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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    DuPont to build USD30-million plant for vehicle adhesives in Jiangsu, China
    DuPont has announced that it is investing roughly USD30 million to build a new production facility in mainland China in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province. According to a company press release on 20 April, the new facility will produce adhesives for the transportation industry, to cater to demands for v...
    22-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MARELLI to debut new global brand, showcase e-Axle
    MARELLI will be present for the first time at Auto Shanghai 2021 since its integration of Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli in 2019, according to 21 April. The company will exhibit e-Axle from its Electric Powertrain business unit, which integrates the e-Motor, inverter, and gearbox into one ...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    LG Chem completes 1,200 ton Yeosu carbon nanotubes plant in South Korea
    LG Chem is planning to accelerate its advancement into the carbon nanotubes (CNT) market with the help of a 1,200-ton “Yeosu CNT Plant 2” in Korea that was completed and begun operations on 14 April, according to a company press release of the same day. Additionally, the company’s existing 500...
    22-Apr-2021 News Investments
    EV battery startup OXIS Energy to launch lithium-sulfur solid-state battery in 2021
    EV battery startup, OXIS Energy, is set to launch its solid-state lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems worldwide by Autumn 2021 for use in trials, proof of concept, and demonstrator battery systems. According to a press release issued by OXIS Energy on 20 April, OXIS has been collaborating...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    University of Michigan to invest USD2 million to reduce cost of recyclable lightweight sheet metals
    The University of Michigan is investing in a project worth USD2 million that aims to develop simpler and more cost-effective ways to make recyclable lightweight automotive sheet metals, according to a press release by the university on 20 April. The project is called “The Clean Sheet Project.” A...
    22-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Auto Shanghai 2021: ElringKlinger to showcase fuel cell systems and other innovations
    German automotive thermal components supplier, ElringKlinger, will be showcasing suitable solutions for vehicles of all drive types at the ongoing Auto Shanghai motor show. According to a press release issued by ElringKlinger on 21 April, the company stated that it will be presenting complete fuel c...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV charging startup Wallbox to expand into US market
    Barcelona-based electric vehicle (EV) charging solution provider, Wallbox, has announced that it is actively searching for a location to establish a US manufacturing facility. According to a press release issued by this Spanish startup on 19 April, the company entered the US market in 2020 and launc...
    22-Apr-2021 News New Products
    BMW iX3 all-electric SUV to feature optional Tenneco CVSAe damper
    Tenneco has supplied its Continuously Variable Semi-Active Suspension with external valve (CVSAe) technology as an option on the BMW iX3 all-electric SUV, according to a company press release on 20 April. The new crossover electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be the first of 13 BMW n...
    EV charging startup ROCSYS, Grivix, and VDL ETS cooperate to develop robotic fast charging
    ROCSYS, a startup specializing in plug-in EV charging robots, has announced that it is entering into a partnership with Grivix, a supplier of automated high-power vehicle inlets, and VDL ETS, which is a charging test and validation partner. According to a press release issued by ROCSYS on 20 April, ...
    Johnson Matthey, Finnish Materials Group collaborate on eLNO cathode plant
    Johnson Matthey has announced a partnership with Finnish Minerals Group to support the development of a second commercial plant in Finland to produce electric vehicle (EV) batteries, according to a press release dated 19 April. The company has also signed a term sheet for the supply of nickel and co...
    Mercedes EQS Drive pilot system features Veoneer's fourth-generation stereo vision camera system
    Veoneer has announced that it will be supplying its fourth-generation stereo vision camera system for the Drive Pilot system of the Mercedes EQS model, according to a company press release dated 19 April. The pilot system will feature fourth-generation stereo vision camera system, comprising fully i...
    Faurecia’s Q1 2021 sales up 8.9% y/y to USD4.7 billion
    Faurecia has reported an 8.9% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to EUR4 billion (USD4.7 billion) for the first quarter ended 31 March 2021. According to a company press release on 20 April, Seating segment sales rose by 10.1% y/y to EUR1.5 billion and sales in the Interior segment grew by 11% y/y t...
    Apple files for patent for smart zone-based lighting system
    Apple has filed for another automotive patent, this time for smart zone-based lighting system, according to a report by Motor Authority on 9 March 2021. The tech giant has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a smart interior lighting system. Significance: T...
    Ireland to halve subsidies for PHEVs from July 2021
    The Government of Ireland will adjust its purchase incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) as of 1 July 2021. According to a report filed by Electrive on 20 April, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are set to have their subsidies slashed by half from EUR5,000 (USD6,022.99) to EUR2,500. However, the sub...
    EVBox, ON Power install 220 EV charging points in Reykjavik, Iceland
    Icelandic energy provider, ON Power, and scalable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions provider, EVBox, have partnered to expand Iceland’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network. According to a press release issued by EVBox on 20 April, 136 public EVBox charging stations have already been inst...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: BYD launches 800V ‘e-platform 3.0’
    Chinese carmaker BYD Auto has presented its e-platform 3.0, a new electric vehicle (EV) platform that will be made available for other vehicle manufacturers as well, at the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. According to a report filed by Electrive on 20 April, this new EV platform is powered by...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Garrett Motion to showcase new e-boosting technologies for hybrids and FCEVs
    Swiss automotive powertrain components manufacturer, Garrett Motion, has announced that it would be showcasing its next-generation electric-boosting (e-boosting) technologies for use in electrified powertrains, primarily for hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, at the 19th Shanghai International Automobil...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Dongfeng Peugeot showcases new 4008 4WD PHEV, 508 L PHEV sedan
    Dongfeng Peugeot is introducing a new iconic “Lion” logo and presenting its new strategy designed by Peugeot made for its customers in mainland China, at the Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 19 April. The company is also launching its new range of Peugeot 4008, 4008 PH...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Lincoln China debuts all-new Corsair PHEV
    Lincoln debuted the all-new Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at Auto Shanghai 2021. According to a company press release on 19 April, the Corsair PHEV is Lincoln’s first locally produced new energy vehicle (NEV). Lincoln also officially debuted the Zephyr Reflection Preview Car and launched L...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Genesis debuts G80 electric sedan
    Genesis has introduced its first electric vehicle (EV), the electric model of the G80 (“Electrified G80”) to the global market at the Auto Shanghai 2021, the company said in a press release on 19 April. This was Genesis’ first appearance at Auto Shanghai. The company also showcased for the fir...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi to unveil A6 e-tron concept
    Audi will be revealing its four-door Audi A6 e-tron electric vehicle (EV) concept at Auto Shanghai 2021, the company said in a press release on 19 April. The EV is based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which will also underpin for the automaker’s other electrified vehicles in the future as...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Magna wins new business for eDrive gearboxes with EV startups in China
    Canadian automotive components and systems supplier, Magna, has announced that it has won additional business to further support Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startups. Furthermore, according to a press release issued by Magna on 19 April, the company’s joint venture with Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd...
    Volkswagen ID.4 receives five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) the ID.4, which is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. According to a press release issued by the company on 19 April, the Volkswagen ID.4 achie...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    2021 Shanghai Auto Show: Valeo showcases thermal, lighting solutions
    Valeo is presenting innovative thermal and lighting technologies at the ongoing 2021 Shanghai Auto Show in mainland China, according to a company press release on 19 April. In the field of thermal, Valeo is showcasing new heat pump and FlexHeater smart heating technology. In the field of lighting, t...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV battery startup SES raises USD139 million in series D funding round, led by General Motors
    SES, a US-based startup engaged in the development of next generation Li-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), has raised USD139 million in a Series D funding round, according to a press release on 19 April. This funding round was led by General Motors (GM). Other investors inclu...
    LIZHI partners with WM Motor for in-car audio solutions
    LIZHI has announced a partnership with WM Motor under which the automaker will integrate LIZHI's audio product into its in-car system for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a 19 April press release. The in-car audio product has been officially launched on the WM W6 model. “We are excite...
    Navya, REE Automotive partner to develop Level 4 autonomous system
    Navya, a leading company in autonomous driving systems, and REE Automotive, an innovator in e-Mobility, announced an agreement to develop a Level 4 autonomous system including REE corner technology and Navya self-driving solutions. The press release was announced on 19 April in REE's company we...
    Schaeffler signs agreement with Refire to manufacture key components for hydrogen fuel cells
    Schaeffler has entered into a cooperation agreement with Refire, a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell technology in China, to develop and produce key components for hydrogen fuel cells, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. According to a press release issued by Schaeffler on 19 April, the company state...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    BMW to develop automotive solid-state battery by 2030
    The BMW Group is accelerating its development for battery technology, thereby supporting the ramp-up of a European cell and battery value chain. According to a press release issued by BMW on 19 April, the company aims to develop a automotive application-capable solid-state battery by the end of this...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MY 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV premiered
    Mercedes-EQ, Mercedes-Benz’s new electric mobility brand premiered the all-electric compact EQB sports utility vehicle (SUV) on 18 April at the first press day of Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 18 April. The company will also premiere the EQS luxury sedan in Asia ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai seeking to build partnership with Samsung SDI for EV batteries
    Hyundai Motor is looking to build a partnership with Samsung SDI, as it shifts to eco-friendly vehicles in the future, reports The Korea Times. Significance: The partnership comes at the right time as Hyundai Motor plans to source EV batteries and automotive components, while Samsung is a strong ...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi premieres PPE technology, four new EV models alongside FAW, SAIC
    For the first time, Audi is partnering with two other automakers, FAW and SAIC, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 according to a company press release on 19 April. Audi and its Chinese partner companies FAW and SAIC are showing four world premieres, including new Audi A6 e-tron concept vehicle, the updated ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Siemens develops Simatic charge controller and calibration kit for EV charging
    Siemens is offering charging system suppliers a new plug & play solution, which enables calibration of the Powerline signal level in line with Combined Charging System (CCS) CharIN Association Implementation Guidelines for the conductive charging of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a compan...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Li-Cycle to establish Li-ion battery recycling plant in Arizona
    North America-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery resource recovery and Li-ion battery recycler, Li-Cycle Corp. has announced in a press release on 14 April, that the company will build its third commercial Li-ion battery recycling facility, in Gilbert, Arizona, US, within the Phoenix metropolitan ar...
    19-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Volkswagen unveils ID.6 electric SUV
    The Volkswagen brand has unveiled its third model in the ID. family, the seven-seater ID.6, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 17 April, two versions of the fully electric family sports utility vehicle (SUV) are available in China—the ID.6 CR...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Washington state to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030
    The Washington State legislature has passed a legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington state, US, to be electric vehicles (EVs). The new law puts Washington five years ahead of California's target of 2035. According to a pre...
    Hyundai, Kia, SK Innovation to collaborate on HEV battery development
    Hyundai Motor, Kia, and SK Innovation have announced that they will be collaborating on the development and production of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) batteries. According to a press release issued by SK Innovation on 16 April, the companies are collaborating with the goal of developing and mass pr...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways pub...
    Toyota bZ BEV series launched
    Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched ‘Toyota bZ,’ a new series of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a company press release on 19 April. Toyota also unveiled a concept version of the Toyota bZ4X, which will be the first model in the bZ series, at Auto Shanghai Show in main...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    XPeng, Zhongsheng Group sign MoU to accelerate smart EV adoption in China
    XPeng Inc., a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an automobile dealership group in China called Zhongsheng Group, according to a press release on 15 April. The partnership aims to provide both XPeng’s smart EV products and Zhongsheng’s ...
    NIO, Sinopec unveil Power Swap Station 2.0 in Beijing, China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer NIO, in partnership with Sinopec, has unveiled the second generation of its battery swap station in Beijing, China. According to a company press release on 15 April, the two companies have unveiled ‘NIO Power Swap Station 2.0’ at Sinopec's Chaoying Stat...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 19 April 2021
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    EV charging startup, EV Connect, to install 1,000 chargers in Canada by end-2022
    EV Connect, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup, has announced its plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network to Canada. EV Connect ULC is opening its first office in Toronto, Ontario, and its initial plan is to provide 1,000 EV charging stations across the country by the end of 2...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Audi presents Q4 e-tron entry-level electric CUV, SUV
    Audi has launched the world premiere of the Q4 e-tron entry-level electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and Q4 Sportback e-tron sport utility vehicle (SUV) and according to a company press release on 14 April. The premiere was presented by the Four Rings company. Significance: Audi’s e-...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Joint venture: Bosch, Qingling Motors set up JV to produce hydrogen fuel cells in mainland China
    German automotive supplier Bosch and premium commercial vehicle manufacturer Qingling Motors have established a joint venture (JV) in mainland China, named Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems (Chongqing) Co. Ltd. According to a company press release on 14 April, the new company will develop, assemble,...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: NTN to exhibit ball bearing products for electrified vehicles
    NTN Corporation has announced that it will exhibit products pertaining to electrification, low fuel consumption, and higher efficiency at the Auto Shanghai 2021 held in Shanghai, mainland China, from 19 to 28 April, according to a company press release on 15 April 2020. These mainly include bearings...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Posco to set up new lithium refining plant in Gwangyang, South Korea
    South Korean steelmaker POSCO anounced plans to build a plant in South Korea to extract lithium hydroxide, which is a key material for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, Yonhap News Agency reported on 14 April. POSCO’s board of directors have approved the plan to build a plant in the southern indust...
    16-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Mazda launches MX-30 electric crossover in the US
    Japanese car maker, Mazda, has introduced its MX-30, the brand’s first battery electric vehicle, in the US market. According to a press release issued by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) on 14 April, the vehicle will go on sale in California from fall 2021 onward. The vehicle will be driv...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Polestar raises USD550 million to fuel product expansion
    Sweden-based electric performance carmaker, Polestar, has announced that it has raised USD550 million from its long-term financial investors. According to a press release issued by Polestar on 15 April, this private placement of newly issued shares marks the first time external investors have backed...
    16-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen Group Components expands battery systems production in Braunschweig, Germany
    The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle (EV) generation. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 April, the site will be able to fit up to 500,000 batteries a year in vehicles ...
    Mahindra to invest USD400 million in EV business over 3 years
    Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has announced that it will be making fresh investments of INR3,000 crores (approximately USD400 million) in its electric vehicle (EV) business line over the next three years. According to a report filed by news publication Busines...
    15-Apr-2021 News Investments
    LG Electronics-Magna JV close to signing deal with Apple to manufacture EVs
    LG Magna e-Powertrain, a joint venture (JV) between LG Electronics and Magna International is "very near" to signing contracts with Apple to build its early electric vehicle (EV) models, reports The Korea Times. According to the report, Apple plans to limit production volume, as it aims to evaluate ...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Toyoda Gosei to display steering wheel concept
    Japan-based Toyoda Gosei company will exhibit products for electrified vehicles and products related to autonomous driving in mainland China, at the Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 12 April. The company will showcase a concept steering wheel module, which offers h...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Three new variants added to Polestar 2 EV model range
    The Polestar 2 model range is expanding to three variants with two powertrains, two battery packs, and optional equipment packs, according to a company press release on 13 April. The electric performance fastback starts at about EUR40,000 (USD47,605). While the automaker does not experiment with ...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Honda debuts 'e:PROGRESS' domestic intelligent charging system in UK
    Honda has introduced its first energy service for Europe with the debut of its domestic intelligent charging solution e:PROGRESS in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 14 April. The system, exclusively offered to Honda e customers, will be available in the UK now. The automak...
    Nikola, Iveco, OGE to accelerate deployment of hydrogen storage and refueling infrastructure
    Nikola Corporation, IVECO, and OGE announced that they have signed a letter of intent for a collaboration to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via pipeline network from production sources to hydrogen-fueling stations in support of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Accord...
    Castrol launches EV battery e-thermal cooling fluid
    Castrol has launched a new direct battery e-thermal fluid that will enable electric vehicles (EVs) to be charged more rapidly. According to a press release issued by Castrol on 14 April, the new Castrol ON e-thermal fluid is a dielectric fluid formulated specifically for ‘direct’ cooling, where ...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Skoda Enyaq iV secures five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP test
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, Škoda Auto, has announced that its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Enyaq iV, has secured a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP test. According to a press release issued by the company on 14 April, the Škoda Enyaq a total of 86% of the possib...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Rimac to open new headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia
    Croatian high-performance EV manufacturer, Rimac Automobili, has announced that it will be establishing its new headquarters on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia. According to a press release issued by Rimac on 12 April, this new facility will include an on-site test track, accommodation, and museum,...
    14-Apr-2021 News Investments
    FM Logistic India deploying its first batch of EVs in Bangalore
    FM Logistic India is deploying its first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru for the intracity last-mile delivery, Business Standard reported on 12 April. The first batch comprises 3-wheelers from with a load capacity of 500 kg.  The vehicles need about ...
    Ford commences Mustang Mach-E preorders in mainland China
    Ford’s intelligent all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV is open for preorders in mainland China with prices from RMB265,000–379,900 (USD40,446–58,000) according to a company press release on 13 April. Ford is also building locally the high-performance GT version. The Mustang Mach-E GT First Edition...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV charging startup SemaConnect joins ChargeHub Passport
    ChargeHub by Mogile Technologies Inc., a leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service that displays data on more than 100,000 public charging stations in North America, announced that it has added SemaConnect its EV charging payment solution—ChargeHub Passport, according to a company press releas...
    Volkswagen ID.4 Pro EV receives official EPA estimated range of 260 miles
    Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced a second round of fuel economy figures for the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV, according to the company press release on 12 April. On a full charge, the ID.4 Pro rear-wheel-drive (RWD) has an EPA-estimated 260 miles (402 km) of range, while the Pro S and 1st Editio...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Multiple US labs work together to introduce HT-PEM fuel cells
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Advent Technology Holdings Inc., Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work over the next few years to bring to market high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells to convert hydrogen and other renewa...
    GS Yuasa to expand HEV battery production capacity in Japan
    The Japanese battery supplier GS Yuasa plans to double its production capacity for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in Japan, according to a report by electrive.com on 12 April. To this end, the company’s subsidiary Blue Energy is strengthening its production lines in Kyoto and building a second pla...
    14-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Auto Shanghai 2021: XPeng to debut new P5 lidar-equipped smart EV
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker XPeng Inc. will showcase its third production EV model, the XPeng P5 smart sedan equipped with lidar at the Auto Shanghai 2021 in Guangzhou, China, according to a press release on 12 April. XPeng claims that P5 is the world’s first mass-produced smart EV equippe...
    Dana showcases bipolar plates for fuel cells at Hannover Messe
    Dana Incorporated, a manufacturer of efficient propulsion and energy-management solutions for all mobility markets, is showcasing its metallic and composite bipolar plate technology for fuel cell stacks at the ongoing virtual Hannover Messe virtual tradeshow, according to a company press release on ...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    GM’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, to deploy robo-taxis in Dubai in 2023
    General Motors' majority owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary plans to begin deploying its robo-taxis in Dubai beginning in 2023. San Francisco-based Cruise has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to be the exclusive provider for self-driving taxis and r...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford adds hybrid, RWD variants in Explorer SUV lineup
    American carmaker, Ford, has announced that it is expanding its model year (MY) 2021 Explorer sports utility vehicle (SUV) portfolio. According to a press release issued by Ford on 8 April, the company is adding a rear-wheel drive (RWD) Explorer Platinum, and a Platinum Hybrid variant. Order...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Huawei to invest USD1 billion in EV, autonomous vehicle research
    Chinese technology company, Huawei, has announced that it will invest USD1 billion on the research of electric vehicle (EV) technologies and autonomous driving vehicles. According to a report filed by business news agency Bloomberg on 12 April, this investment has the objective of enabling the compa...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV startup REE Automotive signs strategic collaboration with Magna
    Israeli EV startup, REE Automotive, has announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Canadian supplier, Magna International Inc., for the production of fully Modular Electric Vehicles (MEVs) for tech companies and new electric mobility players under the ‘Powered by REE’ brand. ...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota starts production of hybrid electric drives for Yaris in Poland
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has launched the production of hybrid electric transmissions for its low-emission hybrid electric powertrains. According to a press release issued by TMMP on 7 April, the company stated that this new transmission combines with the latest generation 1.5L ...
    EVLOMO, PTT Oil and Retail Business launch their first DC Fast charging station in Thailand
    EVLOMO and PTT Oil and Retail Business PLC have launched their first DC Fast charging station at PTT Station, in Ban Chang, Rayong, Bangkok, Thailand, according to a company press release on 12 April. Significance: EVLOMO will install over 1,000 new fast chargers to push electric vehicle (EV) ado...
    13-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Battery Resourcers completes USD20 million Series B funding round
    Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling and manufacturing company based in the United States completed a USD20 million Series B equity round with financing led by Orbia Ventures, the venture capital arm of the multinational Orbia, according to a company pre...
    13-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Dow to showcase silicone material technologies at international conference in China
    Dow will share information about its advanced silicone solutions for mobility applications during two technical presentations at electronica China's 2021 China International Automotive Electronics and Electric Vehicle Conference, according to a company press release on 13 April. The company’s scie...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Samsung SDI to supply battery cells to EV startup Rivian
    South Korean battery cell supplier, Samsung SDI will be supplying battery cells for models from electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian, backed by Amazon.com Inc and Ford Motor, reports Reuters. Significance: Rivian has been working with Samsung during the process of developing battery cells and pla...
    Yamaha Motor develops new hyper-EV electric motor
    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it has developed an electric motor to cater to vehicles that need highest class in output density, according to a company press release on 12 April. This unit is aimed at application in “hyper-EV models” and offerings in the high-output mobility segment....
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Polestar unveils ‘0 Project’ to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Polestar has unveiled the 0 Project in a bid to create a climate-neutral car by 2030, it said in its annual review on 7 April. The 0 project will drive ‘design towards zero’ focus by eliminating emissions rather than offsetting by planting trees. “Offsetting is a cop-out. By pushing ourselv...
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 12 April 2021
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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    South Korea to invest USD22.6 million to accelerate hydrogen mobility
    The Science Ministry of South Korea has announced that it will be investing KRW25.3 billion (approximately USD22.6 million) over the next six years in order to bolster the country’s hydrogen mobility economy. According to a post published by South Korean news agency Korea Bizwire on 8 April, this ...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Honda to premiere all-new battery electric prototype vehicle, new plug-in hybrid model in Mainland China
    Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly owned Honda subsidiary in mainland China, has announced the overview of Honda and Acura exhibits for the 19th International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021), which will take place in Shanghai, China from 19–28 April 2021, a...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    LG Energy, SK Innovation reach USD1.8 billion EV battery case settlement
    LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation announced that they have agreed to settle all legal disputes, which began in April 2019, relating to electric vehicle (EV) batteries in the United States and South Korea. In a press release issued on 11 April, the companies stated that the two companies agreed to...
    Renault, STMicroelectronics and others create ‘Software République’ intelligent mobility ecosystem
    STMicroelectronics has partnered with Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, and Thales to jointly create ‘Software République’, an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility, the company said in a press release on 9 April. The ecosystem will develop products and services using artificial in...
    BYD Auto to equip new EVs with blade batteries developed in-house
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, BYD, announced that it will equip all of its vehicles with a new blade battery developed in-house. According to a report filed by Nikkei Asia on 8 April, the company has also launched four new EVs. BYD claims the new battery has improved safety and perf...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Spain announces ‘Moves III’ e-mobility subsidy program
    The Spanish government has announced Budget Moves III, a new e-mobility subsidy program to encourage electric car sales. The initial budget plan is EUR400 million (USD475 million) until 2023, which can further increase up to EUR800 million based on requirements. The new program aim...
    Nidec to open e-motor production facility in Serbia
    Japan-based Nidec Corporation will open a new factory in the city of Novi Sad in the Republic of Serbia, according to a company press release on 9 April. The new Nidec Electric Motor Serbia LLC will make automotive motors and related products, employing some 1,000 people. The new Nidec Elesys Europe...
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    FLEETCOR invests in Mina, UK for charging solutions
    FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a global business payments company, has announced a minority investment in Mina, a cloud-based digital software platform that simplifies charging and payments management for commercial fleets with electric vehicles (EVs), FLEETCOR said in a press release on 8 April. ...
    President Biden calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates
    The recently announced USD174 billion plan proposed by US President Joe Biden to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and bolster EV charging infrastructure also calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 8 April, the plan also...
    Faraday Institution commits additional USD31 million for battery research
    The Faraday Institution has announced a GBP22.6 million (USD31 million) investment for battery research, according to a company press release on 30 March. This includes research on extending battery life, battery modeling, recycling and reuse, and solid-state batteries. Research in these areas ...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Xpeng to establish new EV production plant in Wuhan, China
    Chinese EV maker, Xpeng Inc., has announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city of Wuhan in China to build a new XPeng Motors Wuhan smart EV manufacturing base. According to a press release issued by Xpeng on 8 April, XPeng will commence the construction of the new manufac...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup to be built at GM’s Factory ZERO plant in Detroit, Michigan, US
    General Motors has announced that Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be manufactured at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, US. According to a press release issued by GM on 6 April, the company stated that this facility...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    German startup betteries raises EUR2.1 million seed investment
    Berlin-based startup betteries has successfully closed its EUR2.1 million (USD2.5 million) in seed funding round led by impact funds Factor[e] Ventures and Beyond Black, according to a company press release on 29 March 2021. “This seed round is far from transactional. The partnership and suppor...
    Posco to supply electrode materials for GM Ultium batteries
    The South Korean company Posco Chemical will supply anode and cathode materials to Ultium Cells, the joint venture (JV) between General Motors and LG Energy Solution for the series production of battery cells, according to a report by electrive.com on 7 April. Posco Chemical had signed a correspo...
    Great Wall Motor to develop international hydrogen supply chain ecosystem
    Chinese carmaker, Great Wall Motor (GWM), has announced that it will build an international supply chain ecology integrating the hydrogen "production-storage-transportation-refueling-application" and connect the downstream industry chain, accelerating the commercial popularization of hydrogen energy...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving Automated driving sits at the forefront of vehicle technology and presents an opportunity for brand differentiation in a crowded market. As automakers, suppliers, and mobility provi...
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    Stellantis to launch hydrogen fuel cell light commercial vehicle in Europe by end 2021
    Stellantis is developing a light commercial vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and it is targeting a launch date in Europe at the end of 2021. According to a press release issued by Stellantis last month, the company stated that it has entered into strategic partnerships with Faurecia and Symbi...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Porsche, Shell to establish high-performance charging network in Southeast Asia
    Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging network. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 6 April, the companies will jointly set up 12 charge points at six Shell stations located along Malaysia’s North-South highway, o...
    New Mercedes-Benz CLS gets mild hybrid powertrain
    Mercedes-Benz luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz, will launch the updated CLS-Class later in April. According to a press release issued by Mercedes-Benz on 7 April, the vehicle will also get a mild hybrid powertrain option. The CLS 300 d 4MATIC has a mild hybrid powertrain. Its 4-cylinder diesel engi...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV battery startup Romeo Power, PACCAR sign supply agreement for battery systems
    US-based EV battery startup, Romeo Power, has announced a five-year supply agreement with PACCAR, a company that deals with the design, manufacture, and customer support of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF nameplates. According to a press release issued by ...
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