share lost mainly to the cooling circuit and via exhaust gases. The ICE must be ...
    UK's plug-in EV sales fall 22.4% y/y to 4,729 units in June
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) have fallen 22.4% year-on-year to 4,729 units in June, according to a press release by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on 4 July. While sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) grew by a healthy 61.7% y/y to 2,461 units, sales of pl...
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales fall 22.6% y/y in June
    BMW reported a fall of 22.6% year on year (y/y) in electrified vehicle sales in the United States in June, according to a company press release on 3 July. BMW sold 2,253 electrified vehicles in June 2018. Significance: BMW has reiterated that it expects sales of electrified vehicles to pick up on...
    Tesla production up to 87,048 vehicles during Q2
    Tesla produced 87,048 vehicles during the second quarter that ended on 30 June 2019, growth of 12.9% quarter on quarter (q/q), the company announced on its website on 2 July. This is the highest number of vehicles Tesla has ever produced during a quarter. This included 72,531 units of the Model 3 an...
    BMW's cumulative global sales of electrified vehicles cross 400,000 units
    BMW’s cumulative sales of electrified vehicles has touched 406,7656 units globally since the launch of BMW i3 in November 2013, the company announced in a press release on 13 June. In May 2019, BMW’s electrified vehicle sales increased 9.8% year-on-year (y/y) to 11,222 units, which included a 40...
    Electric car sales in Norway grows 59.9% y/y to 4,655 units in May
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission car in Norway grew 59.9% year-on-year (y/y) to 4,655 units in April, according to OFV which cited data from Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Three of the new passenger cars with zero emissions that were registered in May were hydrogen fuel-cell cars. The zer...
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales in US fall 29.7% y/y in May
    BMW announced that sales of its electrified vehicles in the United States fell 29.7% year-on-year (y/y) in May, according to a company press release on 3 June. BMW, however, did not release the exact sales figure for the month. Significance: BMW has been facing headwinds in its sales of its elect...
    Audi sells 856 e-tron EVs in US in May
    Audi has sold 856 units of e-tron all-electric sport utility vehicle in May in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 3 June. In 2019 year-to-date, Audi has sold 1,109 units of e-tron. Significance: Audi started selling e-tron SUV in the United States in April and sold 253...
    NIO delivers 1,089 all-electric ES8 SUV in May
    Electric vehicle start-up NIO sold 1.089 units of all-electric ES8 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in China in May, the company announced in a press release on 4 June. In total, NIO has sold 6,2020 units since the beginning of the year, and 17,550 units cumulatively since the launch. “In light of the ...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    Electric car sales in Norway grow 25.1% y/y to 4,462 units in April
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission car in Norway grew 25.1% year-on-year (y/y) to 4,462 units in April, according to OFV which cited data from Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The all-electric cars constituted 39.6% of Norway’s total car market in April. Sales of new all-electric vans also ...
    Electrified vehicle sales in UK grow 12.9% y/y to 10,249 units in April
    Sales of electrified vehicles, which includes battery electric vehicle (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and hybrid petrol and hybrid diesel electric vehicles, in the United Kingdom has witnessed a growth of 12.9% year-on-year (y/y) to 10,249 units in April, according to figures releas...
    PEV sales in Europe grow 40% y/y in Q1 to more than 99,000 units
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) jumped 40% year-on-year (y/y) to 99,174 units in Europe during the first quarter, European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced in a press release today (8 May). Within this segment, battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales grew substantially (+8...
    Toyota's electrified vehicle sales in Canada grow 82% y/y to 3,876 units in April
    Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has reported a growth of 82% year on year (y/y) in sales of its electrified vehicles in Canada in April, the company announced in a press release on 1 May. Made-in-Canada Toyota RAV4 hybrid was the most popular electrified vehicle with sales of 2,112 units during the month, ...
    BMW's EV sales in US fall 55.7% y/y to 1,147 units in March
    BMW has reported a 55.7% year-on-year (y/y) fall in sales of electrified vehicles in March in the United States to 1,147 units, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. BMW i3, the all-electric hatchback saw a significant fall of 64% y/y in sales during the month to 359 units in ...
    Share of hybrids cross 50% of total vehicle sales for Toyota during first quarter in Europe
    In a press release dated 10 April, Toyota announced that 51% of its total vehicle sales of 279,000 units in Europe came from hybrid variants during the first quarter of 2019. The company said that hybrids witnessed a 14% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales, taking Toyota's total market share in ...
    Total sales of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV crosses 200,000
    Cumulative sales of plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has crossed the 200,000 mark globally, the company announced on 11 April. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) was launched in 2013 and is currently available in more than 50 countries worldwide. Significance: Mitsubishi Outlander ...
    More than 96% of cars in US equipped with over 6-speed transmissions, says DOE
    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has said that 96% of all cars in the United States are equipped with 6+-speed transmissions at the end of 2018. According to a press release on 8 April by DOE, 6+-speed transmissions are equipped in nearly 95% of light trucks. Continuously variable transm...
    2019 Geneva Motor Show: Lightweight, high-performance chassis component technology, platform sharing gain traction
    Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the first big car show for the year for the European automotive market. Showcases pointed to a renewed product focus on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. This trend has been visible across other global shows this year, such as 2019 NAIAS...
    A look into the technology and supply chain of the global automotive thermostatic expansion valve sector
    For quite some time now, effective cabin temperature control has been right up there with premium cabin materials and multimedia features, along with ergonomic and comfortable seating, as one of the cornerstones of passenger cabin experience. OEMs have not only obliged but have taken it up a notch ...
    Tesla's EV deliveries more than double y/y in Q1 to 63,000 units
    Tesla has reported a growth of 110% year-on year (y/y) in its vehicle delivery to 63,000 units during the first quarter ended 31 March 2019, according to a company press release on 3 April. This included approximately 50,900 Model 3 and 12,100 Model S and X vehicles. Production during the quarter to...
    NIO sells nearly 4,000 all-electric ES8 SUV during first quarter of 2019
    NIO has sold 3,989 units of the all-electric ES8 sport utility vehicle (SUV) during the first three months of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 2 April. A total of 1,373 ES8s were delivered in March, 811 in February, and 1,805 units in January. In total, since its launch, NIO has del...
    Cumulative sales of FCEVs total 6,500 units in US
    Cumulative sales of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the United States between January 2015 and February 2019 touched 6,558 units, according to the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Toyota Mirai was the best selling FCEV in the country followed by Honda Clarity, Hyundai Tucson and recen...
    Nissan LEAF's cumulative sales cross 400,000 globally
    Nissan has announced that cumulative sales of its all-electric hatchback LEAF models have crossed 400,000 units globally, according to a company press release on 5 March. The company has also announced that it will launch the LEAF in  six new markets in Latin America in the first half of t...
    PEV, hybrid sales in UK up 34% y/y to 4,521 units in February
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) grew 34% year-on year (y/y) to 4,521 units in February, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). During the month, sales of PEVs, which include battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electr...
    Coupled air conditioning hose and tube system – a look into the technology and market dynamics of the component.
    As light vehicle cabins have become more sophisticated, advanced, and comfort-oriented over the years, driven by increasing customer expectations, automotive air conditioning systems have transitioned from an optional comfort feature in the earlier years to a necessity in today’s competitive autom...
    BMW EV sales in February fall 42.7% y/y to 1,110 units in US
    BMW continued to face headwinds in electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States during February with sales falling 42.7% year-on-year (y/y) to 1,110 units. According to a company press release on 1 March, electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) accounted for 4.7% of total BMW Group ...
    Sales of hybrids, EVs in US state California rise 37.6% y/y in Q4 2018
    California has witnessed a growth of 37.6% year-on-year (y/y) in sales of hybrid vehicles (HEV) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) combined during the fourth quarter of 2018 to 70,899 units, according to California Center for Jobs and The Economy, which cited data from California New Car Dealers As...
    Renault’s EV sales cross 200,000 units mark in Europe
    Renault has sold over 200,000 electric vehicles (EV) cumulatively in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 26 February.  The company sold nearly half of these vehicles, around 100,000, in France. The figure includes sales of all-electric ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E. and the Twizy...
    EV sales in China more than double y/y to 96,000 units in January
    Sales of plug-in electric (PEV) vehicles jumped nearly 175% year on year (y/y) to 96,000 units in January, news website CleanTechnica reported on 24 February. During the month, PEVs accounted for 4.8% of total automobile sales in China. According to report, BYD Yuan EV was the best-selling model wit...
    BMW's global EV sales grow 1.4% y/y to 7,234 units in January
    Sales of BMW Group’s electrified vehicles globally grew of 1.4% year-on-year (y/y) to 7,234 units in January, according to a company press release on 13 February. The all-electric BMW i3 was the company’s best-selling EV for the month with sales of 2,598 units, which is a growth of 30.4% y/y, fo...
    Automotive Cabin Comfort – The rising application of seat thermal management
    In automotive design, passenger comfort is a central element along with the other performance and efficiency parameters. Manufacturers invest a lot of resources to ensure the highest degree of ambiance, ergonomics, and user experience for the occupants. Extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperature...
    Global plug-in vehicle registrations cross 2.2 million units in 2018
    Registrations of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) crossed 2.2 million units globally in 2018, according to the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). This is a growth of over 75% year on year (y/y). China remained the single largest market for EVs with sales of o...
    Plug-in EV sales in EU grow 38.2% y/y in 2018 to 301,847 units
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in European Union (EU) grew 33.1% year-on-year (y/y) to 86,372 units in 2018, European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced in a press release on 7 February. The electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) accounted for 2% of new cars registered across ...
    BMW's EV sales dip 13% y/y in US to 996 units in January
    BMW has reported a fall of 13% year-on-year (y/y) in electric vehicle (EV) sales to 996 units in the United States in January, according to a company press release on 1 February. Sales of BMW and MINI electrified vehicles, which include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric ve...
    UK EV sales grow 19% y/y to 59,911 in 2018
    Sales of  battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the United Kingdom grew 19% year-on-year (y/y) to 59,911 units in 2018, reported Tyrepress on 4 February. During fourth quarter of 2018, UK witnessed sales of 15,057 plug-in cars. During the full year, South...
    2019 NAIAS: A balance between performance, comfort, and vehicle dynamics
    This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showcased that the product focus for the North American automotive market is also on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. The show hosted automakers looking to renewing interest by showcasing high-performance cars and SUV...
    Nissan sells more than 40,000 LEAF EVs in Europe in 2018
    With more than 40,000 units sold, Nissan LEAF was the best-selling electric vehicle (EV) in Europe in 2018, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 January. Nissan also informed that in 2018, LEAF was the best-selling car overall in Norway, where more than 12,000 units of the EV were sold. ...
    BMW sells over 140,000 electrified vehicles globally in 2018
    BMW sold 142,617 electrified vehicles globally during 2018, 38.4% more than the previous year, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. Electrified vehicles accounted for 6% of total BMW and MINI sales in 2018, compared with 4% in 2017. With 75,000 electrified vehicles delivered to cu...
    EVs account for 31.2% of total new car sales in Norway during 2018
    Norway reported sales of nearly 46,092 pure electric vehicles (EV) during 2018, accounting for 31.2% of the total new cars sold in the country during the year, Reuters reported on 2 January citing Norwegian Road Federation (NRF). The share of EVs in total car sales has increased from 20.8% in 2017. ...
    Tesla’s Q4 production up 8% q/q to 86,555 units
    Tesla has reported a growth of 8% quarter-on-quarter (q/q) in vehicle production during the fourth quarter of 2018 to 86,555 units, according to a company press release on 2 January. The US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker produced 61,394 units of Model 3, and 25,161 units of Model S and X during t...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    France's electric car sales grow 111% y/y in November to 3,541 units
    Sales of private all-electric vehicles (BEVs) in France grew 111% year on year (y/y) to 3,541 units in November, Avere France announced in a press release earlier this month. France also witnessed sales of 827 electric light trucks during the month, which is a growth of 67.7% y/y.  Among privat...
    Mitsubishi sells 5,052 units of Outlander PHEV in 2018 YTD in Canada
    Mitsubishi sold 5,052 units of Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) during January-November 2018 in Canada, news website Green Car Congress reported on 4 December. According to the report, 47% of Outlander PHEV sales accrued from Québec, the second biggest province in Canada. This is al...
    BMW’s EV sales in November drop 15% y/y to 2,314 units in US
    BMW Group has reported a 15% year-on-year (y/y) fall in sales of electrified vehicles (EV) in the United States to 2,314 units in November, according to a company press release on 3 December. Sales of BMW and MINI electrified vehicles, which include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and batter...
    Electrification of automotive water pumps and rising demand for auxiliary coolant pumps
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion system technology driving the global transportation industry and has remained so for the better part of the century since the dawn of the automobile. The ICE generates the power required to drive the wheels using the energy derived from...
    Cumulative EV sales cross 1 million units in the US
    Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) in the United States totaled 1 million units by the end of October 2018, the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announced on its website on 26 November. The sales number included plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles...
    Advanced thermal management for battery electric vehicles – A first in China
    According to IHS Markit forecasts, one in five light vehicles produced in major production regions will be a full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV) by 2025. This means that as the volumes rise, investments will begin to make financial sense to manufacturers rather than ...
    Kia's hybrid and electric car sales in Europe up 42.5% y/y to 43,099 units in January-September 2018
    Sales of Kia’s hybrid and electric car in Europe grew 42.5% year-on-year (y/y) to 43,099 units during the January to September 2018 period, the company announced in a press release on 17 October. Electrified vehicle sales accounted for 11.2% of the Kia’s European sales. The company informed that...
    Tesla vehicle production grows 50% q/q to 80,142 vehicles in Q3
    Tesla has reported a 50% quarter-on-quarter (q/q) growth in vehicle production to 80,142 units for the third quarter ended 30 September 2018, according to a company press release earlier this month. The company produced 53,239 units of Model 3, and 26,903 units of Model S and X vehicles during the q...
    BMW's EV sales up 35% y/y to 14,559 units in September
    BMW Group’s electrified vehicle (EV) sales have jumped 35% year-on-year (y/y) in September to 14,559 units globally, the company announced in a press release on 12 October. During the first three quarters, the group’s EV sales totaled 97,543 units, which is a growth of 42% y/y. “One very posit...
    Nissan sells 26,000 LEAF EVs in Europe during first eight months of 2018
    Nissan sold 26,000 units of its all-electric car LEAF in Europe during the first eight months of 2018, the company announced in a press release today (10 October). The automaker delivered nearly 8,000 units of the EV to corporate fleets throughout Europe. The LEAF has registered strong sales in mark...
    Growing importance of battery cooling in full hybrid and electric vehicles and the longer-term prospect for further trend disruption.
    While it is inevitable that powertrain migration from an ICE to EV will be the endgame to meet the increasingly stringent regulations, the consensus in the industry is that talk about the complete demise of ICE technology is somewhat premature. The IHS Markit forecast indicates that one in five vehi...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    Plug-in EV sales grow 42% y/y in H1 to 195,000 units in Europe
    Sales of plug-in cars in Europe increased 42% year-on-year (y/y) to 195,000 units in the first half of 2018, according to news website CleanTechnica. With the growth, the share of plug-in electric vehicles (EV) in total vehicle sales in Europe touched 2%. Battery electric vehicles (BEV) accounted fo...
    Electronic suspension sub-component trends
    Adaptive suspension/damping systems are becoming key to the future of suspensions as the technology within the car moves towards autonomous driving. Innovation towards adaptive damping is necessary, as it holds great potential to enhance comfort within the cockpit. The next step for such technologie...
    BMW's plug-in vehicle sales in US down 7.2% y/y to 1,859 units in July
    Combined sales of BMW and MINI’s electrified vehicles (EVs), including all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, in the United States fell 7.2% year on year (y/y) to 1,859 units in July, BMW announced in a company press release on 1 August. Sales of BMW and MINI EVs accounted for 7.1% of ...
    Plug-in vehicle registrations in UK up 25% y/y to 28,054 units in H1
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (EV), which includes all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, in the United Kingdom increased 25% year-on-year (y/y) to 28,054 units during the first half ended 30 June 2018, according to a press release by Go Ultra Low campaign on 13 July. The growth was driven b...
    All-electric vehicle sales in France up 11.7% y/y to 18,060 in H1 2018
    Sales of all-electric vehicles (BEV) in France totaled 18,060 units – including 14,381 private BEVs and 3,679 electric vans – in the first six months of 2018, recording a growth of 11.7% year-on-year (y/y), Avere France announced in a press release on 5 July. June proved to be a strong month, &n...
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