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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co. to supply Volkswagen with battery manufacturing equipment
    China’s Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Company Limited, one of the leading new energy equipment manufacturers, has bagged a contract from German automaker Volkswagen Group to supply it with battery cell manufacturing equipment, Wuxi Lead said in a media release on 21 June 2022. The company said t...
    28-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Stellantis invests USD34.9 million on setting up two global testing hubs
    Italian–American automaker Stellantis has invested EUR33 million (USD34.9 million) in setting up two global testing facilities to support the development of electric and autonomous vehicles, the company said on 20 June 2022. The company said that the investments are part of its global long-term...
    28-Jun-2022 News Investments
    HERE assists OEMs to comply with latest updates to NCAP in Europe and Australia
    HERE Technologies has announced a tailored set of location-based products to help global automakers get higher New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) scores, it said in a press release on 27 June. HERE will offer HERE Navigation Map, HERE Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) Map, HERE advanced driver assis...
    PATEO’s intelligent cockpit powered by BlackBerry to be used in over 10 vehicle models
    BlackBerry has announced that it will power PATEO’s intelligent cockpit, PATEO CONNECT+, with its QNX technology, a company press release on 27 June read. The solution will be used in over 10 individual models across five OEMs, including VOYAH, Hozon New Energy (NETA), and two international automa...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 27 June 2022
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    Stellantis suspends production in France due to components shortages
    According to a report published by Reuters on 24 June 2022, two of the Stellantis plants have halted production in France due to shortages in components from German supplier Continental. The report cites, one of the sources claimed that Continental was unable to supply its networked entertainment...
    ŠKODA Auto, partners commit to construct EV charging infrastructure in Prague
    Czechia-based carmaker ŠKODA Auto has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Prague authorities and the energy company PRE, to jointly set up EV charging infrastructure in the capital, ŠKODA announced on 21 June 2022. Under the joint commitment, the three parties aim to build 100 high-performance...
    Baojun unveils MY 2023 KiWi EV equipped with DJI’s intelligent driving system
    Baojun has unveiled the MY2023 KiWi EV equipped with DJI’s intelligent driving system, PanDaily reported on 24 June. The car is set to be open for test drives beginning in July and be officially delivered in August. The DJI vehicle-mounted intelligent driving system DJI80 can only take over contro...
    27-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Stellantis invests USD53 million in sustainable lithium hydroxide producer Vulcan Energy
    Australian energy company Vulcan Energy Resources announced via press release on 24 June that it had agreed to a USD53 million (AUD76 million/EUR50 million) investment from Italian-American automaker Stellantis. According to the press release, the new investment will make Stellantis Vulcan’s se...
    27-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Audi plans to produce electric drives for VW’s MEB ECO platform in Hungary
    Audi’s Hungary unit plans to produce electric drives for Volkswagen’s (VW's) new MEB ECO platform (modular electric-drive toolkit), which is aimed at the development of VW Group’s small-sized electric cars, the company said in a press announcement on 21 June 2022. The company said that it plan...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    BMW builds new USD2.2 billion factory in China to accelerate EV production
    German luxury carmaker BMW has set up a new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Shenyang, China, as part of its capacity expansion drive to accelerate the production of EVs in the world’s largest EV market, the company announced on 23 June 2022. According to BMW, with an overall investmen...
    24-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Acura adds AcuraLink Services for MY2023 MDX lineup
    Acura has announced that the fourth generation of its flagship vehicle, the MDX, will feature new standard premium services for 2023, such as three years of AcuraLink and new Acura Maintenance Package, according to a company press release on 23 June. The MY2023 MDX and MDX Type S come standard with ...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group to invest USD2.42 billion on preparing plants in Germany for electrification
    Volkswagen Group announced on 16 June 2022 that the company’s components arm plans to invest EUR2.30 billion (USD2.42 billion) through 2026 in preparing its manufacturing plants in Germany for electrification. “It’s the next step in a transformation process initiated in 2015 that is convert...
    24-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Mazda to use Pioneer’s power amplifier unit for audio system in CX-60 model
    Pioneer has announced that its power amplifier unit will be used in the audio system "Mazda Harmonic," which will feature in the CX-60 model, according to a company press release on 22 June. The vehicle will be launched in September 2022. The system features a Class-D 8 channel output with high-p...
    GM expands partnership with EVgo to add new Plug and Charge service in Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem
    General Motors will expand its collaboration with EVgo to add a new Plug and Charge service to the Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem, the automaker said in a press release on 23 June. Plug and Charge will be available at nearly all EVgo DC fast-charging stations. GM plans to include all compatible DC fast...
    Mercedes-Benz partners with ZYNC for in-car digital entertainment platform
    Mercedes-Benz Group has partnered with ZYNC, following which the tech company will implement its premium in-car digital entertainment platform, a company press release on 22 June read. ZYNC will aggregate and offer original and third-party digital content onto a single turnkey platform as well ...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Toyota, Subaru recall bZ4X and Solterra SUVs globally over wheel issue under sudden braking
    Toyota and Subaru are recalling all-electric bZ4X and Solterra sport utility vehicles (SUVs) owing to an issue with the wheel coming off loose upon sudden braking, Reuters reported on 23 June. According to the report, out of 2,700 Toyota bZ4X units, 2,200 were for Europe, 260 for the United ...
    24-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6, WinterContact TS 850 P tires to Mercedes-Benz EQB EV
    Continental has announced that the company is supplying the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQB with 19” EcoContact 6 and ex-factory: the WinterContact TS 850 P tires, according to a press release by the German tiremaker on 23 June. Continental reduced the rolling resistance of the EcoContact 6 by 1...
    Behr-Hella expects to grow faster in India than its global business
    Auto component major Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH (BHTC) has announced that its Indian business is expected to grow at twice the rate of its global businesses, The Economic Times reported on 22 June. The company intends to tap into the expanding domestic market as a critical sourcing base for elect...
    Cerence to power Lynk & Co’s conversational AI in-vehicle assistant
    Cerence has tied up with Lynk & Co to provide conversational AI-powered in-car assistant capabilities across the automaker’s lineup, it said in a press release on 22 June. In partnership with ECARX, Cerence will provide Lynk & Co with automatic speech recognition, natural language understa...
    Stellantis unveils new PEUGEOT 408 with latest generation of i-Cockpit
    Stellantis has announced that the new PEUGEOT 408 will come with the latest generation of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, in a company press release on 22 June. The car will feature six cameras and nine radars for driver assistance systems and include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go functi...
    23-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Kia Corporation to procure EV battery packs from China’s CATL
    South Korean automaker Kia Corporation plans to procure batteries from China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) to power electric vehicles (EVs) that will be sold in its home market, a Reuters report published on 22 June 2022 said, citing a local newspap...
    Toyota teams up with Redwood Materials on closed loop EV battery ecosystem
    Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American arm Toyota Motor North America has teamed up with battery materials recycling company Redwood Materials to explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem, the company announced on 21 June 2022....
    Ford Motor plans to assemble new generation EVs in Valencia, Spain for Europe
    US carmaker Ford Motor has selected its plant located in Valencia, Spain as the suitable facility to assemble vehicles based on its next generation electric vehicle (EV) architecture for Europe, the company announced on 22 June 2022. “Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce b...
    23-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    BMW equips new M4 GT4 with Bcomp natural fiber parts
    Swiss natural fibre company Bcomp announced via press release on June 20 that its natural fiber reinforced plastic (NFRP) components had been extensively used by German automaker BMW in the new M4 GT4 model. According to the press release, the GT4 is now the serial GT vehicle with the highest pro...
    XPeng Motors partners with Xiaodu to enhance intelligent in-vehicle systems
    XPeng Motors has partnered with Xiaodu to enhance the in-vehicle human-machine interface (HMI), such as intelligent voice systems, PanDaily reported on 21 July. Xiaodu offers an encyclopedic Q&A service for questions related to issues such as stocks, calendars, and translations. Multiple feature...
    ŠKODA Auto to present sustainability concepts at Greentech festival 2022
    ŠKODA Auto has announced that the company will present sustainable concepts at Greentech festival 2022 in Berlin, Germany, the Czech automaker said in a press release on 21 June.   Karsten Schnake, Board Member for Purchasing at ŠKODA Auto, “As a car manufacturer, we are aware of our dis...
    Porsche recalls select Taycan EVs due to issues with center screen
    Porsche is recalling 12,490 Taycan vehicles in the United States due to problems with the center screen, Motor Illustrated reported on 15 June. The center screen may not come up when the car starts, which prevents the driver from seeing their surrounding through the rearview camera and the 360-degre...
    21-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Hyundai partners with Michelin for R&D on tire technologies
    Hyundai Motor Group has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Michelin to develop tires for premium electric vehicles (EVs), the carmaker said in a press release on 20 June. Any developments resulting from the collaboration will be used in future premium EV models from Hyundai. “This...
    AutoVaz to produce cars without airbags, other safety features amid international sanctions
    Russia-based automaker AutoVaz has announced that the company began producing cars without safety features such as, air bags, anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability control or emergency retraction locks on seat belts, NBC News reported on 14 June. According to the report, AutoVaz had hal...
    Stellantis invests USD34.6 million in global testing hubs to advance EV, AD technology
    Stellantis has invested a total of USD34.6 million in two of its global testing facilities to support the company’s long-term strategy for building high-performing electric vehicles (EVs) and achieving the highest level of autonomous driving technology, according to a press release on 20 June...
    21-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Stellantis recalls select Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500s over faulty high-pressure fuel pump
    Stellantis has recalled model year (MY) 2014 through 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and MY2014 through 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks equipped with a 3L diesel engine, a Consumer Reports article dated 16 June read. The recall is related to a faulty high-pressure fuel pump, which can wear prematurel...
    20-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Porsche recalls all-electric Taycan vehicles in mainland China over faulty seat harness
    Porsche China is recalling all-electric Taycan vehicles in mainland China citing damage from seat harness while adjusting the front driver and passenger side seats, according to a report by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on 17 June. According to the report, recall includes ...
    20-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Software République targets 10 new automotive products and service launches by 2025
    Software République is looking to launch 10 new automotive products and services, incubate over 50 startups, and propose services to at least 50 territories, an official press release on 17 June read. The group also announced four projects which include a “detect and respond” cybersecurity...
    Tesla launches real-time driver data insurance product in Nevada, US
    Tesla has launched its real-time driver data insurance product in Nevada, US, Electrek reported on 17 June. The expansion means that the insurance product is now available in eight states, while users in California will not be able to access real-time driver data. Tesla’s idea to build its safe...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 20 June 2022
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    BYD’s battery arm FinDreams Battery starts production at Shaoxing plant
    BYD’s battery arm FinDreams Battery has started production operations at its new plant in Shaoxing, which is located in East China's Zhejiang province, a news report published by CNEVPOST on 15 June 2022 said, citing a press release issued by the local government. The report said that FinDreams...
    17-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Tesla’s Supercharger pilot program to be available for non-Tesla drivers across Europe
    Tesla has expanded its Supercharger pilot program for non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, Electrek reported on 16 June. Tesla claimed its Supercharger network became the “largest public 150 kW+ fast-charging network” in Europe followi...
    Stellantis recalls Chrysler vehicles in US over faulty fuel pump and rearview mirror image display
    Stellantis is recalling Chrysler vehicles in the United States following the discovery of two safety concerns in specific models that could compromise fuel delivery or rearview mirror image display, TrixAbia reported on 16 June.   According to the report, Stellantis stated that the reca...
    17-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Toyota and NTT to enter connected car partnership
    Toyota Motor and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.’s data subsidiary will partner to develop connected cars, Bloomberg reported on 17 June, based on an interview with Yo Honma, CEO of the data unit. The vehicles will be able to collect and share data. NTT Data will consider raising money from...
    Toyota Motor suspends production lines in Japan on semiconductor shortages
    Toyota Motor Corp has planned an additional domestic factory line production suspension in June and July owing to semiconductor shortages and a COVID-19 outbreak at one of its suppliers, according to a report published by Reuters on 16 July 2022. Toyota Motor Corp has changed its June produc...
    Stellantis unit Free2move partners with Samsara to develop new data-based integrated solution
    Free2move, a unit of carmaker Stellantis, has announced a partnership with Samsara, a company press release dated 16 June read. Under the partnership, the companies will develop an integrated solution, which enables data from Stellantis factory-installed telematics devices to be used in Samsara's Co...
    Polestar to expand portfolio, global footprint as part of its growth strategy
    Volvo Cars and Geely Group backed Swedish electric performance car brand Polestar plans to expand into the new markets, growing its retail footprint, and develop new models to propel the company into high-margin premium SUV segments, the carmaker said on 15 June 2022. Polestar’s public listing ...
    16-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Japanese automakers aim to help part suppliers as materials prices surge
    According to a report published by Reuters on 15 June 2022, Japanese automakers are incurring a greater portion of the rising cost of raw materials or providing additional assistance to hard-hit component manufacturers. Even at the expense of their own profit margins, automakers are seeking to st...
    Li Auto begins Phase II construction of Beijing Industrial Park
    Li Auto, a Chinese automaker has begun the second phase of construction of an industrial park in Beijing's Shunyi Science Park, according to a report published by Pandaily on 15 June 2022. The project is anticipated to be finished by the end of 2023, with a total investment of CNY1.3 billion (USD193...
    Vietnamese EV maker VinFast eyes European markets, plans to open over 50 stores
    Vietnamese electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast plans to open more than 50 stores across Germany, France, and the Netherlands, the company said on 14 June 2022 on the sidelines of the ongoing EVS35 electric vehicle event in Oslo, Norway. VinFast is showcasing its VF 8 and VF 9 smart EVs at the e...
    Chinese EV maker NIO plans to use in-house developed battery packs by H2 2024
    Chinese electric carmaker NIO plans to start using its in-house developed high-voltage battery packs in its electric vehicles (EVs) from 2024 as part of its larger corporate strategy to drive profitability and competitiveness, according to a news report published by Reuters on 10 June 2022. NIO h...
    16-Jun-2022 News New Products
    General Motors to invest USD81 million at Michigan-based Global Technical Center
    US carmaker General Motors plans to invest more than USD81 million at its Michigan-based Global Technical Center to prepare the facility to build Cadillac’s flagship luxury electric vehicle (EV) CELESTIQ, the company said on 15 June 2022. GM said that the investment will be used to purchase a...
    16-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Ford recalls vehicles in North America citing roll away concerns in ‘park’ position
    Ford is recalling vehicles in the US and Canada that can roll away due to a faulty or missing component that prevents the vehicle from shifting into the intended gear or when the driver selects the ‘park’ position, Reuters reported on 15 June. According to a filing to the National Highwa...
    16-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Ford recalls around 49,000 Mustang Mach-Es over safety defect resulting in power loss
    Ford Motor is recalling about 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States caused by an overheating issue, which could result in a loss of propulsion power, Reuters reported on 14 June. DC fast charging and repeated wide-open pedal events could cause the battery main contactors...
    15-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Subaru unveils MY 2023 Ascent SUV with new Cabin Connect and latest EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
    Subaru’s model year (MY) 2023 Ascent SUV will feature the new Cabin Connect solution, it said in a 14 June press release. The solution facilitates communication from the driver or front passenger to the third-row occupants. It uses an overhead console microphone and transmits sound through the rea...
    15-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Huawei to supply auto components to Chery, JAC Motors, and Arcfox
    Huawei has finalized business cooperation with automakers including Chery, JAC Motors and Arcfox, PanDaily reported on 14 June, citing an article by 36Kr. Huawei is said to help develop at least two car models with Chery and at least one model with JAC Motors. The company will develop a model based ...
    Stellantis tests Fiat 500 EV with wireless charging capabilities
    Italian–American automaker Stellantis is testing Fiat 500 electric car with wireless charging capabilities, according to a news report published by Green Car Reports on 14 June 2022. The report said that the automaker, which is parent to several iconic automotive brand including Peugeot, Jeep, Chr...
    15-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Tesla adopts camera vision only technology for autopilot in Australia
    Tesla has announced that it will eliminate the radar technology from future models in Australia, instead will Tesla models will be relying on cameras to power their autonomous driving systems, according to a report published by Drive on 14 June 2022. Tesla Vision is a set of eight cameras that su...
    BMW to test Our Next Energy’s long-range battery cells in all-electric iX SUV
    Michigan-based electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Our Next Energy (ONE) has signed an agreement with the German luxury carmaker BMW Group to incorporate its patented Gemini dual-chemistry battery technology into the carmaker’s all-electric iX SUV, the battery technology company said on 14 June ...
    Cenntro Electric, Princeton NuEnergy partner on recycling of lithium-ion batteries
    Electric commercial vehicle maker Cenntro Electric Group Ltd and battery recycling startup Princeton NuEnergy, Inc. (PNE) have signed a letter of intent as part of a strategic partnership to set up an end-to-end closed loop supply chain for EV battery recycling operations, the two companies said in ...
    Thailand approves Foxconn – PTT JV to produce batteries for EVs
    Thailand government’s board of investment, the country investment agency, has approved the USD1.04 billion joint venture between Taiwan’s electronics major Foxconn and Thai energy company PTT Public Company Ltd to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a report published...
    Hyundai Steel develops low-noise steel alloy for EV reduction gears
    The Korea Herald reported on 9 June that Korean steel manufacturer Hyundai Steel had developed a new steel alloy designed for application in reduction gears in gearboxes equipped in electric vehicles (EVs). According to the report, the new alloy and the associated manufacturing technology allows ...
    14-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Pod Point to supply home chargers for EVs by BMW UK
    Pod Point has tied up with BMW Group in the United Kingdom, under which it will provide home charge equipment BMW and MINI electric vehicles (EVs), it said in a press release on 9 June. The three-year agreement includes the all-electric BMW iX3, BMW iX, BMW i4, BMW i7, its range of BMW plug-in hybri...
    Volkswagen adds all-wheel drive version to its ID.4 EV portfolio
    German carmaker Volkswagen has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio by launching a new all-wheel drive variant of its ID.4 sports utility vehicle (SUV), the company announced on 9 June 2022. VW said that it has already started accepting initial bookings for the EV, which has a price tag of E...
    14-Jun-2022 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 June 2022
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    Stellantis to build EVs on STLA Large platform at Windsor-based plant in Canada
    Italian–American automaker Stellantis plans to build electric vehicles on its STLA Large platform at its Windsor, Ontario based manufacturing unit in Canada, the company announced on 3 June 2022. The company said it also plans to discontinue the production of the current L-series vehicles, which i...
    13-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Pirelli to open new software development center in Italy
    Pirelli has announced via press release on 20 May that it will open a new center for the development of software and digital solutions in Bari, Italy with an investment of EUR9 million (USD9.48 million) between 2022 and 2024 partially financed by the Puglia Regional Government based on the projects ...
    13-Jun-2022 News Investments
    US EV maker Electric Last Mile Solutions files for bankruptcy
    Commercial electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. (ELMS) has announced that it plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to a press release published by the company on 12 June. Under Ms. McIntyre's guidance, the ELMS Board of Directors and the new leadership...
    SAIC-GM-Wuling, DJI jointly develops highly automated intelligent vehicle
    SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) and DJI have announced the first result of a worldwide strategic partnership; a new energy mass-production model fitted with DJI's vehicle system will be introduced shortly, according to a report published by Pandaily on 9 June 2022. SAIC-GM-Wuling and DJI have been pla...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Changan’s new UNI-V coupe features digital LCD jointly developed by BlackBerry and BiTECH Automotive
    BlackBerry and BiTECH Automotive (Wuhu) have jointly announced that their advanced digital LCD cluster with QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) has been deployed in Changan Automobile's new UNI-V coupe, according to a 12 June press release. “The next generation of digital instrument c...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Toyota’s MY2023 Sequoia SUV to be fitted with new multimedia system
    Toyota’s new model year (MY) 2023 Sequoia sport utility vehicle (SUV) will be fitted with a new multimedia system which was first available in the Tundra model, it said in a press release on 8 June. The system features an 8-inch or available 14-inch touchscreen that controls the all-new Toyota Aud...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    NHTSA upgrades probe on Tesla’s Autopilot
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to upgrade its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with Autopilot autonomous driving feature, Reuters reported on 9 June. According to the article, NHTSA said the upgrade is to extend the existing crash analysis, evaluate additional dat...
    Nissan upgrades MY 2023 Altima sedan with new 12.3-inch HD color display
    Nissan has unveiled the model year (MY) 2023 Altima sedan with a new 12.3-inch display, replacing the older 8.0-inch display, it said in a press release on 9 June. The 12.3-inch display features HD color with multi-touch control and the customizable home screen includes shortcuts to user favorites a...
    10-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Jaguar Land Rover to integrate what3words global location technology via OTA update
    Jaguar Land Rover will integrate what3words global location technology via HERE Technologies into its vehicles, a press release dated 9 June read. The feature will be added via a software over-the-air (OTA) update. Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles with advanced Pivi Pro infotainment system will be abl...
    Polestar partners with Global Fashion Summit to drive sustainable vehicle interiors
    Swedish electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has announced a partnership with the 2022 Global Fashion Summit aiming to find new suppliers to join the automaker’s Polestar 0 project to create a complete climate-neutral car by 2030, according to a press release by the company on 8 June. ...
    Volkswagen reveals interiors of all-electric ID.Buzz
    Volkswagen (VW) has revealed the interiors of the all-new ID.Buzz electric vehicle (EV) including a fully digital operating cabin and innovative features, according to a press release published by the German automaker on 8 June. Jozef Kabaň, head of Volkswagen Design, said, “We have developed ...
    Hyundai Motor faces supply chain interruption due to cargo truckers' strike in Korea
    Hyundai Motor Co. has said that the ongoing truckers' strike is affecting production at its main domestic plants, which are already suffering from a global chip shortage, according to a report published by Yonhap on 9 June 2022. About 6,500 of the 22,000 members of the Cargo Truckers Solidarity w...
    European Parliament supports ban on sale of ICE cars and vans by 2035
    The European Parliament announced on 9 June 2022 that the members have voted in favour of European Commission’s revised proposal on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. In a plenary vote, the members of European Parliament (MEPs) ad...
    Volkswagen to launch first electric car in India in 2023
    German carmaker Volkswagen plans to launch its first electric car, the ID.4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in India in 2023 as the country continues to push for faster adoption of EVs, a report published by Bloomberg on 10 June said, citing a senior company executive. The company plans to launch i...
    10-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Hyundai Motor’s luxury car brand Genesis partners Shell Recharge Solutions in Europe
    Hyundai Motor Company’s luxury car brand Genesis has partnered Shell Recharge Solutions in Europe, providing its customers access to more than 300,000 Shell-owned public charging points across 35 European countries, Genesis announced on 9 June 2022. Besides public electric vehicle (EV) charging po...
    Porsche partners with US-based UP.Labs to build tailormade startups
    Porsche has announced that it partnered with UP.Labs on a three-year cooperation aimed at establishing six new companies starting 2023 to 2025 venturing into new business models in various mobility areas, according to a press release published by the German automaker on 7 June.    Lutz ...
    China’s BYD to soon begin supplying batteries to US EV maker Tesla
    Chinese EV and battery maker BYD plans to soon begin supplying batteries to US electric carmaker Tesla, according to a report published by CNEVPOST on 8 June 2022. The report cited BYD’s Executive Vice President Lian Yubo, who gave an interview to the state-owned media CGTN. The interview was...
    09-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Audi to open EV charging hub pilot site in Zurich, Switzerland
    Volkswagen’s luxury car unit Audi plans to open Audi charging hub pilot site in downtown Zurich, Switzerland later in 2022, its second such charging hub site after Nuremberg, Germany, the company said on 8 June 2022. Audi said that the Zurich charging hub pilot site will be followed by more such h...
    09-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen, research partners launch closed-loop recycling project for battery materials
    A Volkswagen-led research consortium has launched a closed-loop raw material project with a goal of achieving permanent recovery of critical materials to increase sustainability and security of supply, VW said in a statement on 8 June 2022. The automaker said that partners from the industrial and sc...
    Volkswagen opens Battery Engineering Lab in Chattanooga, US
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s US arm, Volkswagen of America has opened its Battery Engineering Lab (BEL) in Chattanooga, to test and optimize EV batteries for the US market, the company announced on 8 June 2022. The company said it has invested USD22 million in setting up the battery engineering la...
    09-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Hyundai plans to discontinue production of first generation Ioniq cars in South Korea
    Hyundai Motor Company said on 3 June 2022 that it plans to discontinue the production of original or the first generation Ioniq cars at its Ulsan plant in South Korea from July 2022. The last Ioniq to roll off the production line next month will mark the end of a significant chapter in Hyundai’s r...
    GM’s OnStar to use RapidDeploy’s Radius Mapping solution
    RapidDeploy has announced its Radius Mapping solution will be used by General Motors-owned OnStar to support its delivery of emergency services, a company press release on 7 June read. OnStar selected RapidDeploy due to enhanced location accuracy and situational awareness as they look to expand emer...
    BlackBerry to power BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology’s intelligent cockpit
    BlackBerry has announced an agreement with BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology Co, under which BlackBerry QNX technology will be used to power BICV’s next-generation intelligent cockpit, a company press release on 7 June read. The cockpit is currently used by Renault Jiangling in...
    Honda’s MY 2023 HR-V features digital instrument display for the first time
    Honda has announced that for the first time its HR-V will feature a digital instrument display, a larger standard and available color touchscreens with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, according to a 7 June press release. All HR-V models will be come with a 7-inch color LC...
    08-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Kia recalls Sorento, Sportage models in Australia due to faulty heater core element
    Kia Australia has recalled around 31,000 Sportage mid-size SUVs and Sorento seven-seat sport utility vehicles (SUVs) due to a software malfunction that could lead to a vehicle fire, Daily Mail Australia reported on 7 June. The recall applies to model year (MY) between 2015 and MY 2021 along with ...
    08-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Teijin Automotive to supply pickup box for upcoming MY 2022 Toyota Tundra
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