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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    SiriusXM’s FY 2022 revenue climbs 4% higher y/y to USD9.0 billion
    SiriusXM has reported an 3.5% year-on-year (y/y) increase in revenue for fiscal year 2022 to USD9 billion, according to its press release on 2 February. Net income fell to USD1.21 billion from USD1.31 billion last year, while income from operations rose to USD2.04 billion from USD2.02 billion. Engineering, design, and development costs increased 7.5% to USD285 million. For the fourth quarter, SiriusXM’s revenue grew 1.8% to USD1.73 billion while the company posted a net income of USD365 mil...
    P97 Networks partners with Visa to enhance in-car payment experience
    P97 Networks has announced a partnership with Visa to deploy its token technology which can be used for in-car payments, according to a company press release on 31 January. The partnership will enable electric vehicle (EV) charging payments across public networks. The first step in this cooperation is the launch of P97 Network's enhanced network token services to securely connect millions of digital wallets and connected cars. “This collaboration underscores the powerful security that token...
    Nissan plans to invest in Renault Group’s EV and software division Ampere
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corporation said on 30 January 2023 that it plans to invest in Ampere, the electric vehicle (EV) and software division of the French carmaker and its ally Renault Group, with an aim of becoming a strategic shareholder. The plan is part of three-stage that Nissan and Renault are taking to strengthen the ties of the Alliance and maximize value creation for all stakeholders, both the company said in a joint statement Monday. The two companies plan to work joint...
    Toyota selects Turkey plant to produce PHEVs, batteries in Europe
    Japanese automaker Toyota’s European arm said on 30 January 2023 that the company plans to produce the second-generation Toyota C-HR at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya, Turkey. In addition, TMMT will be Toyota’s first European plant to start producing plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), and the first to be equipped with a battery production line. TMMT is slated to produce the Toyota C-HR in hybrid as well as PHEV versions, which will make the model first PHEV passeng...
    Faurecia-Aptoide partners with Catappult to launch app distribution service for vehicles
    Faurecia-Aptoide has partnered with Catappult to launch an app distribution service for cars, it said in a press release dated 30 January. Developers can use Faurecia-Aptoide's app store technology to distribute their games and apps in cars. Developers will be able to design and finetune apps and games for cars, while manufacturers will be able to customize their app stores. “A game-changing solution that allows the automotive industry to offer a much richer, more personalized experience to...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Volkswagen plans to install 25,000 high-power charging points globally by end 2023
    Europe’s largest automaker Volkswagen plans to set up a network of about 25,000 high-power electric vehicle (EV) charging (HPC) points worldwide by the end of 2023, the company said on 27 January 2023. The target includes VW’s plan of setting up about 10,000 HPC points in Europe alone by the end of 2023. The company added that it has recently completed an interim assessment of its global network of fast-charging points around the world and it found that it has already installed about 15,0...
    Google rolls out new update for Android Auto
    Google has begun rolling out its Android Auto version 8.7, Times of India reported on 25 January. The latest update removes the Wireless Android Auto Toggle. Google has also renamed the Silent Notifications option to Play Conversations Chime. However, Android Auto 8.7 does not feature the “Coolwalk” redesign. The Coolwalk UI is currently in Beta, and its registration programs are already closed. It is a prerelease version with incomplete software. Coolwalk is a major UI revamp of Android ...
    Suzuki Motor Corporation chalks out global EV strategy for FY 2030
    Revealing its global electric vehicle (EV) strategy for fiscal year (FY) 2030 on 26 January 2023, Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation said it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan and Europe by 2050 and in India by 2070, based on the target set by the respective governments. To achieve the same, the company said that it plans to focus on creating solutions that are unique to Suzuki, which are to develop products and services focused on the customer and grow along with the operat...
    BMW i Ventures invests in EV charging management platform Ampeco
    BMW i Ventures, German luxury carmaker BMW Group’s venture capital arm, has taken the position of lead investor in Ampeco, an electric vehicle (EV) charging management platform that enables large-scale public, business, fleet, and residential providers to manage EV chargers at scale, BMW announced on 25 January 2023. The company said that the funding in Ampeco will be used to drive further expansion into North America and Europe, while also growing the startup’s engineering and product in...
    BMW announces interior updates for spring 2023
    BMW has announced feature updates for Spring 2023, which includes both the interior and exterior, it said in a press release dated 25 January. Among the new additions, the extended Parking Assistant Professional available for BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App via a smartphone. The BMW 4 Series...
    Tritium signs agreement with UK-based evyve to supply fast chargers
    Australia-based electric vehicle (EV) fast charging equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Limited has signed an agreement with UK-based charging network provider evyve to supply the latter with fast EV chargers, Tritium announced on 23 January 2023. According to the company, the agreement includes an initial total order for 350 Tritium fast chargers and evyve has already received the first deliveries of these chargers, 60 of which are now installed and operational. Commenting on the new agre...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    Garmin partners with Atari to bring in-vehicle gaming
    Garmin has partnered with Atari to being in-vehicle embedded gaming, it said in a press release on 4 January. The announcement was made at CES 2023 earlier this month a Las Vegas. This was part of its Unified Cabin Experience, which included navigation and audio solutions, among many others. The integration transforms the entire vehicle into an arcade, allowing for family-friendly gaming without a data connection. Significance: David Lowey of Atari said to GamesBeat that the demo used Centipe...
    ParkMobile expands operations to Manhattan, Kansas
    ParkMobile has expanded its services to the city of Manhattan in Kansas, it said in a press release on 17 January. Through the ParkMobile app, users will be able to pay for on-demand parking at over 450 off-street parking spaces in the brand-new Aggieville Parking Garage. “We are excited to introduce ParkMobile in our newly constructed Aggieville Parking Garage as we continue to improve the Aggieville Business District. The app will make parking more seamless, further enhancing the guest ex...
    CATL, NIO deepen strategic partnership with a five-year cooperation agreement
    Deepening their strategic partnership, China’s largest battery manufacturing company Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) and Shanghai-headquartered electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO Inc. have signed a five-year comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement on 17 January 2023. The agreement was signed by Wei Zhu, executive president of the passenger vehicle business unit of CATL, and Alan Zeng, senior vice president of NIO in the city of Ningde, Southeast China's Fujian...
    Parkmobile changes name to EasyPark
    EasyPark Group has announced that Parkmobile has changed its name and looks, including all graphics, to EasyPark, in a press release on 19 January. This follows the acquisition of PARK NOW Group by EasyPark Group in June 2021 from BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG. The acquisition of PARK NOW Group also included the Parkmobile app. The new Parkmobile brand and app is visible for Parkmobile users.  “At EasyPark we always work towards our vision to make cities more livable. This migratio...
    Shell USA acquires Volta Charging for USD169 million
    Shell USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Shell plc, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% stake in EV charging network company Volta Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at approximately USD169 million, Shell announced on 18 January 2023. The acquisition of Volta will give Shell access to its assets such as an existing public EV charging network of over 3,000 charge points at destination sites (shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies) across 31 US states and territories, a development pip...
    Tritium secures a large order to supply fast chargers to BP Pulse
    Electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Limited announced on 17 January 2023 that the company has secured a new order to supply electric vehicle (EV) chargers from British energy major BP. It claims that the new order from BP is the largest ever order from a single customer in Tritium’s history. The order is part of BP’s global expansion plans, which entail installation of EV fast chargers for fleets and the public in the US, the UK, Europe, and Australia. ...
    Hyundai Motor plans to begin assembling Ioniq 5 EV in Singapore in H1 CY2023
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor plans to start assembling its Ioniq 5 electric vehicle (EV) at its plant in Singapore in the first half of CY 2023, according to a news report published by The Straits Times on 11 January 2023. To mark the milestone, Hyundai plans to auction for the number plates of its first 100 cars assembled in Singapore. These EVs will have special number plates with the EVS prefix, which stands for EV made in Singapore. The report stated that the carmaker plans to init...
    BMW to offer Bundesliga in-car app via OTA in 7 Series models
    BMW has partnered with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to test Bundesliga content in a vehicle in a pilot application, according to a company press release on 18 January. Selected content from the Bundesliga will be made available via an app on the BMW Curved Display. The pilot is initially scheduled to run until end-March 2024. The in-car app will be installed over-the-air (OTA) in the new BMW 7 Series. Initially available only in Germany, other countries in Europe, America, and Asia will soon ...
    CES 2023: Google rolls out new Android Auto update
    Google has rolled out new updates to its Android Auto service at CES 2023, it said in a blogpost on January 5. Google announced that the new design prioritizes three goals for drivers—navigating, communicating with friends and family, and playing music or podcasts. Since Android Auto is compatible with all major carmakers, the split screen layout is now adaptable to different screen sizes. Google has also expanded its key sharing feature, which will soon be available with Samsung and Xiaomi...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Power plans to set up 25,000 EV charging points across India
    India’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider Tata Power has kicked off an ambitious plan of setting up about 25,000 EV charging points across the country over the coming five years, the company announced on 13 January 2023 on the sidelines of the Auto Expo 2023 in Greater Noida, Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). The EV charging network expansion is aimed at accelerating faster adoption of EVs in the subcontinent. Showcasing a wide range of its hi-tech EV charging solut...
    EV charging solution startup Wattif secures over USD54 million in initial funding
    Norway-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider Wattif EV AS has raised an investment of EUR50 million (over USD54 million) from Marguerite, one of Europe’s leading investment fund managers in sustainable infrastructure projects, the startup said on 5 January 2023. The startup said that the investment provides an immediate catalyst for further growth in CY 2023 as it is aiming to set up over 120,000 new EV destination charge points stimulated by an expanded sales force in key E...
    CES 2023: HERE launches service to predict EV charge points availability globally
    HERE Technologies has unveiled a new service that predicts the availability of electric vehicle (EV) public charge points, it said in a press release on 4 January. The announcement was made at CES 2023. HERE EV Charge Points’ prediction is powered by an applied machine learning (ML) algorithm that uses GPS probes, vehicle sensor data and correlated historical time/day, weather and traffic pattern data. HERE has a granular view of EV charge point user patterns and surrounding traffic conditi...
    India Auto Expo 2023: BYD plans to launch battery electric sedan Seal in India by Q4 CY2023
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD has confirmed that the company will launch its electric sedan Seal by the fourth quarter of 2023, with deliveries also scheduled to commence around the same time, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The BYD Seal is based on the company’s e-Platform 3.0 and comes with two battery packs—a 61.4kWh unit and an 82.5 kWh unit. While the former has a claimed driving range of 550 km, the latter battery variant can provi...
    CES 2023: Appotronics showcases immersive multi-window laser-powered display solution
    Appotronics has showcased its immersive multiwindow laser-powered display solution at CES 2023, according to an official press release dated 12 January. The car, in which Appotronics’ solution was showcased, is the world's first car with immersive display capabilities on all four side windows, with users having the option to display content on both sides of the windows with ALPD display devices hidden inside the cabin. “Bringing this advanced laser technology to CES is a ground-breaking m...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    India Auto Expo 2023: Statiq plans to set up 20,000 EV chargers across India in FY 2023
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging solution provider Statiq plans to install about 20,000 EV chargers across India in FY 2023 to accelerate the adoption of EVs in the subcontinent, according to a news report published by The Economic Times on 14 January 2023. Gurgaon-based Statiq EV charging showcased a wide range of high-tech EV charging solutions at the Auto Expo 2023 in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR. The company claims to have already installed over 7,000 public, semi-public and captive EV chargers...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils compact SUV Fronx, aims to strengthen its SUV lineup
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) has unveiled an all-new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Fronx, which is aimed at pulling new-age buyers, at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi on 12 January 2023. The unveiling of Fronx, along with the global premiere of five-door, off-road-capable Jimny, is part of Maruti Suzuki’s plan of strengthening its SUV lineup for the domestic market. “Featuring high-end powertrain technologies and the best of Suzuki’s SUV lineage, both Fr...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Group evaluating EV battery cell plants in Europe, India
    Indian conglomerate Tata Group is looking to set up battery cell plants in India and Europe for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a news report published by Reuters on 12 January 2023. The report cited Tata Motors CFO PB Balaji, who spoke to Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi. Tata Motors CFO further told Reuters that localizing battery cell manufacturing is key to increasing local components in electric cars while making the EVs more affor...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors plans to expand EV portfolio
    India’s leading automaker Tata Motors plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio with new models and higher price points, according to a news report published by Reuters on 11 January 2023. The report cited the company managing director Shailesh Chandra, who said that Tata Motors aims to cement its position as the top selling electric car company in India. Chandra also told the publication that the carmaker plans to develop and offer EVs to address the needs of a range of buye...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils 5-door SUV Jimny
    Maruti Suzuki India Limited has unveiled the 5-door Jimny sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the first time on 12 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023. The Jimny SUV will be introduced in India first, followed by Suzuki’s global markets, the company said in its official note on 12 January 2023. The carmaker said that the Jimny SUV is built on a ladder frame chassis, 3-link rigid axle suspension and ALLGRIP PRO (4WD) with low range transfer gear (4L mode). The SUV comes loaded with s...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Hyundai launches Ioniq 5 EV at under USD55,100
    India’s second largest carmaker Hyundai Motor has launched its popular Ioniq 5 crossover in the subcontinent on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The EV is launched at an introductory price of INR4.49 million (under USD55,100) for the first 500 customers. The company has commenced bookings for the Ioniq 5 crossover for INR0.1 million (USD1,225). The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is powered by a 72.6 kWh battery, which...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors unveils Harrier EV concept, Sierra EV to go on sale in 2025
    Tata Motors Ltd has unveiled the Harrier electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Harrier electric vehicle (EV) has been unveiled in a close-to-production guise and is slated to go on sale in India in 2024, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The report stated that the Tata Harrier EV concept carries over the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture used by the internal combustion engine (ICE)...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils eVX electric SUV concept
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has unveiled eVX electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo. The concept eVX is a mid-size electric SUV concept designed and developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan offering futuristic SUV design elements with an upright posture and commanding high seating, the company said in an official note on 11 January 2023. The concept electric SUV eVX will be powered by a 60-kWh battery pack offering u...
    Xiaomi may launch its first electric car by end 2023
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is developing two electric vehicle (EV) models, with the first model being an electric midsized sedan estimated to be priced around CNY300,000 (about USD44,000), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 6 January 2023. The report cited a local media outlet named LatePost. The report stated that Xiaomi's first model, which is an electric midsized sedan, is internally codenamed Modena and will be offered in two versions wherein the lower-priced version...
    Japan plans to relax regulations on fast charging EV stations
    The Japanese government plans to relax regulations on the installation of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations with an aim to support the country’s EV charging infrastructure, according to a news report published by the news agency Nikkei Asia on 4 January 2023. It is known that the currently, the EV chargers with an output of more than 200 kW are subject to strict safety measures along with other regulations, which translates into high installation costs. According to the report, i...
    CES 2023: Stellantis unveils Ram 1500 Revolution battery electric pickup concept
    Stellantis unveiled an all-electric pick-up concept Ram 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) on 5 January at CES 2023. The Ram 1500 Revolution concept provides a glimpse of Ram’s electric vehicle (EV) roadmap as the brand transitions to electrify its portfolio of pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles, the company said in a media note issued on the same day. The company said that the Ram 1500 Revolution concept is developed on the new STLA frame body-on-frame architecture and inco...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    CES 2023: Sony Honda Mobility mulls SUV, MPV for its electric car portfolio
    Sony Honda Mobility is evaluating an SUV as well as an MPV in its electric car line up after it launches the electric sedan under the Afeela brand, according to a news report published by Autocar UK on 6 January 2023. “An SUV and even an MPV are candidates to follow the Afeela saloon as Sony and Honda flesh out the line-up of their new EV brand,” the report said, citing the company’s CEO Yasuhide Mizuno. The top company executive was speaking after the launch of the Afeela brand...
    CES 2023: Mercedes-Benz plans to launch global high-power charging network
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz plans to launch its own global high-power EV charging network across North America, Europe, China and other key markets, the company announced on the sidelines of the CES 2023 on 6 January 2023. Mercedes-Benz said that it will begin building its fast-charging EV network in the US and Canada in 2023, followed by other regions around the globe. The carmaker said that it is collaborating with partners such as MN8 Energy, one of the largest solar energy and ba...
    Cerence partners with startup what3words for voice-powered navigation solution
    Cerence has extended its partnership with what3words to supply voice-powered navigation solution, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The number of cars on the road with the companies’ joint solution has doubled in two years. “Navigation is one of the most often-used functions of the in-car assistant, so an accurate, easy-to-use experience is critical to user perception and adoption of automotive voice technology. By bringing the power of voice to what3words’ incredibly innovati...
    CES 2023: Volkswagen unveils ID.7 electric sedan developed on MEB platform
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.7 electric sedan at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2023 in Las Vegas, US, on 5 January 2023. The electric vehicle (EV), which is showcased by VW’s US arm—Volkswagen Group of America—is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The MEB platform powers all other models in the ID family. Notably, Volkswagen Group of America has participated in the CES 2023 after a six-year brea...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    EVgo partners with Amazon to enable payments for charging using Alexa
    EVgo has partnered with Amazon, under which customers will be able to pay for charging using Alexa, it said in a press release on 5 January. Drivers will also be able to ask Alexa to help find and navigate to nearby electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The companies plan to roll out the in-vehicle functionality to Alexa-enabled vehicles as well as automotive accessories such as Echo Auto later this year. “We want Alexa to be useful for customers in their everyday lives, and EV char...
    CES 2023: Sony Honda Mobility launches new brand ‘Afeela,’ unveils a prototype
    Sony Honda Mobility Inc. (SHM) has announced a new brand named ‘Afeela’ on 4 January 2023 at the ongoing CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. SHM said that Afeela represents ‘feel,’ which is central to offering an immersive experience to the occupants. The company also unveiled a prototype of an all-electric sedan, which is equipped with a total of 45 cameras and sensors inside and outside the vehicle, together with 800 TOPS of maximum computing power for the ECU. The...
    CES 2023: Panasonic updates SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment system
    Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has updated its SkipGen in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system enabling simultaneous access to Siri or Alexa, it said in a press release dated 4 January. The company was demonstrating the solution at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Access can be gained by just stating “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”. “Our latest integration with Amazon’s SDK builds on our strong multiyear relationship and collaboration to elevate ambient digital experiences across differ...
    Leapmotor should sell at least 400,000 EVs per year to break even, CEO says
    Hangzhou, China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Leapmotor has to sell in the range of 400,000 units to 500,000 units per year to achieve break-even point, the company’s founder, chairman, and CEO Zhu Jiangming told the local media, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 4 January 2023. Jiangming’s comments have come after the EV maker reported total CY 2022 sales of 111,168 units, which means that the company has to significantly pull up its annual sales to become profitabl...
    ZF develops an innovative heated seat belt for EVs
    German automotive component and system solutions supplier ZF has developed a heated seat belt for electric vehicles (EVs) that can enhance the battery’s driving range by up to 15%, the company announced on 5 January 2023. The improvement in driving range is achieved by reducing the energy that is consumed in heating the vehicles in cold weather. The innovative solution’s energy efficiency is calculated in comparison with other contact heaters such as a seat heater. “During cold weath...
    Mercedes-Benz Energy partners Lohum on second-life batteries
    Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum have entered into a strategic partnership that entails a multiyear supply contract agreement for second-life batteries, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 4 January 2023. The agreement includes Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum committing to a minimum offtake schedule of 50MWh per annum across multiple second-life battery module variants. According to the official note, the agreement will enable Lohum to secure high volumes of second-use battery modu...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    NIO plans to install 120 battery swap stations in Europe by end of 2023
    Chinese electric car company NIO plans to set up about 120 battery swap stations across Europe by the end of 2023, according to a news report published by online news portal Electrive on 3 January 2023. The report said that the electric vehicle (EV) maker has so far installed 10 battery swap stations in Europe, with another seven to join the active network soon. The current network of battery swap stations in Europe is spread across Norway, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The report sai...
    CES 2023: NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service to be available in vehicles
    NVIDIA announced at CES 2023 that the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service will be available in vehicles, according to a 3 January press release. It will not need any special equipment. Hyundai, BYD and Polestar are the first automakers working with NVIDIA to integrate GeForce NOW in their vehicles. Drivers and front seat passengers can access games while parked or charging, and those in the rear seat passengers can access games anytime on the road. “We are excited to offer our custom...
    Subaru plans to halt development of PHEVs
    Japanese carmaker Subaru plans to halt the development of plug-in-hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) to focus on electric and hybrid vehicles in the future, according to a news report published by the news agency Nikkei Asia on 19 December 2022. The move is aimed at reducing the development cost of clean-energy vehicles, the report said, adding that several automakers are taking the route of rationally investing funds in futuristic technologies instead of developing vehicles that may witness shrinking d...
    Hyundai to sell only fully electric cars in Norway from 1 January 2023
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Company announced on 27 December 2022 that it plans to sell only fully electric cars in Norway starting from 1 January 2023. “Hyundai Motor Norway has today announced that the brand will sell only fully electric zero-emission cars in the Norwegian market from 2023 onwards,” Hyundai said in an official statement. The carmaker said that it had first introduced its battery electric vehicle (BEV) line up—Ioniq series—in Norway in 2016 and since then ...
    Asian EV market to take off in 2023 as OEMs line up affordable electric cars
    Asia’s EV market is all set to take off in 2023 as several carmakers, including BYD, Tata Motors and Tesla have lined up a number of affordable models to cater to the demand for EVs in emerging countries, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 23 December 2022. Citing an example of India’s leading electric carmaker Tata Motors, the report stated that the company plans to begin delivering its Tiago electric hatchback, which is dubbed as the most affordable electric car in t...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 2 January 2023
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    BMW commences pilot production of iX5 Hydrogen model in Munich
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group has commenced the pilot production of its iX5 Hydrogen model, the company announced on 2 December 2022. Production of the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle is taking place in the pilot plant at its Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ), the company said, adding that the car featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology has already completed a rigorous testing program under demanding conditions during the development phase. Commenting on the development,...
    GEICO partners with startup what3words for roadside assistance service
    Location services startup what3words has partnered with GEICO to provide enhanced roadside assistance to customers across the US, it said in a press release dated 15 December. The startup will offer its location technology which will enable GEICO to pinpoint a customer’s precise locations, dispatch assistance, and provide help as quickly as possible. “Breaking down is stressful enough without the added frustration of trying to describe an exact location when you’re somewhere unfamiliar ...
    Breaking down UI/UX consumer survey 2022
    The annual consumer survey conducted by S&P Global in 2022 yielded some interesting results on consumer sentiment related to in-vehicle displays, speech, touch, and other human-machine interface (HMI) products and technologies, such as wireless charging. Let us first look at the methodology used. The 20-minute survey was shared with more than 8,000 respondents, aged 18 and older and with access to internet. It was evenly split across eight countries, namely the United States, Japan, South...
    Zunder integrates CarPlay and Android Auto for charging services
    Zunder has launched CarPlay and Android Auto services, which will allow customers to charge their vehicles, it said in a press release on 29 December. The new functionality will enable customers to start and end a charging session, load a summary (metrics and data when the session ends), get a GPS route to the charging station, and check charging stations near the current location. Significance: For Zunder CarPlay, customers can start charging by clicking on the charging station and selecting...
    Wejo partners with Capitol Broadcasting for infotainment insights using connected vehicle data
    Wejo has teamed up with Capitol Broadcasting Company of North Carolina to develop infotainment insights using connected vehicle data for broadcasters and advertisers, it said in a press release on 29 December. With the infotainment insights, broadcasters and advertising agencies will be able to understand data on in-vehicle radio listeners across the United States. Wejo will provide real-time in-vehicle listening data, which can be layered on top of other critical points of interest for broad...
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive partners with Vector Unit to enhance in-vehicle entertainment
    Faurecia Aptoide Automotive app store has announced a partnered with Vector Unit to bring a new in-vehicle gaming experience, according to a company press release on 13 November. This will enable occupants a chance to play Beach Buggy Racing game in their car, directly on the infotainment system. “Partnering with Vector Unit is incredibly exciting as Faurecia Aptoide is creating a diverse and complete connected automotive environment. Bringing Beach Buggy Racing on board to allow vehicle us...
    CATL, AVATR plan to deepen cooperation on EV battery supply chain
    Mainland China’s largest EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) has signed an agreement with AVATR Technology to deepen its strategic cooperation with the EV maker in Chongqing, Southwest China, the company said on 20 December 2022. “The signing of the agreement will further deepen the cooperation between the two parties,” CATL said in an official statement. It mentioned that it, along with AVATR, will build an industry-leading battery supply chain ecosy...
    Tesla launches Steam gaming integration in Model S and Model X
    Tesla has integrated Steam platform in its Model S and Model X electric cars, Electrek reported on 13 December. The system is integrated and connects to two touchscreens inside the vehicles to play games and other functions. Steam’s catalogue of thousands if video games can be accessed now by Tesla customers. Significance: Tesla has been involved with in-vehicle gaming for a while with numerous games in its video game platform called Tesla Arcade inside its vehicles. With gaming and connect...
    EV maker NIO unveils 500-kW ultra-fast charger at NIO Day 2022
    Mainland Chinese EV maker NIO has unveiled a fast-charging pile with maximum power output of up to 500 kW and is capable of delivering a maximum charging current of 660 A, according to a news report published by CNEVPOST on 25 December 2022. The all-new ultra-fast-charging pile was unveiled by the EV maker at its annual NIO Day 2022 on 24 December 2022. Interestingly, the new ultra-fast-charging pile is developed to charge EVs of other brands. The report said that if the EV is built on the 80...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 December 2022
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    Fastned, EVBox join forces to install 400 kW EV fast chargers in Europe
    Europe-based fast charging company Fastned and EVBox, a leading provider of flexible and scalable charging solutions, have completed the installation of the first Troniq modular high-power charger on 13 December 2022 at De Watering, Netherlands, Fastned said in a media release on 21 December 2022. According to the company, the Troniq modular high-power charger is a one-of-its-kind 400 kW charger, which is currently being piloted and is available first-hand for all Fastned customers at&nb...
    Audi plans to upgrade all factories globally to produce EVs by 2029
    Volkswagen’s premium car brand Audi is retooling its global facilities to prepare them for the production of all electric cars, the company said in an official statement on 20 December 2022. The move is part of Audi’s Vorsprung 2030 corporate strategy, which also entails the company’s ambition to roll out only EVs from 2026 and phase out all of its combustion models by 2033. Commenting on Audi’s global EV roll out, Audi Board Member for Production and Logistics Gerd Walker, said, “S...
    Stellantis expands partnership with Octopus Energy in the UK
    Stellantis has expanded its partnership with Octopus Energy to include the owners of electric cars and vans from Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, and Peugeot brands in offering access to more than 330,000 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the United Kingdom and Europe, the carmaker announced on 19 December 2022. Under the previous arrangement, the access to public EV charging network was already available to the Vauxhall customers. The EV owners are expected to be provi...
    Electreon to deploy wireless EV charging in Germany
    Israel’s wireless service provider Electreon will be deploying its in-road wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology for commercial and passenger EVs in Germany as part of a first-ever public wireless road project in Europe’s largest automobile market, the company announced on 15 December 2022. Electreon will collaborate with EnBW, a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure for EVs in Germany, for the project, which is aimed at powering the publicly used electric bus. ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 December 2022
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    Geotab partners with Agero to offer roadside assistance services
    Agero has partnered with Geotab under which roadside assistance services powered by Agero will be available for Geotab’s customers, according to a company press release on 14 December. Geotab Roadside Add-In is available via Geotab Marketplace and provides services such as towing, locksmith, battery boost, fuel delivery, flat tire change and more, for light-duty vehicles in the US and Canada. “Fleets simply cannot afford to leave vehicles stranded on the side of the road. No matter w...
    Ficosa collaborates with LeddarTech to develop smart parking assistant
    Ficosa has partnered with LeddarTech to develop and commercialize a smart automatic parking assistant, it said in a press release on 15 December. Ficosa will integrate LeddarVision software into its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for parking. “LeddarTech is committed to delivering the most scalable and flexible software solution that enables the highest performance ADAS and AD features for the automotive industry. Our agreement with Ficosa will accelerate the deployment and adopt...
    Cerence partners with iHeartMedia and Radioline to deliver radio and podcast content to automakers
    Cerence has partnered with iHeartMedia and Radioline to bring enhanced, conversational artificial intelligence (AI)-powered-powered access to radio and podcast content to automakers and mobility OEMs, according to a company press release dated 14 December. “With the wide variety of content available to drivers on a minute-by-minute basis, radio and podcasts are still a critical piece of the in-car entertainment experience. By partnering with iHeartRadio and Radioline, we bring the same glob...
    Mahindra & Mahindra to invest USD1.2 billion on setting up an EV plant in Pune, India
    India’s leading sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) plans to invest INR100 billion (USD1.2 billion) on setting up an electric vehicle (EV) production facility in Pune, India, the company announced on 14 December 2022. The investment plan has also been approved under the Maharashtra Government’s industrial promotion scheme for EVs, M&M said in its official statement Wednesday. The planned investments will be made through M&M’s...
    Volkswagen, Enel X Way to jointly build Italy’s largest high-power EV charging network
    Volkswagen Group and Enel X Way, Enel Group’s electric mobility arm, have launched an equal joint venture company named Ewiva, which aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Italy by setting up a reliable and capillary high-power EV charging (HPC) network across the country, VW said on 13 December 2022. On the sidelines of the announcement, Ewiva opened its first premium HPC station in Rome. The EV charging station will offer a lounge open to all customers along with 14...
    Chevron launches Chevron and Texaco Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps
    Chevron has launched the Chevron Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps to allow mobile users to buy fuel via the dashboard infotainment systems, PYMNTS reported on 6 December. “Chevron is passionate about ensuring a world-class customer experience and bringing consumers all the features and benefits of our mobile apps to their in-car experience is our latest advancement. From the comfort of their vehicles, consumers can find stations with the amenities they want—convenience stores or car wa...
    AT&T partners with BMW for connected car plan
    AT&T has partnered with BMW to offer AT&T NumberSync for Connected Car plan, it said in a press release on 8 December. It turns select BMW models into ‘smartphones on wheels’. BMW drivers’ smartphone number will be synced with the car to use mobile data and receive unlimited hands-free calls on the go in the US—even if their smartphone is not with them. Significance: The AT&T NumberSync for Connected Car plan costs USD20/month plus taxes and includes 5G access and unlimite...
    Parkopedia collaborates with Desay for parking solutions to mainland Chinese automakers
    Parkopedia has partnered with Desay to provide solutions such as parking data and in-vehicle QR code parking payments to mainland Chinese automakers, it said in a press release dated 6 December. “It is an honor to partner with Desay SV to provide our suite of connected parking services to Chinese automakers and their drivers. The growing trend of driver-centric connected experiences means that parking information is an essential service by drivers of electric and connected vehicles. As a ke...
    Subaru to bring what3words voice entry in Japanese with Crosstrek SUV
    Subaru has announced that its Crosstrek sport utility vehicle (SUV) will feature location technology from what3words, in a press release dated 6 December. Subaru Crosstrek drivers in Japan will be able to easily navigate to any precise 10ft x 10ft location using just three words. Subaru becomes is the first automaker to bring Japanese language in the solution, allowing drivers to input a what3words address via voice or text. The system can also work offline. “The new Crosstrek was...
    T‑Mobile selected as connectivity provider for VinFast
    T-Mobile has announced that it has signed an agreement with VinFast to be the exclusive connectivity provider for VinFast's smart electric vehicles (EVs) in North America and Europe, in a press release dated 8 December. The long-term, multimillion-dollar deal will offer more personalized in-car experiences and “Both T-Mobile and VinFast are driven by a customer-first mindset, so it’s inspiring and motivating to support their innovation and the needs of their customers. Electric vehicles a...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 12 December 2022
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    NIO, EnBW partner to expand EV charging options for NIO EVs in Germany
    Shanghai-based EV maker NIO has partnered with Germany’s largest fast charging network EnBW to expand its battery swapping network for NIO EVs in Germany, the carmaker said on 8 December 2022. Under the arrangement, NIO is setting up its battery swap stations (also referred as the power swap stations by the OEM) at EnBW's fast-charging locations in Germany. As a result, in the future, NIO customers will be able to have their batteries swapped at up to 20 quick-charging parks in the EnB...
    Volkswagen doubles EV charging network in Europe to over 400,000 charging points
    Volkswagen AG and its charging and energy brand Elli have doubled its electric vehicle (EV) charging network to 400,000 charging points across Europe over the last 18 months, VW said on 9 December 2022. According to the company, the milestone makes VW’s Elli offer the largest EV charging network in Europe. The charging network is set up with more than 800 service providers across 27 countries in the continent. “Over the past 18 months, the network has doubled in size by adding about 20...
    Volkswagen’s next-generation MEB platform to improve driving range, charging times
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen (VW) plans to make significant investments in further developing its existing electric vehicle (EV) platform modular electric drive system (MEB) to MEB+, the company said in its official blog post on its website on 6 December 2022. With the development of MEB+, VW aims to improve the charging and storage technology, besides its digital infrastructure. “The MEB+ will use Volkswagen’s new generation of batteries—the so-called unit cell—and enable r...
    FLO to supply up to 40,000 EV chargers for General Motors’ Dealer Community Charging Program
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator and smart charging solutions provider FLO announced on 7 December 2022 that the company has been selected by General Motors (GM) to supply Level 2 EV chargers for GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program. Under this program, FLO will install up to 40,000 public Level 2 EV chargers in local communities across North America, the company said, adding that the project is the single largest deployment of EV chargers across North Ame...
    Volkswagen to invest USD483 million to ramp up EV production capacity at Wolfsburg plant
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen plans to make an initial investment of about EUR460 million (USD482 million) to ramp up the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing capacity at its Wolfsburg plant by 2025, the company said on 7 December 2022. The plan was announced by the CEO Thomas Schäfer on Wednesday at an event in Wolfsburg. “The investment is primarily earmarked for preparations to produce the new ID.3,” VW said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the compact elec...
    Great Wall Motor accelerates deployment of new energy strategy, global expansion
    Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor (GWM) plans to accelerate the deployment of its new energy strategy that entails global expansion into the new emerging markets, the company said in a media note on 2 December 2022. With a focus on EVs, the company said that it has launched diversified products ranging from hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in Thailand. While the company continues to expand its products and services,...
    Great Wall Motor to almost double EV investments in Thailand
    Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor plans to double its electric vehicle (EV) investments in Thailand as the company looks to expand its operations in the country, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 15 November 2022. Great Wall Motor, which entered the Thai market about two years ago, had invested THB12 billion (over USD 344 million) to set up a plant to produce EVs. The said facility employs more than 3,000 people. Citing Narong Sritalayon, managing director of Great Wal...
    ADS-TEC launches battery-based EV fast charging solution named ChargePost
    ADS-TEC Energy has launched a battery-based EV fast charging solution named ChargePost, the company announced on 1 December 2022. The company claims that ChargePost is one of the most compact, battery-based charging systems that enables ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging, on existing power connections, without the need to extend existing grids. The company said that ChargePost is available for sale with immediate effect in Germany and Europe and will be made available in the US soon. ...
    Chinese EV startup Aiways to set up EV assembly plant in Thailand
    Shanghai-based EV startup Aiways plans to set up a strategic EV assembly plant in Thailand with an investment of EUR40 million (USD42.16 million), the company announced on 2 December 2022. The said plant will be built by Aiways and its Thai partner Phoenix EV and the facility will be located at the Bio Hub Asia, which is an industrial zone situated in the Chachoengsao Province in Thailand. Aiways plans to locally produce the U5 and the U6 SUV models at the upcoming facility. According to the ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 5 December 2022
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    BMW starts production of BMW XM at Spartanburg plant
    BMW has started the series production for the first-ever BMW XM model at BMW manufacturing in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. The BMW XM will be built alongside the BMW X5, BMW X6, and BMW X7 on the same assembly line. The BMW XM is the company's first high-performance vehicle to include an electrified drivetrain. The BMW XM is equipped with a plug-in hybrid technology that combines a V8 gasoline engine with an extraordinarily potent electric motor. The BMW XM is the brand's flags...
    Ford records cumulative production of 150,000 Mustang Mach-Es, seeks rapid capacity expansion
    Ford Motor Company announced on 30 November 2022 that the company has cumulatively produced 150,000 units of its popular electric car Mustang Mach-E, a significant milestone achieved within two years of commencing the series production of the electric vehicle (EV) model. The announcement comes at a time when the US automaker is on its way to rapidly scale up its EV production capacity to achieve a rate of 600,000 units per year by late 2023 and more than 2 million units per year by 2026....
    France launches a new USD10.36 million program to support fast charging infrastructure
    The French government has rolled out a new funding program to support the country’s expanding network of fast EV charging stations, according to a news report published by electrive.com on 30 November 2022. The report cited an announcement by the French government. It stated that the funding program, which has a budget of EUR10 million (USD10.36 million), will support the installation of fast DC charging stations at the smaller gas filling stations located in the rural regions of the countr...
    Valmet Automotive commences series production of Lightyear 0
    Finnish vehicle manufacturer Valmet Automotive has commenced the series production of the Lightyear 0, the solar energy powered electric vehicle (EV), at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland, the company announced on 30 November 2022. The company said that the ceremony marking the start of production was attended by more than 100 guests, media delegates, and the top management of both Lightyear and Valmet Automotive at the Uusikaupunki plant. The series production of the EV is the result of the ...
    NIO aims to foray into the US market as part of its global expansion strategy
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO plans to foray into the US market with its next-generation EV models, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 29 November 2022. The report cited local media outlet LatePost’s news story published on Monday. According to the news report, in an internal speech addressing the company employees on the occasion of its eighth anniversary on 15 November, NIO’s chairman and founder William Li said that the company aims to enter the US marke...
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