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    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicle in UK grow 93.8% y/y to 9,014 units in November
    Sales of electrically chargeable vehicles, which includes battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), has witnessed a growth of 93.8% year on year (y/y) to 9,014 units in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMM...
    MG Motor unveils all-electric ZS EV in India
    MG Motor has unveiled its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) eZS in India, The Economic Times reported on 5 December. The MG eZS comes with a 143 PS power output and a 44.5-kWh battery, which will give it a range of over 300 kilometers. The electric SUV will be launched next mon...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals details about new battery system for MEB-based EVs
    In a press release dated 5 December, Volkswagen (VW) has revealed details about its new high-voltage battery systems for all electric vehicles (EVs) built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform in the Volkswagen Group. The system will be launched in the ID.3 all-electric hatchback, whic...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BorgWarner develops new variant of HVH electric motor for hybrid cars
    BorgWarner has developed a new variant of the High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) motor ‘HVH 146’ for hybrid cars, the company announced in a press release on 5 December. The motor delivers 35 kW of  peak power and 65 N.m of torque. The HVH 146 motor will go into production on a light-duty hybrid pa...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Porsche tests all-electric AWD SUV with in-wheel motor setup
    Germany-based Porsche Engineering has announced a new solution for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that improves the vehicle’s stability through software alone, in a press statement released on 4 December. This solution does not require any additional sensors and works by distributing power...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    General Motors, LG Chem to set up battery cell JV in US
    General Motors (GM) and LG Chem will set up a new  joint venture (JV) for producing electric vehicle (EV) battery cells in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 5 December. The new JV will build a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield manufacturing site in the L...
    Mercedes-Benz commences battery production in Thailand
    Mercedes-Benz has started production of batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) at its Bangkok plant in Thailand, the company announced in a press release on 4 December. Mercedes-Benz and its local partners, Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP) and Thonburi Energy Storage Systems (TESM), h...
    05-Dec-2019 News Investments
    SK Innovation partners with Glencore to source Cobalt for EV batteries
    SK Innovation has signed a long-term contract with Glencore to source up to 30,000 tonnes of cobalt contained in hydroxide between 2020 and 2025, Glencore announced in a press release on 4 December. The cobalt in this supply contract will be sourced from Glencore’s industrial mining operations loc...
    Ricardo to set up EV charging trial project in UK
    Ricardo, in partnership with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Electricity North West Limited (ENWL), are planning to set up an electric vehicle (EV) charging trial project ‘DC share’ in the United Kingdom. Under the project, the companies will develop and trial a novel solution that shares c...
    AIWAYS starts production of European-spec U5 electric SUV in China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS has started production of all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) U5 for the European market, reports news website AutoMobilSport.com. The vehicle is being manufactured at AIWAYS’s plant in Shangrao in China. “This is a very important milestone for ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Bosch starts construction of new fuel-cell center in China
    Bosch broke ground on a fuel cell center in Wuxi, China, the German supplier said in a press release on 2 December. The new center paves the way for technological breakthroughs in fuel cell application in both commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The center in Wuxi will be engaged mainly in ...
    Hubject partners with Penta for secure EV charging services
    Hubject has entered into a partnership with Penta Security to enable standardized secure communication between electric vehicles and charging stations, Hubject announced in a press release last month. Hubject and Penta Security, both Vehicle to Grid (V2G) Root Certificate Authorities (V2G Root CAs),...
    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé to get plug-in hybrid engine, 48V tech and advanced air suspension
    In a press statement released on December 5th, German car maker Mercedes-Benz has brought out the latest iteration of its GLE Coupe SUV. Among other variants, the GLE Coupe is also available as a plug-in hybrid version. Powering this SUV is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that works in tandem ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    ABB supplying EV fast charger to Vattenfall in Sweden
    ABB is set to supply its DC 50kW Terra fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Vattenfall in Sweden, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. The chargers will be installed in 40 EV charging stations by Vattenfall across the country. “For e-mobility to flourish, drivers need fast-ch...
    French EV maker Goupil Industrie unveils all-electric LCV G6
    French electric  vehicle (EV) maker Groupil Industrie has unveiled an all-electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) ‘G6’ at the Solutrans trade fair in Lyon, France, Eco-Mobiliteit BV announced on its website. The Goupil G6 will have lithium batteries with a capacity of 15 or 30 kWh, and is e...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    SK Innovation mulls setting up second EV battery plant in China
    South Korean battery maker SK Innovation is planning to set up a new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant  in Yancheng, China, reports news website BusinessKorea. SK Innovation is investing USD1.05 billion in the new plant. According to the report, most of the batteries manufactured at the new&n...
    04-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Schaeffler partners with ABT to electrify LCVs
    Schaeffler has partnered with ABT e-Line GmbH to electrify light commercial vehicles (LCV) weighing up to 3.5 tons, the company announced in a press release on 3 December. ABT will contribute its implementation expertise and flexibility in vehicle retrofitting, whereas Schaeffler will contribute its...
    Rimac to source battery management system IC from Analog Devices
    Electric vehicle (EV) start-up Rimac has selected Analog Devices (ADI) to source precision battery management system (BMS) integrated circuits (ICs), Analog Devices announced in a press release on 2 December. Rimac will adopt the Analog ADI’s portfolio of battery management ICs across its complete...
    Daimler and Geely inaugurate ‘StarRides’ premium ride hailing service in China
    Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group have inaugurated their premium ride-hailing service, named StarRides, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. According to a press release from Daimler issued on December 3rd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two companies will commence operations this mont...
    CES 2020: Rinspeed to showcase MetroSnap modular urban mobility concept
    Swiss automotive manufacturer and tuning firm Rinspeed will be showcasing its inexpensive swapping system for the vehicle bodies, called MetroSnap, at the CES 2020 event in Las Vegas, US. The company has reportedly filed for a patent protection regarding this concept. The MetroSnap concept vehi...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Hyundai Motor presents ‘Strategy 2025’ roadmap to become smart mobility solutions provider
    Hyundai Motor has announced ‘Strategy 2025’, a long-term roadmap to transition into a smart mobility solutions provider, the leading South Korean automaker said in a press release today (4 December). The company will focus on ‘Smart Mobility Device’ and ‘Smart Mobility Service’ as its tw...
    Brose appoints Ulrich Schrickel new CEO effective 1 January 2020
    Brose Group has announced the appointment of Ulrich Schrickel as its new CEO, effective 1 January 2020, the company said in a press release on 3 December. Schrickel will replace Kurt Sauernheimer, who is retiring after serving the German automotive supplier for 32 years. “Ulrich Schrickel will lea...
    MY2020 Toyota Corolla to be available only as a hybrid in UK
    The Toyota Corolla range has been revised for the 2020 model year.  The most important development is that the car will only be available as a hybrid in the United Kingdom from next year onwards. The Japanese car maker issued a press release on December 3rd confirming the same, and mentioned th...
    03-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW invests USD443 million to upgrade Dingolfing facility in Germany
    German auto maker BMW has announced its decision to invest approximately EUR400 million (nearly USD443 million) in its vehicle manufacturing facility located in Dingolfing, Germany. According to a press release dated 2nd December, the investment is to upgrade the plant ahead of the company’s produ...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Bentley commences work on new engineering test centre in Crewe, UK
    British luxury car maker Bentley has announced that the company has begun work on its all-new engineering center in the United Kingdom, according to a press statement issued on 2nd December. This new facility is located at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, and is being constructed due to&n...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    HORIBA FuelCon to expand plant in Germany
    HORIBA FuelCon is planning to expand its plant in Technologiepark Ostfalen in Germany, Invest in Saxony-Anhalt announced in a press release on 26 November. The company will add a new building which is scheduled to be inaugurated at the end of 2021 and will create around 250 new jobs. Under the proje...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    China aims for NEV sales to reach 25% market share by 2025
    China is aiming for new energy vehicles (NEV) sales to touch 25% market share of total car sales in the country by 2025, Reuters reported today (3 December) citing China’s industry ministry. According to the report, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s draft on NEVs proposed tha...
    France proposes new initiatives to help automakers meet CO2 emission norms
    France has proposed new initiatives to support the automakers to meet the tightening CO2 emission norms for cars, Reuters reported on 2 December, citing Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. The government is planning to create two funds of EUR25 million (USD28 million) each to help the sector deal with ...
    Umicore acquires cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland from Freeport Cobalt
    Umicocre has acquired the cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities from Freeport Cobalt in Finland, the company announced in a press release on 2 December. Umicore has invested USD203 million on a debt and cash free basis, including approximately USD50 million of net working capital. Umicore...
    GOFAST opens new HPC station in Switzerland
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company GOFAST has opened a new EV high-power charging (HPC) station at Würenlos shopping rest stop on the A1 in Switzerland, the company announced in a press release on 2 December. The site has 20 chargers, up to 300 kilowatts of charging capacity and the ability to ...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    Rheinmetall develops new components for fuel cell applications
    German auto components manufacturer Rheinmetall Automotive’s subsidiary Pierburg GmbH has introduced a line of new products that are intended for use in vehicles driven by hydrogen fuel cells. The first is a multi-purpose valve, and this control valve has been designed to be installed on the catho...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi collaborates with suppliers for CO2 reduction through more efficient procurement
    Audi is working with its suppliers to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) through more efficient procurement of raw materials used in production of vehicles, the company said in a press release today. In 2018, the German carmaker conducted 30 workshops with its suppliers to develop 50 measures which in tota...
    Audi upgrades all-electric SUV e-tron to offer higher range
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has done a technical update for the company’s first electric SUV, the Audi e-tron. As a result of the updates to the vehicle’s software and drive system hardware optimizations, the e-tron 55 quattro will have approximately an additional 25 km (n...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Citroën plans to offer electric version of C4 Cactus next year
    Citroën is planning to offer an electric version of updated C4 Cactus next year, Automotive News Europe reported on 28 November, citing Citroën CEO Linda Jackson. According to the report, the electric variant of the C4 Cactus replacement will be Citroën's first mass-market electric vehicle (EV). ...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    ChargeFox opens new ultra-rapid EV charging station in Australia's New South Wales
    ChargeFox has opened a new ultra-rapid charging station in Sydney, the first in New South Wales (NSW), the company announced in a press release on 29 November. The station is located in Zetland’s East Village Shopping Center. “From day one, our vision has been to see 100% of road travel powered ...
    Audi to spend USD13.2 billion on electromobility by 2024
    Audi has accelerated its investment plans and is now planning to invest EUR12 billion (USD13.2 billion) in electromobility between 2020 and 2024, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. In total, Audi has announced EUR37 billion in investments towards research and development (R&...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    BMW and Great Wall Motors officially inaugurate JV for manufacturing electric models from MINI
    BMW and Great Wall Motors (GWM) have officially inaugurated their new joint venture (JV) ‘Spotlight Automotive Limited’ to manufacture electric models from MINI brand, BMW announced in a press release on 29 November. The 50:50 JV will set up a new plant with standard capacity of 160,000 vehicles...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Ecopro BM partners with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials
    South Korean battery cathode  maker Ecopro BM has partnered with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, Blackstone Mineral announced in a press release today (2  December). Ecopro BM and Blackstone have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) un...
    Northvolt aims to triple battery manufacturing capacity by 2030
    Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt is aiming to triple its battery manufacturing capacity by 2030 as compared with its current plans, Reuters reported on 26 November, citing Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt. Northvolt is planning to have a capacity of about 150 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of batte...
    EVBox opens upgraded EV charger plant in France
    EVBox has reopened its upgraded electric vehicle (EV) charger manufacturing plant in Bordeaux, France. With the renovated facility, EVBox will be able to increase production of its fast and ultrafast chargers up to 450 units per month by 2020 and add 80 to 100 jobs. "Our industry is gro...
    29-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Audi unveils new RS Q8 with 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain
    Audi has unveiled its new RS Q8 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. The car is equipped with a 4L V8 engine, which generates 441 kW and 800 N.m torque. The new RS Q8 will be launched in Germany and other E...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Fisker opens reservations for all-electric SUV Ocean
    Electric  vehicle (EV) startup Fisker has opened reservations for its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Ocean for USD250, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. Ocean will be available for leasing starting at USD379 per month, and delivery will begin from 2022. Fis...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Connected Kerb to install wireless EV chargers in UK
    Connected Kerb has announced that in collaboration with induction technology specialist Magment, the company will bring wireless/induction charging to the UK, a press release dated 27 November showed. The partnership will see the instalment of wireless/induction charging across public...
    Solvay to double its Solef PVDF capacity in China
    Solvay announced plans to double its production capacity of the high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer Solef® at its production site in Changshu, China, according to a company press release on 26 November 2019. The company expects the new production site to come onstream by the fir...
    29-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Nissan invests USD302 million in Tochigi plant in Japan to produce next-generation of electrified, intelligent vehicles
    Nissan has announced plans to make a substantial investment in advanced production technologies and equipment at its plants around the world to prepare them to produce the next-generation of electrified and intelligent vehicles, the company said in a press release today. The automaker has earmarked ...
    Faurecia targets sales of USD22.9 billion in 2022
    Faurecia has announced its new financial targets for 2022 during a ‘Capital Market Day’ event held in Paris, France, on 26 November, the company said in a press release. The French supplier expects its sales to grow above 5% between 2019 and 2022 and reach EUR20.5 billion (USD22.9 billion) ...
    LACI, partners release roadmap to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region
    Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), along with its partners, has released the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0 to accelerate deployment of ZEVs in Los Angeles region, LACI announced in a press release on 26 November. The new program aims to have electric vehicles (EV) account for 30% of all light...
    EESL partners with SDMC to set up EV charging stations in India's capital city New Delhi
    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in New Delhi in India, news website ETAuto reported on 27 November. The two companies will install around 75 charging stations in the SDMC area, ove...
    European Commission clears acquisition of Cattierite by Umicore
    European Commission (EC) has approved Umicore’s acquisition of the Netherlands-based Cattierite Holdings Coöperatief, the EC announced on its website on 26 November. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the companies' limited market...
    The requirement for multi-speed EV transmission
    Porsche Taycan is set to become the first mass market electric vehicle (EV) to come equipped with a 2-speed transmission. However, it may not remain the only one for a long time, as the advantages of a multi-speed transmission become more apparent to customers. So far, the multi-speed transmission t...
    Hyundai to set up new manufacturing facility in Indonesia
    South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company has announced its plans to set up its first ever production facility in Indonesia, according to a press statement issued on November 26th. The company entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Indonesia to build...
    28-Nov-2019 News Investments
    ZF to open third R&D facility in China at Guangzhou by 2023
    German automotive components maker, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, has announced its plan to open a new research and development center in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. According to a press release issued on 27th November, this facility will be the company’s third R&D center in China, and it is ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Volkswagen, Siemens launch electric mobility project in Rwanda
    Volkswagen and Siemens have launched an electric mobility project in Rwanda to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 29 October. Under the pilot phase of the project, four e-Golfs and one charging station will be introduced i...
    Audi launches new RS 6 Avant with mild hybrid powertrain and upgraded suspension
    German luxury and sportscar maker Audi has launched the newest version of their RS6 Avant, and this vehicle now features a mild hybrid powertrain and improved suspension systems, among other upgrades. The 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine produces a power figure of 591 bhp and a torque o...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Chargefox for EV charging services in Australia
    Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Chargefox to offer free fast charging to EQC owners in Australia for five years, Chargefox announced in a press release on 25 November. EQC owners will have to register their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, after which owners will be able to see all of the free...
    Nissan and EVgo launch new EV charging program in US
    Nissan and EVgo have launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging program ‘Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo’ in the United States for Nissan LEAF customers, EVgo announced in a press release on 25 November. Under the program, Nissan will provide USD250 of pre-paid charging credits with EVgo to quali...
    Northvolt partners with Mälarenergi for EV charging system in Sweden
    Northvolt has partnered with Swedish power provider Mälarenergi to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden, the company announced in a press release on 26 November. The battery system will provide power output up to 220 kW and a usable...
    EVgo expands partnership with Lyft for EV fast charging services in US-city Denver
    EVgo has expanded its partnership with Lyft to accelerate rideshare electrification through Lyft’s planned introduction of 200 new electric vehicles (EV) for rideshare drivers in Denver, the company announced in a press release on 26 November. EVgo will provide fast charging support for Lyft EVs a...
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese EV start-up AIWAYS to develop methanol fuel cell vehicles
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS to develop a methanol fuel cell vehicle, Blue World Technologies announced in a press release earlier this month. AIWAYS will launch the methanol fuel cell hybrid version of its U5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the ...
    LA Motor Show 2019: Porsche showcases all-electric Taycan 4S
    Porsche has showcased its first all-electric vehicle Taycan 4S at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. “A year ago we introduced the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles. Now we follow up with the Taycan—the first all-electric sports ca...
    Moscow City Council adopts law to exempt EVs from transport tax
    Moscow City Council has decided to exempt electric vehicles (EV) from transport tax, news website RusAutoNews reported on 23 November. The newly adopted law will remain in effect  until the end of 2024. Significance: The new law has been introduced to Moscow City Council by the mayor of the ...
    Mercedes-Benz to launch all-electric EQC in US in early 2020
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the EQC 400 4MATIC all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States in early 2020, according to a company press release on 20 November. The SUV will be priced starting at USD67,900. At launch, there will be three available tiers customers ...
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority extends free EV charging program until end of 2021
    The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority or DEWA has said that its initiative to offer free charging for electric vehicles (EVs) will be extended until 31 December 2021, the Gulf Business reported on November 24. The initiative was due to expire at the end of this year. DEWA added that the ...
    CNH Industrial, Microvast collaborate to develop vehicle batteries
    CNH Industrial’s unit FPT Industrial and Microvast have signed a preliminary agreement to develop battery packs, the company reported on 19 November. Microvast will guide FPT Industrial to design and assemble battery packs in-house at its facility in Turin, Italy. FPT Industrial will also desig...
    Group14 raises USD18 million funding for silicon-carbon composite anode material
    Group14 Technologies has raised USD18 million from Amperex Technologies, Showa Denko, Cabot Corp, BASF Venture Capital and OVP Venture Partners, the company said in a press release on 21 November. The funds will be used by the company to scale up manufacturing and commercial production of a new-gen ...
    26-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Audi plans to launch more than nine plug-in hybrids and other electrified models in China by 2021
    German car maker Audi has planned to launch over nine electrified models in the Chinese car market by the year 2021, and the company has also stated that all of the models that it sells in China will feature electrification by 2025, according to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Skoda launches Superb iV PHEV and all-electric Citigoᵉ iV
    Czech auto maker Skoda launches two new models, the Skoda Superb iV and the Citigoᵉ iV, according to a press release issued on 25th November. These new Superb is the first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle of Skoda while the Citigoᵉ is its first pure electric vehicle. Along with these vehicles, the...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    LA Auto Show 2019: Karma Automotive unveils all-electric SC2 hypercar concept
    Karma Automotive has unveiled its new all-electric model SC2 hypercar concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. The hypercar generates a power output of 1,100 HP from front and rear mounted twin electric motors delivering...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Kia unveils all-new K3 EV
    Kia has unveiled its all-electric sedan K3 EV at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. According to a report by Yonhap News Agency, which cited a company statement. Kia is planning to launch the K3 EV in...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Peugeot showcases electrified lineup
    French automaker Peugeot has showcased an electrified lineup at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The showcase included the Peugeot e-2008, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 4008 4WD PHEV, and the Peugeot 508 L PHEV ...
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Hyundai unveils all-electric Lafesta EV sedan
    Hyundai has unveiled its all-electric sedan Lafesta EV at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The car has a maximum power of 150kW and maximum torque of 310 Nm. Lafesta EV gets a 56.5kWh battery, giving it ...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Lexus showcases all-electric UX 300e
    Lexus has showcased its all-electric crossover UX300e at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The crossover comes with 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery  which gives the vehicle a range of 400 kilometer...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    New BMW X3 gets plug-in hybrid powertrain, new high voltage battery pack
    BMW has announced the newest version of its SUV, the X3, in a press release dated 4th November. The Munich-based car maker has made its X3 xDrive30e the third vehicle in its fleet to be equipped with plug-in hybrid drive and all-wheel drive (AWD). The new BMW X3 is driven by a 2.0-litre, twin tur...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    BMW, Great Wall Motor JV gets regulatory approval for setting up plant in China
    China-based Great Wall Motor has obtained the required approvals from local regulatory authorities to set up its vehicle manufacturing facility with German automotive manufacturer BMW. This joint venture production facility comes with a total investment of RMB5.1 billion (approximately USD730 millio...
    SDG&E plans to set up 2,000 EV charging stations in US city San Diego
    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced that the company had recently submitted a proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to install 2,000 additional chargers for electric vehicles (EV) at apartments, condominium complexes and workplaces across San Diego, the com...
    LA Auto Show 2019: Hyundai showcases Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept, upgraded IONIQ lineup
    Hyundai has showcased its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sport utility vehicle (SUV) Concept Vision T at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States. The Vision T is the seventh in a series of Hyundai Design Center concepts. Hyundai, however, did not reveal further details about the vehicle’s power...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Tesla unveils pick-up truck Cybertruck
    Tesla has unveiled its all-electric pickup truck, Cybertruck, in the United States. The company has opened reservations for the pickup truck which is expected to enter production in late 2021. According to Tesla’s website, Cybertruck will also come with a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) version a...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Faurecia and Michelin launch fuel-cell JV Symbio
    Faurecia and Michelin have formalized their fuel-cell 50:50 joint venture (JV) ‘Symbio’, Faurecia announced in a press release on 21 November. The JV will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel cell systems for light vehicles, commercial vehicles, and trucks as well as for other areas of elec...
    BMW awards battery cell contracts worth over USD11 billion
    BMW has awarded electric vehicle (EV) battery cell contracts of over EUR10 billion (USD11 billion) to China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and South Korea-based Samsung SDI, the company announced in a press release on 21 November. BMW has increased its previous order to CATL from EUR4 ...
    California updates its EV rebates program
    US-state California has updated its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy programs, which will come into effect on 3 December 2019, the California government announced on Clean Vehicle Rebate Project website. Under the new rules, only vehicles with a price of less than USD60,000 vehicles will be eligible fo...
    Volkswagen extends mobility partnership with German city Hamburg
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has announced plans to extend strategic mobility partnership with Hamburg in Germany to 2022, the automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. The extended partnership will mainly focus on support for electromobility, new mobility services, intelligence transport ne...
    BMW invests over USD220 million in Austrian diesel engine development centre
    The BMW Group has announced that in 2019 alone, it will be investing over EUR200 million (more than USD220 million) in new diesel engines and test stands for the company’s electric drives at the engine development centre in Steyr, Austria. According to Fritz Steinparzer, the Head of diesel engi...
    22-Nov-2019 News Investments
    2019 SEMA Show: Webasto exhibits new modular battery pack and next-gen charging solutions
    Germany-based automotive supplier, Webasto, has exhibited next generation charging solutions and elements of a new modular battery system in the Ford Motor Company’s booth at the recently concluded 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, US. The company’s battery system has been designed in order to be ...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    CES 2020: Faurecia to showcase advanced solutions for ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and sustainable mobility
    French supplier Faurecia will showcase its latest solutions for the ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and Sustainable Mobility at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, in January 2020, the company said in a press release last week. The company will demonstrate its solutions at two booths locat...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Valmet Automotive begins EV battery production in Finland
    Valmet Automotive has announced the start of production of automotive batteries at its new plant in Salo, Finland, the company said in a press release on 21 November. “The battery plant project has progressed on schedule, and with the ramp-up of production volumes, Valmet Automotive will continue ...
    BYTON partners with Electrify America for ultra-fast EV charging
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYTON has announced a partnership with Electrify America that will provide BYTON owners in the United States with complimentary unlimited 30-minute charging sessions on Electrify America´s network of DC Fast public charging stations for two years, Electrify Americ...
    Volkswagen Group, partners to invest USD4.4 billion in China in 2020
    Volkswagen Group (VW), along with its Chinese partners, will invest EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) in China next year, the Germany-based automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. About 40% of this investment is earmarked for electromobility as part of the VW group’s electrification s...
    22-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    Efacec to install 95 EV fast chargers in Germany
    The Portuguese charging station manufacturer Efacec will install 95 fast-charging stations in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, according to a company press release on 20 November. The project is funded by the German government and represents an investment of EUR1.5 million (USD1.6 million). E...
    LA Auto Show 2019: Volkswagen unveils ID. SPACE VIZZION concept
    Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled the all-electric ID. SPACE VIZZION concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the US, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. VW said that the ID. SPACE VIZZION previews the future production version for Europe and North America, and the seri...
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    Skoda Auto starts production of all-electric CITIGOe iV at Volkswagen plant in Slovakia
    Škoda Auto has started the production of all-electric CITIGOe iV at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. The car is expected to be launched early next year. “The CITIGOᵉ iV’s start of production marks a new milestone ...
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    PSA opens new assembly line for electrified powertrains at Trémery plant in France
    Groupe PSA (PSA) has inaugurated a new assembly line for manufacturing electrified powertrains, including electric motors, transmissions, and associated electronic equipment at its Trémery plant in France, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. Designed for flexibility, ...
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    BMW officially partners with Hans Zimmer for developing sounds for EVs
    BMW has officially partnered with the famous music composer Hans Zimmer for developing BMW IconicSounds Electric, BMW’s new brand for creating sounds for electric vehicles (EVs), the company announced in a press release on 20 November. Zimmer and Vitale have now also revealed their most recent co-...
    LA Auto Show 2019: Lincoln to showcase plug-in hybrid Corsair Grand Touring
    Lincoln has showcased the plug-in hybrid version of the Corsair Grand Touring at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the US, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Corsair Grand Touring is equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder gas engine and a permanent magnet syn...
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    TÜV SÜD opens NEV testing center in China
    TÜV SÜD Group has officially opened the Changzhou New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Testing Laboratory in China, according to a company press release on 14 November. The laboratory covers an area of 6,000 square meters and is equipped with advanced large-scale vibration tables, safety testing and expl...
    Electrify America collaborates with Lyft on EV ride-share charging
    Electrify America has announced an agreement with Lyft to provide the ride-share company’s Express Drive electric vehicle (EV) fleet with fast charging, in a press release on 19 November. Under the agreement, Electrify America will provide its DC fast-charging network for Lyft’s Express Drive pr...
    New Mercedes-Benz GLE gets 48-volt tech and eco-friendly powertrain features
    The high performance versions of the GLE-Class SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and the GLE63 S, are to get electrified powertrains for increased performance figures and improved efficiency, according to a 20 November press release. The 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 pe...
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    SupplierInsight Webinar: Ambient Lighting – Changing the cabin concept
    Watch an on-demand replay now Sascha Klapper will discuss the industry trends and present the new global forecast for the Ambient Lighting market. Focus of the webinar will be the positioning, optical technology, optical principles and dynamic functions of the current and future Ambient Lighting ...
    20-Nov-2019 News Webinars
    Automobili Pininfarina to showcase full-scale version of PURA Vision design concept in 2020
    Automobili Pininfarina is planning to showcase the full-scale version of the PURA Vision design concept in North America in the second half of 2020, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. The concept was showcased at a private briefing in Los Angeles ahead of the 2019 Los Angeles A...
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