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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Huawei, Volkswagen to jointly develop autonomous driving technology
    According to a press release published on Verdict on 21 October, Chinese tech giant Huawei and German automaker Volkswagen are planning to form a joint venture (JV) to develop autonomous driving technologies, according to Chinese media source 36Kr, citing people familiar with the matter. Accordin...
    Ford and Ansys to partner on next generation predictive headlight technology
    Ford and Ansys will collaborate to develop next generation predictive headlight technology, Ansys said in a press release on 20 October. The use of high fidelity, physics-based lighting capabilities help simulate the headlight performance virtually, driving down costs and real-world night drives. &n...
    21-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Geely commences production of ZEEKR 001 EV in China
    Geely-owned premium electric car brand ZEEKR has commenced the production of its ZEEKR 001 at its Ningbo-based factory in China. “The first production-ready ZEEKR 001 rolled off the production line earlier today at a special ceremony in ZEEKR’s Intelligent Factory in Ningbo, China,” the compan...
    21-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Ford recalls select EcoSport models in Australia over faulty hood insulators
    Ford Australia has recalled 1029 units of its model year (MY) 2013–17 Ford EcoSport sport utility vehicles (SUVs), because of a potential fire risk, a notice dated 19 October from the transportation department of Australia showed. The recall notice read ‘the hood insulator may becom...
    21-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    2021 CIDEE: Great Wall Motors showcases intelligent driving solutions
    Great Wall Motors has showcased multiple models and intelligent products at the 2021 China International Digital Economy Expo (CIDEE) in September, according to an official press release on 20 October. It showcased Alcolock technology which monitors a driver's alcohol concentration through the u...
    21-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Geotab partners with GM for telematics services in Canada
    Geotab has announced the availability of Geotab Integrated Solution for General Motors in Canada, it said in a press release on 20 October. The solution allows Canadian customers manage entire fleet in one platform without additional hardware installation. Data from compatible model year (MY) 201...
    Stellantis, TheF Charging partner to set up new public EV charging network in Europe
    Amsterdam-based auto major Stellantis and Italy’s TheF Charging have signed a partnership agreement to create a European public charging network accessible to all electric vehicles, with exclusive benefits for the Stellantis customers, the company said on 19 October. The two companies will work...
    Mainland Chinese firm Qihoo 360 Technology to invest USD451 million in Hozon Auto
    Mainland Chinese internet security company Qihoo 360 Technology has announced plans to invest CNY2.9 billion (USD451 million) in Hozon Auto, Pandaily reported on 19 October. This will make Qihoo 360 making it the second-largest shareholder (around 16%) in NETO Auto, a brand under Hozon. Qihoo’s in...
    20-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Ford begins manufacturing Mustang Mach-E in China
    Ford Motor Company said that it has started manufacturing the Mustang Mach-E in China. The locally produced electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) officially rolled off the assembly line at Changan Ford’s manufacturing plant in Chongqing, the company announced on 18 October. Mustang Mach-E will b...
    20-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Volvo introduces new Range Assistant app via OTA update
    Volvo has unveiled a new Range Assistant app for its XC40 Recharge electric vehicle (EV) customers, the carmaker said in a press release on 19 October. The new Range Assistant in-car app has been released in a beta version as part of the latest over-the-air (OTA) software update for cars with an inf...
    20-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Honda to spend USD2 million on initiatives promoting young driver safety
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 18 October, Honda is expanding its "Safety For Everyone" approach with several new initiatives aimed at young driver safety. The multi-pronged effort includes more than USD2 million in safety-related financial assistance, driver safety educ...
    20-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Toyota to invest USD3.4 billion in localizing EV battery production in the U.S. through 2030
    Toyota announced on 18 October that it plans to invest about USD3.4 billion in developing and manufacturing automotive batteries in the U.S. through 2030. The company said that proposed investments on battery production in the U.S. is part of its larger strategy wherein it has earmarked about USD13....
    19-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Stellantis, LG Energy to form JV to produce battery cells for North America
    Amsterdam-based automotive major Stellantis N.V. and South Korean EV battery supplier LG Energy Solution have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a joint venture aimed at manufacturing battery cells and modules for the North American market, the two companies announced on 18 October....
    Taiwan’s Foxconn unveils three electric vehicle concepts at its technology day
    Taiwan’s Foxconn, formerly known as Hon Hai Technology Group, unveiled three indigenously developed electric vehicle concepts – Model C, which is an electric SUV; Model E – an electric sedan and Model T – an electric bus at its technology day on 18 October. According to the industry experts,...
    19-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Ford Motor to invest around USD316 million to produce EV parts at UK plant
    Ford Motor Company plans to invest USD316 million to produce EV components at its Halewood factory in northern England, Reuters reported on 18 October, citing a company announcement. It said that the Ford factory will be retooled to start manufacturing around 2,50,000 power units a year from mid-...
    19-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Renault introduces ‘ONE PEDAL TO PARK’ assistant
    Renault has introduced the ‘one pedal to park’ option for certain vehicles, it said in an official statement on 15 October. Apart from being easier and safer, it also allows the speed of the manoeuvre to be controlled by the driver themselves instead of being defined by the system. “Using t...
    19-Oct-2021 News New Products
    KIA rebrands in-vehicle and app telematics system to KIA CONNECT
    Kia has re-named its in-car and app-based telematics system UVO Connect to Kia Connect, the automaker said in a press release on 29 September. Kia Connect has a series of features to enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality, and user control. Kia Connect will be initially rolled out across Europe...
    Volkswagen's Skoda Auto halts production for two weeks
    According to a press release on Retuers dated October 18th, Volkswagen's Skoda Auto began a two-week outage on Monday as the carmaker deals with a global shortage of chips and other components, according to CTK news agency. Skoda plans to finish 10,000 unfinished vehicles during the outage, which...
    Porsche commercializes 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat
    Porsche has launched sale of the new 3D-printed bucket seats, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. The seat is available for Porsche models such as Boxster, Cayman, and 911 under Porsche Tequipment. "Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in pro...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Honda announces its vehicle electrification strategy in China
    Japanese vehicle manufacturer Honda Motor Company unveiled its vehicle electrification strategy for the China market in a virtual press conference on 13 October. As part of its electrification strategy for the world’s largest car market, all new models to be launched in China after 2030 will be hy...
    Great Wall Motors launches updated Coffee Intelligence 2.0
    Great Wall Motors, in a press release dated 15 October, announced that it had recently launched an updated GWM Coffee Intelligence 2.0. The solution introduced a new electronic and electrical architecture and intelligent drive-by-wire chassis while improving smart cockpits, smart driving, and smart ...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Electric Last Mile Solutions opens Urban Mobility Lab in San Francisco
    Michigan-based manufacturer of light electric commercial vehicles, Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc (ELMS) announced the opening of its ‘Urban Mobility Lab’ in San Francisco, the company said in a press release on 13 October. The new Urban Mobility Lab would be ELMS’ new technology hub for inn...
    BorgWarner secures order to supply P3 drive modules to a major European OEM
    BorgWarner has secured an order to supply its fully integrated P3 hybrid drive module that will power a range of front- and all-wheel drive (AWD) sport utility vehicles (SUVs) for a major European performance-based OEM, the company announced on 14 October without disclosing the name of its customer....
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 18 October 2021
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    Supplier Novares seeks damages from automakers over cancelled orders
    According to a Reuters press release dated 15 October, French auto supplier Novares is suing its customers for tens of millions of euros in damages after a global shortage of semiconductor chips forced many carmakers to halt production and cancel orders. Novares, which manufactures plastic compon...
    Electric Last Mile Solutions signs battery supply agreement with CATL
    Manufacturer of light electric commercial vehicles, Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. (ELMS) announced on 14 October that it has reached an agreement with the Chinese EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) to supply batteries and secure production capacity needed for i...
    Electric Last Mile Solutions and Ample collaborate to provide EV battery swapping solutions
    Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. (ELMS), a manufacturer of electric vehicles for last mile delivery applications, and Ample, Inc., an electric mobility company providing modular battery swapping solutions, plan to collaborate to provide customers with battery swapping solutions, ELMS announced on ...
    Tata Motors plan to invest over USD2 billion in electric vehicles
    India’s leading automaker Tata Motors plans to invest more than USD2 billion in its electric vehicle (EV) business over the next five years, Reuters reported on 13 October, citing a senior company executive. The news comes after the vehicle manufacturer had announced that it has raised USD1 billio...
    15-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Hyundai Motor builds 'Autonomous Driving Test Bed' at Namyang R&D Center
    Hyundai Motor will construct an autonomous driving test bed at the Hyundai and Kia Namyang Technology Research Institute in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, according to a press release published on Business Korea on October 12th. The autonomous driving test bed project is divided into three tasks: o...
    Tata Motors raises USD1 billion from PE firm TPG, creates a subsidiary for its EV business
    Indian automaker Tata Motors Ltd and private equity firm TPG Rise Climate have entered into a binding agreement whereby TPG Rise Climate along with its co-investor ADQ, would invest about USD1 billion in a subsidiary of Tata Motors that will be newly incorporated, the company announced on 12 October...
    LG Electronics agrees to pay USD1.9 billion to General Motors for sharing Bolt EV recall expenses
    General Motors and LG Electronics Inc have reached an agreement under which the Korean supplier of electric vehicle (EV) batteries will reimburse the automaker the costs and expenses associated with the recall of Chevrolet Bolt EVs and EUVs due to manufacturing defects in battery modules, GM announc...
    INFINITI introduces wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility with MY2022 Q60 model
    INFINITI has announced that the model year (MY) 2022 INFINITI Q60 coupe will feature wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility across all grades, according to a press statement on 28 September. MY 2022 Q60 is equipped with a high-resolution INFINITI InTouch dual touchscreen display and INFINITI InTouch S...
    13-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Mitsubishi releases myQ Connected Garage for Outlander and Eclipse Cross vehicles through Apple CarPlay
    Mitsubishi has announced that its Outlander and Eclipse Cross drivers with the My Mitsubishi Connect app and a myQ Connected Garage can now use garage control from their in-vehicle touch screen using Apple CarPlay, according to a company press release on 11 October. It is available in select model&n...
    Chinese EV startup WM Motor expects to raise over USD300 million in series D1 funding round
    WM Motor Holdings Limited, an EV startup from mainland China, is expecting to raise over USD300 million in series D1 funding round, which is led by PCCW Limited and Shun Tak Holdings Limited, it said in a press release on 5 October. The ongoing financing round is also joined by other investors inclu...
    Kia launches Forte sedan with a new 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display
    Kia has launched its model year (MY) 2022 Forte sedan with multiple enhancements like a new 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display, an expanded suite of new and an upgraded Drive Wise advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technology, it said in a press release on 11 October. The sedan features...
    12-Oct-2021 News New Products
    US EV startup Rivian plans to make battery cells in-house
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian Automotive plans to build its own battery cells in-house, a Reuters report filed on 1 October said, citing the automaker’s filing for a US initial public offering (IPO). Rivian currently sources batteries from South Korean supplier Samsung SDI. According to ...
    12-Oct-2021 News New Products
    BMW issues new remote software upgrade for around 2 million vehicles globally
    BMW Group has announced remote software upgrade for around two million vehicles worldwide, it said in a press release on 11 October. The company’s most extensive Remote Software Upgrade campaign yet will begin with the rollout of the latest version of BMW Operating System 7. The rollout will begin...
    12-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai recalls over half a million vehicles over faulty turn signals
    Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 550,000 cars and minivans in the US due to faulty turn signals, the Associated Press reported on 30 September. The turn signals could end up flashing in the opposite direction to what the driver intends. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015–17 Sonata mids...
    11-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    Apple developing technology to allow users control many vehicle interior features through iPhone
    Apple is developing technology that will allow users to control more features in vehicle interiors, including climate-control system and seat adjustments,  through iPhone, Bloomberg reported on 7 October citing “people with knowledge of the effort”. The project, called “IronHeart” inter...
    11-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai Mobis to invest USD1.1 billion in two new hydrogen fuel cell system plants in South Korea
    Hyundai Mobis plans to build two new fuel cell plants in South Korea to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cell systems, the company said in a press release on 7 October. The company had organized a groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant that is slated to produce hydrogen fuel cell stack...
    11-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Stellantis to invest USD229 million in Kokomo, Indiana operations to accelerate EV plans
    Stellantis plans to invest a total of USD229 million in three of its Kokomo, Indiana, plants in an effort to reach its goal of achieving 40% low-emission vehicle sales in the US by 2030, the automaker said in a press release on 7 October. The company said that its head of powertrain operations Br...
    11-Oct-2021 News Investments
    AutoTechInsight Weekly –11 October 2021
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    Xcel Energy announces EV smart charging pilot program with carmakers
    Excel Energy has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) smart charging pilot project that will enable users in Colorado, US, to make a switch to EVs at a time when production of renewable energy is high and demand on the energy grid is low, according to a press release on 30 September. “Achievin...
    LG Electronics provides ADAS camera module for Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    LG Electronics (LG) announced in an official press release dated 6 October that its innovative advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) camera module is now available in the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is now being rolled out in markets worldwide. LG's ADAS uses cutting-edge automotive te...
    Nissan Mexico to halt production due to chip shortage
    According to a Reuters press release dated 6 October, Japanese automaker Nissan will implement temporary work stoppages at two Mexican plants for several days in October due to production adjustments required to manage a semiconductor chip shortage, its Mexico unit said. "We continue to make adju...
    Volvo Cars commences production of C40 Recharge at its Belgium plant
    Volvo Cars announced on 7 October that it has commenced production of its latest battery electric car—the C40 Recharge—at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium. Notably, the C40 Recharge is Volvo Cars’ second fully electric car as the company prepares for a series of new pure electric mode...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Faraday Future selects Draexlmaier Group for interior consoles of FF 91
    Faraday Future Intelligent Electric announced Draexlmaier Group as the lead interior consoles supplier for the flagship FF 91 vehicle in an official press release dated 7 October. The FF 91 front and rear centre consoles will be supplied by Draexlmaier. The consoles will include iPad storage, dua...
    Ambarella builds a Driver Monitoring System with Dongfeng
    Ambarella has built a Driver Monitoring System (DMS) based on the CV25 AI vision SoC and development platform in partnership with Dongfeng Fengshen (Aeolus), it said in a press release on 22 September. The system is used in the Dongfeng Fengshen Yixuan Max sedan. The DMS, also known as a Fatigue ...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Lexus unveils NX models with all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system
    Lexus has unveiled its model year (MY) 2022 NX models with the all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system, it said in a press release on 7 October. It comes with a standard 9.8-inch touchscreen with a new Human Machine Interface (HMI). An optional 14-inch touchscreen includes a three-year trial for D...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    General Motors launches Ultra Cruise, a new advanced driver-assistance technology
    General Motors has unveiled an all-new advanced driver-assistance technology called Ultra Cruise, it said in a press release on 6 October. It is designed to eventually allow for hands-free driving in 95% of all driving scenarios in the US and Canada. Ultra Cruise will cover more than 2 million ...
    07-Oct-2021 News New Products
    BMW Group invests in US based lithium extraction technology startup Lilac Solutions
    To promote environment-friendly, resource-efficient extraction of lithium required for its large-scale electric vehicle (EV) plans, the BMW Group, through its venture capital fund BMW i Ventures, is investing in an innovative process developed by the US-based lithium extraction technology startup, L...
    07-Oct-2021 News Investments
    General Motors, GE Renewable Energy sign MoU for supplies of rare earth materials
    American vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Renewable Energy to secure supplies of heavy and light rare earth materials and magnets, copper and electrical steel that are used for manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs) and ren...
    General Motors targets EV revenue to grow to USD90 billion per annum by 2030
    Disclosing its strategic growth plans through 2030 on its investor day on 6 October, General Motors’ top leadership said that the company is targeting to grow its projected electric vehicle (EV) revenues from about USD10 million in 2023 to about USD90 million per annum by 2030. GM said it is betti...
    Volvo to recall over 460,000 cars globally due to faulty air bags
    Volvo Cars is recalling 460,769 cars worldwide due to faulty air bags, CNBC reported on 5 October. The issue could prove fatal in the event of a crash. Fragments of the inflator inside the air bag may, in certain cases, project out and or strike the passenger, potentially resulting in serious injury...
    06-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    MiX Telematics partners with Ford Pro Intelligence in North America
    MiX Telematics has announced a collaboration with Ford Pro Intelligence to provide its North America customers with richer data sets, it said in a press release on 5 October. The partnership could potentially eliminate the need for the installation of aftermarket hardware in vehicles. The collabo...
    General Motors to set up battery cell innovation center aimed at lowering EV costs
    General Motors plans to set up an all-new battery cell facility, named Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center, aimed at significantly expanding the company's battery technology operations and accelerate development and commercialization of longer range, more affordable electric vehicle (EV) batterie...
    Genesis unveils its first fully-electric car, the GV60
    Hyundai Motor Company’s luxury car arm, Genesis unveiled its first battery electric car, the GV60 in a digital world premier online event on 30 September. Designed a high-performance electric crossover utility vehicle, the GV60 is the first car from Genesis that is built on the parent company’s ...
    06-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Goodyear partners with Citroën to deliver autonomous, urban mobility
    According to an official press release dated 29 September, tire manufacturer Goodyear has announced a collaboration with Citroën to help bring the vision to life by developing a bespoke prototype of the Eagle 360 spherical concept tire. This is the latest collaboration between Goodyear and the C...
    Smart Eye announces new design win with Japanese OEM
    Smart Eye announces a new design win with a global Japanese car manufacturer, according to an official press release dated 1 October. Based on estimated product life cycle forecasts, the new order for one new car model on an existing platform is worth SEK25 million (USD2.86 million) The clie...
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    WiTricity’s wireless EV charging technology all set to debut in South Korea
    US-based wireless charging technology company WiTricity has announced on 4 October that its patented EV charging technology is all set to debut in the South Korean market soon. WiTricity’s patented wireless EV charging technology will be first made available as factory-installed equipment in Hyund...
    05-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Causis E-Mobility plans to set up EV plant, Gigafactory in India
    UK-based electric vehicle startup Causis E-Mobility will invest INR28 billion (USD377 million) to set up a zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facility in Talegaon, near Pune, India, according to a report filed by the newspaper Business Standard on 1 October. The report mentioned th...
    05-Oct-2021 News Investments
    BHP Group collaborates with Toyota and Panasonic for supply of nickel sulphate
    Australian mining company BHP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) to create a green electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem that will enhance sustainability, recyclability and traceability of elements, the co...
    GM, Wolfspeed sign agreement for supply of silicon carbide for EV programs
    American automaker General Motors has forged a strategic supplier agreement with chipmaker Wolfspeed, Inc., which will develop and provide silicon carbide power device solutions for GM’s future electric vehicle (EV) programs, the Detriot-based company said in a press release on 4 October. ...
    Suzuki uses Hitachi Astemo stereo camera in new city car
    Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. has adopted a stereo camera for the New Wagon R Smile City Car, according to an official press release dated 29 September, according to Hitachi Astemo. Suzuki's first New Wagon R Smile features a passage assist function that allows it to safely navigate narrow roads. The hi...
    Genesis premieres GV60 with Face Connect, Digital Key 2
    Genesis has premiered the GV60 with advanced UI/UX technologies, a company press release dated 30 September showed. Face Connect, Fingerprint Authentication System, Over-the-Air (OTA) software update, and Digital Key 2 are among the key features offered. Face Connect enables the vehicle to recogn...
    04-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Tesla rolls out Full Self-Driving Beta software
    Tesla has rolled out a software update allowing customers to request access to its Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software, CNBC reported on 25 September. FSD Beta is an unfinished version of Tesla’s premium driver-assistance software and it reportedly enables the vehicle to automatically chang...
    04-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Maruti Suzuki launches virtual car assistant app for NEXA customers
    Maruti Suzuki has launched an AI-based 24x7 virtual car assistant app called “S-Assist” for its NEXA customers, it said in a press release on 30 September. The voice-enabled virtual car assistant helps provide immersive online post-purchase experience to customers. “Digitization of car serv...
    04-Oct-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 4 October 2021
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    ZKW provides lighting solutions for new Opel Astra
    According to an official press release dated 28 September, ZKW Group announced that it will supply the new Opel Astra with the “Intelli-Lux” Pixel Lite headlamp. Intelli-Lux delivers a precise and fluid lighting gradient tailored to the specific situation at hand, with a total of 168 LED element...
    Foxconn buys Lordstown Motors’ Ohio plant for USD230 million, future EV programs
    Taiwanese electronic products manufacturer Foxconn and Lordstown Motors Corporation, which makes electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs), have reached an agreement in principle wherein the former will purchase the latter’s Ohio-based plant for USD230 million, the company announced on 1 October....
    Hyundai Motor Group launches e-mobility pilot program in Singapore
    South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group has launched an electric mobility pilot program in Singapore in partnership with leading utilities company SP Group and one of the leading local automotive distributors Komoco Motors, the company announced on 25 September. The program aims to ...
    01-Oct-2021 News New Products
    General Motors unveils end-to-end automotive software platform Ultifi
    General Motors has launched Ultifi, an end-to-end automotive customer-centric software platform, the automaker said in a press release on 29 September. Ultifi will use over-the-air (OTA) updates to offer software-defined features, apps and services to customers. Ultifi’s functionality builds up...
    30-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Lucid Motors begins production of Lucid Air, customer deliveries to start from October
    California-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Lucid Motors, which kicked off its ‘Production Preview Week’ involving a series of events such as opening the doors of its advanced manufacturing plant (AMP-1) and powertrain plant (LPM-1) located in Casa Grande, Arizona, to investors, customers, an...
    General Motor’s commercial delivery arm BrightDrop unveils all-new electric light commercial vehicle, EV410
    General Motors’ all-new commercial delivery vehicle arm, BrightDrop has unveiled a new addition to its vehicle lineup, the EV410, a mid-size electric light commercial vehicle designed for smaller, more frequent trips, the company said in a press release on 28 September. GM said that Verizon, on...
    30-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Gaming: The future of the in-vehicle experience
    In-vehicle experience is more than just buzz words. With the automotive industry becoming software-driven, OEMs are not just relying on horsepower or mileage as key selling points, but also infotainment services, smart cockpits, as well as large screens are becoming increasingly important. The growt...
    Hyundai opens 2021 EV Open Innovation Challenge
    Hyundai Motor is opening the 2021 EV Open Innovation Challenge, it said in a press release on 28 September. The challenge will help facilitate collaboration with start-ups on projects related to charging infrastructure and service solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). Hyundai intends on discovering...
    Ford develops new RoadSafe concept to alert drivers to higher risk locations
    Ford has developed a new ‘RoadSafe’ concept to help alert drivers of higher risk locations and offer insights for safety, the American automaker said in a press release on 22 September. RoadSafe uses a smart algorithm for data from connected vehicles, roadside sensors and accident reports to loc...
    28-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Ford Motor, SK Innovation plan to invest USD11.4 billion to set up EV, battery plants in the US
    Announcing its largest ever investment in the US in electric vehicles (EVs) on 27 September, Ford Motor Company and its South Korean battery partner SK Innovation plans to invest USD11.4 billion in setting up production sites at Tennessee and Kentucky, creating nearly 11,000 new jobs. The plan in...
    28-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Geely plans to set up 5,000 EV battery swapping stations for electric cars in China by 2025
    Chinese vehicle manufacturer Geely plans to set up a network of 5,000 battery swapping stations for electric cars in China by 2025, according to a report filed by electrive.com on 27 September. It said that the EV battery swapping service is called as E-Energee, which saw its first battery swapping ...
    Hyundai recalls select MY 2017 Tucson and Sonata models over risk of engine fire
    Hyundai Motor is recalling over 130,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada for an issue with the engine that could increase the risk of a fire, Automotive News Canada reported on 24 September. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2017 Tucson and MY2017 Sonata Hybrid sedans with 2L Nu GDI ...
    27-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    EV startup Mullen Technologies partner hofer powertrain for supply of electric drive systems
    California-based EV startup Mullen Technologies Inc. has entered into an agreement with German powertrain solutions supplier, hofer powertrain GmbH to partner in the development and manufacturing of electric drive systems and components for Mullen's upcoming electric vehicle (EV) lineup, the company...
    Mercedes-Benz acquires stake in EV battery JV Automotive Cells Company
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has acquired an equity stake in European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to secure and scale up the development and production of high-performance battery cells and modules, the company said announced on 24 September. ACC was set up la...
    BMW rolls out technology updates for its iDrive 7
    BMW has rolled out upgrades for customers with iDrive 7, the German carmaker said in a press release on 22 September. The updates include features such as Amazon Alexa for iDrive 7, Uneven Road Surface warning, and Remote Engine Start on demand. To integrate Amazon Alexa Car in the iDrive 7,...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Samsung in talks with Tesla to make next-gen self-driving chips
    According to a Business Standard press release dated 24 September, Samsung is reportedly in talks with Tesla to produce next-generation self-driving chips based on Samsung's 7-nanometer chip production process. The press release, which quoted Korean Economic Daily, stated that both companies...
    Volvo to go leather-free on the interiors of its EV models
    According to an official press release dated 23 September, Volvo plans to discontinue the use of leather and other byproducts derived from the cattle industry in its vehicles. According to the company, the C40 Recharge will be the first model with a completely leather-free interior. Volvo has sta...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 27 September 2021
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    EU court adviser finds VW 'temperature window' software is broadly illegal
    According to a Reuters press release dated 23 September, software used by Volkswagen AG to alter pollutant emissions based on temperature and altitude is illegal unless it prevents potentially dangerous sudden engine damage, an adviser to the European Union's top court said on Thursday. If confir...
    Ford recalls select MY2021 Mustang Mach-E models in Canada over issues with glass roof and windshield
    Ford has issued a recall of nearly 5,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles (EVs) in Canada owing to a risk of the glass roof and windshield potentially coming loose and falling off, Electrek reported on 21 September. The American automaker mentioned that it has issued a recall of 1,812 MY2021...
    24-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    Long Beach partners with Mercedes-Benz, Xtelligent to improve mobility by using vehicle data
    Mercedes-Benz has entered a partnership with the City of Long Beach and Xtelligent to enhance and develop transportation technology systems for urban transportation management using connected vehicle data, it said in a press release on 23 September. The partnership is in line with Long Beach's visio...
    Honda to integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into a new model in North America
    Honda has announced a partnership with Google under which the automaker will integrate Google’s in-vehicle connected service into a new model that will come to market in the second half of 2022 in North America, according to a company press release on 22 September. The companies have been in partn...
    E.ON and Volkswagen launch EV fast charger with storage battery
    German utility company E.ON and carmaker Volkswagen (VW) have together launched an electric vehicle (EV) fast charger with storage battery, the vehicle manufacturer said in a press release on 22 September. According to the company, the EV fast charger, named ‘E.ON Drive Booster’, does not nee...
    Constellium to supply aluminum structural components for Ford’s upcoming EV, F-150 Lightning
    Global supplier of aluminum components Constellium SE announced on 23 September that it will supply aluminum structural components to Ford Motor Company for its upcoming electric pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Lightning. The electric vehicle (EV) is expected to be launched early next year. The...
    VW and Porsche recall 2020–21 models due to brake booster issue
    According to NHTSA Safety Recall Reports 21V-695 and 21V-697 submitted on 8 September, automakers Volkswagen Group of America and Porsche Cars North America Inc are recalling certain model year 2020–21 vehicle models to address a Bosch electric brake booster manufacturing issue that increases...
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    Polestar opens first independent R&D center in UK
    Swedish premium electric performance vehicle manufacturer Polestar announced via press release on 14 September that it will be opening a new R&D center at the MIRA Technology Park in the UK’s Midlands. According to the press release, the 250-strong team at the UK facility will be worki...
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    ŠKODA Auto develops eco-material for interiors
    According to an official press release dated 22 September ŠKODA AUTO's Technical Development department has developed a sustainable, ecological material and applied for a patent in collaboration with the Technical University of Liberec. Sugar beet pulp is used to create the novel raw material....
    24-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Startup AEM’s OCTOPUS project to deliver E-Axle free of rare earth materials to Bentley
    UK-based startup that designs and develops electric motors and powertrain systems, Advanced Electric Machines Ltd (AEM) announced on 1 September that it will deliver an e-axle, free of rare earth materials, that uses next-generation integrated power electronics to create market-leading power density...
    23-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Ford Motor and Redwood Materials partner to build closed-loop battery recycling
    US vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company and battery materials company Redwood Materials have teamed up to build closed-loop battery recycling capabilities while contributing to the domestic battery supply chain for EVs, the Michigan-based OEM said in a press release on 22 September. Ford and R...
    General Motors partners with Amazon for OnStar Emergency Service at home
    General Motors has partnered with Amazon to introduce the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa, the automaker said in a press release on 22 September. The new feature will enable a voice-based connection to emergency-certified OnStar advisors from home through Alexa devices. “Through our coll...
    23-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Ford to invest another USD250 million at Rouge EV Center to add capacity of F-150 Lightning
    Ford Motor Company plans to invest an additional USD250 million and add another 450 direct jobs across its facilities located in Michigan, including the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville components plant, the company said in a press release on 16 Sept...
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