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    COVID-19 Impact Survey: Automotive Semiconductors Survey Results
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    01-May-2020 Report E/E and Semiconductor Pinned Featured
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    Hyundai Mobis plans to invest USD812 million in R&D projects in 2020
    South Korean auto parts supplier Hyundai Mobis plans to invest KRW1 trillion (USD812 million) in research and development (R&D) projects this year, according to a report by Korea Bizwire on 27 May. Hyundai Mobis stated in its 2020 sustainability report that the company will invest in 2,000 R&...
    AddEnergie launches EV charging network FLO in Canada
    AddEnergie has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging network ‘FLO’ in Canada, the company announced in a press release on 15 May. The network has nearly 2,000 charging stations in B.C., Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, along with interoperability capabilities that can ext...
    Lumen Group receives UL certification for wireless EV charging
    Lumen Group has received UL certification UL 2750 for its Lumen Freedom wireless electric vehicle (EV) power transfer system, according to a press release by UL on 20 May. UL 2750 covers wireless power transfer equipment for transferring power to an EV, including the power source for wireless power ...
    Lotus, Centrica partner to develop new EV ownership model
    British automaker Lotus has partnered with Centrica to develop a new electric vehicle  (EV) ownership that fully integrates future mobility and energy, the company announced in a press release earlier in May. The partnership will cover a dedicated Lotus EV Energy strategy, charging infrastructu...
    BYD plans to launch all-electric sedan Han in Europe after mainland China
    Mainland Chinese automaker BYD will launch Han electric vehicle (EV) in Europe, following its market debut in home market in June 2020, according to a report by Autocar on 13 May. Significance: The details on the Han EV’s powertrain is not available yet; however, BYD said it will have a 0–100...
    FCA starts work on V2G pilot project at Mirafiori plant in Italy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and ENGIE Eps have started work on the first phase of the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot project at FCA’s Mirafiori plant in Italy, ENGIE announced in a press release on 20 May. FCA has selected ENGIE Eps as the technology partner for the project, to build that infrast...
    KYB, REE Automotive join hands to develop suspension for future EV platform
    Japan-based KYB Corporation and REE Automotive (REE) have announced a strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms, REE said in a press release on 20 May. Under the partnership, KYB's semi-active and active suspension systems will boost REE's ne...
    Renault deploys 500 ZOE for ZITY car-sharing service in Paris
    Groupe Renault continues the operational deployment of the ZITY free-floating service in Paris, according to a company press release on 19 May 2020. The automaker said starting 20 May, a fleet of 500 pure electric Renault ZOE cars is available to Parisians on a self-service basis. The automaker said...
    Xpeng Motors receives production license for new car plant in mainland China
    Xpeng Motors has received the official production license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for its new fully-owned Zhaoqing car plant, according to a press release on 19 May. The Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park is located in China’s southern city of ...
    Tesla to establish 4,000 superchargers across mainland China in 2020
    Tesla plans to add 4,000 V2 and V3 Superchargers across China in 2020, according to a report by China.org on 14 May citing Tesla’s official statement. The stations are being built in nearby grocery stores, downtown districts, and shopping centers. In addition, Tesla is building charging stati...
    DSM, Lightyear partner to develop solar roofs for EVs
    Royal DSM and electric vehicle (EV) startup Lightyear have partnered to develop and commercialize Lightyear’s solar-powered roof for the electric vehicle market, the company announced in a press release on 14 May. Under the partnership, the companies are aiming to integrate solar-powered roofs in ...
    Kia unveils EV strategy for Europe
    In a press release dated 13 May, Kia unveiled a new strategy for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe. Kia said that it will introduce the first of its next-generation EVs, constructed on a unique platform, in Europe in 2021. The vehicle will be a crossover and will offer a single-charge driving r...
    VisIC, ZF Friedrichshafen partner to develop high-performance inverters for EVs
    VisIC Technologies has announced a partnership with ZF Friedrichshafen to develop next-generation high-performance electric drivelines for vehicles, a company press release read on 14 May. The two companies will combine to focus on 400-volt driveline applications based on VisIC D3GaN semiconductors ...
    Lordstown Motors partners with Elaphe for in-wheel motors
    Lordstown Motor has entered into a licensing deal with Elaphe Propulsion Technologies for its in-wheel motor technology, news website FutureCar reported on 12 May. It is expected that Lordstown Motor will use the Elaphe’s Model L1500 in-wheel motor in its Endurance pickup.  "Our relationsh...
    USABC reissues RFPI for lithium electrode-based cell manufacturing
    United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), has reissued a ‘Beyond Lithium-Ion’ request for proposal information (RFPI) for development of a lithium electrode–based cell and manufacturing for automotive traction applications, according to a press release on 13 May. USABC said that t...
    EV charging solutions startup Wallbox completes Series A investment round
    Wallbox has announced that the company closed a EUR12 million (USD13 million) second tranche of Series A investment in early March, according to a press release on 13 May 2020. The round was led by venture capital fund Seaya Ventures, with additional investment from Endeavor Catalyst and existing in...
    Israel-based EV motor startup IRP Systems raises USD17 million in Series B funding
    Israel-based electric vehicle motor startup IRP Systems has raised USD17 million in Series B funding, the company announced in a press release on 12 May. The funding round was led by Chinese VC Fosun RZ capital, with additional funds provided by JAL ventures, previous investor Entrée Capital, Tal C...
    Toyota cumulatively sells more than 15 million HEVs globally
    Toyota has informed that the company has sold more than 15 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) globally since the Prius was first launched in 1997, its first full hybrid mass-produced car, according to a company press release on 27 April. In Europe, sales of HEVs have passed the 2.8 million m...
    EV transmission startup Inmotive raises CAD7.5 million
    EV transmission startup Inmotive has raised CAD7.5 million (USD5.4 million) in Series A round of funding, the company announced in a press release on 30 April. The funding round was a combination of equity and debt conversion and was led by existing investor Up Capital. “[Coronavirus disease 20...
    Tesla raises around USD565 million for Shanghai car plant
    Tesla has entered into an agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited for a working capital loan of up to CNY4 billion (USD565.5 million) for its Gigafactory Shanghai, the electric carmaker said in a regulatory filing with the United States Security Exchange Commission (S...
    LG Chem mulls partnerships to develop advanced EV batteries
    LG Chem is mulling to enter new partnerships for developing advanced electric vehicle (EV) batteries, the company announced in a press release on 7 May. LG Chem said that its Energy Solutions Unit is pursuing e-mobility innovation by establishing joint ventures (JVs) with global automobile makers an...
    H2 Mobility opens new hydrogen refueling station in Germany
    H2 Mobility, along with its partners Shell and Air Liquide, has opened hydrogen a new refueling station in Germany’s Dortmund in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, according to a report by H2 View on 7 May. The new hydrogen station is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and...
    Veoneer launches collision mitigation technology on new Polestar 2
    Veoneer has launched its suite of collision mitigation technology for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV), the company said in a press release on 6 May. The company’s fourth generation mono vision system, 77 GHz front radar, and an ADAS electronic control unit (ECU) are some of the components in ...
    Charge4Europe partners with GIREVE for EV roaming platform
    Charge4Europe has selected GIREVE’s roaming platform to increase its coverage of its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across Europe, GIREVE announced in a press release on 5 May. The partnership will give EV drivers, who are members of Charge4Europe access to charging on GIREVE’s already c...
    Nissan to launch e-power technology in Thailand
    Nissan is planning to introduce its e-power technology in Thailand soon, the company announced in a press release on 5 May. Thailand will also be the first market after Japan to manufacture e-POWER technology. "Nissan's commitment is to change the way we all drive and live. As leaders in electrifica...
    Urban Electric completes testing of on-street pop-up EV chargers in UK
    Urban Electric has completed the testing of ‘UEone’ prototype on-street pop-up electric vehicle (EV) charger in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 27 April. The trial was conducted in association with Oxford City Council, Co-wheels Car Club, and product design agency...
    Tesla to increase Model 3 production to 4,000 units a week at Shanghai plant
    Tesla is planning to increase production of Model 3 to 4,000 units a week at its Shanghai plant in mainland China, Yicai Global reported on 3 May, citing a statement from the company. This level of production is expected to be reached by the middle of 2020.  Significance: According to the re...
    Hitachi Capital, Gridserve partner for solar-powered EV charging forecourts in UK
    Gridserve has partnered with Hitachi Capital to set up solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging forecourts in the United Kingdom, Gridserve announced in a press release on 30 April. Gridserve said that it will develop a network of solar powered Electric Forecourts to provide ultra-fast charging ...
    GAC New Energy’s Aion V to feature 5G + V2X intelligent communication system
    Aion V, GAC New Energy’s electric SUV, will be equipped with the 5G + V2X (vehicle-to-everything) intelligent communication system, China PEV had reported on 27 April. The car will be integrated with Huawei’s Balong 5000 5G chip and will have a maximum cruising range of 600 km. Aion V will have ...
    Fastned opens new EV charging station in Amsterdam
    Fastned has opened its first fast-charging station in Amsterdam, according to a company press release on 1 May. The Dutch company claims that “hundreds of electric vehicles (EV) can be charged per day at this station.” The scalable design also allows more fast chargers to be added in the future....
    BorgWarner to resume limited production at tornado-hit Seneca plant in US by early May
    US powertrain components supplier BorgWarner has announced its intention to restart manufacturing in a limited capacity at its production facility in Seneca, South Carolina, United States, according to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News. BorgWarner’s Seneca plant, which empl...
    DiDi Chuxing to boost efficiency of EV charging network using Xiaoju platform
    Didi Chuxing is planning to boost the efficiency of its electric vehicle (EV) charging network using its Xiaoju platform, the China Daily reported on 23 April. The Xiaoju platform-based charging service will cater to new energy vehicle (NEV) fleet and enterprise-level users, for buses, logistic...
    WiTricity demonstrates wireless charging technology in Japan
    WiTricity, through DAIHEN Corporation, has demonstrated its wireless power transfer technology for electric vehicles (EVs) in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 23 April. DAIHEN showcased its D-Broad system which is based on WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology. ...
    EV charging technology startup ampUp raises funding from Hyundai, SAIC
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging technology company ampUp has raised an undisclosed amount in a new round of funding, led by SAIC Motor and Hyundai Motor Company, the company announced in a press release on 23 April.  "We are extremely pleased to receive such strong backing from leading automaker...
    LG Chem raises USD595 million in loans for battery plant in Poland
    LG Chem has raised EUR550 million (USD595 million) in loans from three South Korean banks for expansion of its battery plant in Poland, Yonhap News Agency reported on 23 April. The loan is from Korea Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of Korea, and NH Nonghyup. Significance: LG Chem ha...
    Daimler to pull plug on development of fuel-cell cars
    Daimler plans to stop development of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the passenger vehicle segment, Automotive News Europe reported on 22 April. This is due to the high cost of FCEV manufacturing compared with a similar battery electric vehicle (BEV). Daimler is also expected to...
    AIWAYS secures patents for autonomous EV charging robot ‘CARL’
    Shanghai-based AIWAYS has secured seven patents in Europe and mainland China for the development of its autonomous charging robot, including the intelligent robot design and charging method, according to a report by electrive.com on 19 April. The device, called CARL, could help solve challenges a...
    DEKRA picks Keysight's CDS solutions to test and certify EV charging technology
    DEKRA has selected Keysight's Scienlab Charging Discovery System (CDS) solutions to extensively test and certify the charging technology within an electric vehicle (EV) or electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), Keysight announced in a press release on 16 April. The company will use Keysight's Sci...
    CATL to raise around USD3 billion for new German plant through bond issue
    Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is planning to raise USD3 billion for its new German plant through overseas bond issue, Automotive News China reported on 16 April, citing information from the company. According to the report, CATL will use the proceeds from the bond sale...
    Honda expands partnership with SNAM for EV battery recycling
    Honda Motors Europe has expanded its partnership with  SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux) for electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 April. Under the new pan-European agreement, SNAM will collect lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Nickel ...
    Ricardo partners with Geely for chassis and high-voltage functional safety support
    Ricardo has partnered with Chinese automaker Geely for chassis and high voltage functional safety support, Ricardo announced  in a press release on 16 April. Ricardo’s functional safety teams based in China and the United Kingdom will provide support for key aspects of chassis and new energy ...
    SAKOR Technologies supplies EV testing equipment to Indian automotive manufacturers
    SAKOR Technologies Inc. is supplying a variety of systems for hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) testing and high-voltage battery testing and simulation to Indian automotive manufacturers and regulatory agencies, Green Car Congress reported on 15 April. SAKOR is working in partnership with India-based...
    Byton partners with Qmerit for EV charging solution in US
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Byton has selected Qmerit as its charging partner for wallbox installations in the United States, according to a company press release on 15 April. The initial agreement is for the installation of Level-2 residential charging hardware, leveraging Qmerit’s netw...
    Vattenfall and Hyundai partner for EV charging services
    Vattenfall and Hyundai have announced a partnership on EV charging services for Dutch customers, Vattenfall said in a press release on 16 April. The partnership will allow Dutch customers that are buying or leasing a KONA Electric or IONIQ Electric to purchase a future-proof charging point and ...
    Nissan licenses Li-ion battery technology to APB for mass production
    In a press release on 16 April, Nissan announced that it has licensed its lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology to APB Corporation for mass production. APB plans to build a factory in Japan that will use Nissan’s technology to make all-polymer batteries for storage use. “We believe the widespr...
    Mercedes-Benz to offer PHEV technology in more than 20 models by end of 2020
    Mercedes-Benz is planning to offer plug-in hybrid (PHEV ) technology in more than 20 models by end of 2020, the company announced in a press release on 15 April. Mercedes-Benz will roll out this pioneering technology across the entire range—from the A- to the S-Class, from the GLA to the GLE....
    European energy company Vattenfall to electrify entire car fleet
    European energy company Vattenfall has decided to electrify its total car fleet of 4,600 vehicles by 2030, the company press release read on 9 April. “Our goal is to enable a fossil free society and the electrification of the transport sector is an important element in this transition. To our c...
    EV battery startup Addionics raises USD6 million
    Electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Addionics has raised USD6 million in funding led by Next Gear Ventures, according to a report by Tech Crunch on 1 April. The funding includes a USD2.5 million-grant as part of the European Union’s Horizon2020 innovation competition. Significance: Addionics ...
    Envision Solar installs solar-powered EV charger in US state Wisconsin
    Envision Solar International, Inc., a producer of unique and sustainable infrastructure products for electric vehicle (EV) charging, has installed its solar-powered EV charger EV ARC™ in the city of Madison, Wisconsin in the United States, according to a company press release on 9 April 2020. ...
    Marelli uses blockchain technology to improve supply chain management
    Marelli has introduced the use of blockchain technology to enhance the management of automotive supply chains, the company said in a press release on 14 April. The company has created a distributed peer-to-peer network to connect suppliers’ and carmakers’ plants globally. Marelli Automotive Ligh...
    Groupe Renault sets new strategy for mainland China; to focus on EVs, LCVs
    Groupe Renault has announced a new strategy for mainland China in which it will shift its focus on electric vehicles (EV) and light commercial vehicles (LCV), according to a company press release on 14 April. Groupe Renault will transfer its shares in Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company Ltd (DRAC) t...
    CDL plans to install more EV charging points in Singapore
    City Developments Limited (CDL) plans to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for its new residential and commercial developments in Singapore, according to CDL’s according to its sustainability report published on 13 April. Currently, CDL has EV chargers as mandatory provisio...
    Electrify America partners with Kia to offer DC fast charging plan for Niro EV drivers in US
    Electrify America has partnered with Kia Motors America to offer DC fast charging plan, ‘Kia Select’ for Kia Niro Electric drivers in the United States, Electrify America announced in a press release on 8 April. The ‘Kia Select’ program offers a flat rate of 35 cents per-minute charging for ...
    IONITY opens new EV charging station in UK
    IONITY, in collaboration with Extra MSA Group, has opened a new high-power electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the United Kingdom, IONITY announced in a press release on 9 April. The 350-kW High-Power Charging (HPC) station is located at the Leeds Skelton Lake Services, located on the M1 J45 e...
    Five-member consortium set up 'BReCycle' project for recycling of fuel cells
    Fraunhofer IWKS, along with Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, MAIREC Edelmetallgesellschaft mbH, Electrocycling GmbH, and KLEIN Anlagenbau AG have set up a fuel cell recycling project ‘BReCycle’, Fraunhofer IWKS announced in a press release on 7 April. The five partners are developing a closed-loop r...
    NIO's EV deliveries more than double month on month to 1,533 units in March
    NIO has reported a growth of 116.8% month on month in its vehicle delivery to 1,533 units in March, according to a company press release on 7 April. The deliveries comprised 1,479 ES6s and 54 ES8s. As of 31 March 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and ES6 reached 35,751 units, of which...
    China’s Evergrande Group sets aside USD2.8 billion for EV development
    Evergrande Group is planning to invest CNY20 billion (USD2.8 billion) towards its electric vehicle (EV) business in 2020 and 2021, Automotive News China reported on 2 April citing Evergrande’s CFO Pan Dalong. The company invested CNY14.7 billion towards its EV business in 2019. However, the E...
    EVBox and and has·to·be sign EV charging roaming agreement
    EVBox and has.to.be have signed an roaming agreement for electric vehicle (EV) charging services, EVBox announced in a press release on 7 April. Under the agreement, both companies will grant each other access to their charging networks that are spread throughout Europe. “We at EVBox are on a m...
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    Fortescue, ATCO partner for hydrogen refueling infrastructure deployment in Australia
    Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) and ATCO Australia have partnered to explore deployment of hydrogen vehicle fuelling infrastructure in Western Australia, Fortescue announced in a press release on 6 April. The two companies will collaborate to build and operate a combined hydrogen production and r...
    Enovix raises USD45 million for developing 3D silicon lithium-ion battery
    Enovix has secured USD5 million in funds for developing and commercializing its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. The company informed that the funding sources include a major new strategic investor, current investors (including T. J. Rodgers and Y...
    Volkswagen receives 20,000 orders for all-electric e-up!
    Volkswagen (VW) has received 20,000 orders for its all-electric e-up! model in Germany over the first three months of 2020, the automaker announced in a press release on 30 March. Significance: The increased demand comes after VW updated the e-up! for the 2020 model year in 2019 with a much longe...
    Chinese EV battery supplier Farasis receives regulatory approval to raise USD479 million
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Farasis Energy has received regulatory approval to raise approximately CNY3.4 billion (USD479 million) in an initial public offering (IPO) on China's Nasdaq-like STAR board, according to a Reuters report on 2 April citing a statement by the Shangh...
    EV startup e.GO Mobile applies for protective shield procedures
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup e.GO Mobile has applied for protective shield procedures to order self-administration at the Aachen District Court, the company announced in a press release on 2 April. "This is another challenge from the outside in the only five-year history of e.GO. Our mainly st...
    Audi plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2025
    Audi is planning to launch 20 all-electric models globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. These upcoming  all-electric vehicles will be underpinned by four distinct platforms—Modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo), J1: The performance electric platform, Modula...
    PARTNERSHIP: General Motors, Honda to jointly develop two all-new EVs for Honda
    General Motors (GM) and Honda have partnered to jointly develop two new electric vehicles (EVs) for Honda, the companies announced in a joint press release on 3 April. The two new EVs will be based on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. The exteriors and interiors of t...
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Rivian suspends operations at all facilities
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has suspended all operations to protect its employees and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic since the third week of March. However, the company’s employees are still working remotely from home and making ...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    24-Autohof opens new EV charging park in Germany
    24-Autohof, IONITY, and TESLA have jointly opened a new electric vehicle (EV) charging park in Lutterberg, Germany, on 27 March, 24-Autohof announced in a press release on its website. The EV charging park can accommodate up to 20 vehicles charging simultaneously. The four ultra-fast charging statio...
    ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox form alliance for EV charging solution
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging-service providers ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox have formed an alliance to support the roll out of consumer-centric EV policies in Europe. ChargePoint announced in a press release on 31 March. Named ‘ChargeUp Europe’, the alliance was launched during the REVOLUTI...
    Powercell receives order for PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch worth USD1.2 million
    Powercell has received an order for its PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch, the company announced in a press release on 30 March. The order is worth SEK11.5 million (USD1.1 million). Powercell said that it expects the order to have a positive financial impact during the first quarter 2020...
    BYD plans to offer EV components to other automakers
    BYD is planning to offer various electric vehicle (EV) components to other EV makers, Singapore-based The Business Times reported on 30 March, citing BYD founder Wang Chuanfu. BYD will use brand name FinDreams for its parts business. "BYD will open its technology and products to the whole world...
    LG Chem raises USD520 million from EIB for EV battery plant in Poland
    LG Chem has raised EUR480 million (USD520 million) in a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Poland, EIB announced in a press release on 26 March. The loan will be given to LG Chem’s Polish subsidiary LG Chem Wroclaw Energy to suppor...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler Group suspends guidance for financial year 2020
    Schaeffler Group has suspended its guidance for the financial year 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. Schaeffler said that a package of measures is being implemented to manage the crisis and a new guidance is expec...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    India-based Lithium Urban partners with Fourth Partner Energy for EV charging services
    Commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleet operator Lithium Urban Technologies has partnered with renewable energy solutions provider Fourth Partner Energy to build charging infrastructure in India, Autocar Professional reported on 19 March. The two companies formed a joint venture (JV) called Shuchi An...
    Polestar starts production of Polestar 2 in China
    Polestar has officially started production of the Polestar 2, its second all-electric performance car model, in Luqiao, China, the company said in a press release on 24 March. “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. ...
    Nissan plans to offer all-electric powertrain in all upcoming models in Japan
    Nissan is planning to offer all-electric powertrains in all its upcoming models, both new and redesigned, in Japan, from 2020 onward, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 14 March. According to the report, Nissan is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the second half of...
    Nissan, partners complete V2G trial project in Germany
    Nissan, TenneT, and The Mobility House have completed a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 March. As part of a showcase project (SINTEG) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, batteries from all-electric ...
    Peugeot to offer additional subsidy for purchase of all-electric cars in UK
    Peugeot has announced that it will offer a subsidy of GBP500 (USD607) to add to the updated Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) of GBP3,000 for its all-electric models in the UK, according to a company press release on 16 March. The additional subsidy will be given for all orders and registrations before the 3...
    USABC grants USD4.5 million to Microvast for development of advanced EV battery technology
    United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded USD4.5 million to Microvast for developing low-cost, fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) batteries, USABC announced in a press release on 17 March. The funding will share 50% of the cost of the 36-month project that began earlier this...
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers seeks extension for NEV subsidy program to arrest slowdown
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has requested the government to extend the new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidy program to delay the slowdown in the industry, China Daily reported on 16 March, citing Shi Jianhua, the association's deputy secretary-general. According to the repo...
    Hyundai starts production of Kona Electric at Czech plant
    Hyundai Motors has started production of its all-electric Kona Electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) plant in Nosovice, Czechia plant, according to the company's press release on 16 March. The plant is set to produce over 35,000 units of the Kona E...
    Magenta Power partners with HPCL to install EV chargers in India
    Magenta Power has partnered with HPCL to install street-lamp-integrated electric vehicle (EV) chargers, ‘ChargeGrid Flare’, in India, Autocar Professional reported on 16 March. The chargers are expected to be launched by April this year. In the first stage, the EV chargers shall be installe...
    Fermata Energy receives safety standard certification for V2G charger system
    Fermata Energy has received new North American safety standard, UL 9741, certification for its bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) charging system, the company announced in a press release on 12 March. “By unlocking the full potential of electric vehicles, Fermata Energy is helping to accelerate t...
    Renault, MG Motor offer additional subsidies for EVs in UK
    Renault is planning to offer a top-up on the newly updated Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) of GBP3,000 by GBP500 for all New ZOE, the company announced in a press release on 12 March. The top-up will be offered until 31 March 2020. “We welcome the longer term stability of yesterday’s announcement and, ...
    BMW to end production of i8 plug-in hybrid sports car
    BMW is planning to stop the production of its plug-in hybrid sports car i8, Autocar reported on 11 March, citing a confirmation from BMW. The production is expected to cease by the middle of April. Significance: The i8 was the first model by BMW under its ‘i’ label. The production versio...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Disruption in auto parts import from China to affect vehicle production in India, says industry association
    According to a press statement issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on 11 March, Rajan Wadhera, the president of SIAM, stated that automotive manufacturers in India import roughly 10 percent of the raw materials that are required for manufacturing processes from China. ...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    LEVC to deliver 100 TX electrified taxis in Azerbaijan
    The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is set to deliver 100 TX model taxis to Baku Taxi Service LLC, a government-backed taxi operation in Azerbaijan, the company announced in a press release on 6 March. The 100 TXs, painted in ‘Tupelo Red’, will be used as a premium transport option for vi...
    Tritium to supply EV chargers to Pod Point in UK
    Tritium, a major global provider of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology, has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Pod Point, a United Kingdom–based provider of EV charging solutions, for the supply of EV chargers to the latter, Tritium said in a press release on 9 March 2020. A...
    BMW launches intelligent network of EV chargers in Brazil with start-up INCHARGE
    The BMW Group do Brasil, in partnership with a Brazilian startup INCHARGE, has announced the launch of a platform with premium services for users of the charging network, according to a BMW press release on 10 March 2020. The system will initially be available as a pilot project at 30 recharging poi...
    PSA forms partnerships for EV charging services across Europe
    Groupe PSA has formed a number of partnerships for the installation of charging stations in various countries in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. For hardware solutions, PSA has partnered with EVBox, Delta Electronics, Enel X, Pod Point, and Juice Technology. For installa...
    PowerCell partners with Swedish Electromobility Center
    PowerCell Sweden AB has signed an agreement to join the Swedish Electromobility Center (SEC), according to a company press release on 10 March. PowerCell is joining the center “to contribute to both an increased knowledge about, and increased Swedish efforts within, the fuel cell technology.” ...
    Volkswagen, Centrica enter into EV charging partnership in UK
    Volkswagen has partnered with Centrica to install electric vehicle (EV) home charging stations and provide after-sales services to Volkswagen Group customers across the UK, Centrica announced in a press release on 4 March. The deal will see Elli, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, work exclusively wi...
    ZSW kicks off ZellkoBatt project to optimize large-format Li-ion cells for automotive applications
    The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has announced the initiation of the ZellkoBatt project to optimize large-format lithium-ion cells for automotive applications, and to reduce costs of components and the manufacturing processes. ZellkoBatt is intended to ex...
    BASF, Fortum, Nornickel sign agreement for battery recycling cluster in Finland
    Germany’s BASF, Finland’s Fortum, and Russia’s Nornickel have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, to cater the electric vehicle (EV) market, Fortum and Nornickel said in separate press releases on 6 March. Fortum said “This would enable...
    PARTNERSHIP: Lion E-Mobility, Sogefi sign agreement to develop 'Light Battery' for EVs
    Swiss firm Lion E-Mobility AG and Italian supplier Sogefi have signed an agreement for the joint development of the "Light Battery" concept, which is made up of cylindrical cells that make it highly cost competitive and safe at high-energy densities. These light batteries make use of a standardiz...
    Xpeng P7 electric sports sedan delivers NEDC range of 706 km
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng Motors’s P7 electric sports sedan has a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range of 706 km (439 miles), according to an announcement by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) made on 6 March. It is the longest range amon...
    PARTNERSHIP: JLR partners with Tata Power for EV charging infrastructure in India
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has partnered with Tata Power to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in India for JLR customers, Tata Power announced in a press release on 5 March. Under the partnership, JLR will offer end-to-end charging solutions for its range of EVs to be launched i...
    Porsche to install 900 more destination chargers by end of 2020
    By the end of 2020, Porsche is planning to install 900 more destination chargers across all markets in which Porsche offers plug-in hybrid models and fully electric cars for sale, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. The charging points will be located at selected hotels, airports, m...
    MARELLI partners with semiconductor company Transphorm
    Marelli has announced a strategic partnership with Transphorm for the development of electric vehicles (EVs), power converters, onboard chargers and inverters for electric and hybrid vehicles, a company press release on 4 March showed. Marelli and Transphorm will share knowledge and information o...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Garrett Motion produces over 1,900 turbos for ambulances at Wuhan plant
    According to a press statement issued on 01 March, Swiss automotive components manufacturer, Garrett Motion, has mentioned that the company assembled and delivered nearly 2,000 turbochargers for ambulances within a span of four days. The assembly of these turbochargers was done at the company’s ma...
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