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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Northvolt raises USD600 million through private placement
    Northvolt has raised USD600 million through private placement, according to a company press release on 29 September. In this private placement, a new group of international institutional investors join as Northvolt shareholders including Baillie Gifford, Baron Capital Group, Bridford Investments Lim...
    Jaguar Land Rover to use plastic waste in next-generation sustainable luxury interiors
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is working with ECONYL® nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste, the automaker announced in a press release on 29 September 2020. Next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with ECONYL® fiber from r...
    COVID-19 impact: Cimos closes Maribor manufacturing plant Slovenia
    Slovenian car parts manufacturer Cimos has permanently closed its plant in the northeastern town of Maribor due to lasting financial difficulties related to problems in the sector and the COVID-19 pandemic, SeeNews reported on 21 September. The management will offer the plant's 150 workers at the pl...
    Sekisui Polymatech starts production of thermal interface materials for EV in the Netherlands
    Sekisui Polymatech Europe B.V. has started production of thermal interface materials in the Netherlands for automakers, battery manufacturers, and producers of powertrains and chassis components, the company announced in a press release on 23 September. Thermal interface materials are inserted betwe...
    29-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Bridgestone develops new custom-engineered Potenza tires for Maserati MC20 sportscar
    Bridgestone has developed premium, custom-engineered Potenza tires for Maserati’s new super sportscar ‘MC20,’ according to a company press release on 28 September. Bridgestone’s custom-made Potenza tires feature an asymmetric tread design for improved steering response and cornering stabilit...
    AD Plastik wins order new supply orders worth USD16.4 million
    Croatia-based car parts molder AD Plastik has won new orders worth EUR14.1 million (USD16.4 million) from various automakers, according to a company press release on 28 September. AD Plastik has won new order worth EUR6.5 million from PSA Group for supply of grab handles for the Peugeot 308 vehic...
    FEV opens high-voltage battery development center in Germany
    FEV has opened a new high-voltage battery development center (eDLP) in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 25 September. The center has the capability for performance and electrical tests, as well as tests on environmental and mechanical impacts and abuse tests for battery cell...
    28-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Covestro showcases advanced materials for interior of the future
    Covestro has showcased advanced materials and lightweighting solutions for the vehicle interior of the future. In a press release dated 24 September, Covestro announced that it  has developed a premium concept for the car interior of the future in collaboration with industry partners. One of th...
    Volkswagen and Uber launch pilot project with electric vehicles in Berlin
    Volkswagen (VW), in partnership with Uber, launched a pilot project, allowing customers to use electric vehicles (EVs) for a sustainable ride with ‘Uber Green,’ VW announced in a press release on 25 September. Uber hire car partners in Berlin would now have a locally zero-emission alternative wi...
    Covestro develops innovative automotive headlight concept using one plastic material
    Covestro has developed an innovative automotive headlight concept "using only one plastic material for the vehicle lighting of tomorrow," the German company announced in a press release on 25 September. Apart from pure polycarbonate and a blend with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), the headlig...
    28-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ubitricity partners with Hubject for Europe-wide EV charging network
    ubitricity has partnered with Hubject for its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across Europe, the company announced in a press release on 24 August. The partnership will help ubitricity customers get access to more EV chargers in the region. “This collaboration gives ubitricity a boost ...
    MG Motors launches all-electric MG5 and MG HS plug-in PHEV in UK
    MG Motors has launched a new all-electric vehicle MG5 and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) MG HS plug-in in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 22 September. The MG5 is powered by a 115-kW electric motor and a 52.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The MG5 electr...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Osram, ams sign ‘Domination and Profit And Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA)
    Austria sensor specialist ams has concluded as the controlling company a domination and profit and loss transfer (DPLTA) agreement with German supplier OSRAM Licht AG as the controlled company, the two companies announced in separate press release on 22 September 2020. "We are very pleased to con...
    Webasto presents joint projects with startups at Startup Autobahn’s EXPO 8
    Webasto displayed joint projects with startups at EXPO 8 of the open innovation platform "Startup Autobahn", according to a company press release on 23 September 2020. Webasto said innovations developed with three startups focused on convertible roof systems. Webasto, in partnership with ‘Imagi...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    HELLA’s Q1 2020/21 sales drop 10% y/y to USD1.6 billion
    HELLA reported a 10.6% year-on-year (y/y) decline in currency and portfolio-adjusted consolidated sales to EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion) for the first quarter ended 31 August 2020, according to a company press release on 24 September 2020. The adjusted EBIT also dropped 49.5% y/y to EUR56 million....
    Renault introduces Arkana Hybrid SUV coupe in Europe
    French carmaker Renault has introduced its newest electrified sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Arkana Hybrid, in the European market. In a press release issued by Renault on 23 September, the company stated that the Arkana will be put on sale with the options of an E-TECH Hybrid engine, and two pet...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA collaborates with Parkopedia to assist drivers in finding parking spaces
    Skoda has announced a partnership with Parkopedia, whereby drivers can get easy and quick real-time access to vacant parking spaces throughout Europe, a press release by the automaker read on 23 September. The information will be displayed via the car’s navigation system or the ŠKODA&nb...
    BMW to start battery module production at Leipzig plant in Germany from 2021
    BMW is further expanding its production capacities for electric drives in Germany. According to a company press release on 23 September, the automaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany is expected to start large-series production of battery modules as early as in mid-2021. These battery modules will be u...
    24-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Continental, Osram agree to dissolve automotive lighting JV
    Continental has decided to repatriate the joint venture (JV) with Osram, according to a Continental press release on 23 September. The two companies plan to dissolve their 50:50 JV for intelligent automotive lighting systems ‘Osram Continental’, which was founded in 2018. The two companies are c...
    Opel opens booking new all-electric Mokka-e
    Opel has opened booking its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Mokka-e in Germany, according to a company press release on 22 September. The new Mokka-e has been priced starting at EUR32,990 (USD38,710.9), before local incentives. The vehicle has a power output of 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen starts delivery of all-electric ID.3 in UK
    Volkswagen has started delivery of its all-electric hatchback ID.3 in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 21 September. The ID.3 is produced in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in the east of Germany. “I am incredibly proud to witness this moment. In 2018 we were the first ...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Maserati to use Alcantara in all-new MC20 supercar’s interior
    Maserati is planning to use Alcantara in the all-new MC20 supercar’s interior, Alcantara S.p.A announced in a press release on 22 September. The premium material will be used for seating, as well as on its headliner, door pillars, side panels, steering wheel, and instrument panel. The new MC20 is ...
    French government to discuss alternatives scenarios for planned closure of Bridgestone plant
    France is planning to discuss alternative scenarios due to the planned closure of a Bridgestone plant in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September quoting junior Economy Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher. The plant is situated in the Northern French city of Bethune. “We have agreed (with Brid...
    Scotland county Lanarkshire selects EV charging partners for Project PACE
    The Scottish government has announced the suppliers to develop 40 new public electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across Lanarkshire county as part of Project PACE, Electric Vehicle Research reported earlier this month. Project PACE aims to help achieve Scottish government plans to phase out the need...
    Volkswagen issues green bonds to fund development of electrified models
    Volkswagen has issued its first green bonds with a volume of EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion), the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The two bonds have terms of 8 and 12 years and annual interest of 0.875% and 1.250% respectively. The proceeds will be used for development of modular...
    EIB increases FCA’s financing for BEVs and PHEVs to over USD947 million
    European Investment Bank (EIB) has increased its financing to FCA for battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to EUR800 million (USD947 million), the company announced in a press release on 18 September. Investments will be mainly in plants located in southern Ita...
    Punch Powertrain and PSA's JV for electrified transmissions starts operations
    In a press release dated 18 September, Punch Powertrain announced that its joint venture (JV) with PSA Groupe for electrified transmissions, Punch Powertrain PSA e-transmissions, has started operations. Elias van Wijk, previously CTO to Punch Powertrain, has been named CEO of the new JV. This JV wil...
    German Autolabs receives new funding
    German Autolabs has announced two new financing modules, the Berlin startup said in a press release on 8 November 2017. German Autolabs is now part of mFUND - the funding program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) for the digitization of mobility in Germany. "S...
    Coventry University designs pandemic-proof car of the future
    Coventry University researchers have developed a pandemic-proof car of the future, according to a Coventry University press release on 17 September. The car has touch-free doors that opens automatically for the passengers. The futuristic design is developed by Paul Herriotts, Professor of Transport ...
    21-Sep-2020 News New Products
    TNO expands partnership with solar EV maker Lightyear
    TNO is extending its collaboration with Lightyear; a Dutch solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing startup, TNO announced in a press release on 17 September. The two companies have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to combine resources and extend their partners...
    Akebono Brake to dissolve subsidiary Akebono Advanced Engineering UK
    Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. has announced its decision to dissolve Akebono Advanced Engineering (UK) Ltd., its consolidated subsidiary, according to a company press release on 17 September. The decision is part of the business restructuring measures including reform of business and production l...
    Polestar selects The Mobility House as charging partner in Germany
    Polestar, the manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), has partnered with charging company The Mobility House (TMH), TMH said in a press release on 17 September. The partnership, which is limited to Germany, offers Polestar drivers with all of their charging needs. “After the purchase of the vehic...
    Toyo Tire to invest USD429 million in Serbian factory by end-2023
    Japanese tiremaker Toyo Tire Corporation announced plans to invest EUR364 million (USD429 million) in a new tire factory in Serbia by the end of 2023, according to a report by SeeNews on 17 September citing the Indjija city government. The company has already acquired a land plot of 63 hectares in t...
    18-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Daimler Mobility integrates Mercedes-Benz wallbox in EV leasing for Spanish market
    Daimler Mobility has integrated the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox into the lease agreement for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Spain, according to a company press release on 17 September. This allows customers in Spain to add the charging station, including installat...
    Blackstone Resources develops 3D-printed Li-ion solid-state batteries
    Blackstone Resources has developed 3D-printed lithium ion solid-state batteries, according to a company press release on 16 September 2020. The company’s German subsidiary, Blackstone Technology's 3D-printing process offers substantial advantages over conventional battery cell design that use liqu...
    18-Sep-2020 News New Products
    FCA inaugurates V2G pilot project in Mirafiori, Italy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has inaugurated its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot project in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker announced in a press release on 14 September. The V2G pilot plant is located in the Drosso logistics area in the evocative headquarters of the Heritage Hub within the Mirafiori ...
    Bridgestone to cease operations at Bethune plant in France due to market volatility
    Bridgestone will cease production at its passenger tire plant in Bethune, France "in response to the challenging long-term outlook for the European passenger tire market,” the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The closing is not expected to take place before the second quarter ...
    Brembo introduces Greentive brake disc with low brake dust emissions
    Brembo has unveiled a new brake disc Greentive®, the brake supplier said in a press release on 16 September. The company said that the new disc with high technological characteristics is designed specially to meet the demands of premium and luxury cars. Significance: The new brake disc features ...
    17-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Osram raises guidance due to stronger business recovery
    Germany-based Osram Licht AG has raised the guidance for the fiscal year 2020 due to stronger business recovery in summer, in particular in August, the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The company now expects a comparable revenue decline of approximately -14% as compared with...
    EV charging company SMATRICS mobility+ starts operations
    In a press release on 15 September, SMATRICS mobility+, a joint venture between SMATRICS and EnBW, announced that it has started operations. The company will add 100 new electric vehicle (EV) high-power charging (HPC) stations in Austria by the end of 2021. The charging points will have an output of...
    Ballard develops high-power density fuel cell stack for FCEVs
    Ballard has developed a new high-power density fuel-cell stack for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV), the "FCgen®-HPS," the company announced in a press release on 14 September. The zero-emission, proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel-cell stack is designed to provide propulsion for a range of ...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ACQUISITION: HELLA acquires plastics technology specialist FWB Kunststofftechnik
    HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA has acquired Germany-based plastics technology specialist FWB Kunststofftechnik GmbH (FWB), according to a HELLA press release on 15 September 2020. HELLA already has a 25% stake in FWB. With the complete takeover, which took place on 14 September 2020, HELLA intends to sec...
    Grupo Antolin develops retractable sun visor
    Grupo Antolin has developed a retractable sun visor that improves the performance and overall look of the product, the Spanish supplier said in a press release on 14 September 2020. The retractable sun visors hide behind the headliner substrate until the user needs them. A passenger can deploy them ...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Gridserve announces multiple partnerships for UK's first Forecourt EV charging station
    Gridserve has entered into multiple partnerships for its first Forecourt electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 11 September. Gridserve has partnered with Tesla and  ABB as the technology partners, and has collaborated with reta...
    China’s Envision Group considers building EV battery plant in France
    China-based Ensivision Group is mulling setting up an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in France, Reuters reported on 13 September citing French newspaper Journal du Dimanche (JDD). The company is reportedly planning to invest  hundreds of million of euros in the plant, which is expected to ...
    15-Sep-2020 News Investments
    UK government announces USD15.6 million in funding for EV research projects
    The United Kingdom government has announced to grant GBP12 million (USD15.6 million) for electric vehicle (EV) research projects including fast-charging battery, news website Verdict reported on 9 September. The announcement was made during the World EV Day organized by Green TV. Significance: Th...
    European Commission to propose tighter vehicle emissions norms in the EU
    The European Commission is set to recommend stricter limits on vehicular emissions to the European Union (EU). According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 11 September, this has prompted resistance from the German automotive industry, which is the largest in the EU. Current emission nor...
    Audi introduces e-tron S electric SUV and Sportback with three electric motors
    In a press release dated 10 September, Audi announced that it has introduced the all-electric performance models e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. Both variants come with three electric motors, two on the rear axle, and one on the front axle. The motors produce a combined output of 70 kW of power and...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Tesla installs new EV fast charger in Berlin
    Tesla has unveiled a new supercharger equipment on a Berlin research campus in Germany, Reuters reported on 11 September. The automaker is also looking at other target cities for the product. The V3 charger reportedly allows Tesla Model 3 cars to travel 120 km with five minutes of charging. Older mo...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Royal DSM develops glass-filled polypropylene material for 3D printing
    Royal DSM has developed a new glass-filled polypropylene material ‘Arnilene AM6001 GF’ for extrusion-based 3D printing, with application in various industries, including automotive, news website 3D Printing Industry reported in late August. "Developed by our experts, Arnilene AM6001 GF offers in...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ABB plans to switch to all-electric vehicle fleet in UK by 2025
    ABB has announced on World EV day that the company will switch to an all-electric fleet by 2025 in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 9 September. Significance: The company has over 500 cars in its fleet; this will be a substantial investment and commitment to sustainable...
    Brembo supplies braking solutions for Maserati MC20
    Brembo is supplying braking solutions for the new Maserati MC20, the braking systems supplier said in a press release. The company is supplying its radial mounted monobloc 6-piston brake calipers for the front. The calipers converge on 390 x 36 mm Brembo CCM (carbon ceramic material) brake discs, of...
    FlexEnable, UK develops liquid crystal cells for smart windows
    FlexEnable has developed liquid crystal cells, a glass-free organic LCD (OLCD) technology for automotive smart windows, UK-based company announced in a press release on 2 September. FlexEnable’s core display technology comprises an organic transistors backplane and a liquid crystal frontplane, eac...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    LG Chem supplies batteries for ŠKODA’s all-electric SUV Enyaq
    South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem is supplying lithium-ion batteries for ŠKODA Auto’s all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ, Czech Invest, an investment and business development agency of the Czech Republic, reported on 9 September. LG Chem is supplying the batteries from its Wro...
    European battery project BATTERY 2030+ starts operations
    European battery initiative ‘BATTERY 2030+’ commenced operations earlier this month, materials company EMPA announced in a press release on 9 September. The BATTERY 2030+ initiative has seven projects and a total budget of EUR40.5 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation prog...
    Volkswagen partners with RCS Global to ensure responsible battery material sourcing
    Volkswagen (VW) has partnered with RCS Global for auditing suppliers for conformance with human rights, safe working conditions, and environmental protection along the battery raw material supply chain all the way back to the mines, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 September. VW said...
    Veoneer to supply ADAS technology to premium automaker
    Veoneer will supply its advanced stereo vision camera system, perception software, and 77 GHz front and rear radar system to an undisclosed premium automaker, the company said in a press release on 10 September 2020. These systems supply data to the vehicle's driver assistance package, which en...
    thyssenkrupp, Hyundai develop CFRP aluminum hybrid wheel
    In a press release dated 10 September, thyssenkrupp Carbon Components, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, announced that it has developed a carbon fiber–reinforced polymer (CFRP) aluminum hybrid wheel in cooperation with Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre (HMETC). The project was executed using thys...
    11-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin’s H1 2020 sales down 42% y/y to USD1.7 billion
    Grupo Antolin has reported a decline of 42% year on year (y/y) in sales to EUR1.5 billion (USD1.7 billion) for the first six months ended 30 June 2020, according to a company press release on 10 September. The fall in sales resulted in a 77% y/y drop in EBITDA to EUR52 million. The company’s sa...
    France to invest EUR7 billion to promote hydrogen fuel adoption
    The Government of France is set to invest EUR7 billion (USD8.2 million) towards accelerating adoption of hydrogen fuel in the transportation and industrial sector, Automotive News Europe reported on 8 September. The government is expected to announce tenders next year for development of clean hydrog...
    Delphi Technologies announces new business win for 800V inverter
    In a press release dated 9 September, Delphi Technologies announced that it has a new order for its 800V inverters from a premium European OEM. The inverters will be equipped in OEM's next generation of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The inverters supplied will be equipped across the custome...
    Highways England invests USD12.1 million to promote EVs in fleets
    Highways England is investing GBP9.3 million (USD12.1 million) to promote electric vehicles (EV) in fleets, according to a press release by UK’s Department for Transport on 9 September. Businesses will be offered a free trial of EVs for two months, following a successful launch with Leeds City Cou...
    HELLA establishes ‘Global Software House’ to align software activities across the company
    HELLA has established a new ‘Global Software House’ to further expand its global software competencies, Germany-based lighting and electronics expert said in a press release on 9 September 2020. The Global Software House is managed by the Berlin subsidiary and software specialist HELLA Aglaia. T...
    10-Sep-2020 News Investments
    MAHLE opens incubator space for new startups in Germany
    Automotive components and systems supplier, MAHLE, has established a new incubator for startup companies. In a press statement issued by MAHLE on 9 September, the company announced that its new incubator would be used for its corporate startups and teams developing novel business concepts. The ne...
    Wallbox acquires EV charging app Electromaps
    In a press release dated 8 September, Wallbox announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Electromaps electric vehicle (EV) charging app. Electromaps will continue to develop and operate its platform under the same brand through the leadership of its founding partners Xavier Cañadell and Jor...
    Renault-Nissan, Uber partner to expand electromobility in Europe
    Renault-Nissan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ride-hailing service provider Uber to expand electromobility services in Europe, the automaker announced in a press release on 8 September. The companies will now explore a strong partnership to provide partner drivers on the Uber A...
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology unveils EPIC project for optimizing battery production
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has unveiled a new project for optimizing battery production, called ‘EPIC’, KIT announced in a press release on 2 September. The EPIC project aims at accelerating the drying of high-quality electrodes for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, increasing the ene...
    BASF develops new automotive refinish coatings
    BASF’s Coatings division has developed a new, advanced refinish product line for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 7 September. The company claims that its new coating meets the highest expectations of modern body shops. The new basecoat line including all additional...
    09-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Bridgestone provides ENLITEN tire technology for Volkswagen Golf 8
    Bridgestone is supplying Turanza Eco featuring its innovative, lightweight ‘ENLITEN Technology’ as OE tires for Volkswagen’s new eighth generation Golf 8, according to a company press release on 8 September. The custom-designed Turanza Eco tires with ENLITEN Technology have been design...
    ZF collaborates with startup Aeva to produce autonomous sensors
    German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has partnered with Silicon Valley startup Aeva to develop lidar for autonomous vehicles, according to a press release on 8 September. The companies claim the new sensor to be the world’s first Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar for the automotive ma...
    09-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Startup Zap-Map unveils app to pay for EV charging in the UK
    Zap-Map has unveiled a new service allowing electric vehicle (EV) drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks, the UK-based mapping startup said in a press release on 7 September. Rapid charging network Engenie will be the first network available on the service, which i...
    08-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Supermarket chain Aldi to expand EV charging network in Germany
    Supermarket chain Aldi is planning to expand the electric vehicle (EV) charging network across its locations in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 4 September. Aldi will install additional charging stations in the branch parking lots in the country. As part of the project, the firs...
    European Commission approves Hyundai's joint control of EV charging network IONITY
    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over IONITY by Hyundai Motor, the Commission announced in a press release on 2 September. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact on the market. The...
    Trelleborg develops sealing solutions for EVs
    Trelleborg has developed sealing solutions to meet demanding requirements electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 3 September. Trelleborg’s HiSpin® PDR RT and HiSpin® HS40 are designed with e-axle technology in mind. The rotary seals are engineered to effectively run at ...
    08-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Ford’s next-gen SYNC system uses machine learning to offer smart suggestions
    Ford has announced that the next-generation SYNC system will use machine learning to offer suggestions to drivers based on previous activities, a company press release read on 4 September. It will use conversational speech recognition, internet search results and machine learning intelligence to ...
    07-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Citroën unveils ë-Jumper electric van with 37-kWh and 70-kWh lithium-ion battery packs
    Citroën has unveiled its new ë-Jumper electric van with two lithium-ion (Li-on) battery packs: 37 kWh and 70 kWh, the company announced in a press release on 4 September. The variant with the bigger, 70-kWh battery provides a maximum range of up to 340 km in the Worldwide Harmonised...
    07-Sep-2020 News New Products
    INVESTMENT: Dongwha to build new unit in Hungary to produce battery electrolyte
    South Korean materials company Dongwha will set up a new plant for producing battery electrolyte in Sóskút, Hungary, the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency reported on 3 September. Dongwha will also set up another unit for N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) solvent recycling in the country. The compa...
    07-Sep-2020 News Investments
    PEV sales in Europe jump 53.3% y/y, to 129,344 units, in second quarter 2020
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the European Union jumped 53.3% year on year (y/y), to 129,344 units, during the second quarter, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced in a press release today (3 September). Within this segment, battery-electric vehicle (BEV)...
    Vattenfall to install 8,000 EV charging points in Netherlands
    Vattenfall has won a major tender for new electric vehicle (EV) charging networks in the Netherlands. According to a press release 4 September, the company will install up to 8,000 new charging points in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg by 2024. The agreement also contains innovative solut...
    ACQUISITION: Bosch acquires 26% stake in Indian e-mobility company SUN Mobility
    German auto parts supplier Bosch, through its investment vehicle Robert Bosch Investment Nederland B.V., has acquired a 26% stake in Indian e-mobility company SUN Mobility, according to a report by ET Auto on 4 September. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction. “B...
    Yandex, Uber to spin off autonomous unit
    Yandex N.V., a Russian internet giant, will spin off its autonomous vehicle business and form a new company -called Yandex Self Driving Group B.V. (Yandex SDG) with Uber, Yandex announced in a press release on 4 September 2020. Before the spin-off, Yandex’s self-driving car business unit was part ...
    FREYR signs MOU to set up battery cell plant in Norway
    Battery maker FREYR has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Norway for setting up a lithium-ion battery cell facility in Mo Industrial Park (MIP), the company announced in a press release on 28 August. The construction of the 2-gigawatt-hours (GWh) fast-track production facility is expec...
    04-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Europe considers a uniform payment system for EV charging and hydrogen refueling
    European lawmakers are considering implementing a uniform payment system for electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling across Europe, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure said in a press release on 3 September. “With the electrification of transport alon...
    JOINT VENTURE: PSA and Saft Batteries set up battery cell JV
    PSA Group, through Opel, and Saft Batteries, a subsidiary of Total, have set up a battery cell joint venture (JV), Automotive Cell Company (ACC), Saft Batteries announced in a press release on 3 September. Yann Vincent has been appointed as the CEO and Ghislain Lescuyer has been appointed as the cha...
    ACQUISITION: Delfingen acquires Schlemmer’s European and African operations
    Delfingen, a supplier of electrical cable protection systems and solutions for the automotive industry, has completed the acquisition of Schlemmer’s business in Europe/Africa, according to a company press release on 1 September. Schlemmer’s Asian perimeter was sold to its Chinese partner, the Fe...
    Osram launches high-quality LED solutions for automotive sector
    Osram has unveiled the successor generation of the Oslon Compact PL and new versions of the Oslon Black Flat S LED solutions for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 3 September. The new Oslon Black Flat and Oslon Compact products are designed for use in high and low beam...
    04-Sep-2020 News New Products
    HELLA to supply integrated lighting systems to Chinese EV maker
    German lighting and electronics supplier HELLA will produce integrated lighting systems for a leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, according to a company press release on 3 September 2020. The customer project includes two vehicle series—the first has recently been launched, the ...
    04-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA unveils all-electric SUV Enyaq iV
    Skoda has unveiled its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ iV, the company announced in a press release on 1 September. ENYAQ iV will be available in five power outputs, three battery sizes, and two drivetrains. Serial production of the ENYAQ iV will start at the end of 2020. Its market l...
    03-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Bosch to focus on fuel cell powertrain development in passenger car segment after trucks
    German automotive supplier Bosch has said that it will develop fuel cell powertrain for the passenger car segment after trucks, according to a company press release on 2 September. Bosch plans to start production of fuel cell powertrain for heavy duty applications in 2022–23. “Once they have bec...
    03-Sep-2020 News New Products
    NewMotion and Char.gy sign roaming agreement for EV charging in UK
    NewMotion, a major European provider of smart charging solutions for EVs, has signed a roaming agreement with Char.gy, an on-street charge point operator, to expand roaming network across the United Kingdom, NewMotion said in a press release on 2 September 2020. The partnership will add EV vehicle c...
    INVESTMENT: Interior and exterior modules supplier SMP plans to open new plant in Serbia
    German car parts manufacturer Samvardhana Motherson Peguform (SMP), a member of Motherson Group, plans to open a new plant in the Dobricevo industrial zone of Cuprija, in central Serbia, the Cuprija city government said in a press release on 28 August. The plant will be built on a 44-hectare land pl...
    03-Sep-2020 News Investments
    New Mercedes-Benz S-Class features multibeam LED headlamp as standard
    The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class features multibeam LED headlamp as standard, the automaker announced in a press release on 2 September. The headlamp featuring Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus also has variable control of low and high beam. The model also has optional ‘Digital Light’ system, which ent...
    03-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Terrafame raises new funding for battery chemicals plant in Finland
    In a press release dated 28 August, Terrafame announced that it has entered into an agreement with its owners Finnish Minerals Group, Trafigura Group’s private investment arm Galena Asset Management (Galena) and Sampo plc, to raise funding for its  upcoming battery chemicals plant in Finland....
    ŠKODA invests USD38 million in Enyaq iV production line at Mladá Boleslav plant
    ŠKODA Auto has completed the conversion of an existing production line at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, for vehicles based on Volkswagen Group’s Modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, the company announced in a press release on 1 September. Skoda has invested EUR32 m...
    nd Group acquires majority share in EV startup e.GO Mobile
    nd Group’s nd Industrial Investments has acquired a majority share in electric vehicle (EV) startup e.GO Mobile for an undisclosed amount, e.GO Mobile announced in a press release on 31 August. On September 1, Next.e.GO Mobile SE took over the entire business of e.GO Mobile AG including all subsid...
    Ricardo wins provisional funding for hydrogen engine development facility in UK
    Ricardo has received provisional funding for its hydrogen engine development facility in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 1 September. The planned new test facility will develop hydrogen-fueled engines. Subject to the formal award of funding, the project will provide a hyd...
    Valmet Automotive expects EV batteries business to grow significantly within next few years
    Valmet Automotive expects sales from its electric vehicle (EV) batteries business to reach the level or even surpass that of vehicle contract manufacturing within the next few years, the company said in a press release on 1 September. The growth will focus on the EV Systems business line with i...
    European Commission gets power to recall vehicles for breaching EU emission limits
    The European Commission will begin applying new regulations which “overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system”, a press release on 31 August read. The implementation is expected to improve the quality of vehicle type-approval and testing, increase checks of ...
    Peugeot unveils electric delivery van e-BOXER with two battery pack options
    Peugeot has unveiled an all electric delivery van e-Boxer, the company announced in a press release on 27 August. The electric van will come with two battery options—37 kWh and 70 kWh—with the bigger battery offering a range of upto 340 km (211 miles) in the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles T...
    01-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Toyota partners with PGNiG for developing hydrogen technology in Poland
    Toyota Motor Poland and Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) have entered into an agreement to develop hydrogen technology in Poland, PGNiG announced in a press release on 28 August. Under the partnership, a pilot hydrogen refueling station will be built  in the Wola district of Warsaw, Poland.&n...
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