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    How the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 impacts the US EV ecosystem
    On 7 August 2022, Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which aims to not only take control of rising inflation by reducing the fiscal deficit but also invest in domestic manufacturing of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), secure the necessary supply chain, and cut down the carbon footprint by roughly 40% by 2030. The proposal made within the purview of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) expects to raise about USD739 billion and invest about ...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    BMW plans to begin mass production of fuel cell SUVs from 2025
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to start the mass production and sales of fuel cell vehicles jointly developed with Toyota as early as 2025, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 12 August 2022. BMW’s plan was disclosed by the company’s Sales Chief Pieter Nota, who told the news agency in an interview that the German automaker has several ongoing projects with Toyota on the fuel cell technology. “We see that hydrogen fuel cell technology is particularly relevant ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 15 August 2022
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    Delta Electronics to supply fast chargers to EV charging operator EVgo
    EVgo has announced via press release on 11 August that it entered into a supply agreement with Delta Electronics. Under the agreement, Delta will supply 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers with up to 350 kW power output to EVgo. Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo, said, “EVgo is dedicated to making EV charging convenient and reliable for all, which makes it critical that our network is comprised of high-quality chargers backed by a track record of innovation, reliability and technology leadership...
    Great Wall Motor appoints distributor in Europe, plans to deliver new cars in Germany in Q4 CY2022
    Mainland Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor (GWM) has appointed Emil Frey Group to import, distribute, and sell GWM’s WEY and ORA vehicles in the European market, according to a news report published by PANDAILY on 10 August 2022. GWM held a signing ceremony with the European car dealer on 8 August 2022, it said, adding that the two sides reached a strategic cooperation on the import and distribution as well as joint marketing of two innovative GWM products, WEY PHEV Coffee 01 and ORA...
    BYD begins supplying Blade batteries to Tesla at Giga Berlin, Germany
    Chinese EV maker BYD has started delivering its Blade batteries to the US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla’s factory in Berlin, Germany, making the facility the first to use BYD-made batteries, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 10 August 2022. The news report cited another publication called Sina Tech, which first learnt about the development. The report stated that the first batch of Tesla vehicles equipped with BYD blade batteries are expected to roll off the assem...
    Gridserve raises over USD243 million to further expand EV charging network in UK
    UK-based EV charging services provider Gridserve has secured an initial GBP200 million (USD243 million) investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc, to further expand its operations that focus on decarbonizing transport through a well-distributed EV infrastructure, the company said on 8 August 2022. The company said that newly raised funds will accelerate Gridserve’s plan of further expanding energy generation through hybrid solar farms and distribu...
    Siemens, MAHLE to collaborate on wireless charging of electric vehicles
    Siemens and MAHLE have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to collaborate on inductive charging of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a media release issued by Siemens on 9 August 2022. Among the many areas where the two companies plan to collaborate, one of the aspects includes coordinated standardization efforts in the relevant prestandardization and standardization bodies. “The goal is to close gaps to ensure full interoperability between vehicles and the charging infrastructure,” Sieme...
    Enel X Way, HiON partner to expand EV charging network in the US
    Enel X Way and HiON Distribution have announced a strategic partnership agreement to supply electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and accessories to the rapidly growing US market, according to a press release published by PRNewswire on 10 August. Enel X Way chargers are durable, versatile, compact, and weatherproof, and they are eligible for federal, state, and utility-sponsored rebates and incentives, press release added. Chris Baker, Head of Enel X Way North America, said, "Building ou...
    How the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 impacts the US EV ecosystem
    On 7 August 2022, Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which aims to not only take control of rising inflation by reducing the fiscal deficit but also invest in domestic manufacturing of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), secure the necessary supply chain, and cut down the carbon footprint by roughly 40% by 2030. The proposal made within the purview of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) expects to raise about USD739 billion and invest about ...
    EV Charging startup Witricity raises USD63 million in new funding round
    WiTricity has completed a new funding round of USD63 million, led by a USD25 million investment from Siemens AG, it said in a press release on 9 August. The round also included investment from Japan Energy Fund, Mirae Asset Capital, Stage One, Airwaves Wireless Electricity, and Delta Electronics, among others. “WiTricity has built a true technology platform supported by a robust patent portfolio and global automotive standards. This new capital will allow us to accelerate product to market ...
    Avatr Technology signs strategic agreement with bp to jointly set up fast charging network in China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Avatr Technology, which was previously known as Changan NIO, has signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement with British oil and gas company BP to jointly set up a high-voltage fast-charging network across select cities in China, a news report published by CnEVPost said on 5 August 2022. Citing a post on Avatr’s WeChat account, the report added that the two companies plan to build more than 100 fast-charging stations in 19 cities across China...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 08 August 2022
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    New York DOT selects UK’s Connected Kerb to set up on-street EV chargers
    New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has selected UK-based electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure specialist Connected Kerb to deliver on-street EV chargers for a ground-breaking project in New York, the company announced on 4 August 2022. The said project aims to demonstrate how public access to EV charging can drive up EV ownership amongst the 50% of residents who park their cars on-street. According to the company, the project forms part of the DOT Studio—a collabo...
    alpitronic hyperchargers pass Hubject’s Plug&Charge audit
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software company alpitronic’s HYC150 (150 kW) and HYC300 (300 kW) hyperchargers have successfully passed Hubject's Plug&Charge (PnC) audit and are now fully certified, Hubject and alpitronic said in a joint announcement on 4 August 2022. Following the certification from Hubject, EV drivers with PnC charging contract will be able to benefit from alpitronic’s hypercharger technology. "At alpitronic, we dedicate ourselves to integrating key ...
    E.ON plans to install 2,000 EV charging stations in Europe by 2024, partners alpitronic
    German energy company E.ON has announced a roadmap that entails setting up a network of 2,000 ultrafast charging points across Europe by the end of 2024, it said on 4 August 2022. The energy company has teamed up with leading charging station manufacturer alpitronic to source the ultrafast chargers for the planned network. As part of a strategic partnership between E.ON and alpitronic, the two companies plan to expand the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to accelerate the ad...
    After Japan, Germany, and Sweden, BYD announces market entry in Israel
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD has announced its official entry in Israel as the company appointed Shlomo Motors as its national distributor in Israel, BYD said on 2 August 2022. As part of the agreement with BYD, Shlomo Motors will actively market the automaker’s range of passenger vehicles in Israel providing sales, after sales, and service support to customers. The company said that its retail partner will open many showrooms showcasing BYD’s electric cars across Isra...
    BorgWarner gets first batch of DC fast chargers installed in Italy
    BorgWarner announced on 3 August 2022 that the first units of its all-new fast-charging station, Iperion-120, have been installed in Italy by a local service provider called Route220. The newly installed direct current (DC) charging device offers benefits for users and operators alike through its fast-charging options, easy-to-use operations, compatibility, versatility, and longevity, the company said. According to the company, the Iperion-120 offers superior efficiency by providing the facil...
    BorgWarner secures two new orders to supply 800V high-voltage coolant heaters
    Michigan-based global automotive supplier BorgWarner has won two new orders to supply its advanced 800V high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) technology for electric vehicles (EVs), the company said on 3 August 2022. The company has won these orders from one global automaker and a mainland Chinese automaker, it said. According to the company, its in-house–developed 800V HVCH, which complements the existing 400V coolant heater, features enhanced electronics and a reliable design, which lays dow...
    BorgWarner acquires Rhombus Energy Solutions, expands EV charging portfolio
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain components and electric mobility solutions, BorgWarner Inc. announced on 3 August 2022 that the company has acquired California-headquartered Rhombus Energy Solutions for USD185 million. “The transaction has an enterprise value of up to USD185 million, which is being funded primarily with cash balances,” the company said in an official statement Wednesday, adding that approximately USD130 million was delivered at closing and up to USD55 million...
    BorgWarner reports flat y/y net sales of USD3.75 billion in Q2 2022
    Michigan-based supplier of powertrain and electric mobility solutions BorgWarner has reported US GAAP net sales of USD3.759 billion for the quarter ending 30 June 2022, the company said on 3 August 2022, adding that the quarterly sales performance remained flat when compared with the same period last year. BorgWarner’s net sales for the same period last year stood at USD3.758 billion. The company, however, added that excluding the impact of foreign currencies, the 2022 acquisition of Santro...
    Chinese EV maker BYD plans to enter Germany and Sweden
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD plans to enter Germany and Sweden with its electric and hybrid passenger car models, a news report published by ELECTRIVE on 2 August 2022 said. The company has chosen Hedin Mobility Group as its sales partner for the two countries, it added. According to the report, BYD plans to open its first showroom in Stockholm in October 2022. That said, it also plans to open several new showrooms in Germany, the first of which is expected to come up in...
    India’s CESL partners HPCL to set up EV charging infrastructure
    The Government of India-backed Convergence Energy Services limited (CESL) has signed an agreement with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), one of the largest fuel retailers in the country, for setting up of EV charging infrastructure in selected retail outlets in several cities across India, CESL said on 30 July. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is a Ministry of Power unit. Notably, the said agreement with HPCL will span ...
    India’s CESL plans to set up 810 EV charging stations across highways
    The Government of India’s Ministry of Power-backed Convergence Energy Services (CESL), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), plans to set up 810 EV charging stations across 16 expressways and national highways, covering 10,275 km across the country, according to a report published by news publication Autocar Professional on 28 July 2022. The report further stated that CESL has also determined the prices for setting up the said 810 EV charging stations. Cit...
    EV charging equipment maker Tritium appoints ex-Intel executive Rob Topol as CFO
    DC fast charging equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Limited has appointed Rob Topol, a former Intel executive with more than 20 years of experience, as the new chief financial official (CFO) of the company, Tritium announced on 27 July 2022. It said that Topol, who has joined as a senior member of the finance team, will work alongside the current CFO Michael Hipwood until the Company’s earnings for the quarter ending June 2022 are reported in September. Post the earnings announcement, Trit...
    Tritium, EVCS to deploy 300 new EV chargers across California, Oregon, and Washington
    DC fast charging equipment manufacturer Tritium DCFC Limited has partnered with EVCS, one of the largest EV fast-charging network operators on the West Coast, US, to deploy 300 new chargers across California, Oregon, and Washington, Tritium said on 28 July 2022. According to the company, EVCS aims to enhance the accessibility of public fast charging both by simplifying the complex pricing structure and increasing location coverage. It said that EVCS plans to build a network of 1,500 EV charge...
    Startup EVmatch collaborates with Wallbox to improve charging accessibility
    EVmatch has partnered with Wallbox to increase charging accessibility, it said in a press release on 1 August. It will allow customers on the EVmatch platform to search for and charge at Wallbox chargers throughout the US through an Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) integration. “We started EVmatch to address a major barrier to EV adoption, the lack of reliable and convenient charging options for renters and apartment dwellers. Our Wallbox partnership will further amplify our efforts t...
    Ganfeng Lithium plans to set up largest solid-state battery plant in China
    World’s largest lithium producing company by market capitalization Ganfeng Lithium plans to set up China’s largest solid-state battery production factory, a report published by the news website CnEVPost said on 31 July 2022. The report stated that the company has already started constructing the new solid-state battery production facility in Chongqing's Liangjiang region, Southwestern China. It further said that the upcoming solid-state battery plant will have 10GWh of battery capacity an...
    Webasto looking for an investor for EV charging business
    German supplier of automotive components such as sunroofs, heating and cooling systems as well as battery and EV charging systems Webasto is looking for an investor for its business division on EV charging stations and cables for electric cars, according to a report published by the German news publication Handelsblatt on 1 August 2022. The news report stated that the company has exclusively confirmed its plan of looking for a partner and an investor for its EV charging business division to t...
    NIO Power’s Hungary-based manufacturing plant to begin operations in September 2022
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO plans to commence operations at its upcoming battery swap station manufacturing plant in Hungary in September 2022, the company announced in a blog post on its website on 29 July 2022. The new plant announcement was made in the presence of Péter Szijjártó, minister of Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Hui Zhang, vice president of NIO Europe Office, among other delegates in Budapest, Hungary. The plant will be managed by NIO’s battery swap bu...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 01 August 2022
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    Iberdrola, BP collaborate to expand fast EV charging infrastructure, green hydrogen hubs in Europe
    Iberdrola and BP plan to collaborate on significantly expanding the fast electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure as well as develop large-scale green hydrogen production hubs in Spain, Portugal, and the UK to support the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), Iberdrola announced on 28 July 2022. The company said that the strategic collaboration with BP aims at accelerating the energy transition in Europe. Commenting on the partnership between the two energy companies, the chairma...
    Vattenfall, Netto partner to setup EV charging network in Germany
    Vattenfall and the grocery discounter Netto partnered to setup around 470 charging stations with 940 charging points at over 270 Netto stores to accelerate e-mobility in Germany, Vattenfall said in a press release published on 28 July.    Tomas Björnsson, VP E-mobility at Vattenfall, said, "We are pleased to have found another partner in Netto, who cares as much about the topic of E-mobility as we do. If the charging process can be easily and conveniently integrated into everyday l...
    NaaS Technology partners with Li Auto to launch new smart charging navigation system
    NaaS Technology has partnered with Li Auto to launch a new smart charging navigation system, it said in a press release on 29 July. The system, which is scheduled to become available in the third quarter of this year, will enable EV owners to find chargers and recharge their vehicles. "Being digital and intelligent makes it possible to quickly improve the charging experience for EV drivers. NaaS empowers its partners with strong digital capabilities and a comprehensive network, in order to bu...
    ChargePoint, Charge Across Town partner with California Energy Commission to deploy EV chargers
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company ChargePoint has announced that it partnered with non-profit organization Charge Across Town and the State of California’s Energy Commission to deploy hundreds of EV chargers at multifamily properties that include apartment buildings and condominium complexes across the state, it said in a press release on 27 July. John Schott, Director, Public Private Partnerships, at ChargePoint, said, “As a company that was founded in California and is headquartere...
    Startup Autocrypt’s smart-billing EV charger gets Open Charge Point Protocol 1.6 certification
    Autocrypt has announced that its smart-billing electric vehicle (EV) charger "Q Charger" has received the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 1.6 certification issued by the Open Charge Alliance, in a press release dated 27 July. The Q Charger is a Level 1 EV charger with a 110–240-V standard charging cable and has a charging speed of 3.3 kW. It is compatible with all EVs. “Our goal is twofold: Make chargers more available and make the charging experience more enjoyable for EV owners. For t...
    Indian automaker Mahindra teases 5 electric SUVs ahead of global reveal
    Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has released a new teaser video that shows five new electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) slated for official unveil on 15 August 2022, a news report published by Autocar Professional said on 23 July 2022. The automaker plans to organize its big-ticket event at its newly opened Mahindra Advanced Design Europe (MADE) studio in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The design studio is headed by M&M’s chief designer Pratap Bose, who ...
    Think tank Niti Aayog, COP26 launch electric mobility, battery recycling initiatives in India
    Indian think tank Niti Aayog and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) president Alok Sharma, who was on a visit to the subcontinent on 21–22 July 2022, launched two initiatives for promoting the electric mobility in India, according to a press note issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB India) on 21 July 2022. The initiatives include a mobile application named E-AMRIT, which stands for ‘Accelerated e-Mobility Revolution for India's Transportation’, aimed at raising awareness on ele...
    How rapid electrification of vehicles will impact the coolant industry?
    The need to establish a sustainable global transportation system, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global carbon emissions, is leading to rapid electrification of vehicles across segments. As several countries continue to tighten the emission norms for automobiles and roll out new policies for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), vehicle manufacturers are increasingly investing in their respective product portfolios, supply chains, new technologies, and EV ecosystem to ensure that ...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Tesla revises investment plan, aims to spend up to USD24 million over three years
    US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is expected to spend between USD6 billion and USD8 billion in 2022, 2023, and 2024, each, as the company looks to ramp up production at its new facilities in Texas and Berlin, a Reuters news report published on 26 July 2022 said. The report said that Tesla Inc has increased its capital spending plan by USD1 billion, citing a regulatory filing by the EV maker on Monday that also disclosed a second subpoena related to chief executive Elon Musk’s go-private...
    Sono Motors unveils final design of Sion solar EV, production to begin in H2 2023
    The Munich-based solar car developer Sono Motors has unveiled the series design of its Sion solar electric car, including the design of the exteriors and interiors, according to a report filed by news website ELECTRIVE on 25 July 2022. While nothing has changed in the specifications for the electric vehicle (EV) technology, the company plans to start the production of the Sion solar EV in the second half of 2023, the report mentioned. It further stated that the vehicle unveiled at a...
    Volkswagen begins production of all-electric ID.4 compact SUV at Chattanooga plant in US
    Volkswagen has commenced the production of its all-electric ID.4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, the automaker said on 26 July 2022, adding that the model is VW’s first electric vehicle (EV) assembled in the United States. VW said that the consumers can expect ID.4 EVs to be delivered as early as October 2022. While the EV will be available in either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive 82 kWh battery form initially, the carmaker plans to launch a rear-wheel-dri...
    Bosch appoints new leadership team for Mobility Solutions business
    Global automotive supplier Bosch announced on 19 July 2022 that the company is planning to restructure its ‘Mobility Solutions’ business into a business division with profit and loss responsibility with effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch further said that the company is appointing a new management team, which will be responsible for the ‘Mobility Solutions’ business and all its sub-divisions with effect from 1 October 2022. It added that the chairman of the new sector board will be Dr....
    EV charging startup Revterra raises USD6 million in Series A funding
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company Revterra has announced that it raised USD6 million in Series A funding round, it said in a press release on 19 July. The investment round was led by Equinor Ventures and joined by SCF Ventures.   Ben Jawdat, CEO of Revterra, said, "There is an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions globally. Our goal at Revterra is to deploy scalable energy storage solutions that facilitate the shift to renewables and EVs while hardening our electric grid. Our syste...
    NaaS Technology collaborates with Ohways to develop smart charging ecosystem
    NaaS Technology has signed an agreement with NavInfo's smart-charging integration solutions subsidiary Ohways, according to a company press release on 25 July. Under the agreement, both parties will leverage their e-mobility and charging services and offer smart digital power solutions to OEMs. The cooperation will be initiated within the next three months, with services available in 10 different brands, including Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Dongfeng Nissan, and BYD. “Intelligent...
    Chinese EV maker BYD enters Japan, to debut with three electric cars
    Warren Buffet–backed mainland Chinese automaker BYD plans to enter Japan’s electric passenger car market with three electric vehicle (EV) models scheduled for commercial launch as early as January 2023, the company announced on 21 July 2022. The company said that it will debut the Japanese electric car market through its subsidiary named BYD Auto Japan Inc., which plans to launch the BYD Atto 3, BYD Dolphin. and BYD Seal next year. The announcement was made by the top company leadership t...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 25 July 2022
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    Slate acquires majority stake in EV charging infrastructure operator amperio
    Slate Asset Management has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in amperio, a specialist planner and operator of electric vehicle (EV)-charging infrastructure in Germany. In a press release dated 22 July, Slate said that the company created Slate Mobility GmbH & Co. KG as a part of the transaction. The entity will finance and own EV-charging equipment for Slate and potential third parties and receive management services from amperio. “To achieve the German government’s t...
    Lightning eMotors develops next-generation mobile charger for EVs
    Startup Lightning eMotors has unveiled its second-generation Lightning Mobile chargers for commercial and consumer electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 21 July. Each unit offers between 105 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 420 kWh battery capacity and provides the option of up to five DC fast-charging outputs. The new systems will be ready for delivery by late 2022. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our next-generation Lightning Mobile charging solution to t...
    Ford plans to produce over 2 million EVs by end-2026, signs LFP battery supply pact with CATL
    Michigan-based automaker Ford Motor Company has signed a nonbinding MoU with the world’s largest battery maker, China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Ltd. (CATL) to explore a cooperation for sourcing electric vehicle (EV) batteries across the European, North American and Chinese markets, Ford announced on 21 July 2022. Ford said that CATL will supply full lithium iron phosphate or LFP battery packs for Mustang Mach-E models for North America starting next year as well as F-150...
    EV charging startup Elinta Charge raises USD7.03 million to accelerate EV charging solutions
    Lithuanian startup Elinta Charge has raised EUR7 million (USD7.03 million) to boost its electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, EU-Startups reported on 15 July. The EV charging startup is a spinoff from Elinta Group. Ignas Mikutis, Elinta Charge CEO, said, “While Elinta Charge is already achieving outstanding growth, we’re only just getting started on tapping into the enormous potential in the EV technology space. With rising support from individuals, businesses and regulators, electric...
    Startup C2A Security unveils new cybersecurity management system EVSec
    C2A Security has launched EVSec, a new cybersecurity management system for electric vehicles (EVs), it said in a press release on 20 July. The solution is for EV ecosystem which includes the vehicle, charging station, grid, and their communications protocol. EVSec enables sharing and collaboration of the entire cybersecurity process. “Electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure present cybersecurity challenges to OEM, suppliers, charging station operators and many other stakeholders i...
    Toyota, Suzuki, Daihatsu, CJPT to roll out electric mini vans in FY2023
    Suzuki Motor Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Company Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) have announced that the companies have agreed to jointly work towards the roll out of battery electric mini commercial vans in FY 2023 to achieve carbon neutrality, a press note issued by Toyota on 19 July 2022 said. It further said that the mini-commercial battery electric van developed by these four companies will be used by partners in social imp...
    KS Terminals to expand EV charging connectors and inlets production capacity in Taiwan
    Electric terminal maker KS Terminals (KST) has announced that it will expand manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle (EV) power charging connectors through setting up production facilities in Taiwan or mainland China, DigiTimes reported on 19 July. The company said it currently operates two production lines for EV connectors and inlets and will add a further three lines in the upcoming facility, report added. Significance:  According to KST, a significant number of new power charg...
    Geely-backed Lotus begins production of Eletre electric luxury SUV at Wuhan plant
    Geely Group-backed British sports car brand Lotus has rolled out its Eletre electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) from the production line at the company’s new factory in Wuhan, making the luxury model the first Lotus car to be produced in China, a news report published by CarNewsChina said on 18 July 2022. The report further mentioned that the Lotus Eletre has also become one of the fastest made-in-China electric SUVs. The Lotus Eletre SUV was first unveiled on 29 March 2022 and is the firs...
    Government of Canada announces deployment of 6,000 EV chargers, supports in funding
    The Government of Canada has announced deployment of over 6,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the country, supporting the infrastructure development with total investment of over CAD45 million (USD34.81 million), the government website said on 15 July 2022. The announcement came during EVWeek, which was organized by the Government of Canada between 11 July 15 July 2022 to attract new investments in establishing net zero industries. During the week-long event, the Government of Canada ...
    UK-based fast charging battery startup Nyobolt raises USD59 million in series-B funding
    UK-based fast-charging battery startup Nyobolt has raised GBP50 million (USD59 million) in series-B funding round, a news report published by Reuters said on 15 July 2022. The startup has raised the funding as it plans to build a manufacturing plant to produce battery cells in the UK in 2023, it said, adding that the financing round was led by H.C. Starck Tungsten Powders, a unit of Vietnamese mining company Masan High-Tech Materials, one of the world's largest tungsten suppliers. It further ...
    Johnson Matthey to build USD96 million gigafactory for hydrogen fuel cell components in the UK
    British specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey plans to build a GBP80 million (USD96 million) gigafactory at its existing site in Royston, UK, to scale up the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell components, the company said on 18 July 2022. The company said that the proposed gigafactory will initially be capable of manufacturing 3GW of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell components annually for hydrogen vehicles. The planned facility will also be supported by the UK Government through...
    Ford Motor upgrades Cologne plant to produce electric cars in Europe
    Ford Motor Company’s Cologne-based manufacturing plant in Germany is being prepared to produce electric cars in Europe at a time when the assembly lines at the unit are idle on account of factory vacation, the automaker said on 15 July 2022.   The company said that the vehicle assembly lines at the Cologne plant are slated to remain idle until 1 August 2022 on account of factory vacation. However, vacation is being utilized by the company in retooling and expanding capacity to produce ...
    AUTOCRYPT integrates Plug&Charge authentication system into Hyundai’s ‘E-pit’ EV charging platform
    AUTOCRYPT has announced the integration of its Plug&Charge (PnC) authentication system into Hyundai Motor's charging platform E-pit Charging Service Platform (E-CSP) as part of its E-pit electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure expansion, it said in a press release on 19 July. Daniel ES Kim, CEO and cofounder, AUTOCRYPT, said, “Challenges in larger EV adoption can only be resolved by bringing new concepts forward. We consider the advancement of secure EV charging services as a majo...
    Hyundai Motor unveils high-performance concept cars, RN22e and N Vision 74
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Company has revealed two high-performance concept cars RN22e and N Vision 74 on 14 July 2022, giving a glimpse of its N sub-brand vision for electrification in the future. According to Hyundai, while the RN22e combines all-new IONIQ 6 and its Electric-Global Modular Platform (E‑GMP) with an intent of setting a new standard in high-performance EVs, the N Vision 74 represents a combination of EV technology with an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system, making ...
    Toyota revives ‘Crown’ brand with four all-new models, to launch crossover in Japan in 2022
    In an attempt to revive its ‘Crown’ brand, the Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled four new models at a world premier on 15 July 2022. The four new models designed and developed by the company include a sedan, an SUV, a crossover and a sport type, which focuses on offering sporty driving experience. Toyota said that the new Crown series will be rolled out in about 40 countries and regions with the Crown Crossover as the first vehicle slated for launch in Japan in November...
    Allego acquires European high power charging network Mega-E
    Allego N.V., a leading pan-European public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging operator has acquired the charging network provider Mega-E for EUR33 million (USD33.28 million), Allego said on 11 July 2022. Mega-E, which stands for Metropolitan Greater Areas Electrified, was an initiative led by Allego and other companies with an aim of setting up high power charging stations across Europe. The acquisition of Mega-E will consolidate the latter’s network of EV charging stations into Allego’s...
    Geely introduces RD6 electric pickup under an all-new lifestyle brand ‘Radar’
    Geely Group, one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in China, has launched its electric lifestyle vehicle brand named Radar Auto alongside the brand’s first electric vehicle (EV), the RD6 pickup truck, the company announced on 12 July 2022. The company said that the Radar brand is launched as an independent brand within the Geely Holding Group, which plans to provide the new EV brand with full vehicle technologies and shared components. The Radar Auto brand will also have its own Research...
    Volkswagen commissions EV fast-charging park powered by used batteries at Zwickau plant
    Volkswagen has commissioned its first fast charging park that draws energy from a 570-kWh power storage container (PSC) built using cell modules from used batteries formerly installed in the pre-production models of the ID.3 and ID.4, the carmaker announced on 14 July 2022. “The PSC is a type of enormous electricity storage unit and consists of 96 cell modules with a net capacity of 570 kWh. This solution is sustainable as all cell modules in the PSC were formerly installed as batteries in ...
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    China’s Xiaomi may reveal first electric car prototype in August 2022
    China-based consumer electronics company Xiaomi may reveal its first electric car prototype in August 2022, a news report published by CnEVPost on 15 July 2022 said, citing a local media outlet named Sina Tech. It added that Xiaomi’s first engineering prototype would be unveiled by its founder Lei Jun, who sources close to the company said is heavily invested in the Xiaomi Auto project. The company’s car concept is expected to undergo a series of tests after its debut, including its first...
    Panasonic looks to improve battery energy density by a fifth by 2030
    Japanese battery maker Panasonic Energy Company is working on a new technology that could improve the battery energy density by a fifth by 2030, a news report published by Reuters on 13 July 2022 said, citing an interview with Panasonic’s CTO Shoichiro Watanabe. The improved battery energy density, if achieved, could boost the driving range of a Tesla Model Y, for example, by over 100 km (62 miles) with the same size battery pack, the report claimed, citing the CTO. Moreover, the technology...
    General Motors, Pilot Company plan to build DC fast charging network across the US
    General Motors (GM) and Pilot Company, one of the leading suppliers of fuel and travel operator in the United States, plan to collaborate on a national DC fast charging network that will be installed, operated, and maintained by EVgo through its eXtend offering, GM announced on 14 July 2022. The project is aimed at accelerating the widespread adoption of EVs, enabling long-distance driving across the US. The two companies plan to set up a network of 2,000 EV charging stations, co-branded ‘P...
    Mobile EV charging startup Lanli Energy raises undisclosed investment in angel round funding
    Mobile electric vehicle (EV) charging service provider, Lanli Energy has announced that it raised tens of millions of yuan in angel-round financing, Pandaily reported on 13 July. The investment round was led by BlueRun Ventures. Significance: Lanli Energy, founded in 2021, focuses on providing charging solutions for new energy vehicles. It aims to integrate power batteries with charging equipment. It also created a dynamic new energy power network that combines distributed optical energy...
    ADS-TEC Energy Group appoints Wolfgang Breme as CFO
    ADS-TEC Energy Group has announced the appointment of Wolfgang Breme as the chief financial officer (CFO), in a company press release on 13 July. Breme was responsible for finance and administration at AIXTRON SE for nearly a decade. He also held CFO positions at technotrans SE, AVENTICS and Skeleton Technologies Group. “ADS-TEC Energy is a company with an enormous growth potential. I am convinced that the intelligent battery-buffered ecosystems of ADS-TEC Energy are an enabler for a decent...
    Umicore plans to build a large-scale fuel cell catalyst plant in Changshu, China
    Brussels-based materials technology company Umicore plans to invest in building a large-scale fuel cell catalyst plant in Changshu, China, the company announced on 7 July 2022. The said fuel cell catalyst plant in China is aimed at positioning the company as an early mover in securing opportunities in the fast-emerging fuel cell market in China. According to the company, the said plant will enable the accelerated transformation to hydrogen-based clean mobility, serving demand through to 2030....
    Changan, Huawei, CATL jointly launch all-new smart EV architecture CHN
    AVATR Technology, which is a premium smart electric vehicle brand jointly created by Changan Automobile, Huawei and leading battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL), had launched an all-new smart electric vehicle (EV) architecture called CHN as well as its first model AVATR 11 at the 24th Chongqing International Auto Show, CATL said on 25 June 2022. The high-profile event was attended by Huarong Zhu, chairman of Changan Automobile, Zhijun Xu, rotating chairman of H...
    CATL plans to begin mass production of LMFP batteries in 2022
    China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) plans to begin mass production of lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP) batteries in 2022, a report published by news website CnEVPost said on 12 July 2022, citing a local media outlet called LATEPOST. The report mentioned that CATL, Sunwoda, and Eve Energy's LMFP batteries have passed interim tests in first half of 2022 and are now sending samples to automakers for testing. ...
    AMTE Power, MAHLE Powertrain sign MoU to develop advanced EV propulsion systems
    AMTE Power Plc, one of the UK’s largest commercial battery cell manufacturers, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MAHLE Powertrain, the engineering services subsidiary of German component supplier MAHLE Group, to jointly develop the next generation EV propulsion systems, AMTE Power said in an official statement on 13 July 2022. “The non-binding MoU lays the foundation for the supply of AMTE’s ultra-high-power (UHP) cells to support the development of next generation EVs...
    EV charging company Charge+Zone plans pan India renewable charging network
    India-based electric vehicle (EV) charging company Charge+Zone has declared plans to leverage the use of renewable energy to power all its charging stations across India, Autocar Professional report on 12 July. The announcement is part of the company's target of achieving NetZero and offering customers carbon neutral charging options. Kartikey Hariyani, founder and CEO, Charge+Zone said, “Our team of 100+ electrical engineers continue to push the energy envelope for a monthly sale of 3 mill...
    Vitesco Technologies, Renault team up to develop power electronics for EV, HEV powertrains
    French carmaker Renault Group and German supplier of powertrain and electric vehicle (EV) solutions Vitesco Technologies have signed a strategic partnership for the joint development and the production of power electronics in a ‘One Box’ for electric and hybrid powertrains, Vitesco said in a media release on 12 July 2022. Under the said agreement, both the companies plan to work together, contributing their know-how to jointly develop a power electronics concept, referred as ‘One Box’...
    US startup Canoo to supply 4,500 EVs to Walmart for last mile delivery applications
    US electric vehicle (EV) startup Canoo has signed a definitive agreement with retail major Walmart to supply 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles, beginning with the Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV), with the option of supplying up to 10,000 units, Canoo said in a media note issued on 12 July 2022. The all-electric delivery vehicles will be deployed to deliver online orders in a sustainable way and will contribute to Walmart’s goal to achieve zero-emissions by 2040, it said. Even as the all...
    LG Energy Solution may supply batteries to India’s Mahindra & Mahindra
    South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) may supply EV batteries to Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) for its first electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), a Reuters news report published on 11 July 2022 said, citing a source aware of the matter. The report said that the LGES batteries may power M&M’s yet to be launched electric SUV, the XUV400, which is expected to hit the showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2022. The report, however, did not state any ...
    Indian automaker Mahindra mulls investing in EV battery cell company to secure supplies
    Mumbai-based vehicle manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) could consider investing in a battery manufacturing company to secure appropriate supply of batteries for its future electric vehicle (EV) line up, a Reuters news report published on 10 July 2022 said, citing the company CEO. The comment from the M&M CEO came after the company signed a binding agreement with British International Investment (BII) to invest USD250 million each in a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to th...
    Network Rail adds to UK’s EV charging infrastructure, installs over 450 new chargers
    Network Rail, the company which owns, operates, and develops the railway infrastructure in the United Kingdom, has installed 450 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points at car parking lots at railways stations, the company said in a note on 7 July 2022. “Rail passengers with EVs will be able to charge while they travel, thanks to the introduction of 450 new EV charging points at Network Rail-managed car parks at railway stations,” it said, adding that the charging points are powered by ...
    EV charging company Yes Energy to expand charging network across Taiwan
    Yes Energy Service Co. a subsidiary of Yulon Motor Company has announced that it will install an additional 700 charging points across Taiwan to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in the region, Taipei Times reported on 6 July. Significance: According to the report, EV sales in expected to increase compared to previous years, the installation of additional charging stations are anticipated to support the rapid transition to EVs in the region. Major automakers are served by Ye...
    Mahindra & Mahindra raises USD250 million from British International Investment for new EV company
    Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has signed a binding agreement with British International Investment (BII), the UK’s Development Finance Institution and impact investor, to invest up to INR1,925 crore (USD250 million) each into a wholly owned subsidiary of M&M that will be newly set up to focus on electric cars, M&M announced on 7 July 2022. According to M&M, BII plans to invest up to USD250 million in the form of compulsory convertible instruments at a valu...
    Chinese carmaker SAIC, startup ChingTao Energy to work jointly on solid-state EV batteries
    SAIC Group and startup ChingTao Energy Development have set up a joint battery development facility to develop solid-state batteries in China, the world’s largest EV market, a news report published by CNEVPOST on 6 July 2022 said. SAIC and ChingTao will focus on the mass production of solid-state batteries that are expected to be capable of delivering a driving range of more than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge along with fast-charging technology and high safety against fire risks, the ...
    Marelli develops a new 800V silicon carbide (SiC) inverter platform
    Leading global automotive supplier of powertrain, thermal, and lighting components, Marelli, has developed a new platform of 800 Volt Silicon Carbide (SiC) inverters, the company announced on 7 July 2022. It said that the new 800V SiC inverter ensures improvements in terms of size, weight, and efficiency, which is a critical parameter for powertrain in electric vehicles. Marelli unveiled the 800V inverter platform for the first time at the International VDI Congress Dritev, also known as Driv...
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    UL Solutions’ new facility in Taiwan to focus on E-mobility solutions
    Applied safety science company UL Solutions has announced that it opened a new state-of-the-art E-Mobility and Energy Laboratory in Taiwan, according to a press release on 7 July. The new technology center will support in R&D and innovation toward electric bike (eBike) power systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging power and storage battery capacity testing. Jonathan TH Chen, VP and MD, UL Solutions in Taiwan, said, "UL Solutions has maintained a close relationship with Taiwanese manufa...
    Volkswagen breaks ground of its first battery cell factory in Salzgitter, Germany
    German automaker Volkswagen (VW) broke ground of the first of its six planned battery cell factories in Salzgitter, Germany on 7 July 2022. It said that the production of EV batteries is slated to start in 2025. VW has named its battery division as ‘PowerCo,’ establishing it as a separate company that would be responsible for all activities along the entire battery value chain. The carmaker said that PowerCo will invest more than EUR20 billion (USD20.36 billion) together with its par...
    Oxford City Council, Tesla Superchargers, and partners unveil new hybrid battery and EV charging hub
    Oxford City Council, along with its partners Pivot Power, Fastned, Tesla Superchargers, and Wenea have opened a powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging hub, as well as a new hybrid battery for the Energy Superhub Oxford, Smart Energy International reported on 7 July. The hub will initially offer fast and ultra-rapid charging for 42 vehicles simultaneously at Oxford’s Redbridge Park and Ride. Significance: The project is part of a nationwide network of Energy Superhubs developed by Pivot Pow...
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki plans to launch first mass market EV in 2025
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) is working to launch its first mass market electric vehicle (EV) in the local market in 2025, according to a report filed by news publication Economic Times (ET) on 4 July 2022. The company, which had stopped manufacturing diesel cars when India shifted to Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) emission norms in April 2020, plans to phase out vehicles that run purely on the gasoline engines, the report said. The move is part of the automaker’s...
    Japanese carmaker Toyota leads in solid-state battery patents
    Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation leads in solid-state battery patents, and Japanese companies dominate the race to develop the next-generation power source for electric vehicles, a news report filed by Nikkei Asia said on 7 July 2022, citing a Nikkei study. The report said that Nikkei partnered with Tokyo research company Patent Result to study the solid-state battery patent applications submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization and another group. In its study, Nikke...
    Mercedes-Benz Energy signs agreement with cleantech startup Moment Energy on used EV batteries
    Part of German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Energy (MBE) signed an agreement with Canadian cleantech startup Moment Energy wherein the former will supply the latter with used electric vehicle (EV) batteries for a second life in stationary energy storage applications, Moment Energy said in a press release on 6 July 2022. Interestingly, the agreement with Vancouver-based Moment Energy is the first such arrangement Mercedes-Benz Energy has signed with a North American second-life...
    Chinese electric carmaker NIO installs 1,000th EV battery swap station
    Shanghai-based electric carmaker NIO updated in its blog post on 6 July 2022 that the company’s EV battery swap network now has 1,000 stations in China. “NIO's total number of power swap stations has officially hit 1,000,” the company said, adding that the 1,000th battery swap station is located in Tibet, making its location the highest altitude in the world for the installation of any such battery swap station. The company also said that the new swap station installed in the Tibet r...
    EV charging company EVCS raises USD68.8 million to expand charging network in the West Coast, US
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company EVCS has announced that it raised USD68.8 million in funding toward its charging network expansion in the West Coast, US, it said in a press release on 6 July. The funding comprised of USD50 million debt facility from Spring Lane Capital and a Series A equity investment of USD18.8 million co-led by Abdo Partners, Spring Lane Capital, and the Copulos Group, an Australian Private Global Investor. Ian Vishnevsky, COO/CFO and Co-Founder of EVCS, said, “EVC...
    EU-funded FLOW project consortium begins work on EV charging ecosystem in Europe
    A large consortium representing 30 entities has begun work under the purview of the European Union funded FLOW Project in Spain, Italian energy company Enel Spa, which is part of the said group, said in a media release on 5 July 2022. The consortium is led by Spain’s Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and comprises 30 European companies, research organizations, and associations from 9 different countries. The members within the consortium have joined forces to work together on e...
    VinFast invests in solid-state battery company ProLogium to secure battery supplies
    Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast announced on 6 July 2022 that it has made an undisclosed investment in Taiwan’s solid-state battery company ProLogium Technology. The automaker said that it has invested an amount in a few million USD in ProLogium with an intent to become a long-term strategic partner. Additionally, VinFast has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ProLogium on strategic cooperation to secure next-generation solid-state battery supplies as it aim...
    Jaguar Land Rover partners with startup Andersen EV to offer home chargers
    Jaguar Land Rover has tied up with Andersen electric vehicle (EV) to offer electric car charging points, a report on 4 July read. The UK-based EV startup develops customizable, high-end vehicle charge points for homes. The Andersen EV A2 home charger is available with outputs of 7 kW or 22 kW, features a hidden compartment that covers the charging cable and plug when not in use. It is also available in 96 colors and finish options. “We are delighted to partner with two world-renowned brands...
    Mercedes-Benz aligns global production network to manufacture luxury EVs
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has laid out a detailed plan to align its global production network to manufacture its all-new product portfolio focused on luxury electric vehicles (EVs), the company said in an announcement on 29 June 2022. It is known that Mercedes-Benz plans to go all electric by the end of the decade, wherever market conditions allow, by focusing on three vehicle categories—top-end luxury, core luxury, and entry luxury, as outlined in the company’s Economics of De...
    Tritium DCFC to supply over 100 rapid chargers to UK’s Motor Fuel Group
    Australia-based manufacturer of DC fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) Tritium DCFC Limited plans to supply more than 100 rapid chargers to UK’s Motor Fuel Group, the company said in an announcement on 30 June 2022. Motor Fuel Group is the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK, with over 900 sites offering customers a growing dual-fuel strategy, a versatile valeting offer, and a convenient retail and ‘food to go’ portfolio. According to the company note, the MFG...
    Owners of Schaeffler Group raise stake in Vitesco Technologies to almost 50%
    The owners of Germany’s Schaeffler Group, the Schaeffler family, has raised their stake in Continental’s former powertrain division Vitesco Technologies AG to just under 50%, MarketWatch reported on 4 July 2022, citing the family’s holding company IHO. According to the report, the Schaeffler family, which controls the automotive components supplier Schaeffler AG, has acquired around 1.6 million shares in Vitesco Technologies, bringing its shareholding to 39.99%, from 35.89% previou...
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