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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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    Tritium offers 'Plug and Charge” service for 350 kW fast chargers
    Tritium has launched its 'Plug and Charge” service at its 350-kW fast chargers, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 May. The technology enables an electric vehicle (EV) and charger to communicate seamlessly and authorize payments directly from the driver’s account, without using a car...
    REGULATION: Mainland China notifies new standard for wireless EV charging
    Mainland China has notified a new standard for wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging, China Electricity Council announced on 6 May. The standard system has 18 planning standards that regulate the technical requirements, performance requirements, functional requirements, safety requirements, commun...
    Fraunhofer develops new lab for EV battery testing in real-world conditions
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF in Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a new lab for testing electric vehicle (EV) battery in real-world conditions, Fraunhofer announced in a press release on 4 May. The project, called MEF-BILL, a new type ...
    UK government-funded VIGIL consortium completes V2G trial project
    A UK Government-funded project vehicle to Grid Intelligent Control (VIGIL) has completed vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in the United Kingdom, news website edie.net reported on 1 May. According to the report, the consortium, which consists of Aston University, ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge, and Nortech Ma...
    CHAdeMO releases new CHAdeMO 3.0 EV charging standard
    CHAdeMO Association has released protocol for new electric vehicle (EV) charging standard CHAdeMO 3.0, the association announced in a press release on 24 April. The next-generation ultra-high-power charging standard, being codeveloped by China Electricity Council (CEC) and CHAdeMO Association with t...
    Korean university KIST develops high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries
    The research team from the Center for Energy Materials Research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has developed a new high-performance solid electrolyte for solid-state batteries, National Research Council Of Science & Technology announced in a press release on 10 April. Th...
    Mercedes-Benz conducts research on organic battery technology for EVs
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting research on development of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV), Autocar reported on 2 April, citing Andreas Hintennach, Mercedes' senior manager of battery research. The technology was showcased by Mercedes-Benz on its Vision AVTR concept car unveiled earlier th...
    University of Tokyo develops new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage Li-ion batteries
    Researchers at University of Tokyo has developed a new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, University of Tokyo announced in a press release on 27 March. Researchers successfully increased not only the voltage delivery of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, but also its abilit...
    Researchers in US developing new technology for fast charging batteries
    Researchers led by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are developing a new technology for fast charging lithium-ion batteries, Brookhaven National Laboratory announced in a press release earlier in March. The team of r...
    South Korean university UNIST develops new catalyst for metal-air batteries
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has developed a new catalyst for improving the charge-discharge performance of metal-air batteries, news website Green Car Congress reported on 16 March. According to the researchers, the metal catalyst—cobalt oxide—which ...
    Imports of lithium-ion batteries in India quadruples between 2016–18 period
    India has quadrupled its import of lithium-ion batteries to between 2016–18 period to 712 million in 2018, compared with 175 million batteries in 2016, Indian-based news site, The Hindu, reported on 9 February. From January 1, 2019, until 30 November 2019, imports touched 450 million. The cost of ...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Gestamp showcases lightweighting solutions for EVs
    Spanish metal body manufacturer Gestamp showcased a number of lightweighting solutions for electric vehicles (EV) at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, ETAuto reported on 7 February. The display included hot stamping solutions and the battery box for lithium-ion batteries. Significance: This is the fir...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): BorgWarner to showcase clean mobility solutions
    BorgWarner is planning to showcase its range of hybrid and electric vehicle solution at the Auto Expo 2020 in India, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. Display will include exhaust gas recirculation system (EHRS) and additional electric vehicle products such as its latest batter...
    Fraunhofer tests new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid electrolytes
    Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) has tested a new simulation model for lithium-ion batteries with solid ceramic electrolytes, the company announced in a press release on 7 January. Dr. Daniel Mutter, a scientist from the Materials Modeling, at IWM, used atomistic simulations to ...
    CES 2020: Goodyear announces venture capital fund to invest in future mobility solutions
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a new venture capital fund, Goodyear Ventures, at the ongoing CES 2020 in Las Vegas, United States, according to a company press release on 7 January. Goodyear Ventures plans to invest USD100 million in future mobility solutions over the next 10 ...
    Enel X launches Smart EV Charging solutions
    Enel X, the Enel Group's advanced energy business line, has launched its next generation of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, according to a press release on 7 January. The new JuiceStand™ and JuicePedestal™ solutions add flexibility to the new product line with several installation...
    CES 2020: SK Innovation to showcase latest EV battery and material technology
    SK Innovation is set to showcase its latest electric vehicle (EV) battery technology and battery materials, including LiBS (Lithium-ion Battery Separator) at the upcoming 2020 CES in the United States, Korea IT Times reported on 31 December. SK Innovation will reportedly also display eco-friendly lu...
    IBM Research develops new heavy-metal-free battery design
    IBM Research has developed a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, and which does not use heavy metals, news website Green Car Congress reported on 18 December. The materials for this battery can be extracted from seawater. The design uses a cobalt- and nickel-free cath...
    Indonesia aims to open EV battery plants in 2023
    Indonesia plans to start producing lithium batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in 2023, along with factories that produce chemicals in batteries, according to a Reuters report on 10 December, citing the country’s minister of Energy and Mines. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for shippi...
    CES 2020: Elmos to exhibit IC solutions for LED ambient lighting, LED taillights in cars
    Elmos has announced that it will display high-performance IC solutions for LED ambient lighting and for rear lighting in cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas in January 2020. According to a company press release on 12 December, Elmos will also exhibit highly integrated, programma...
    CES 2020: Infineon to demonstrate automotive security and V2X technologies
    Infineon has said that it will demonstrate innovations in automotive security and V2X technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a press release dated 10 December showed. Infineon says demonstrations will include compact, high-performance radar modules and lidar c...
    The requirement for multi-speed EV transmission
    Porsche Taycan is set to become the first mass market electric vehicle (EV) to come equipped with a 2-speed transmission. However, it may not remain the only one for a long time, as the advantages of a multi-speed transmission become more apparent to customers. So far, the multi-speed transmission t...
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese EV start-up AIWAYS to develop methanol fuel cell vehicles
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS to develop a methanol fuel cell vehicle, Blue World Technologies announced in a press release earlier this month. AIWAYS will launch the methanol fuel cell hybrid version of its U5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the ...
    Nikola announces details of new battery cell technology
    Nikola Motor has developed a new battery with an energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg on the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg on the production cell level, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. Nikola claimed that this battery technology could increase the range of cu...
    Fraunhofer IWS to develop thin-film electrodes for EV batteries
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, along with researchers from TU Dresden and Leibniz, have  started development of innovative battery electrodes comprising ultrathin silicon or lithium layers, Fraunhofer IWS announced in a  press release on 11 November. Th...
    Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
    The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in c...
    Team of researcher shows EV prototype with dynamic charging system in Japan
    A team of researchers have showcased an advanced electric vehicle (EV) prototype with a dynamic charging system in Japan, The Japan Times reported on 10 October. The motors in the vehicle are powered by electricity transmitted from road coils through magnetism, allowing the motors to be wireles...
    Stanford University-led research team develops new coating for lithium metal batteries
    A Stanford University-led research team, including researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has developed a new coating for lithium-metal batteries, the university announced on 26 August. The coating stops the formation of dendrites in the battery, making them safer and longer las...
    Echion Technologies develops fast charging EV battery technology
    Echion Technologies has developed a fast charging electric vehicle (EV) battery technology which can be charged in about 6 minutes, news website Cambridge Independent reported on 21 August, citing Dr Jean de la Verpilliere, the founder of Echion Technologies. The company has replaced the graphite us...
    MIT develops data-driven safety envelope for EV batteries
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with  a colleague from Tsinghua University, have developed a safety envelope for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EV), news website Green Car Congress reported on 26 August, citing the journal Joule, where the stud...
    TeraWatt Technology develops new high-energy-density solid-state battery prototype
    TeraWatt Technology has developed a new high-energy-density solid-state battery prototype called ‘TERA3.0’, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 August. According to the release, the 4.5 Ah prototype solid-state battery design achieved a record-breaking energy density of 432 Wh/kg...
    ChargePlace Scotland’s EV charging network grows to over 1,000 points
    ChargePlace Scotland’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network has grown to more than 1,000 publicly available charging points in the Scotland, Transport Scotland announced in a press release on 15 August. These include close to 200 50kW rapid chargers. According to the release, the average distanc...
    EV charging stations overtake number of fuel stations in UK
    In a press release dated 15 August, Nissan informed that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have overtaken the number of conventional fuel stations operational in the United Kingdom. The automaker cited data from Energy Institute and Zap-Map. Currently, there are 9,300 EV charging stations inst...
    KIT develops new production process for lithium-ion battery electrode
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a new coating process for producing electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, the institute announced in a press release on 30 July. KIT said that with the new coating process, researchers have produced electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record ...
    Norway's all-electric car sales up 87% y/y, to 7,428 units, in June
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission car in Norway grew 87% year on year (y/y), to 7,428 units, in June, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. One of the new passenger cars with zero emissions that were registered in May was a hydrogen fuel-cell car; the r...
    London announces plan for major expansion of EV charging network
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out plans for a major expansion of the city’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network, according to a press release on 17 June on the official website of Greater London Authority. The plan includes installing the next generation of ultra-rapid charging point...
    Viva Technology (VivaTech) 2019—An overview
    IHS Markit’s analytical spotlight this month is on the fourth edition of the VivaTech show held in Paris, France (16–18 May). Similar to the CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona, the Viva Technology show is a go-to event for technology innovation, with a strong focus on services and industry di...
    ABB to supply EV fast chargers to Norway-based Circle K
    Swiss technology company ABB has signed a contract with Norway’s energy station chain Circle K to supply its Terra High Power (HP), 175 kW and Terra 54 CJG, 50 kW electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers, the company announced in a press release on 7 March. “ABB is committed to drive E-Mobility. G...
    Power semiconductors take center stage in vehicle electrification
    Stringent carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards worldwide, along with stricter testing regimes like Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), are driving OEMs to develop higher-efficiency powertrain systems. For the goal to be achieved, engin...
    EDITORIAL – Battery swapping model need deep collaborations in EV industry to gain traction
    Battery-swapping technology seems to be making a comeback as an alternative to electric vehicle (EV) charging through cables or wirelessly. The technology allows drivers to exchange their EV’s exhausted battery with a recharged one at a battery swapping station in a few minutes. Battery-swapping h...
    BYD launches open platform for developing app for intelligent vehicles
    At its ‘BYD Worldwide Developer Conference’ in Shenzhen, China, on 5 September, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD launched an open platform for developing applications (app) for intelligent vehicles, China Daily reported last week. The platform, called ‘D++,’ will offer an open applica...
    EDITORIAL – Mobility-as-a-service to drive demand for electrically powered driverless vehicles
    The rising popularity of ‘mobility-as-a-service’ (MaaS), which is the shift from personally owned modes of transportation to mobility solutions such as ride hailing and car sharing, is inspiring companies to develop vehicles that will offer the best of both worlds—electrification and autonomou...
    BC Hydro installs seven EV chargers in Canadian city Vancouver
    BC Hydro has installed seven electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers on Vancouver Island in Canada, according to a press release on Government of Canada’s website on 21 August. The seven locations where the EV chargers are being installed are Nanaimo Superstore, Nanaimo; Qualicum Foods, Qualicum;...
    New Zealand government invests USD2.6 million toward EV projects
    The New Zealand government has announced funding of NZD3.87 million (USD2.6 million) for 19 projects to promote and support the use of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a press release on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) website on 7 August, the new funding will support projec...
    London borough of Waltham Forest to install 24 EV chargers
    The London borough of Waltham Forest has installed 24 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, according to Waltham Forest website. EV charging company ChargeMaster has installed these 7kW fast chargers, which are capable of fully charging an EV in three to four hours. These stations are being installed at t...
    UK’s Sussex and Surrey Police to deploy 30 BMW i3s into fleet
    Sussex and Surrey Police in the United Kingdom plan to deploy a total of 30 BMW i3 electric vehicles (EVs) to replace costly fossil-fueled vehicles, according to a press release by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. These vehicles will not be used for responding to incidents, but will help...
    Momentum Dynamics installs 200 kW wireless charging system in US state Tennessee
    Momentum Dynamics has deployed a 200-kilowatt (kW) wireless charging system for electric transit buses in Chattanooga, Tennessee (the United States), the company announced in a press release on 9 July. The company installed the system inside the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CA...
    EDITORIAL – Investments in connectivity and electrification technologies to drive growth of Lear’s E-Systems business
    Last week, Lear held an ‘Investor Day’ event in Michigan (United States) outlining its future growth strategy for the next five years. The company forecasts its sales to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 7% to USD30 billion by 2023, compared with USD22 billion expected this ...
    KAMAZ demonstrates autonomous electric bus in Russia
    KAMAZ has demonstrated an autonomous electric bus in Tatarstan, Russia, according to the company’s press release on 12 June. The Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer collaborated with NAMI to develop SHATL (Wide Adaptive Transport Logistics) vehicle. KAMAZ demonstrated KAMAZ-1221 SHATL autonomo...
    PKN Orlen to install charging stations at 150 gas stations in Poland
    Energy company PKN Orlen plans to install 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in urban areas and on the main transit routes in Poland, the company said in a press release. In the initial phase, 50 fast charging stations with capacities up to 50 kW will be installed by the end of next year. T...
    EVBox to supply EV chargers to PG&E in California
    EVBox, a manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and charging management software, will supply 2,560 EV charging stations to energy company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for the latter’s ‘EV Charge Network’ program, according to a company press release on 8 May. The deal ...
    UPS to deploy 35 lightweight delivery EVs in London and Paris
    Delivery service company, UPS has teamed up with electric vehicle (EV) builder ARRIVAL to develop a fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles for trial in London and Paris, according to a company press release on 9 May. The lightweight vehicles will have a battery range of over 150 miles (240 kilometer...
    US DOE plans to accelerate research on lithium and cobalt citing rising demand for EVs
    In July, the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), a research hub of the United States’ Department of Energy (US DOE) led by the Ames Laboratory, will begin new efforts to maximise the efficient processing, usage and recycling of lithium and cobalt, according to a press release by Ames Laboratory on...
    Canadian city Edmonton to buy all-electric buses
    Don Iveson, mayor of Canadian city Edmonton, plans to add up to 40 electric buses to the city’s current fleet of over 900 vehicles, according to the website of City of Edmonton. The city has received USD43 million funding assistance, of which the federal government is contributing USD21.5 million,...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Hybrid Transmission Developments
    With the introduction of tighter legislative scrutiny on emission norms across various regions around the world, OEMs and suppliers are continuously developing solutions across the entire driveline. Advancement in hybrid transmissions is one such technological development domain where conventional i...
    EDITORIAL - Start-ups pushing innovation in automotive industry
    At the CES 2018 earlier this month, little-known Aurora Innovation announced two partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen Group to help them bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. The start-up, established in 2016 by Chris Urmson, the former head of Google Self-Driving Car project, in partnershi...
    BMW in talks with battery materials suppliers to secure supply
    BMW is taking proactive steps to ensure supply for materials used in production of lithium-ion batteries amid growing focus of the automotive industry on electromobility, Bloomberg reported last week. The German automaker is talking to suppliers of cobalt and other battery materials. According to Ol...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Powertrain Insights
    Transportation’s contribution to pollution has been and continues to be one of the greatest concerns for automotive industry leaders. A hundred years of internal combustion engine development may become obsolete in time with the evolution into electric mobility. However, in the meantime powertrain...
    Siemens, SPIE partner for EV charging infrastructure
    Siemens has partnered with SPIE to create an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, according to SPIE press release last week (13 September). The partnership is aimed at providing complete packages that include consultation, installation and operation of DC chargers. SPIE will be responsible...
    Plug-in EV growth in the USA
    Introduction The long-mooted explosion in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales now seems closer than ever. A plethora of new models appear set to launch over the next two years from almost every major OEM, not to mention a handful of ambitious new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)-only start-ups. Th...
    Researchers report new breakthrough for magnesium rechargeable batteries
    Researchers have reportedly made a breakthrough in magnesium rechargeable batteries making them significantly more efficient and safe, journal Nature Communications informed on its website. According to the report, researchers have found a new design for the battery cathode which opposes the theory ...
    EDITORIAL – 3D printing gaining acceptance as alternative form of manufacturing in automotive industry
    The automotive industry is starting to take an interest to a new form of manufacturing, called Additive Manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing. 3D printing uses built-up layers of deposited materials to build a component. Successive layers of a material are stacked up one over the ot...
    Magna CEO believes auto industry’s EV, autonomous vehicle forecast are ‘optimistic’
    Automakers are “overly optimistic” when it comes to the market potential of electric vehicles (EV) and timeline regarding when fully autonomous vehicle will arrive, Automotive News quoted Dan Walker, CEO of Magna International, as saying. While speaking at a seminar, Walker took some industry fo...
    Volkswagen (VW) unveils all-electric research car with 250 mile range – report
    Volkswagen’s (VW) research group recently displayed Gen.E, an all-electric research car with driving range of over 250 miles, Electrek reported on 4 July. The Golf-based research car is expected to serve as a test bed for VW’s electric vehicle (EV) platform, such as ID concepts.   A...
    07-Jul-2017 News New Products
    New Nissan LEAF to include autonomous parking feature
    Nissan revealed today that the forthcoming new Nissan LEAF will be the first vehicle in the automaker's global product lineup equipped with ProPILOT Park. The technology helps drivers park by automatically guiding the car into a parking spot, according to a press release by the automaker on 5 J...
    06-Jul-2017 News New Products
    Swedish tech firm Einride introduces electric driverless truck 'T-pod'
    Swedish technology company Einride recently unveiled a full-scale prototype of its futuristic autonomous electric truck called ‘T-pod’ that can be remotely controlled by drivers, and is significantly smaller than heavy trucks, according to a company press release. The T-Pod will be put into serv...
    Volvo Cars plans to electrify all models from 2019
    Volvo Cars plans to electrify all new models from 2019, the Swedish automaker announced in a press release today (5 July). The company will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars comprising pure electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid, across its model range. Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo plans t...
    Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium shows EV with 3D printed body, interior
    The Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) showcased a new two-seat electric vehicle (EV) made with 3D printed parts at the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA/AutoTronics Taipei Show, reports 3D Print.com. The consortium intends to ramp up the production scale, which it believes will reduce the cost of 3D print...
    05-Jul-2017 News New Products
    Volkswagen plans to introduce 48V mild hybrid system on Golf-size model – report
    Volkswagen plans to debut 48V mild hybrid system in a Golf-size model and then gradually roll out the technology to other models, Automotive News Europe (ANE) reported on 1 July quoting the company’s head of development, Frank Welsch. “Once we have it in an MQB-based model it's more or less plug...
    Chinese companies building battery capacity for millions of electric cars – report
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers are making huge investments in capacity expansions, says a report by Bloomberg Intelligence. According to the report, Chinese companies have plans to establish additional factories to produce more than 120 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of battery cell a ...
    V2G discharging could shorten EV battery life, says study
    According to a new research by Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii, additional battery discharge cycles in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) transfer can be detrimental to electric vehicle (EV) batteries, reports news website Charged EV. In the study published in the Journal of Power Sou...
    California to invest USD9.5 million for 10 electric buses, supporting infrastructure
    The State of California is investing USD9.5 million in the south San Joaquin Valley city of Porterville for 10 electric buses and charging stations, the state’s Air Resources Board (CARB) said in press release on Thursday (1 June). The California Climate Investments (CCI) cap-and-trade program is ...
    02-Jun-2017 News Investments
    Irish Government to launch electric car sharing service—report
    The Irish government plans to roll out electric car sharing scheme in Dublin and Cork by the end of the year, with an aim to increase uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, reports Irish Independent. Over 100 EVs will be available across the two cities for the car-sharing service. The gov...
    Renesas partners with Great Wall Motor for autonomous driving, EV technology
    Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics is teaming up with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor to develop technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, reports the Nikkei Asian Review. Engineers from both companies will jointly work at the Chinese automaker's facilities in Hebei Province, develop...
    Tritium trials 50 kW DC chargers in China – report
    Tritium, an Australian electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure solutions developer, has started trials of its Veefil-RT 50kW DC charger in China, reports Green Car Congress. The first Veefil-RT has been installed in Jiangsu Province, a leading innovation economy in east China, close to the financial ce...
    Eleven companies to collaborate on building hydrogen filling stations in Japan
    Toyota Motor and 10 other companies in Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on large-scale construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in the country, the automaker said in a press release today. The other companies involved in the project are Nissan Mot...
    19-May-2017 News Investments
    Qualcomm develops dynamic EV charging technology
    Qualcomm has demonstrated ‘dynamic electric vehicle charging’ (DEVC), which allows a vehicle to be charged while driving. DEVC is a wireless charging system based on the company’s Halo charging system and is capable of charging electric vehicles (EV) at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds. ...
    Schaeffler to present transmission, e-mobility solutions at 11th CTI Symposium is US
    Schaeffler will share insight into four of the global supplier's key optimization efforts at the 11th annual CTI symposium being held in Novi, Michigan (United States) from 15 to 18 May, according to a press release.  "Driven by our 'Mobility for tomorrow' strategy, Schaeffler has proven itself...
    Amber plans to equip fleet EVs with automated driving capabilities
    Amber plans to equip the electric vehicle (EV) in its fleet, currently used in business to business mobility service, with automated driving capabilities, according to a press release last month. The Dutch mobility company plans to launch self-driving cars on the road in Eindhoven, the Netherlands b...
    Tesla begins OTA software upgrade to activate emergency-braking system
    Tesla has started rolling out over-the-air (OTA) software upgrade to enable automatic emergency braking (AEB) feature in new vehicles equipped with its Enhanced Autopilot (Autopilot 2.0) driver assistance system, Electrek reported on 26 April. AEB is a collision avoidance technology that automatical...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    Amionx develops technology to make lithium-ion batteries safer
    Battery technology start-up Amionx has developed a proprietary battery technology, ‘Safe Core’, that prevents lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from being the source of fire or an explosion, according to a company press release. Amionx is licensing Safe Core technology for use in rechargeable Li-io...
    22-Mar-2017 News New Products
    Kokam unveils XPAND battery pack for EV applications
    South Korea-based battery supplier, Kokam has introduced the XPAND battery pack for electric bus and trucks, apart from trams, ground support equipment (GSE), military, marine, and other special-purpose vehicles, according to a company press release. The supplier offers the battery in two version...
    07-Mar-2017 News New Products
    Nissan begins self-driving car test in UK
    Nissan began testing its self-driving car, a modified LEAF electric car, in the east on London, the United Kingdom, on Monday (27 February), the Japanese automaker said in a press release. The self-driving electric car, equipped with cameras, millimeter wave radar, laser scanner, high-speed computer...
    US EPA rates Volkswagen (VW) e-Golf at 125-mile range
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced that its updated 2017 model-year e-Golf electric vehicle (EV) has been rated at a 125-mile range and 126 mpg-e by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The changed ratings are the result of an upgraded lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor, which were prev...
    South Korean government to promote FCEVs
    The South Korean government has launched a special task force to foster the development of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), according to a report by the Yonhap News Agency. The task force will map out a detailed strategy aimed at the development and commercialisation of FCEVs. It will work as a ...
    Ninety-two new hydrogen filing stations opened globally in 2016 – report
    A total of 92 hydrogen filling stations were opened in 2016, according to H2stations.org, a website of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) and TÜV SÜD. As of January 2017, a total of 274 hydrogen filling stations were in operation across the globe. The statistics highlight that 83 of 92 stations o...
    Geneva Motor Show 2017: Falken Tyre to showcase energy-efficient tires for EV, PHEVs
    Falken Tyre, a brand of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, will showcase an energy-efficient tire for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland this March, according to a company press release. The tire-maker will also introduce i...
    CNL member companies to start testing MAN e-trucks in Austria this November
    MAN Truck & Bus and the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which MAN will make test vehicles available to CNL member companies for initial practical trials at the end of 2017, MAN said in press release on 20 February. The M...
    Phoenix Taxis to add 50 electric cars in UK
    Phoenix Taxis plans to add 50 electric vehicles (EVs) to its fleet and plans to install fast-charging stations, expanding its EV network in the North East, United Kingdom, according to a post on the company’s website. Significance: The move is expected to boost the company’s turnover by half ...
    General Motors (GM) intends to test ‘thousands’ of self-driving Bolts in 2018 – report
    GM plans to deploy thousands of self-driving Bolt electric cars in test fleet in collaboration with its strategic partner Lyft beginning 2018, Reuters reported on Friday (17 February) citing two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans. The automaker’s planned trials of self-driving vehicles ...
    Car2go doubles number of users for electric fleet in 2016
    In 2016, the users of car2go almost doubled at the locations where the Daimler-owned car sharing service offered electric cars, Daimler revealed in a press release. The company’s said approximately 270,000 car2go users in Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Madrid utilize over 1,300 smart fortwo electric dri...
    Rising demand for EVs pushing cobalt prices higher – report
    Rising demand for electric vehicles (EVs) on the back of strict emission regulations is pushing up prices of cobalt, a key component of lithium-ion batteries, reports Reuters. According to the report investors are buying up physical cobalt expecting a possible shortage of the metal in the future. Fo...
    BYD to supply 40 electric buses to Australian airport bus operator Carbridge – report
    BYD has received an order from Carbridge, an Australian airport ground transportation provider, to supply 40 pure-electric buses, reports Metro magazine. According to the report, the companies signed the deal at the end of January, three months after the BYD Electric Blu bus debuted at the Sydney ai...
    Utah Division of Air Quality releases grant to push EV adoption – report
    The Utah Division of Air Quality has awarded USD350,000 to three entities to help them purchase electric and natural gas vehicles, expand availability of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), as well as natural gas refueling stations, reports Deseret News. The Utah Office of Energy Developm...
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    Scania to start trials of battery electric buses in Sweden
    As per a press release dated 8 February, Scania is set to commence testing of its battery electric buses in Östersund, Sweden. Anna Carmo e Silva, head of Scania buses and coaches feels that the seasonal climate of cold winters of the city would provide the right platform for testing performance in...
    Paris trials two driverless shuttles
    Paris is running public trials of two driverless electric shuttles since 23 January, according to AFP. The driverless shuttles, provided by EasyMile, are ferrying passengers between Lyon and Austerlitz stations in the French capital. The three-month trial will run through to the end of April, seven ...
    Tesla struggles to enter South Korea over government's EV subsidies rule
    Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) cannot take advantage of government subsidies in South Korea, as the rules stipulate that models must take less than 10 hours to charge using a 7 kW charger. Tesla models currently do not meet this requirement using a 7 kWh charger, reports the Korea Times. The Sou...
    STMicroelectronics joins EV charging initiative CharIN
    STMicroelectronics has joined the Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN), a global alliance of automakers and suppliers that focuses on establishing and standardizing the charging infrastructure for battery-electric vehicles, the company said in a press release yesterday (31 January). As a memb...
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