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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Toyota recalls select MY2021 RAV4 Prime over software issues in HEV-ECU
    Toyota has announced a recall of 16,000 units of MY2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the United States over a software issue that could cause the car’s hybrid system to shut down, it said in a press release on 2 February. The Hybrid Vehicle Control ECU (HEV-ECU) in the PHEV contains software that could cause the hybrid system to shut down after driving continuously in “EV mode” in cold temperatures and then the accelerator pedal is rapidly pre...
    Marelli gets contract to supply BMS to global carmaker from 2026
    Marelli has signed a contract to supply its battery management system (BMS) to a major global carmaker, it said in a press release dated 2 February. The BMS will be used in battery electric vehicle (BEV) small-medium cars from 2026. Marelli will also provide both the hardware and the boot loader software of the battery management system for segment A, B, and C full electric vehicles. “We are glad of this relevant assignment, particularly as this is for a technology which has a key role...
    Polestar, Luminar expand partnership on lidar systems
    Polestar and Luminar have announced plans to deepen their partnership by expanding the integration of Luminar’s technology on the Polestar 5, the electric 4-door GT expected to launch in 2024 based on the Polestar Precept concept car, according to a press release on 2 February 2023. This expanded partnership provides a foundation to further collaborate on lidar integration and design on Polestar’s future vehicles. “Luminar is at the forefront of lidar technology development and thi...
    Audi to create around 400 new IT jobs for automotive software development
    Audi has announced that it is looking to create around 400 new IT jobs, according to a company press release dated 1 February. In total, up to 2,000 new jobs are planned by 2025. “Early on, Audi adopted a clear strategy toward e-mobility and digitalization. This enables us to make key hirings now, especially in the crucial fields of the future. In this area, we are pooling our strengths across the Volkswagen Group. The many-sided task that Audi offers of merging the worlds of software and c...
    Porsche invests in ABB E-mobility Holding
    Porsche Automobil Holding SE has invested a double-digit million-euro amount in ABB E-mobility Holding in a private placement, it said in a press release on 1 February. ABB stated that it divested 12% of its shares to a total of four minority investors for CHF325 million (USD357 million) in funds. The total volume of the private placement completed amounts to about CHF525 million. The proceeds will be used to accelerate the organic growth of the company as well as for acquisitions. “With...
    Mercedes-Benz upgrades GLE and GLE Coupé with latest connected and autonomous technologies
    Mercedes-Benz has installed the second generation of the  Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system in the GLE and GLE Coupé, it said in a press release dated 31 January. The driver and central displays each measure 12.3 inches while the central display can also be operated directly as a touchscreen while wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto are now available. The appearance can be individualized with a total of three display styles (classic, sporty, and discreet) and...
    NIRA Dynamics collaborates with Zeekr to develop next-gen ADAS
    NIRA Dynamics has announced a new collaboration with Chinese OEM Zeekr to accelerate development of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) solutions, according to a press release on 1 February 2023. Since last year the companies have collaborated around increased vehicle safety. First to reach the Chinese market is ‘Zeekr 009’, which is available for consumers across China. Some of the highlights: Increased wheel safety. Using software only, NIRA provides a wheel monitoring syst...
    NHTSA to probe Ford over complaints of windshield detachment
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have opened a safety probe into Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over reports of windshield trim panels detaching while driving at highway speeds, Reuters reported on 31 January. The US auto safety regulator said it was opening the preliminary evaluation into more than 1.8 million model year (MY) 2011 through 2019 Explorer SUVs. According to the article, NHTSA said that some of the complaints reported that the driver o...
    Mazda debuts MY 2024 Mazda CX-90 featuring ADAS
    Mazda North American has introduced the 2024 Mazda CX-90, according to a press release on 31 January 2023. Built on Mazda's all-new large platform, the three-row crossover represents the company's new flagship vehicle with wider, longer, and more aggressive proportions. Mazda CX-90 is available with all-new electrified powertrains, including an inline 6 turbo and a plug-in hybrid, that offer drivers enhanced performance and efficiency. “At Mazda, our focus is to deliver an ownership expe...
    Nissan plans to invest in Renault Group’s EV and software division Ampere
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corporation said on 30 January 2023 that it plans to invest in Ampere, the electric vehicle (EV) and software division of the French carmaker and its ally Renault Group, with an aim of becoming a strategic shareholder. The plan is part of three-stage that Nissan and Renault are taking to strengthen the ties of the Alliance and maximize value creation for all stakeholders, both the company said in a joint statement Monday. The two companies plan to work joint...
    Toyota selects Turkey plant to produce PHEVs, batteries in Europe
    Japanese automaker Toyota’s European arm said on 30 January 2023 that the company plans to produce the second-generation Toyota C-HR at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya, Turkey. In addition, TMMT will be Toyota’s first European plant to start producing plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), and the first to be equipped with a battery production line. TMMT is slated to produce the Toyota C-HR in hybrid as well as PHEV versions, which will make the model first PHEV passeng...
    Microvast to supply battery packs to REE Automotive for its commercial EV platforms
    US battery maker Microvast Holdings, Inc. and REE Automotive, Ltd. have signed a supply and purchase agreement wherein the former will supply MV-C Gen 4 HpCO high-energy lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs to the latter, Microvast said on 26 January 2023. Microvast’s battery packs will power REE Automotive’s commercial electric vehicle (EV) platform, the company said, adding that the customers will benefit from this partnership by combining REE’s zero-emission commercial vehicles with Mi...
    Ilika Technologies leads USD9.9 million Faraday Battery Challenge collaboration project
    UK-based solid-state battery (SSB) technology company Ilika Technologies Ltd has announced on 25 January 2023 that it is leading a 24-month, GBP8 million (USD9.9 million) Faraday Battery Challenge collaboration project. The project, which is codenamed ‘History’, is slated to start on 1 February 2023 and will focus on integrating high silicon content electrodes into Ilika’s Goliath solid-state batteries developed for electric vehicles (EVs), to enable automotive level performance. Ili...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    General Motors evaluating the use of cylindrical batteries over pouch format for EVs
    US automaker General Motors is evaluating the use of cylindrical batteries over the pouch batteries in its electric vehicles (EVs), according to a news report published by the Korean publication THE ELEC on 25 January 2023. The report cited anonymous sources aware of the new developments at GM. It added that GM’s new battery plans has brought about talks with LG Energy Solution (LGES) over the planned construction of the fourth battery plant by Ultium Cells, a JV between GM and LGES, to be ...
    Volkswagen plans to install 25,000 high-power charging points globally by end 2023
    Europe’s largest automaker Volkswagen plans to set up a network of about 25,000 high-power electric vehicle (EV) charging (HPC) points worldwide by the end of 2023, the company said on 27 January 2023. The target includes VW’s plan of setting up about 10,000 HPC points in Europe alone by the end of 2023. The company added that it has recently completed an interim assessment of its global network of fast-charging points around the world and it found that it has already installed about 15,0...
    General Motors to invest USD918 million on V-8 engine production, EV components
    US automaker General Motors Company plans to invest USD918 million in four of its US-based manufacturing facilities, including USD854 million to prepare these facilities to produce its sixth-generation small block V-8 engine and an additional USD64 million in Rochester, New York, and Defiance, Ohio for castings and components to support electric vehicle (EV) production, the company announced on 20 January 2023. According to the company, with the fresh plant investment, GM’s cumulative manuf...
    Ford to recall 462,000 vehicles globally due to issue in rearview camera display
    Ford Motor has announced a recall of 462,000 vehicles globally due to video output which could fail, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying, Reuters reported on 27 January. The recall covers select MY 2020–23 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and MY 2020–22 Lincoln Corsair vehicles featuring 360-degree cameras. Out of the 462,000 vehicles, 382,000 will be recalled in the United States. Significance: The automaker said it has reports of 17 minor crashes relating to the recall iss...
    Suzuki Motor Corporation chalks out global EV strategy for FY 2030
    Revealing its global electric vehicle (EV) strategy for fiscal year (FY) 2030 on 26 January 2023, Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation said it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan and Europe by 2050 and in India by 2070, based on the target set by the respective governments. To achieve the same, the company said that it plans to focus on creating solutions that are unique to Suzuki, which are to develop products and services focused on the customer and grow along with the operat...
    BMW i Ventures invests in EV charging management platform Ampeco
    BMW i Ventures, German luxury carmaker BMW Group’s venture capital arm, has taken the position of lead investor in Ampeco, an electric vehicle (EV) charging management platform that enables large-scale public, business, fleet, and residential providers to manage EV chargers at scale, BMW announced on 25 January 2023. The company said that the funding in Ampeco will be used to drive further expansion into North America and Europe, while also growing the startup’s engineering and product in...
    Honda collaborates with GS Yuasa for high-capacity Li-ion battery
    Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company Ltd. and the battery maker GS Yuasa International Ltd. have signed a basic agreement to collaborate on developing high-capacity, high-output lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, Honda announced on 23 January 2023. Honda said the two companies will discuss specifics with the goal of establishing a joint venture company by the end of 2023. Commenting on the early agreement with GS Yuasa, Toshihiro Mibe, director, president, and representative executive offic...
    BMW announces interior updates for spring 2023
    BMW has announced feature updates for Spring 2023, which includes both the interior and exterior, it said in a press release dated 25 January. Among the new additions, the extended Parking Assistant Professional available for BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App via a smartphone. The BMW 4 Series...
    BMW Group to expand partnership with SAP for digitization of supply chain
    BMW Group will expand its partnership with SAP to accelerate digital transformation, it said in a press release dated 26 January. The entire SAP landscape will be migrated to RISE with SAP for digitization. The cloud strategy will be merged with SAP landscape on S/4HANA to drive business areas such as finance, parts supply, warehousing, supply chain, and production. “This strategic decision will help us to drive our digitalization leadership even faster forward. We are increasing the flexib...
    onsemi, Volkswagen Group partner on SiC technology for next-generation EVs
    onsemi has announced that it signed a strategic agreement with German Volkswagen to provide modules and semiconductors that enable a complete electric vehicle (EV) traction inverter solution for VW’s next-generation platform family, according to a press release on 25 December 2023. The semiconductors are part of an overall system optimization and provide a solution that supports the VW models' front and rear traction inverters. As part of the agreement, onsemi will provide in a first sta...
    Volvo recalls around 106,900 vehicles globally over faulty brakes
    Volvo has issued a recall of 106,900 vehicles worldwide over potential issues with automatic safety brakes, according to multiple reports on 25 January. The electronic braking support function is affected when the system takes over in the event of an emergency. It does not impact manual braking using brake pedals. Vehicles being recalled are model year (MY) 2023 C40, XC40, S60, V60, XC60, V90, and XC90 models. Volvo is set to issue a free software update to fix the issue.
    Porsche develops new infotainment system for sixth-generation 911
    Porsche has unveiled retrofit infotainment systems for sixth-generation 911 including model year (MY) 2005-2008 generation 997, Boxster and Cayman generation 987 for MY 2005-2008 and the first-generation Cayenne for MY 2003-2008, it said in a press release dated 19 January. “There is huge demand for contemporary networking of our timeless classics. And soon after the successful launch of the infotainment systems for retrofitting, we received corresponding queries from owners of early 911 ge...
    CATL plans to build new integrated intelligent chassis plant in Yichun, China
    According to a press release on 25 January 2023, Contemporary Amperex Intelligence Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CATL, and the Yichun Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee have entered into a partnership for the CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC) production base project in the city of Yichun, Southeast China's Jiangxi Province. CAIT-SH is dedicated to the development, manufacture, sales, and provision of CIIC's services. In accordance with the agr...
    BMW unveils new M3 CS with latest-generation iDrive based on Operating System 8
    BMW has unveiled its new M3 CS model with the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8, it said in a press release dated 25 January. It includes BMW Curved Display for the cockpit. A 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches are housed together behind a curved glass surface. The information display’s graphical layout and M‑style content features all driving-related data and vehicle status and settings i...
    BMW, Solid Power deepen partnership to advance all-solid-state battery cell design
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group and US-based battery technology company Solid Power have deepened their partnership with a new joint development agreement to further advance the all-solid-state battery cell design and manufacturing know-how, BMW said on 20 January 2023. “Under an expanded joint development agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a basis for their common next steps. This license enables BMW to establish an ASSB prototype line in...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    BMW issues OTA upgrade for 4.7 million vehicles
    BMW Group has announced that it will update software in its vehicles with BMW iDrive Operating System 7 and 8 via over-the-air (OTA), according to a company press release dated 20 January. At present, a about 4.7 million BMW vehicles are upgradeable. The Remote Software Upgrade is currently available in over 30 models. Customers will be able to see the software status in the settings menu of their vehicle under Remote Software Upgrade and can search for available upgrades. Significance: Ne...
    Volkswagen drops heat pump from ID range due to semiconductor shortage
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen (VW) has stopped offering the optional heat pump in its electric cars under the ID range, according to a news report published by online news portal ELECTRIVE on 19 January 2023. The report said that VW has dropped the heat pumps from its ID series for the time being due to the persisting shortage of semiconductors. Interestingly, the automaker has also confirmed the reason to the publication. Citing VW’s response, the report said, “Due to the ongoin...
    CATL, NIO deepen strategic partnership with a five-year cooperation agreement
    Deepening their strategic partnership, China’s largest battery manufacturing company Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) and Shanghai-headquartered electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO Inc. have signed a five-year comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement on 17 January 2023. The agreement was signed by Wei Zhu, executive president of the passenger vehicle business unit of CATL, and Alan Zeng, senior vice president of NIO in the city of Ningde, Southeast China's Fujian...
    Mercedes-Benz unveils CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation
    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake with new MBUX generation and optional immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos, it said in a press release dated 18 January. The vehicles also feature free-standing double screen, a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch display as standard, while two 10.25-inch displays with a wide-screen are also optionally available. There are three options: Classic, which provides all relevant driver information; Sporty, with a dynamic rev counter;&nbs...
    DANA opens new plant in Queretaro, Mexico to supply Toyota
    DANA Cardanes has inaugurated a new plant in Querétaro that will have a production line for Toyota, according to a report published by MEXICONOW on 18 January 2023. The establishment of the new plant represents an investment of close to USD21 million and the generation of 110 direct jobs, which could increase to 300 once the three lines of the entire project are up and running. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, director of operations at DANA Cardanes, revealed that three production lines ...
    Toyota limits orders for Lexus due to chip shortage in Japan
    According to a report published by Nikkei Asia on 18 January 2023, Toyota Motor is limiting orders of its Lexus luxury car in Japan. As the shortage of components, including in-vehicle semiconductors, is expected to continue through 2023, the company has set a cap on the number of orders allocated to each dealership. This spring, a mechanism for sharing delivery date information with dealers up to two years in advance will be implemented to ensure consistent order fulfillment. The order restr...
    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Stellantis secures supply of nickel sulphate from Terrafame for EV batteries
    Stellantis N.V. and Terrafame Ltd.  have signed a supply agreement for nickel sulphate to be used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, Stellantis announced on 18 January 2023. Under the agreement, the Finnish battery material supplier is slated to start supplying Stellantis with nickel sulphate over the five-year term, beginning in 2025. Commenting on the arrangement with Terrafame, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, said, “This agreement is part of the key raw material sourcing to fit with...
    Hyundai Motor plans to begin assembling Ioniq 5 EV in Singapore in H1 CY2023
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor plans to start assembling its Ioniq 5 electric vehicle (EV) at its plant in Singapore in the first half of CY 2023, according to a news report published by The Straits Times on 11 January 2023. To mark the milestone, Hyundai plans to auction for the number plates of its first 100 cars assembled in Singapore. These EVs will have special number plates with the EVS prefix, which stands for EV made in Singapore. The report stated that the carmaker plans to init...
    Volvo upgrades range for C40 and XC40 models
    Volvo has announced that it has improved both the range (WLTP) and charging for the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge compared to the previous versions, according to a company press release dated 16 January. The range has been increased by as much as 60 kilometers on some variants. The C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge variants will receive three new powertrains, including include two rear-wheel-drive variants as well as a revised all-wheel-drive performance model. “These updates are another big ...
    Startup Freetech partners with Dongfeng Nissan to integrate ADAS
    Freetech has partnered with Dongfeng Nissan Qichen, under which the startup will equip Qichen brand vehicles with ODIN digital intelligence base solution using its front view camera FVC3, Equal Ocean reported on 17 January. The Freetech ODIN intelligent driving base system features domain controller hardware, sensors, autonomous driving algorithms and closed-loop data management systems. Significance: Freetech develops full-stack smart driving solutions that include both hardware and software...
    Hyundai unveils new KONA model with Digital Key 2 Touch
    Hyundai Motor has unveiled details of its new generation KONA subcompact sport utility vehicle (SUV) for South Korea, according to a company press release dated 18 January. The vehicle comes with a 12.3-inch integrated dual screen display. The first-row’s relaxation comfort seat option is optimized for ‘weightless’ body pressure distribution to help alleviate fatigue after long-haul driving. Users can lock, unlock, and start using the Digital Key 2 Touch, which uses near-field comm...
    BMW to offer Bundesliga in-car app via OTA in 7 Series models
    BMW has partnered with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to test Bundesliga content in a vehicle in a pilot application, according to a company press release on 18 January. Selected content from the Bundesliga will be made available via an app on the BMW Curved Display. The pilot is initially scheduled to run until end-March 2024. The in-car app will be installed over-the-air (OTA) in the new BMW 7 Series. Initially available only in Germany, other countries in Europe, America, and Asia will soon ...
    Magna to supply Ram Trucks with ClearView vision system
    In a press release announcement on 18 January 2023, Magna said that its advanced ClearView vision technology has made its production debut on the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The system combines camera and mirror technology and has the potential to minimize blind-spot incidents and improve vehicle safety by increasing the vehicle's visibility. In addition to making it easier to park and maneuver the car, ClearView delivers additional advantages. “ClearVi...
    Subaru unveils Solterra SUV featuring Level 2 ADAS at Singapore Motorshow 2023
    Subaru's first EV, the Solterra sport utility vehicle (SUV) officially made its first ASEAN debut featuring Level 2 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) at the Singapore Motorshow 2023, according to Subaru Asia’s press release on 12 January 2023. Equipped with All-Wheel Drive with X-MODE and the highest ground clearance of any electric vehicle (EV), the Solterra embodies Subaru's brand values and exceptional off-road DNA. Built on the e-SUBARU Global Platform, which features a...
    Volvo plans to invest in autonomous vehicle technology startup Waabi
    In a press release announcement on 18 January 2023, Volvo Group Venture Capital AB said that it has invested in the Canadian-founded company Waabi Innovation Inc, developing the next generation of autonomous trucking technology. The investment highlights the companies' shared commitment to redefine the way they move goods and accelerate the deployment of future transport solutions. “The company Waabi is using advanced artificial intelligence technology to test, assess skills, and ultimat...
    Maruti Suzuki recalls over 17,000 cars for defect in airbag controller
    Maruti Suzuki has recalled 17,362 vehicles manufactured between December 8 and January 12, Money Control reported on January 18. The recall is due to a defect in the airbag controller. Affected models include the Alto K10, S-Presso, Eeco, Brezza, Baleno, and Grand Vitara. Maruti will inspect and replace the airbag controller if required, free of cost. The defect could result in the non-deployment of the airbags and seat belt pretensioners in the event of a vehicle crash.
    Stellantis, Vulcan Energy Resources sign term sheet to develop geothermal projects in Europe
    Stellantis N.V. and Vulcan Energy Resources Limited have signed a binding term sheet for the first phase of a multiphase project to develop new geothermal projects aimed at decarbonizing the energy mix of the carmaker’s Rüsselsheim-based industrial site in Germany, Stellantis said on 17 January 2023. Notably, Stellantis’s Rüsselsheim site is home to both the DS4 and Opel Astra brands. The company estimates that the project with Vulcan could provide a significant portion of the industria...
    Geely teams up with Alibaba for autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit solutions
    Geely has partnered with Alibaba for holistic digitization, including in the fields of autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit, industrial internet, mobility services, digital marketing, and sustainable development, Equal Ocean reported on 16 January. Amap, Alibaba’s digital map and navigation service provider, Alibaba Cloud, and vehicle operating system provider Banma Network Technology will provide Geely with smart cockpit, smart mobility, and vehicle ecology services. Significance: Un...
    Honda, LG Energy Solution formally establish their battery JV company in the US
    Japanese carmaker Honda and South Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution have announced the formal establishment of their joint venture—L-H Battery Company, Inc—on 13 January 2023. The joint venture (JV) company, wherein LG Energy Solution will have a 51% ownership and the remaining with Honda, is slated to produce lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicles (EVs) developed and manufactured by Honda. According to the official note issued by LG Energy Solution, the JV will begi...
    India Auto Expo 2023: BYD plans to launch battery electric sedan Seal in India by Q4 CY2023
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD has confirmed that the company will launch its electric sedan Seal by the fourth quarter of 2023, with deliveries also scheduled to commence around the same time, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The BYD Seal is based on the company’s e-Platform 3.0 and comes with two battery packs—a 61.4kWh unit and an 82.5 kWh unit. While the former has a claimed driving range of 550 km, the latter battery variant can provi...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors unveils Harrier, Safari red dark edition featuring ADAS
    Tata Motors Ltd has launched the Harrier and Safari red dark edition with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 12 January 2023. The automaker already offers the Dark version of the two SUVs, but the 'Red' prefix introduces modifications that go beyond just aesthetics. This new edition brings a bigger, enhanced touchscreen and ADAS technology to the Harrier and Safari lineup,...
    HARMAN to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences to Ferrari
    HARMAN has signed a multiyear, multifaceted partnership with Ferrari to deliver next generation of in-cabin experiences, it said in a press release on 13 January. Ferrari will use HARMAN Ready Upgrade hardware and software for optimal cabin experiences across the entire vehicle lineup. “HARMAN Automotive and Ferrari share an expertise, tenacity and innovation mindset tailor-made for activating a new era of driving. I have no doubt this combination will deliver experiences that will excite c...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    India Auto Expo 2023: MG Motor India showcases hydrogen fuel cell–powered MPV
    Chinese automaker SAIC–backed MG Motor India has showcased a range of new energy vehicles at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi including its third-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology–powered MPV Euniq 7, the company said in a media note on 12 January 2023. According to the company, the hydrogen fuel cell system was first launched as the Phoenix No. 1 fuel cell vehicle project in 2001. The fuel cell system, which is in its third generation and is also known as Prome P390, comes ...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils compact SUV Fronx, aims to strengthen its SUV lineup
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) has unveiled an all-new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Fronx, which is aimed at pulling new-age buyers, at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi on 12 January 2023. The unveiling of Fronx, along with the global premiere of five-door, off-road-capable Jimny, is part of Maruti Suzuki’s plan of strengthening its SUV lineup for the domestic market. “Featuring high-end powertrain technologies and the best of Suzuki’s SUV lineage, both Fr...
    Mahindra & Mahindra selects startup Sibros to provide OTA update solutions
    Sibros has announced a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) for over-the-air (OTA) update solutions that will be deployed on Born Electric portfolio of electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs), according to a company press release on 12 January. Sibros will deploy its Deep Logger and Deep Updater in-vehicle and cloud products on Mahindra’s INGLO EV platform and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud. “The Sibros platform was purpose built for the future of connected vehicles by p...
    Wejo partners with Toyota Motor North America for connected vehicle data
    Wejo Group has entered into a data agreement with Toyota Motor North America, it said in a press release on 12 January, with Wejo to offer personalized connected vehicle data services for participating cloud-connected fleet vehicles in the United States. The data from Toyota’s connected fleet vehicles will allow telematics service providers (TSPs), fleet owners, and fleet management service (FMS) companies get insights on geographic locations, fuel, odometer and speed readings, and tir...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Group evaluating EV battery cell plants in Europe, India
    Indian conglomerate Tata Group is looking to set up battery cell plants in India and Europe for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a news report published by Reuters on 12 January 2023. The report cited Tata Motors CFO PB Balaji, who spoke to Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi. Tata Motors CFO further told Reuters that localizing battery cell manufacturing is key to increasing local components in electric cars while making the EVs more affor...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors plans to expand EV portfolio
    India’s leading automaker Tata Motors plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio with new models and higher price points, according to a news report published by Reuters on 11 January 2023. The report cited the company managing director Shailesh Chandra, who said that Tata Motors aims to cement its position as the top selling electric car company in India. Chandra also told the publication that the carmaker plans to develop and offer EVs to address the needs of a range of buye...
    Samsung SDI mulls building a joint EV battery plant in Hungary with BMW
    South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI is considering setting up a battery manufacturing facility jointly with its largest customer BMW in Hungary, according to a news report published by Business Korea on 12 January 2023. The report said that the development follows a high-profile meeting between Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Jae-yong and BMW chairman Oliver Zipse in December 2022. It said that Samsung SDI is considering building a third plant in Göd, Hungary, in proxim...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils 5-door SUV Jimny
    Maruti Suzuki India Limited has unveiled the 5-door Jimny sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the first time on 12 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023. The Jimny SUV will be introduced in India first, followed by Suzuki’s global markets, the company said in its official note on 12 January 2023. The carmaker said that the Jimny SUV is built on a ladder frame chassis, 3-link rigid axle suspension and ALLGRIP PRO (4WD) with low range transfer gear (4L mode). The SUV comes loaded with s...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Hyundai launches Ioniq 5 EV at under USD55,100
    India’s second largest carmaker Hyundai Motor has launched its popular Ioniq 5 crossover in the subcontinent on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The EV is launched at an introductory price of INR4.49 million (under USD55,100) for the first 500 customers. The company has commenced bookings for the Ioniq 5 crossover for INR0.1 million (USD1,225). The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is powered by a 72.6 kWh battery, which...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors unveils Harrier EV concept, Sierra EV to go on sale in 2025
    Tata Motors Ltd has unveiled the Harrier electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Harrier electric vehicle (EV) has been unveiled in a close-to-production guise and is slated to go on sale in India in 2024, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The report stated that the Tata Harrier EV concept carries over the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture used by the internal combustion engine (ICE)...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils eVX electric SUV concept
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has unveiled eVX electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo. The concept eVX is a mid-size electric SUV concept designed and developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan offering futuristic SUV design elements with an upright posture and commanding high seating, the company said in an official note on 11 January 2023. The concept electric SUV eVX will be powered by a 60-kWh battery pack offering u...
    CES 2023: Stellantis establishes independent unit to generate revenue from vehicle data
    Stellantis has announced the establishment of an independent business unit called Mobilisights at CES 2023, according to a company press release dated 5 January. The unit will be responsible for growing the company’s data as a service (DaaS) business. “The vision for Mobilisights is to contribute to a smarter world, leveraging the insights that vehicle data provide to inspire innovative applications and services that can transform and dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of users and...
    Ushr to supply HD map to Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist 2.0 ADAS
    Ushr has announced that it will supply its high-definition map (HD map) data to Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system, which will be used in model year (MY) 2023 Nissan Ariya all-electric crossover, according to a company press release on 5 January. Ushr worked with Mitsubishi Electric to integrate its data into ProPILOT Assist 2.0. “We have been collaborating with Nissan for a long time, and we are excited to grow our relationship with Ushr to help enable Nissan...
    Ford Motor to partner LG Energy Solution for Turkey battery plant after SK On withdraws
    US automaker Ford Motor Company plans to partner with South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution on its Turkey-based electric vehicle (EV) battery plant project after its strategic ally SK On withdrew from the deal, according to a news report published by Automotive News Europe on 9 January 2023. The new development comes as the carmaker plans to accelerate the shift to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) while diversifying its battery suppliers, the report said, citing sources a...
    Mercedes-Benz plans to manufacture electric vans in three continents from 2025
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to manufacture electric vans based on its all-new VAN.EA electric platform across three continents from 2025, according to a news report published by the online news portal Electrive.com on 10 January 2023. The news report cited a German publication Automobilwoche. Citing Mercedes Vans boss Mathias Geisen, the report said that the company plans to build VAN.EA models at its manufacturing facilities in the US and China, among the chosen glob...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls over 320,000 vehicles due to engine stalling
    Mercedes-Benz has announced a recall of select model year (MY) 2012 to 2020 ML and GLE sport utility vehicles (SUVs) because of concerns that water could collect in the spare tire wheel, leading to a possible fuel pump malfunction and subsequent engine stall. 323,963 SUVs are set to be recalled, Consumer Reports noted on 5 January. The automaker suggests that drivers could become aware of the problem if they notice a damp carpet in the cargo area, the sound of water sloshing, or a check-...
    FocalPoint collaborates with General Motors for next generation GPS technologies
    FocalPoint has announced a partnership General Motors which will look at the potential applications of Supercorrelation technology in future vehicles, according to a company press release on 5 January. It also announced an investment from GM Ventures, though the amount was undisclosed. FocalPoint’s Supercorrelation technology can make navigation and positioning more precise, especially in dense urban environments, which we believe can have significant benefits for the ongoing growth and cap...
    Xiaomi may launch its first electric car by end 2023
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is developing two electric vehicle (EV) models, with the first model being an electric midsized sedan estimated to be priced around CNY300,000 (about USD44,000), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 6 January 2023. The report cited a local media outlet named LatePost. The report stated that Xiaomi's first model, which is an electric midsized sedan, is internally codenamed Modena and will be offered in two versions wherein the lower-priced version...
    India Auto Expo 2023: MG Motors launches 2023 MG Hector featuring ADAS in India
    According to a report published by HT Auto on 9 January 2023, MG Motor India has unveiled the next-generation Hector sport utility vehicle (SUV) featuring Level 2 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The Autonomous Level 2 SUV offers 11 ADAS features including Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) and Auto Turn Indicators. It now has more than 75 connected features including 100 voice commands. The Hector will continue to feature a spacious interior and a number of seating configurations. O...
    Renault evaluates developing mass market EVs in India
    French automaker Renault is evaluating the possibility of developing a mass-market electric vehicle (EV) in India, according to a news report published by the news agency Reuters on 9 January 2023. The news report cited two people who are aware of Renault India’s plans. According to the report, Renault is considering the option of launching a made-in-India electric version of its Kwid hatchback. The carmaker is currently reviewing potential demand, pricing and the ability to build the EV wi...
    BYD to deploy Cerence’s conversational AI in EVs globally
    Cerence has announced that BYD will deploy its conversational AI in electric vehicles worldwide, in a press release dated 9 January. By deploying Cerence Assistant, BYD will be able to offer a user friendly in-car experience. Initial models will include multilanguage capabilities, with additional languages to be rolled out in the future. “We understand what automakers are up against when it comes to creating unique in-car systems that build brand loyalty while still enabling access to the s...
    CES 2023: Stellantis unveils Ram 1500 Revolution battery electric pickup concept
    Stellantis unveiled an all-electric pick-up concept Ram 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) on 5 January at CES 2023. The Ram 1500 Revolution concept provides a glimpse of Ram’s electric vehicle (EV) roadmap as the brand transitions to electrify its portfolio of pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles, the company said in a media note issued on the same day. The company said that the Ram 1500 Revolution concept is developed on the new STLA frame body-on-frame architecture and inco...
    Stellantis signs agreement with Element 25 to secure battery-grade manganese sulphate
    European–American carmaker Stellantis N.V. has signed a binding offtake agreement with Australia-based material supplier Element 25 Limited to secure the supply of battery-grade, high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate, the company announced on 9 January 2023. Under the five-year agreement, Element 25 will begin shipping the manganese sulphate monohydrate to Stellantis for use in its electric vehicle (EV) battery packs in 2026. A total volume of 45 kilotons will be supplied by Element 25...
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    SK On–Ford Motor scrap USD3.2 billion Turkey battery plant
    South Korean EV battery maker SK On has scrapped its plan to build the KRW4 trillion (USD3.2 billion) battery manufacturing facility in Turkey on account of high cost of capital and the looming risks from the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war, according to a news report published by the Korea Economic Daily on 9 January 2023. SK On had earlier planned to set up a battery plant in Turkey in collaboration with the US automaker Ford Motor Company and the local group Koc Holding to serve the emerging ...
    CES 2023: Sony Honda Mobility mulls SUV, MPV for its electric car portfolio
    Sony Honda Mobility is evaluating an SUV as well as an MPV in its electric car line up after it launches the electric sedan under the Afeela brand, according to a news report published by Autocar UK on 6 January 2023. “An SUV and even an MPV are candidates to follow the Afeela saloon as Sony and Honda flesh out the line-up of their new EV brand,” the report said, citing the company’s CEO Yasuhide Mizuno. The top company executive was speaking after the launch of the Afeela brand...
    CES 2023: Mercedes-Benz plans to launch global high-power charging network
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz plans to launch its own global high-power EV charging network across North America, Europe, China and other key markets, the company announced on the sidelines of the CES 2023 on 6 January 2023. Mercedes-Benz said that it will begin building its fast-charging EV network in the US and Canada in 2023, followed by other regions around the globe. The carmaker said that it is collaborating with partners such as MN8 Energy, one of the largest solar energy and ba...
    Mapbox to offer cloud navigation solution to Toyota Motor Europe
    Mapbox has announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Europe to offer cloud navigation powered by Mapbox Dash, according to a company press release on 4 January. Customers driving Yaris, Yaris Cross, and Aygo X models in Europe will be able to access lane-level navigation, parking search including real-time parking availability, speed limit and speed camera warnings. In an upcoming pilot, Toyota drivers will be able to pay for parking and fuel via their infotainment system. “Our goal is to p...
    Volvo launches Google Assistant-based services via latest OTA
    Volvo has announced that its latest over-the-air (OTA) update, with over one million installations, will include the ability to issue voice commands through Google Assistant-enabled devices, according to a press release dated 5 January. This will allow drivers to warm up their car and among other abilities, and a wider introduction of Care Key technology. Volvo also introduced integrated connectivity in Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Iceland. “Thanks to over-the-air updates an...
    CES 2023: Volkswagen unveils ID.7 electric sedan developed on MEB platform
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.7 electric sedan at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2023 in Las Vegas, US, on 5 January 2023. The electric vehicle (EV), which is showcased by VW’s US arm—Volkswagen Group of America—is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The MEB platform powers all other models in the ID family. Notably, Volkswagen Group of America has participated in the CES 2023 after a six-year brea...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    CES 2023: Sony Honda Mobility launches new brand ‘Afeela,’ unveils a prototype
    Sony Honda Mobility Inc. (SHM) has announced a new brand named ‘Afeela’ on 4 January 2023 at the ongoing CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. SHM said that Afeela represents ‘feel,’ which is central to offering an immersive experience to the occupants. The company also unveiled a prototype of an all-electric sedan, which is equipped with a total of 45 cameras and sensors inside and outside the vehicle, together with 800 TOPS of maximum computing power for the ECU. The...
    Wolfspeed to supply silicon carbide devices to power Mercedes-Benz future EV platforms
    US-based Wolfspeed, Inc. will supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle (EV) platforms, the semiconductor device manufacturing company announced on 4 January 2023. Wolfspeed’s semiconductors will be incorporated into next-generation powertrain systems for several Mercedes-Benz vehicle lines, the company said, adding that its silicon carbide devices will enable greater efficiency in the German luxury carmaker’s powertrains. “Coming from a long-term ...
    Leapmotor should sell at least 400,000 EVs per year to break even, CEO says
    Hangzhou, China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Leapmotor has to sell in the range of 400,000 units to 500,000 units per year to achieve break-even point, the company’s founder, chairman, and CEO Zhu Jiangming told the local media, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 4 January 2023. Jiangming’s comments have come after the EV maker reported total CY 2022 sales of 111,168 units, which means that the company has to significantly pull up its annual sales to become profitabl...
    Piedmont Lithium amends previous offtake agreement with Tesla, supply to begin H2 2023
    North America-based lithium hydroxide producer Piedmont Lithium has amended its existing offtake agreement with the US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla, Inc. to begin supplying the spodumene concentrate (SC6) from the second half of CY2023, Piedmont said in a media note on 3 January 2023. “Piedmont and Tesla have mutually agreed to amend their previous offtake agreement with the terms of this new agreement, which are binding for a three-year term and include an option to renew for another ...
    Mercedes-Benz Energy partners Lohum on second-life batteries
    Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum have entered into a strategic partnership that entails a multiyear supply contract agreement for second-life batteries, the two companies said in a joint announcement on 4 January 2023. The agreement includes Mercedes-Benz Energy and Lohum committing to a minimum offtake schedule of 50MWh per annum across multiple second-life battery module variants. According to the official note, the agreement will enable Lohum to secure high volumes of second-use battery modu...
    CES 2023: Luminar signs new series production for multiple vehicle models with OEMs
    Luminar has announced more commercial momentum at the end of 2022 than anticipated with additional production wins for multiple consumer vehicle models with leading automakers, according to a press release on 4 January 2023. At CES this week, Luminar will host the North American debut of the Volvo EX90, as well as the SAIC Rising Auto R7, and unveil its new software-based mapping product developed last year following the acquisition of Civil Maps. Luminar will also unveil an updated brand and...
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    NIO Capital invests in Chinese battery recycling startup Ruilong Technology
    NIO Capital has invested in a China-based battery recycling startup named Ruilong Technology in an attempt to expand its presence in the battery recycling value chain, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 4 January 2023. While the report did not disclose the amount NIO Capital invested in Ruilong Technology, the investment is part of the battery recycling company’s series-A funding round. The funding round was led by NIO Capital with participation from other investors includi...
    NIO plans to install 120 battery swap stations in Europe by end of 2023
    Chinese electric car company NIO plans to set up about 120 battery swap stations across Europe by the end of 2023, according to a news report published by online news portal Electrive on 3 January 2023. The report said that the electric vehicle (EV) maker has so far installed 10 battery swap stations in Europe, with another seven to join the active network soon. The current network of battery swap stations in Europe is spread across Norway, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The report sai...
    Auto Expo 2023: Kia to showcase Sorento, Carnival featuring Level 2 ADAS
    According to a report published by ABP on 3 January 2023, Kia will showcase the new generation Carnival and the Sorento SUV alongside the EV9 concept. Kia India has confirmed that there will be a total of ten models on display at the Auto Expo. Two years after its worldwide debut, Kia will unveil the fourth version of its Carnival MPV (codenamed KA4). The fourth-generation Carnival has a more SUV-like appearance, due to its angular lines and squared-off attitude, as compared to the current, t...
    Baraja secures investment from Veoneer to advance lidar development
    Baraja and Veoneer partnership has been extended with an investment by Veoneer in Baraja, according to a press release on 3 January 2023. This follows the recent announcement of an advanced development agreement with a major automotive OEM. Baraja is making significant progress with ongoing validation of its next-generation Spectrum HD25 lidar product developed specifically for automotive integration. Spectrum HD25 is a step forward in vehicle lidar technology. Built on Baraja's patented Spec...
    CES 2023: NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service to be available in vehicles
    NVIDIA announced at CES 2023 that the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service will be available in vehicles, according to a 3 January press release. It will not need any special equipment. Hyundai, BYD and Polestar are the first automakers working with NVIDIA to integrate GeForce NOW in their vehicles. Drivers and front seat passengers can access games while parked or charging, and those in the rear seat passengers can access games anytime on the road. “We are excited to offer our custom...
    Subaru plans to halt development of PHEVs
    Japanese carmaker Subaru plans to halt the development of plug-in-hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) to focus on electric and hybrid vehicles in the future, according to a news report published by the news agency Nikkei Asia on 19 December 2022. The move is aimed at reducing the development cost of clean-energy vehicles, the report said, adding that several automakers are taking the route of rationally investing funds in futuristic technologies instead of developing vehicles that may witness shrinking d...
    South Korean battery maker SK On increases paid-in capital by USD2.2 billion
    South Korean battery maker SK On announced on 21 December 2022 that it has raised its paid-in capital by a total of KRW2.8 trillion (USD2.2 billion) in the company. “This is the sum of SK Innovation’s investment, which is equal to KRW2 trillion, and Korea Investment Private Equity’s investment of KRW0.8 trillion,” SK On said in an official statement. SK Innovation said that it will invest KRW1 trillion (over USD785 million) in December 2022 and proceed with the remaining amount in 202...
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