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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Ford F-150 gets 430 hp full hybrid powertrain
    American carmaker Ford has announced that the new Ford F-150 pickup truck will have a full hybrid powertrain option. According to a press release issued by Ford on 29 September, this new vehicle will be driven by a 3.5L PowerBoost full hybrid powertrain that produces 430 hp and a peak torque fi...
    30-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Northvolt raises USD600 million through private placement
    Northvolt has raised USD600 million through private placement, according to a company press release on 29 September. In this private placement, a new group of international institutional investors join as Northvolt shareholders including Baillie Gifford, Baron Capital Group, Bridford Investments Lim...
    Auto China 2020: Human Horizons’ debuts HiPhi X electric SUV
    Human Horizons has debuted its HiPhi X electric SUV at the Auto China 2020, currently being organized in Beijing, China, the company said in a press release on 26 September. The new electric SUV comes equipped with two 220-kW electric motors, positioned on the front and rear axle, allowing it to acc...
    29-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Auto China 2020: Honda showcases all-electric SUV e:concept
    Honda has showcased its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) e:concept at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020), in China, the company announced in a press release on 26 September. The Honda SUV e:concept is a concept model indicating the direction of a futu...
    29-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Xpeng signs USD586 million financing deal with Guangzhou GET for manufacturing plant in Guangzhou
    Mainland China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Xpeng has signed a financing deal with Guangzhou GET Investment Holdings for a new manufacturing plant in Guangzhou. Guangzhou GET will invest CNY4 billion (USD58 million) in Xpeng. Under the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment will invest...
    Tesla signs 5-year lithium sourcing agreement with Piedmont Lithium
    Tesla has signed a binding agreement with Piedmont Lithium for sourcing lithium from Piedmont's North Carolina deposit in the United States, the lithium supplier announced in a press release on 28 September. The initial agreement is for five years on a fixed-price binding purchase commitment, and ma...
    Volkswagen, partners to jointly invest over USD17 billion towards e-mobility in China by 2024
    Volkswagen and its joint venture (JV) partners are planning to jointly invest EUR15 billions (USD17.4 billion) towards electric mobility in China by 2024, Reuters reported on 28 September citing the German automaker. According to the report, Volkswagen and the JV partners will launch 15 plug-in elec...
    29-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Volkswagen starts long distance testing of all-electric ID.3 Pro S variant
    Germany-based carmaker Volkswagen has announced that it has begun long distance testing of a pre-production model of the ID.3 Pro S. In a press release issued by Volkswagen on 28 September, the company stated that the ID.3 Pro S will be powered by a battery pack with a 77-kWh net energy capacity. ...
    29-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Audi mulls EV joint venture with FAW in China
    Audi is reportedly in talks with long-term partner FAW Group about creating a second joint venture (JV) to build electric vehicles (EV) on its Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform in China, according to a Reuters report citing Germany’s Automobilwoche. Significance: Audi and FAW h...
    Ford to invest USD1.35 billion in Canada to manufacture BEVs
    American car maker Ford has announced that it plans to invest CAD1.8 billion (approximately USD1.35 billion) in Canada to build fully battery electric vehicles (BEVs). According to a press release issued by Ford on 29 September, this investment is part of a new globally competitive national labor ag...
    29-Sep-2020 News Investments
    India mulls offering over USD4 billion incentives for battery manufacturing by 2030
    India is mulling to offer around USD4.6 billion in incentives for battery manufacturing in India by 2030, Reuters reported citing a government proposal by NITI Aayog. The incentives will be offered to companies, which will set up an advanced battery plant in the country, starting with a USD122 milli...
    FEV opens high-voltage battery development center in Germany
    FEV has opened a new high-voltage battery development center (eDLP) in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 25 September. The center has the capability for performance and electrical tests, as well as tests on environmental and mechanical impacts and abuse tests for battery cell...
    28-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Polestar plans to make all-electric Precept a series-production model
    Polestar has announced that it plans to make the all-electric Percept concept in a series-production model, according to a company press release on 26 September. Polestar also confirmed that it will produce Precept in Chengdu, China, where a new production facility will be established. “Stunnin...
    28-Sep-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 28 September 2020
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    Beijing Electric Vehicle picks Cerence for intelligent voice assistant
    Cerence has announced that it will power the infotainment system of Beijing Electric Vehicle’s ARCFOX αT electric vehicle (EV), a company press release on 24 September read. Cerence has developed an intelligent, personalized voice assistant experience with speech-enabled applications for the vehi...
    Connected Cars partners with COWI to improve city accessibility
    Connected Cars and the international consulting group COWI have entered into a joint cooperation. According to a post published by Connected Cars on 25 September, COWI will utilize Connected Cars’ GPS data derived from more than 100,000 cars to improve their product, City Sense. Using Connected...
    Auto China 2020: Bosch and Benteler present rolling chassis for EVs
    Automotive components and systems suppliers, Benteler and Bosch, will be presenting their jointly developed rolling chassis for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition 2020. According to a press release issued by Benteler on 25 September, the company has said the m...
    28-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Six energy companies collaborate to set up EV charging network in Midwest US
    Six US energy companies have announced a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Cooperation, committing to work together to build a vast network of Midwest electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of 2022, according to a press release by Ameren Corporation on 22 September 2020. The six companies ...
    Volkswagen and Uber launch pilot project with electric vehicles in Berlin
    Volkswagen (VW), in partnership with Uber, launched a pilot project, allowing customers to use electric vehicles (EVs) for a sustainable ride with ‘Uber Green,’ VW announced in a press release on 25 September. Uber hire car partners in Berlin would now have a locally zero-emission alternative wi...
    Volvo Cars establishes ‘Green Finance Framework’ to fund electrification strategy
    Volvo Cars has established a new framework to help it fund its ambitious vehicle electrification strategy and climate plan, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company’s Green Financing Framework will pave way for its first green bond. Volvo will use proceeds of such bond to f...
    ubitricity partners with Hubject for Europe-wide EV charging network
    ubitricity has partnered with Hubject for its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across Europe, the company announced in a press release on 24 August. The partnership will help ubitricity customers get access to more EV chargers in the region. “This collaboration gives ubitricity a boost ...
    ChargePoint announces plan to become a listed company
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company ChargePoint has announced that it plans to become a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a reverse merger with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation, a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company with a strategic foc...
    MG Motors launches all-electric MG5 and MG HS plug-in PHEV in UK
    MG Motors has launched a new all-electric vehicle MG5 and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) MG HS plug-in in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 22 September. The MG5 is powered by a 115-kW electric motor and a 52.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The MG5 electr...
    25-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Mullen Technologies to start construction of pilot EV plant in US
    Mullen Technologies has announced plans to begin construction of a pilot electric vehicle (EV) facility in Monrovia, California, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company will transform its high-voltage battery research and development (R&D) facility in Monrovia into ...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Li-Cycle to set up lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York
    Li-Cycle Corp., a Canada-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery resource recovery company, will establish its first commercial Li-ion battery recycling Hub at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York in the United States, according to a company press release on 23 September. To this end, the c...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Fisker to set up new technology center in US
    EV startup Fisker Inc. will set up its new technology center in the Mission District of San Francisco in the United States, according to a company press release on 24 September 2020. This facility will be the focal point and development center for the company's software and vehicle electronics, incl...
    25-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Will Tesla’s thrust on expanding its in-house expertise pay off?
    On 22 September, Tesla hosted an announcement-packed ‘Battery Day”, showcasing its vision on where it wants to be in terms of battery cell technology and production capacities within the next three years, as well as what some of the innovation in the works could mean for end customers of its ele...
    Hyundai unveils ‘IONIQ Concept Cabin’ for future EV interiors
    Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, unveiled the IONIQ Concept Cabin, its latest version of in-car experiences for dedicated electric vehicles (EVs), in Seoul, South Korea on 24 September, the company said in a press release. The Concept developed, in partnership w...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Auto China 2020: New Geely Lynk & Co’s Zero concept EV features Mobileye features
    Geely has announced that its’ new Zero Concept electric vehicle (EV) will feature Lynk & Co’s CoPilot solution powered by Mobileye SuperVision surround-view advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities, a company press release read on 24 September read...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Inmotive unveils new 2-speed transmission for EVs
    Canada-based automotive supplier, Inmotive, has launched its patented Ingear 2-speed transmission. According to a press release issued by Inmotive on 23 September, the company has stated that this new gearbox has been designed for the next generation of electric vehicles (EVs). Inmotive states th...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Renault introduces Arkana Hybrid SUV coupe in Europe
    French carmaker Renault has introduced its newest electrified sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Arkana Hybrid, in the European market. In a press release issued by Renault on 23 September, the company stated that the Arkana will be put on sale with the options of an E-TECH Hybrid engine, and two pet...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen premieres ID.4 all-electric SUV with 250-mile range
    German carmaker Volkswagen has premiered its pure-electric SUV, the ID.4. This new vehicle is powered by a 150 kW (201 bhp) electric motor that draws power from a 77-kWh battery pack that Volkswagen claims can drive the ID.4 for up to approximately 323 miles (520 km) according to the WLTP cycle. ...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely develops new platform for EVs
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has launched its ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), which it claims to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle (EV) architecture, according to a company press release on 23 September. Geely Holding will deploy the SEA architec...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    US State California to ban sale of new gasoline vehicles from 2035
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector, according to a press release on 23 September on the official website of the ...
    BMW to start battery module production at Leipzig plant in Germany from 2021
    BMW is further expanding its production capacities for electric drives in Germany. According to a company press release on 23 September, the automaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany is expected to start large-series production of battery modules as early as in mid-2021. These battery modules will be u...
    24-Sep-2020 News Investments
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Strategy & Opportunity in Autonomy
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Strategy & Opportunity in Autonomy Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have taken hold throughout the automotive industry, establishing a paradigm of increased availability and standardization of basic safety features for ma...
    23-Sep-2020 News Webinars
    Kia Sorento gets hybrid and PHEV powertrain options for US market
    Kia Motors has announced that its Sorento SUV will be made available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid  (PHEV) powertrain options in the US market. In a press release issued by Kia on 22 September, the company stated that the new turbo-hybrid powertrain on the Sorento produces 227 hp in the hybrid...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Tesla plans to launch USD25,000 electric car in next three years
    Tesla, at its Battery Day 2020, has announced plans to launch a USD25,000 electric car in the next three years, BBC reported on 23 September. The affordable car is expected to be made possible by a new battery under development by Tesla which the company claimed will be less than half the price of t...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Auto China 2020: Honda to showcase EV concept
    In a press release dated 15 September, Honda announced that it will unveil a new all-electric vehicle concept at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020) show in Beijing, China, later in September. Honda said that the concept car will showcase the direction of the futur...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Opel opens booking new all-electric Mokka-e
    Opel has opened booking its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Mokka-e in Germany, according to a company press release on 22 September. The new Mokka-e has been priced starting at EUR32,990 (USD38,710.9), before local incentives. The vehicle has a power output of 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen starts delivery of all-electric ID.3 in UK
    Volkswagen has started delivery of its all-electric hatchback ID.3 in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 21 September. The ID.3 is produced in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in the east of Germany. “I am incredibly proud to witness this moment. In 2018 we were the first ...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Electrify America introduces kWh-based pricing structure in US
    Electrify America has introduced a new pricing structure featuring kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing in 23 states and District of Columbia (DC) in the United States, a 16 September press release read. This will allow electric vehicle (EV) owners with consistent rates across its fast-charging network. R...
    Li Auto enters strategic cooperation agreement with NVIDIA, Desay SV, to develop autonomous driving system
    Chinese electric vehicle startup Li Auto has reached a three-way cooperation agreement with NVIDIA and its local partner Huizhou Desay SV Automotive to develop autonomous driving platform, the company said in a press release on 22 September. The partnership will enable Li Auto to launch its full-siz...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    SKF invests USD61.5 million to reinforce operations in North America
    Sweden-based automotive components supplier, SKF, has announced that it will be investing SEK550 million (approximately USD61.5 million) to strengthen its North American operations. According to a press release issued by SKF on 22 September, the company stated that this investment will also be ...
    23-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Trevor Milton resigns as chairman of Nikola Motors
    In a press release dated 20 September, Nikola Motors announced that Trevor Milton has stepped down from the position of executive chairman and from the board. Nikola has appointed Stephen Girsky, former vice chairman of General Motors Co. and a member of Nikola’s Board, as the new chairman of the ...
    CATL invests USD6.4 million in Neo Lithium for lithium mining project in Argentina
    Mainland Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has invested CAD8.5 million (USD6.4 million) in Neo Lithium for its ‘3Q’ lithium mining project in Argentina, Neo Lithium announced in a press release on 14 September. CATL will receive 10,217,502 common shares, representing 8...
    22-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Karma Automotive to launch first all-electric car in 2021
    In a press release dated 21 September, Karma Automotive announced that it will launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2021. Karma also announced the new GS label for its new models. The new family of sedans will wear the GS badge. The lineup will include updated electrification options, techn...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely launches battery swapping stations in China
    Geely has launched new battery swapping stations in China, the company announced in a press release on its website. According to the company, the station can swap a spent battery for a fully charged one in around 90 seconds. Geely plans to set up 35 battery swapping stations by the end of 2020 and a...
    Chinese EV startup WM Motor raises USD1.47 billion in latest funding round
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) startup, WM Motor, has announced that it raised CNY10 billion (approximately USD1.47 billion) in its Series D round of funding. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 22 September, the Baidu- and Tencent-backed EV manufacturer’s newest investors inc...
    Government of Canada grants USD1.3 million to CSA Group to develop standards for EVs
    The government of Canada has announced CAD1.7 million (USD1.3 million) grant to the CSA Group, a Toronto-based company that develops standards to address emerging technologies and issues in the public and private sectors, according to a press release on the official website of the Government of Cana...
    SK Innovation to hire over 1,000 workers by 2021 at EV battery plants in US
    SK Innovation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers by the end of 2021 at its new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Georgia, United States, according to a company press release on 21 September 2020. SK Innovation has recently completed the exterior of its first manufacturing plant...
    KPS Capital Partners enters agreement for potential acquisition of Garrett Motion’s business
    Swiss automotive powertrain components manufacturer Garrett Motion announced that it has signed a stock and asset purchase agreement with US-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners, wherein the company, through an affiliate, would acquire substantially all of the assets of Garr...
    Virtual Peaker, Fermata Energy partner to use V2G bidirectional charging technology in utilities
    Virtual Peaker has collaborated with Fermata Energy to integrate Fermata's vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with its cloud-based residential energy demand response platform used by utilities across the United States, a company press release on 15 September read. The partnership will enable the ma...
    Scotland county Lanarkshire selects EV charging partners for Project PACE
    The Scottish government has announced the suppliers to develop 40 new public electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across Lanarkshire county as part of Project PACE, Electric Vehicle Research reported earlier this month. Project PACE aims to help achieve Scottish government plans to phase out the need...
    Volkswagen issues green bonds to fund development of electrified models
    Volkswagen has issued its first green bonds with a volume of EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion), the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The two bonds have terms of 8 and 12 years and annual interest of 0.875% and 1.250% respectively. The proceeds will be used for development of modular...
    EIB increases FCA’s financing for BEVs and PHEVs to over USD947 million
    European Investment Bank (EIB) has increased its financing to FCA for battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to EUR800 million (USD947 million), the company announced in a press release on 18 September. Investments will be mainly in plants located in southern Ita...
    China introduces fresh policies to support adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
    Mainland China has introduced new policies for accelerating the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the country, Reuters reported on 21 September, citing the finance ministry. The new policy is focused toward supporting the development of a mature supply chain for the hyd...
    Punch Powertrain and PSA's JV for electrified transmissions starts operations
    In a press release dated 18 September, Punch Powertrain announced that its joint venture (JV) with PSA Groupe for electrified transmissions, Punch Powertrain PSA e-transmissions, has started operations. Elias van Wijk, previously CTO to Punch Powertrain, has been named CEO of the new JV. This JV wil...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 21 September 2020
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    TNO expands partnership with solar EV maker Lightyear
    TNO is extending its collaboration with Lightyear; a Dutch solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing startup, TNO announced in a press release on 17 September. The two companies have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue to combine resources and extend their partners...
    SPIN-OFF: LG Chem announces plan to spin off its battery business
    LG Chem has announced plans to spin off its battery business, a company press release read on 17 September. The decision has been approved by the board and is subject to shareholder approval. LG Chem says that it will be a physical division in which LG Chem will possess all of the stocks issued b...
    ZF to supply 8-speed PHEV transmission for Jeep Wrangler 4xe
    Germany-based automotive transmission systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it will be supplying its 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for installation in the new 4WD Jeep Wrangler 4xe with a front-longitudinal drive configuration. According to a ...
    Ford commences F-150 production, invests USD700 million in Rouge Complex in US
    American carmaker Ford has announced the start of production of the newest version of its pickup truck, the F-150. According to a press release issued by Ford on 17 September, manufacturing of this vehicle will happen at the Dearborn-based Rouge Center. This new vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in...
    18-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Polestar selects The Mobility House as charging partner in Germany
    Polestar, the manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs), has partnered with charging company The Mobility House (TMH), TMH said in a press release on 17 September. The partnership, which is limited to Germany, offers Polestar drivers with all of their charging needs. “After the purchase of the vehic...
    Daimler Mobility integrates Mercedes-Benz wallbox in EV leasing for Spanish market
    Daimler Mobility has integrated the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox into the lease agreement for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Spain, according to a company press release on 17 September. This allows customers in Spain to add the charging station, including installat...
    Blackstone Resources develops 3D-printed Li-ion solid-state batteries
    Blackstone Resources has developed 3D-printed lithium ion solid-state batteries, according to a company press release on 16 September 2020. The company’s German subsidiary, Blackstone Technology's 3D-printing process offers substantial advantages over conventional battery cell design that use liqu...
    18-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Garrett Motion prepares for possible bankruptcy filing within weeks
    Switzerland-based automotive powertrain components supplier, Garrett Motion, is reportedly preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing within a matter of weeks. According a report filed by business news publication, The Wall Street Journal on 17 September, the company’s sales registered a steep dec...
    Enevate files more than 300 patents related to Li-ion batteries
    In a press release dated 15 September, Enevate announced that it has till date filed more than 300 patents related to lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). Enevate witnessed more than 50% increase in new patents issued and in process over the last year. “Enevate has been...
    General Motors reveals details of 'Ultium Drive' system
    General Motors (GM) has revealed more details about its ‘Ultium Drive’ system, which will power its future electric vehicles (EV), according to a company press release on 16 September. ‘Ultium Drive’ will include five interchangeable drive units and three motors. All GM electric vehicles bui...
    17-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Kia to launch seven new dedicated BEVs by 2027
    In a press release dated 15 September, Kia Motors announced that it will launch seven new dedicated battery electric vehicles (BEV) by 2027. Kia’s first dedicated BEV, codenamed CV, is scheduled to launch in 2021 and will showcase Kia’s new design direction. The company expects BEVs to account f...
    17-Sep-2020 News New Products
    PPG receives funding from DOE for development of coatings for Li-ion batteries
    PPG has received funding for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes in the production of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery electrodes, the company announced in a press release on 16 September. PPG will conduct the USD2.2 million-proj...
    FCA inaugurates V2G pilot project in Mirafiori, Italy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has inaugurated its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot project in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker announced in a press release on 14 September. The V2G pilot plant is located in the Drosso logistics area in the evocative headquarters of the Heritage Hub within the Mirafiori ...
    MAHLE to expand restructuring, looks to cut 7,600 jobs worldwide
    German automotive components and systems supplier, MAHLE, has announced that it seeks to cut a further 7,600 jobs at its facilities across the globe in response to the economic crisis brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. MAHLE had already initiated restructuring and cost-saving programs...
    EV Connect partners with two US utilities for EV charging infrastructure management
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging point management company EV Connect has been selected by two utilities in the state of Arizona in the United States for EV charging infrastructure management, the company announced in a press release on 15 September.  In separate agreements, Salt River Project (SR...
    EV charging company SMATRICS mobility+ starts operations
    In a press release on 15 September, SMATRICS mobility+, a joint venture between SMATRICS and EnBW, announced that it has started operations. The company will add 100 new electric vehicle (EV) high-power charging (HPC) stations in Austria by the end of 2021. The charging points will have an output of...
    Ballard develops high-power density fuel cell stack for FCEVs
    Ballard has developed a new high-power density fuel-cell stack for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV), the "FCgen®-HPS," the company announced in a press release on 14 September. The zero-emission, proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel-cell stack is designed to provide propulsion for a range of ...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    CustomCells develops, patents new battery management system
    CustomCells has developed a new thermal battery management system (BMS), "CaloEX," the company announced in a press release on 11 September. CustomCells has also received patents for the BMS. The development project was carried out in cooperation with Erbslöh Aluminum GmbH and the Kiel University o...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA launches Octavia with PHEV, mild hybrid, and natural gas powertrains
    Czech carmaker, ŠKODA Auto, has announced that it will be providing three new alternative powertrains for the fourth generation Octavia. According to a press release issued by ŠKODA on 14 September, the newest iteration of the ŠKODA Octavia will provide customers the option of choosing betwe...
    15-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Gridserve announces multiple partnerships for UK's first Forecourt EV charging station
    Gridserve has entered into multiple partnerships for its first Forecourt electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 11 September. Gridserve has partnered with Tesla and  ABB as the technology partners, and has collaborated with reta...
    China’s Envision Group considers building EV battery plant in France
    China-based Ensivision Group is mulling setting up an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in France, Reuters reported on 13 September citing French newspaper Journal du Dimanche (JDD). The company is reportedly planning to invest  hundreds of million of euros in the plant, which is expected to ...
    15-Sep-2020 News Investments
    SAIC plans to sell 10,000 FCEVs annually in China by 2025
    Mainland Chinese automaker SAIC is planning to sell 10,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in China by 2025, Yicai Global reported on 14 September. The company aims to launch 10 hydrogen FCEVs in China in that period. Recently, SAIC Maxus also unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell-powered model, the Maxu...
    UK government announces USD15.6 million in funding for EV research projects
    The United Kingdom government has announced to grant GBP12 million (USD15.6 million) for electric vehicle (EV) research projects including fast-charging battery, news website Verdict reported on 9 September. The announcement was made during the World EV Day organized by Green TV. Significance: Th...
    BMW Brilliance Automotive expands production capacity for batteries in China
    BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), the mainland China-based joint venture (JV) between BMW and Brilliance Auto, has expanded its battery factory at the Tiexi location, China, with a new battery center, BMW announced in a press release on 14 September. The new center will immediately start  produc...
    15-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Alternet Systems mulls partnership with Gegadyne Energy for EV battery solutions
    Alternet Systems, Inc. (ALYI) is exploring partnering with with Samsung SDI and Gegadyne Energy for electric vehicle (EV) battery solutions, Yahoo! Finance reported on 15 September. ALYI expects this could generate an independent stream of revenue adding to the company's current USD300 million in pr...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Corvette
    The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is assembled at Chevrolet's facility in Bowling Green, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Chevrolet Corvette from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 34,000 units. If you would like ...
    EV startup Human Horizon’s HiPhi X SUV features programmable, customizable matrix lighting system
    Human Horizons has announced that its smart, all-electric vehicle HiPhi X will feature programmable and customizable matrix lighting system, according to a press release on 14 September. The lighting system comprises of dual-core lighting modules with Programmable Matrix Lighting (PML) and Inte...
    15-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Enel X partners with Uber for EV charging in US
    Enel X and Uber have teamed up to provide special savings for the complete JuiceBox smart charging package for drivers who use the Uber platform in the United States, Enel X said in a press release on 8 September. As part of the partnership, drivers will also be the first to receive a 15,000-mile Ju...
    Hyundai launches new Tucson with hybrid and PHEV powertrains
    The Hyundai Motor Company has launched the newest version of its Tucson SUV. According to a press release issued by the company on 15 September, the new Hyundai Tucson will be put on sale with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain options. The new Tucson will be driven by Hyundai’s S...
    15-Sep-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 14 September 2020
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    Audi introduces e-tron S electric SUV and Sportback with three electric motors
    In a press release dated 10 September, Audi announced that it has introduced the all-electric performance models e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. Both variants come with three electric motors, two on the rear axle, and one on the front axle. The motors produce a combined output of 70 kW of power and...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Tesla installs new EV fast charger in Berlin
    Tesla has unveiled a new supercharger equipment on a Berlin research campus in Germany, Reuters reported on 11 September. The automaker is also looking at other target cities for the product. The V3 charger reportedly allows Tesla Model 3 cars to travel 120 km with five minutes of charging. Older mo...
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    Nuvve Corporation provides key technology for V2G project in Japan
    Nuvve Corporation will offer key technology for a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Japan, the company said in a press release on 9 September. The project aims at demonstrating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) batteries can be aggregated into a virtual po...
    US federal agencies form consortium to develop advanced lithium batteries
    US federal agencies, including Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State, formed a new consortium for development of a domestic industrial base for advanced batteries. DOE Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) a...
    Toyota, Honda, Shell plan to expand hydrogen refueling network in California
    Toyota, Honda, and Shell are planning to jointly expand hydrogen refueling network in California, the United States, Toyota announced in a press release on 9 September. Shell Hydrogen will receive USD40.8 million from California  Energy Commission (CEC) as part of its Grant Funding Opportunity ...
    ACQUISITION: NVIDIA agrees to acquire ARM for USD40 billion
    NVIDIA has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the UK-based chip designer ARM Limited from SoftBank Group in a transaction valued at USD40 billion, the company said in a press release on 13 September. The transaction is expected to conclude in 18 months, subject to customary closing conditions...
    Lucid collaborates with Amazon to integrate Alexa services in Lucid Air EV
    Lucid has announced a collaboration with Amazon to integrate advanced Alexa services into Lucid Air electric vehicle (EV), the company said in a press release on 9 September. With voice command, users will have full access to Alexa services such as navigation, calling, streaming media, smart...
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    Electrify America launches new business ‘Electrify Home’ for home EV charging solutions
    Electrify America has launched a new business unit called ‘Electrify Home’ to offer home electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, according to a company press release on 10 September 2020. Electrify Home leverages the full power of Electrify America’s technical knowledge and strategic collabo...
    ABB plans to switch to all-electric vehicle fleet in UK by 2025
    ABB has announced on World EV day that the company will switch to an all-electric fleet by 2025 in the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 9 September. Significance: The company has over 500 cars in its fleet; this will be a substantial investment and commitment to sustainable...
    LG Chem supplies batteries for ŠKODA’s all-electric SUV Enyaq
    South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem is supplying lithium-ion batteries for ŠKODA Auto’s all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ, Czech Invest, an investment and business development agency of the Czech Republic, reported on 9 September. LG Chem is supplying the batteries from its Wro...
    NEV sales in mainland China grow 26% y/y to 109,000 units in August
    New-energy vehicle (NEV) sales in mainland China increased nearly 19.3% year on year (y/y) to 98,000 units in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) announced on its website today (11 September). This included 89,000 units of passenger cars and 9,000 units of commercial veh...
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