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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Lincoln China debuts all-new Corsair PHEV
    Lincoln debuted the all-new Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at Auto Shanghai 2021. According to a company press release on 19 April, the Corsair PHEV is Lincoln’s first locally produced new energy vehicle (NEV). Lincoln also officially debuted the Zephyr Reflection Preview Car and launched L...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    ACQUISITION: PPG announces acquisition of automotive coatings manufacturer, Cetelon Lackfabrik
    PPG announced that it has acquired coatings manufacturer, Cetelon Lackfabrik, without disclosing the financial details of the transaction, according to a company press release on 19 April. Significance: Cetelon Lackfabrik manufactures automotive wheel coatings apart from coatings for light truck ...
    EV battery startup SES raises USD139 million in series D funding round, led by General Motors
    SES, a US-based startup engaged in the development of next generation Li-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), has raised USD139 million in a Series D funding round, according to a press release on 19 April. This funding round was led by General Motors (GM). Other investors inclu...
    Li-Cycle to establish Li-ion battery recycling plant in Arizona
    North America-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery resource recovery and Li-ion battery recycler, Li-Cycle Corp. has announced in a press release on 14 April, that the company will build its third commercial Li-ion battery recycling facility, in Gilbert, Arizona, US, within the Phoenix metropolitan ar...
    19-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Washington state to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030
    The Washington State legislature has passed a legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington state, US, to be electric vehicles (EVs). The new law puts Washington five years ahead of California's target of 2035. According to a pre...
    Toyota recalls more than 279,000 vehicles in US over wire harness issue
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting approximately 279,000 vehicles in the United States over airbag issue, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 April 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2009–15 Toyota Venza vehicles. Significance: The subject vehicles have a...
    19-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    EV charging startup, EV Connect, to install 1,000 chargers in Canada by end-2022
    EV Connect, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup, has announced its plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network to Canada. EV Connect ULC is opening its first office in Toronto, Ontario, and its initial plan is to provide 1,000 EV charging stations across the country by the end of 2...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Acquisition: Aludyne acquires Shiloh Industries’ CastLight division
    Aluminum and iron parts supplier, Aludyne has acquired Shiloh Industries’ CastLight division according to a company press release on 13 April. The acquisition combined entity is expected to generate pro forma revenue of more than USD1 billion. Current Capital Partners LLC and KPMG acted as financi...
    AV startup WeRide receives California permit to test autonomous vehicles
    WeRide, the mainland Chinese autonomous vehicle startup has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California. Backed by Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, the company is also testing its autonomous vehicles in mainland China’s southern city of Guangzhou. WeRi...
    Subaru recalls 871,205 vehicles in US over engine control module, rear stabilizer bar issues
    Subaru has issued two separate recalls affecting 871,205 vehicles in the United States over issues with engine control module (ECM) and rear stabilization bars, Automotive News reported on 15 April. The recalls involve certain model year (MY) 2017–19 Impreza sedan and hatchback and MY 2018–19 Cr...
    16-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Mazda launches MX-30 electric crossover in the US
    Japanese car maker, Mazda, has introduced its MX-30, the brand’s first battery electric vehicle, in the US market. According to a press release issued by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) on 14 April, the vehicle will go on sale in California from fall 2021 onward. The vehicle will be driv...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free driving in Mustang Mach-E
    Ford unveiled BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system that is SAE Level 2 driver-assist technology, similar with Tesla Autopilot.  Via over-the-air software updates, BlueCruise will be offered later this year on the 2021 F-150 and the 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the...
    LG Electronics-Magna JV close to signing deal with Apple to manufacture EVs
    LG Magna e-Powertrain, a joint venture (JV) between LG Electronics and Magna International is "very near" to signing contracts with Apple to build its early electric vehicle (EV) models, reports The Korea Times. According to the report, Apple plans to limit production volume, as it aims to evaluate ...
    EV charging startup SemaConnect joins ChargeHub Passport
    ChargeHub by Mogile Technologies Inc., a leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service that displays data on more than 100,000 public charging stations in North America, announced that it has added SemaConnect its EV charging payment solution—ChargeHub Passport, according to a company press releas...
    Volkswagen ID.4 Pro EV receives official EPA estimated range of 260 miles
    Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced a second round of fuel economy figures for the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV, according to the company press release on 12 April. On a full charge, the ID.4 Pro rear-wheel-drive (RWD) has an EPA-estimated 260 miles (402 km) of range, while the Pro S and 1st Editio...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Multiple US labs work together to introduce HT-PEM fuel cells
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Advent Technology Holdings Inc., Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work over the next few years to bring to market high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells to convert hydrogen and other renewa...
    Automakers struggling with pandemic-induced rubber plant shutdowns
    Automakers have begun struggling with rubber supply shortage issues, even as they work around COVID-19 pandemic-related plant shutdowns in terms of the global chip shortage, according to an article from Automotive News Canada dated 13 April. Significance: The rubber shortage is blocking...
    Diodes launches high-speed bidirectional dual supply autosensing level shifter IC
    Diodes Incorporated has launched a new high-speed bidirectional dual supply autosensing level shifter integrated circuit (IC), according to a company press release on 13 April 2021. The new PI4ULS3V304AQ has expanded its family of voltage-level shifters. Enabling high-speed operation, this conf...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    General Motors recalls 60,678 vehicles in US over steering issue
    General Motors is recalling 60,678 vehicles in the United States over a steering issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 25 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon veh...
    14-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Battery Resourcers completes USD20 million Series B funding round
    Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling and manufacturing company based in the United States completed a USD20 million Series B equity round with financing led by Orbia Ventures, the venture capital arm of the multinational Orbia, according to a company pre...
    13-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Dow to showcase silicone material technologies at international conference in China
    Dow will share information about its advanced silicone solutions for mobility applications during two technical presentations at electronica China's 2021 China International Automotive Electronics and Electric Vehicle Conference, according to a company press release on 13 April. The company’s scie...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Samsung SDI to supply battery cells to EV startup Rivian
    South Korean battery cell supplier, Samsung SDI will be supplying battery cells for models from electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian, backed by Amazon.com Inc and Ford Motor, reports Reuters. Significance: Rivian has been working with Samsung during the process of developing battery cells and pla...
    indie Semiconductor launches ultrasonic automotive parking-assist solutions
    indie Semiconductor, which is currently in the process of merging with Thunder Bridge Acquisition II, Ltd., has launched a family of high-performance sensing solutions supporting automotive parking-assist applications, according to a company press release on 12 April. Leveraging its mixed signal, di...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    STS Group to invest USD39 million to build new Wytheville, US facility
    Germany-based automotive interior and exterior parts supplier STS Group AG is investing USD39 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Wytheville, Virginia, US, according to a report by Plastics News on 12 April. The plant is expected to create 120 jobs in the region. Construction on the new...
    13-Apr-2021 News Investments
    LG Energy, SK Innovation reach USD1.8 billion EV battery case settlement
    LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation announced that they have agreed to settle all legal disputes, which began in April 2019, relating to electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the United States and South Korea. In a press release issued on 11 April, the companies stated that the two companies agreed to...
    Toyota North America, AT&T partner to offer WarnerMedia RIDE to customers
    Toyota Motor North America has partnered with AT&T to offer WarnerMedia RIDE app, which can connect up to five compatible devices, the automaker said in a press release on 8 April. Passengers can view from a selection of live and on-demand content, including ‘thousands of hours’ of TV shows ...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    President Biden calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates
    The recently announced USD174 billion plan proposed by US President Joe Biden to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and bolster EV charging infrastructure also calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 8 April, the plan also...
    Honda, Verizon test connected safety technologies for vehicles using 5G at Mcity
    Honda has announced a partnership with Verizon to test vehicles with connected safety technologies at University of Michigan's Mcity test bed, according to a company press release on 8 April. The two companies will research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing could...
    SiriusXM extends partnership with JLR in the US until 2026
    SiriusXM has extended its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the company said in a press release on 8 April. The companies will expand the factory installation of SiriusXM's audio entertainment service, which will become a standard feature in all JLR models in the United States beginning with...
    Hirschmann Automotive expands operations in Mexico, US
    Hirschmann Automotive announced that it has established a test laboratory in Mexico where validations are carried out locally, according to a company press release on 2 April. Hirschmann Automotive also opened a sales and research and development (R&D) office in Detroit, United States. Signif...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    FCA recalls 1,222 vehicles in US over airbag issue
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1,222 vehicles in the United States over an airbag issue, according to a report by cars.com on 7 April, citing a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The recall affects model year (MY) 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vehicl...
    09-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Hyundai TRANSYS Georgia Seating System invests USD9 million in Georgia, US
    Hyundai TRANSYS Georgia Seating System, LLC, a producer of automotive parts, will invest USD9 million to expand its seating manufacturing operations in West Point, Georgia, US, according to a press release on the official website of Georgia Department of Economic Development on 5 April 2021. "We ...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Insight LiDAR launches “Gesture Detection” sensing technology for autonomous vehicles
    Autonomous vehicle technology company Insight LiDAR announced Insight 1600 as the first LiDAR with the combined high resolution and velocity detection to enable pedestrian gesture recognition. VP of Business Development Greg Smolka explains, “When humans drive, we’re constantly scanning the envi...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Audi partners with Blue Bird, Temple, and Applied Information to deploy C-V2X for school zone safety
    Audi of America has partnered with Blue Bird, Applied Information, and Temple to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for safety around school zones, the company said in a press release on 30 March. The Fulton County School System in Atlanta, US has also joined the project, with ...
    Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup to be built at GM’s Factory ZERO plant in Detroit, Michigan, US
    General Motors has announced that Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be manufactured at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, US. According to a press release issued by GM on 6 April, the company stated that this facility...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    TactoTek and Amphenol team up for smart automotive surfaces
    TactoTek®, the Finland-based company that develops and licenses in-mold structural electronics (IMSE®) technology, and Amphenol ICC have announced a collaboration to develop automotive grade in-mold connectors for TactoTek IMSE technology, TactoTek announced in a press release on 31 March 2021. ...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Hercules Electric Vehicles opens USD20 million Series A funding round
    Detroit-based Hercules Electric Vehicles, which is developing an all-electric luxury pickup truck, has announced opening a USD20 million Series A funding period to help bring the vehicle to market in late 2022. The company is developing an all-electric sport pickup truck named Hercules Alpha with mo...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Piedmont Lithium appoints David Klanecky as COO
    Piedmont Lithium Ltd. (PLL) announced David Klanecky as EVP and COO. He will join the lithium chemicals company in April 2021 and be based at its Belmont, North Carolina headquarters. Keith Phillips, president, and CEO said, “We are very pleased to welcome David to our senior management team. D...
    US auto industry group seeks government help amid chip shortage
    The Alliance for Auto Innovation, a US-based industry group has urged the Joe Biden-led government to step in and help with the current global semiconductors shortage, Reuters reported on 6 April. The group warned the global semiconductor shortage could result in the production cut of 1.28 million v...
    Volkswagen invests additional USD100 million in QuantumScape for solid-state battery tech
    QuantumScape has announced it has successfully met the technical milestone that was a condition to close the investment of an additional USD100 million by Volkswagen Group of America Investments, LLC into the company, according to an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on 31 March. This ...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Ford suspends operations at two US plants due to chip shortage
    Ford Motor is idling production at two truck plants that make its best-selling F-150 pickup on the back of the global semiconductor shortage, reports Bloomberg Quint. The truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, US, will shut for two weeks starting April 5. Ford will also cease production of the F-15...
    Eberspaecher to open new manufacturing plant in Louisville, Kentucky, US
    Germany-based automotive thermal components supplier, Eberspaecher, has announced that it will be investing USD34.4 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in Louisville, Kentucky, US. According to a press release issued by the Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky state, on 29 March,...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    US President Biden earmarks USD174 billion for EVs, charging infrastructure, renewable power
    President of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled the details of his vast USD2 trillion infrastructure plan, which outlines his administration’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality for the US economy by the year 2050. However, the plan is still awaiting approval from the US Congress. Ac...
    Optodot files new patent for electrode coated separator technology
    High-tech company Optodot Corporation, Boston, MA, United States, has added a cutting-edge US patent to its portfolio of more than 90 pending and issued battery patents worldwide. This new patent titled “Methods of Producing Batteries Using Anode Metal Depositions Directly on Nanoporous Separ...
    Ford recalls 38,407 vehicles in US over issue with rearview camera
    Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall affecting 38,407 vehicles in North America over issue with rearview camera, the automaker announced in a press release on 2 April 2021. The recall covers 34,975 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 3,053 in Canada and 379 in Mexico. The re...
    05-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    US-based startup WaveSense raises USD15 million
    US-based startup WaveSense has raised USD15 million in funding, according to a company press release on 30 March 2021. The round was led by Rhapsody Venture Partners and Impossible Ventures. WaveSense has developed Ground Positioning Radar™ (GPR), a precise and reliable vehicle positioning syst...
    Sumitomo Corp. invests in US-based hydrogen fuel provider Oneh2
    Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, has announced an investment in OneH2, a hydrogen fuel company headquartered in Longview, North Carolina, according to a company press release on 27 January 2021. OneH2 is a hydrogen production and distribution company providi...
    02-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Updated MINI app to be launched in 21 countries worldwide
    The MINI App—first introduced in July 2020 and launched in 33 markets (mainly in Europe), has been updated and now made available in the United States, Russia, Japan, Australia, and 17 other countries, and will be offered in Mainland China from April 2021, according to a company press release...
    01-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Radici Group invests USD40 million in high-performance polymers plants worldwide
    The RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area is investing over EUR35 million (USD40 million) to add to its global production capacity with new construction and installations in North America, Europe, and mainland China, according to a company press release on 31 March. Significance: ...
    01-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Teijin Ltd., Applied EV team up to develop LS-EV prototype with polycarbonate resin glazing
    Teijin Limited has announced that together with Applied Electric Vehicles (Applied EV) it has developed a highly energy-efficient low-speed electric vehicle (LS-EV) prototype for autonomous driving systems and other mobility applications for zero-emission mobility, according to a company press relea...
    FCA recalls 19,214 vehicles in US over risk of fire
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 19,214 vehicles in the United States over the risk of fire, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 11 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2021 Ram 2500, 3500, and ...
    01-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Audi recalls 153,152 in US over airbag issue
    Audi has issued a recall for more than 153,152 in the United States over issue with airbag, according to a Reuters report on 28 March citing a recall notice on the website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects 153,152 units of Audi A3 sedans and its variant...
    30-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Stellantis to idle five North American plants due to semiconductor shortage
    Stellantis is set to temporarily suspend operations at five plants in North America as the automotive industry continues to feel the supply chain pressure due to a shortage of semiconductors. According to a Detroit Free Press article on 26 March, the idling of plants in the United States, Canada, an...
    Ford, HP collaborate to transform 3D waste into injection molded auto parts
    Ford announced its collaboration with HP to innovatively reuse spent 3D printed powders and parts, closing the loop and turning them into injection molded vehicle parts, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. Ford’s team created this solution that produces zero waste at its Advanced Ma...
    Hercules Electric Vehicles opens USD20 million Series A funding round
    Hercules Electric Vehicles is opening a USD20 million Series A investment round managed by CMD Global Partners, a boutique investment bank, according to a company press release on 24 March. The company is currently scouting locations for production of its components, including solid-state batteries....
    Volkswagen sets up new AI unit in Detroit, US
    Volkswagen (VW) has set up an artificial intelligence (AI) unit in Detroit, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The research and development (R&D) center develops and operates AI solutions, feeds them with data from across the company, and retrain the algorithms wit...
    Stratasys, Xometry partner to offer four new high-performance nylon materials for automotive applications
    Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will provide several new high-performance nylon material options to Xometry’s customers, the two companies announced through a press release on 4 March. The four nylon materials are Nylon 11 EX, Nylon 11 HST, Nylon 12 AF, and Nylon 12 CF. Significance: ...
    26-Mar-2021 News New Products
    GM extends production cuts in North America due to semiconductor shortages
    General Motors has extended production cuts at some of its North American plants as the automotive industry continues to suffer losses due to the global shortages in semiconductors. Reuters reported on 24 March that GM will idle operations at its Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant in the United Sta...
    General Motors recalls 94,641 vehicles in North America over seatbelts issue
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 94,641 vehicles in North America over seatbelt issue, according to a recall notice on the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Ta...
    25-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Goodyear partners with EV rental company UFODRIVE to improve fleet performance
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber company today announced a strategic partnership with electric vehicle (EV) rental company UFODRIVE, aimed at improving EV fleet performance, according to company press release on 23 March. The companies aim to integrate their complementary mobility solutions, which include...
    Ford to adjust vehicle production in US due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford is expected to adjust vehicle production in the US after cutting the number of shifts at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and shutting down the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Detroit Free Press reported on 22 March. The forced adjustment is due to the global semiconductor shortage plag...
    BMW, PG&E expand smart EV charging partnership
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the BMW Group in a press release on 22 March, an expansion of their partnership focused on smart charging electric vehicles (EVs) with excess renewable energy to support grid reliability. The companies will work together to send signals to participants...
    Startup indie Semiconductor appoints Steve Machuga as chief operating officer
    US-based semiconductor startup indie Semiconductor, which is currently in the process of becoming a public company through a planned merger with Thunder Bridge Acquisition II (a special purpose acquisition company), has appointed Steve Machuga as COO, according to a company press release on 18 Febru...
    Rivian plans to install 3,500 fast chargers across US, Canada by 2023
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian plans to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging network called ‘Rivian Adventure Network’ comprising 3,500 fast-chargers and 10,000 Level 2 chargers at more than 600 sites across the United States and Canada, the company announced in a press release on 18 ...
    Hyundai recalls 95,198 vehicles in US to replace ABS module
    Hyundai has issued new recalls impacting a total of 95,198 cars in the United States to replace anti-lock braking system (ABS) module, according to a report by CNET on 18 March citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2017–20 G8...
    22-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Goodyear, Voyomotive to pilot tire monitoring solutions in United States
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is collaborating with connected car technology firm Voyomotive to pilot tire monitoring services in the United States, according to a company press release on 18 March.  The service is being provided to Voyomotive consumer and fleet customers, th...
    Nexteer’s FY 2020 revenues slide by 15% y/y to USD3 billion
    Nexteer Automotive has reported a loss in revenues of 15% y/y to USD3.03 billion for FY 2020  ended 31 December 2020, according to a press release on 17 March today. The company’s net income also declined by roughly 50% y/y to USD117 million, mainly due to decline in revenues on the back of i...
    EVBox Group partners with Aetna to expand EV charging network in US
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions company EVBox Group has partnered with electrical services and energy solutions provider Aetna Corp. to expand EV charging infrastructure in the United States, according to a company press release on 18 March. The companies will initially focus on expanding i...
    Toyota to cut production at four North American plants over supply chain issues
    Toyota will cut production at four plants in North America, Reuters reported on 17 March. The plants mentioned are in Kentucky and West Virginia in the United States and in Mexico. Toyota has attributed the production cut to “a shortage of petrochemicals” and “recent severe weather conditions...
    EV startup Arrival to build second US Microfactory in Charlotte, NC
    US-based commercial EV maker Arrival has announced that it will be building its second US Microfactory in Charlotte, North Carolina, US, according to a company press release on 17 March. This Microfactory will produce electric delivery vans for UPS and is expected to create over 250 new jobs in Char...
    18-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Next-generation Ford Transit Custom will include all-electric powertrain; launch scheduled in 2023
    Ford announced that the next-generation Ford Transit Custom range will include an all-electric model according to a company press release on 16 March. The model range, which includes the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover, will also include plug-in hybrid (PHEV), mild hybrid, and con...
    18-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Kandi America launches new neighborhood EVs, expands product categories
    Kandi America, the US subsidiary of Chinese EV maker, Kandi Technologies Group, announced the strategic expansion of its automotive business to fulfill the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) market. According to a press release issued by Kandi America on 17 March, the Kandi K23 and K27 NEVs are ava...
    18-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Foxconn considers producing EVs at Wisconsin plant in US
    Foxconn Technology Group is considering making electric vehicles (EVs) at its Wisconsin plant in the United States, Associated Press reported on 6 March. Chairman Young Liu, who was speaking at a press conference in Taiwan, said the decision to manufacture EVs either in Mexico or the US will be fina...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Honda to suspend production at majority of plants in US, Canada due to supply chain issues
    Honda Motor will temporarily suspend production at most US and Canadian auto plants for a week, Reuters reported on 17 March. The Japanese automaker said that the impact from COVID-19 pandemic, congestion at various ports, the microchip shortage and severe winter weather over the past several w...
    Goodyear, TNO collaborate to demonstrate connected tire technology
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Dutch research organization TNO are joining hands to develop a demonstration vehicle that will test the consequences of connected tires communicating with the vehicle's control system, particularly the anti-lock brake system (ABS), according to a press rele...
    Volkswagen launches ID.4 EV in US
    Volkswagen has launched its first long-range electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), ID.4, at dealers across the United States, according to a company press release on 16 March.  Significance: “The launch of the ID.4 represents a huge inflection point for the Volkswagen brand, and its foray...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies expands material testing capabilities in US
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has expanded its material testing capabilities to include performance and compatibility evaluations for materials used to seal and maintain lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, according to a company press release on 16 March. The company has installed advanced equipment ...
    17-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Startup Facedrive launches ‘Steer’ EV subscription service platform in Toronto, Canada
    Facedrive Inc., a Canadian peer-to-peer, eco-friendly ride-sharing network, will launch Steer, America’s fastest-growing electric vehicle (EV) subscription service and an integral part of Facedrive’s Testing as a Service (TaaS) vertical, in Toronto, Ontario, according to a company press release ...
    GM to build certain MY 2021 pickup trucks without fuel management module due to semiconductor shortage
    General Motors will build certain model year (MY) 2021 light-duty full-size pickup trucks without a fuel management module due to a global semiconductors shortage in the automotive industry, Reuters reported on 15 March. The absence of the fuel management module will impact the vehicles’ fuel econ...
    16-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Nissan recalls 26,156 vehicles in US to replace front passenger airbag module
    Nissan is recalling 26,156 vehicles in the United States to replace the front passenger airbag module, according to a recall notice on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 4 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2006–08 INFINITI FX35 and...
    16-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    GM idling Lansing Grand River assembly plant in US due to semiconductor shortage
    General Motors will temporarily suspend operations at Lansing Grand River Assembly plant due to a global semiconductor shortage, Lansing State Journal reported on 11 March. The idling is expected to last through the end of March. The Grand River Assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Camaro and ...
    German supplier KIRCHHOFF Automotive to invest UDS15 million in assembly facility in US
    Germany-based automotive supplier, KIRCHHOFF Automotive is investing USD15 million to open an assembly facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, US, according to a press release on 8 March from Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). The project is expected to create 73 new jobs in Gwinnett Co...
    15-Mar-2021 News Investments
    BMW invests in CO2-free steel production method developed by Boston Metal
    The BMW Group is investing in a method for carbon dioxide (CO2)-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, according to a press release on 12 March. Moving forward, Boston Metal plans to industrialize the new method for steel p...
    15-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Honda America plans to sell two electric SUVs in US in 2024
    Honda has announced plans to sell two all-electric sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States for model year (MY) 2024 and will follow by offering hybrid gas-electric versions of its top-selling models, according to a report by Associated Press on 12 March. Honda of America sales chief Dave...
    15-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Kumho Tires plans USD297.8 million investment to nearly double capacity at Vietnamese plant
    Kumho Tire under ownership of China’s Doublestar Tyre has pledged USD297.8 million to nearly double the capacity at its tire plant in Vietnam to sustain exports to North America while avoiding hefty US tariffs, according to a regulatory filing. The company’s Chinese owner Doublestar also plan...
    15-Mar-2021 News Investments
    VinFast plans to set up EV manufacturing plant in US
    Vietnam-based electric vehicle startup, VinFast, has announced plans to open a factory in the United States. According to a report published by news agency Bloomberg on 2 March, the company has set up a research office in San Francisco employing 50 staff members. VinFast is preparing to commence ele...
    15-Mar-2021 News Investments
    ChargePoint, Volvo develop in-car app for Volvo’s Recharge models
    ChargePoint has announced a partnership Volvo Cars under which the companies will launch an in-car ChargePoint charging app for Volvo’s Recharge electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 9 March. This will enable drivers to easily locate and begin charging without tapping...
    12-Mar-2021 News New Products
    LG Energy Solution plans USD4.5 billion investment to expand EV battery production in US
    LG Energy Solutions will invest more than USD4.5 billion in expanding its own battery business in the United States by 2025, the company said in a press release on 11 March. The investment will help the South Korean company to expand its EV battery production capacity by 70-GWh and create over 10,00...
    12-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Kia recalls 380,000 vehicles in US over fire risk
    Kia is recalling nearly 380,000 vehicles in the United States over fire risk, according to a report by Associated Press on 9 March 2021. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2017–21 Sportage sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and MY 2017–19 Cadenza sedans. The company says the recalled vehicles...
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    University of Texas El Pato develops low-cost 3D printer to fabricate hybrid electronic devices
    Researchers based at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) have developed a new low-cost Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) system that’s capable of fabricating hybrid electronic devices, reports 3D Printing Industry. The 3D printer costs USD12,000 and is based on a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), which...
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    LG Energy Solution aims to build EV battery cells for Tesla in 2023
    LG Energy Solution is looking to build advanced battery cells for Tesla EVs in 2023 and is considering potential production sites in the United States and Europe, according to a report from Reuters quoting two people familiar with the matter on 10 March. However, Tesla is yet to agree to the deal th...
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    Stratus Plastics expands operations at US plant for automotive application
    Canada-based injection molding company, Stratus Plastics International is expanding production at its manufacturing plant in Morgantown, Kentucky, US, and adding 40 new jobs there, according to a report by Canadian Plastics on 9 March. The expansion and hiring comes on the back of increased demand a...
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    Startup ChargePoint and Polestar form new EV charging partnership
    US-based charging infrastructure company, ChargePoint and Swedish electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar Cars have entered a new charging partnership, according to a press release from Polestar on 9 March. Their efforts have resulted in the formation of an embedded charging app for the Polestar 2 elec...
    Nissan recalls 854,113 vehicles in North America over brake light issue
    Nissan is recalling 854,113 vehicles in North America over brake light issue, according to a report by Automotive News Canada on 9 March 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2016–19 Sentra compact sedans, covering 807,376 vehicles in the United States and 46,737 in Canada. Signific...
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    Eberspaecher opens plant for exhaust technology in Mexico
    Eberspaecher has opened a new plant for exhaust technology in Ramos Arizpe close to Saltillo, Mexico, the German automotive supplier said in a press release on 5 March 2021. The plant spanning across an area of 21,000 square meters, with about 90% of the total area of the plant dedicated to producti...
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    MY 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs to feature built-in Amazon Fire TV
    Jeep’s model year (MY) 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs will feature Amazon’s Fire TV entertainment platform, The Verge reported on 4 March. Fire TV will be accessible from the main display as well as the rear seat screens. Jeep has said that a privacy filter will prevent the driver from wa...
    Superior Industries FY 2020 sales declines 19.7% y/y to USD1.1 billion
    US-based light vehicle aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries (Superior) has posted its financial results for the full fiscal year (FY) 2020. According to a press release issued by Superior on 5 March, the company posted a net sales figure of USD1.1 billion, which implies a reduction of 19.75% ...
    Ford delays Mustang Mach-e deliveries in US
    Ford is delaying deliveries of some 4,500 Mustang Mach-E in the United States, according to a report by The Detroit News on 4 March 2021. The automaker did not specify the issue, which is causing the delivery delays. However, Ford said that additional quality checks are being performed on the subjec...
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    Battery materials company DeepGreen Metals is set to go public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a merger with Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation, the company announced in a press release on 4 March. The transaction represents a pro-forma equity value of USD2.9 billion (as...
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    In a press release dated 4 March, Sion Power announced advancements in its advanced battery cell for electric vehicles (EVs), the Licerion-EV cell. Licerion-EV is a 400 Wh/kg, 700 Wh/L in a large-format 17 Ah pouch cell. Sion Power is producing up to 17 Ah Licerion-EV cells at its facility in Tucson...
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