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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
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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....
    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...
    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...
    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 ...
    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...
    BMW uses dSPACE simulators for upcoming vehicle generation
    According to an official press release dated 21 September, dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop simulators are made up of both hardware and software components and will be used by the BMW Group at development sites around the world for comprehensive testing in areas such as electric drives, memory and energy...
    Tesla to work with global regulators for data security
    Tesla will collaborate with global regulators for data security, Reuters reported on 17 September, citing CEO Elon Musk. This comes after the electric vehicle manufacturer came under scrutiny in mainland China earlier this this year over its storage and handling of customer data. “With the rapi...
    Stellantis takes part in C-Roads Italy project
    Stellantis has announced that Stellantis Group Research Center (CRF) has taken part in the “C-Roads Italy: C-ITS cooperative systems aimed at road mobility become a reality,” according to a 16 September press release. The project is in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and ...
    Stellantis tests multi-access edge computing and safety cloud technologies in North America
    Stellantis has said that it is testing Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Safety Cloud technologies in North America, according to a press release by the automaker on 17 September. It will give drivers advanced notification warnings of potential hazards in their path. The technologies will off...
    Tesla begins testing its full self-driving beta software in Canada
    Tesla has begun testing its full self-driving (FSD) beta software in Canada, Electrek reported on 15 September. Tesla had released its FSD beta v10 software update to its early-access fleet last week. The software allows vehicles to virtually drive themselves both on highways and city streets. ...
    IAA Mobility 2021: China’s GWM launches its SUV brand WEY and new energy vehicle brand ORA
    Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) has unveiled its premium SUV brand WEY and the new energy vehicle brand ORA at the recently concluded IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the company said in a press release on 6 September. The company said that following the theme ‘The Mobile Road to Carbon Ne...
    Tesla launches new software update to integrate Sirius XM and ‘immersive sound’ in new Model S
    Tesla has launched a new software update for the integration of Sirius XM and ‘immersive sound’ in the new Model S, Elektrek reported on 14 September. The new software update (2021.32.10) will enable the customer to access Sirius XM from the Media source selector with a Sirius XM subscription. ...
    Ford to stop manufacturing cars in India
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company has announced on 9 September that the company will stop manufacturing cars in India. The move comes as part of a larger restructuring exercise wherein the company plans to continue its operations in India via its Chennai-based Business Solutions...
    Honda to start testing program in September for autonomous vehicle mobility service in Japan
    According to an official press release dated 8 September, Honda Motor announced that it will begin a testing program for autonomous vehicles in September 2021, paving the way for the company to launch an autonomous vehicle mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) business in Japan in collaboration with Cruise a...
    Qualcomm, Google provide in-vehicle features to Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric
    According to an official press release issued on 6 September, Qualcomm Technologies announced at IAA 2021 that it will collaborate with Google and Renault Group to create a rich and immersive in-vehicle experience for Renault's next-generation electric vehicle. Renault Group will use Qualcomm Tec...
    Geely-backed Cao Cao Mobility raises over USD588 million in series-B funding
    Geely Technology Group-backed ride hailing service provider Cao Cao Mobility has raised CNY3.8 billion (USD588 million) in its series-B funding round, the company announced on 6 September. Cao Cao Mobility’s series-B funding is the first domestic Chinese equity investment in the ride-hailing se...
    BMW to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions using innovative sustainable materials
    Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse announced at a media event in Munich on the 2 September that BMW Group aims to reduce lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 40% by 2030 by employing a unique sustainability strategy to the use of materials in its ca...
    Chery aims for Level 4 autonomous driving technology by 2025
    According to a press release on Business Wire dated 2 September, Chery has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with BOE, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) innovation enterprise in the world, and the two parties will work closely on smart cabin solutions, cutting-edge technology research and de...
    MY 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe awarded TSP+ safety rating by IIHS
    According to an official press release dated 1 September, Hyundai's 2022 Santa Fe has been designated as a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Santa Fe was recognized for meeting all six IIHS crash-worthiness evaluations and improving headlight performan...
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi forms electric vehicle unit, Xiaomi EV Company
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corporation has completed the business registration of its electric vehicle (EV) unit - Xiaomi EV Company Limited, it said in a blog post on its website on 1 September. The new entity is set up with a registered capital of CNY10 billion (USD1.5 billion), the company s...
    Maruti Suzuki's production hit due to semiconductor chip shortage in India
    According to a CNBC press release dated 31 August, India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki warned on Tuesday that vehicle production in September will drop by 60% due to a chip shortage, joining a slew of global automakers facing a pandemic-led scarcity of critical components. The company, which h...
    Geely’s premium EV brand ZEEKR raises USD500 million in pre-Series A funding round
    Mainland Chinese carmaker Geely’s premium electric vehicle (EV) brand ZEEKR Intelligent Technology has raised USD500 million in pre-A series funding, the company said in a press announcement on 27 August. The funding round, which is aimed at supporting the brand’s continued expansion, was led by...
    Audi to enhance in-car user experience with new physical and digital solutions
    German carmaker Audi will develop solutions for enhanced in-vehicle user experience, it said in a press release on 27 August. Software unit CARIAD is set to play a crucial role in this development. It is developing an operating system for the entire Volkswagen Group. Audi is working towards a cus...
    EV startup Rivian files for IPO
    California-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed public offering of its common stock, the RJ Scaringe led company said in a press announcement on 27 A...
    UAZ Connect telematics services now available for private UAZ vehicle owners in Russia
    UAZ Connect will be offered to private owners of UAZ vehicles in Russia, Automotive News reported on 23 August. The telematics service was previously available only to owners of commercial vehicle fleets. Functionalities include remote connection to the car via the UAZ Connect mobile applica...
    Chinese EV maker XPeng to double production capacity at Zhaoqing plant
    Mainland China–based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer XPeng Inc. has signed an agreement with the Zhaoqing Municipal Government and the Zhaoqing High Technology Industry Development Zone to build the second phase of its existing production plant, the company said in a press announcement on 18 Au...
    Foxconn to build electric vehicle plants in US and Thailand in 2022, also eyeing Europe
    Taiwan-based Apple iPhone maker, Foxconn will build electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Thailand next year as the ambitious company moves to participate in the global automotive industry’s shift to make EVs, a report filed by Nikkei Asia said on 12 August. Foxconn intends ...
    Volkswagen of America to equip most model year 2022 models with standard digital cockpits
    Volkswagen of America has announced a few changes to its vehicle lineups for model year (MY) 2022, according to a company press release on 9 August. Most models will receive a standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology as standard or available equipment. IQ.DRIVE a...
    Dana picks up stake in Switch Mobility, partners for EVs
    Ohio-based globally supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems to the automotive industry, Dana Inc will make a strategic investment in Ashok Leyland’s EV subsidiary Switch Mobility, the company said in a press announcement on 30 July. The two companies have signed a strategic agreement with...
    US EV startup Rivian in talks with ministers for UK factory
    California-based electric vehicle (EV) startup, Rivian is in talks with ministers for building a production plant in the UK, British television news channel SKY News said in a report on 31 July. According to the news report, the Ford Motor and Amazon backed EV maker has been in secret negotiation...
    Daimler Board approves Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Truck restructuring plan
    The Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Daimler AG have given the go-ahead for the company’s realignment and its ongoing roadmap. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 30 July, the German automobile manufacturer stated that after the planned spin-off of Daimler Truck by the en...
    Honda introduces Google Assistant for MY 2021 Honda City models in India
    Honda has introduced an updated version of Honda Connect in India, Hindustan Times reported on 29 July.  It has launched Honda Action on Google, which will be featured in the fifth-gen Honda City sedan. The new update will allow customers use Google Assistant with Ok Google voice commands. ...
    Hyundai, LG Energy sign MoU with Indonesian government to set up battery cell plant
    Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group and battery supplier LG Energy Solution have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Indonesia to establish a joint venture (JV) in Indonesia to manufacture battery cells for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the company said in a press a...
    Ford hires M&A veteran to drive inorganic growth in electrification, new business
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer, Ford Motor Company has hired a corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) veteran, Doug Power, 52, to accelerate its Ford+ plan for securing growth in electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity and innovative services, the company said in a press announcement on 19 Ju...
    EV startup Rivian closes USD2.5 billion funding round
    Electric vehicle startup Rivian has closed a USD2.5 billion private funding round led by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, D1 Capital Partners, Ford Motor Company, and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., the company said in a press announcement on 23 July. The funding roun...
    General Motors enables OnStar Vehicle Insights telematics access on non-GM vehicles
    General Motors has announced that its OnStar Vehicle Insights is now accessible to most non-GM vehicles via a plug-in adapter, according to its official statement on 26 July. This will allow fleet customers to use GM’s telematics service across their entire fleet, regardless of vehicle make or mod...
    EV startup Rivian partners with Tennessee to deploy charging stations
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian has announced a new partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in the US to set up charging stations at all state parks, news publication Electrek reported on 21 July. The partnership with TDEC is Rivian’s move towa...
    Faraday Future goes public, announces new reservation policy
    US-based EV startup, Faraday Future, has announced that that its shares are now listed on the NASDAQ stock market. According to a press release issued by Faraday Future on 22 July, the company stated that it has been renamed to Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. and that its Class A common sto...
    Mercedes-Benz acquires electric motor manufacturer YASA
    German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has acquired the UK-based electric motor manufacturer YASA, the two companies announced on 22 July. Under the terms of the acquisition, YASA CEO Chris Harris said that the company would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, developing ultra...
    Mercedes-Benz plans to invest USD47 billion by 2030 to become fully-electric OEM
    Mercedes-Benz plans to invest EUR40 billion  (USD47 billion) between 2022 and 2030 in developing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as it plans to go all electric by 2030, the German luxury carmaker said in a press announcement on 22 July. The company said that while it will roll out BEVs in e...
    Why the Nissan-Envision AESC gigafactory is strategic for UK’s EV battery supply chain
    Unveiling its strategy to put the UK at the center of its electric vehicle (EV) game plan for Europe, Nissan, along with its battery partner Envision AESC, made a crucial announcement on 1 July to jointly invest GBP1 billion (USD1.37 billion) in the northeastern region to set up the country’s firs...
    Infosys to establish Automotive Digital Technology and Innovation Center in Stuttgart
    Infosys will establish Automotive Digital Technology and Innovation Center in Stuttgart, Germany, it said in a press release on 20 July. Infosys aims to accelerate and standardize technology adoption across Germany. The company will provide training and innovation labs and focus on building an infra...
    Lexus joins Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem to trial V2I technology
    Lexus has joined the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) technology development initiative to test vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, specifically V2I technology (V2I), news.com.au reported on 20 July. Two high-tech Lexus RX hybrids modified with Dedicated Short-Range Commun...
    Audi begins Traffic Light Information services in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
    Audi has announced that its Traffic Light Information (TLI) service will be available in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in the United States, according to a company press release on 15 July. TLI communicates between vehicles and traffic signals to provide Time to Green, Green Light Optimiz...
    Hyundai to pilot AI-powered, self-driving RoboShuttle service in South Korea
    Hyundai Motor will start test operation of its RoboShuttle service on 9 August along a 6.1-kilometer (km) route in Sejong Smart City, South Korea, it said in a 13 July press release. The test pilot will use a Hyundai H350, a light commercial van equipped with autonomous driving technology....
    Stellantis’s EV roadmap hinges heavily on its battery strategy
    Amsterdam-based Stellantis announced its vehicle electrification strategy for this decade and beyond on its EV Day on 8 July. The parent company to over a dozen iconic brands, including Fiat, Citroën, Peugeot, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Maserati, plans to pump in EUR30 billion (over USD35 bill...
    General Motors rolls out OnStar Guardian in Mexico
    General Motors (GM) has announced that its OnStar Guardian mobile app is available to customers in Mexico, Motor Pasion reported on 12 July. The OnStar Guardian is a new security and connectivity service for up to seven people. Using a compatible smartphone, customers will be able to access almost a...
    BMW upgrades My BMW app and MINI app
    German carmaker BMW has updated its consumer-focused connected car My BMW app and the MINI app, it said in separate press releases on 12 July. The My BMW app offers direct interface between the driver and their vehicle and a communication channel with BMW dealers and the BMW brand, wh...
    Xpeng launches G3i smart SUV upgraded in-car infotainment system
    Xpeng has launched the G3i smart sport utility vehicle (SUV), the midphase facelift version of the G3, in mainland China, with an upgraded in-vehicle infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 9 July. The G3i’s in-car infotainment system is powered by the Snapdragon 820A auto-grad...
    Opel to be 100% electric in Europe by 2028, says CEO
    Germany-based car maker, Opel, has announced that it would become a fully electric car maker and stop the production of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines in Europe by the year 2028. According to a report published by France 24 on 8 July, the company will also be introducing an electric...
    Volvo Cars, Geely form JV ‘Aurobay’ to create a global powertrain supplier
    Volvo Cars and Geely Holding announced that they have agreed to create a joint venture (JV) under the name Aurobay for its powertrain operations. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 8 July, the new company will be a global supplier of complete powertrain solutions including next-generati...
    Audi deploys Mobileum's connected car testing solution
    Mobileum has announced that Audi is deploying its connected car testing solution to test and monitor the end-to-end quality of service of their connected cars, according to its official press release dated 6 July. Mobileum's Connected Car Testing solution allows Audi to remotely test and validate th...
    Hyundai announces 2021 ZER01NE Accelerator program
    Hyundai Motor has announced its 2021 ZER01NE Accelerator on 7 July. It is an open innovation platform to discover startups and facilitate collaboration with Hyundai on projects. Interested startups can apply to one of the 45 projects under eight key themes: mobility and logistics, eco-tech, in-car U...
    UK-based EV maker Switch Mobility unveils strategic priorities, management team
    Hinduja Group backed Switch Mobility Ltd has formally launched the entity by combining the electric commercial vehicle operations of Ashok Leyland and the former Optare company to secure a leading global position in the electric bus and light commercial vehicle market, the company said in a press re...
    Volvo to use real-time data from customer cars to enhance safety
    In a 30 June press release, Volvo Cars has announced that it is looking at processing data from customer cars in real time to help make cars safer. The data would include continuous inputs from sensors like LiDAR. Engineers can validate and verify autonomous drive features quicker and approve roll-o...
    HERE, Vodafone, and Porsche collaborate on traffic hazard warning system
    Porsche has tied up with HERE Technologies and Vodafone to test 5G technology and highly precise location systems to improve traffic safety, it said in a company press release dated 29 June. The companies are working towards a real-time warning system which enables receiving hazard warnings directly...
    Volkswagen to stop production of ICE vehicles in Europe by 2035
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG plans to stop producing cars with internal combustion engines (ICEs) in Europe by 2035, a local newspaper Münchner Merkur reported, citing the company’s board member. “In Europe, we'll be getting out of the combustion engine vehicle business between 2033 and 203...
    XPeng launches public offering on Hong Kong stock exchange
    Chinese EV maker, XPeng Inc., has announced that it has launched its Hong Kong public offering, a part of its global offering of 85 million new Class A ordinary shares and listing of these shares on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. According to a press release issued by XPeng on...
    Hyundai expands partnership with Grab to accelerate EV adoption in Southeast Asia
    Hyundai Motor has announced an expansion of its partnership with Grab Holdings in Southeast Asia, the automaker said in a press release on 22 June. The next phase of the partnership will focus on accelerating electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Southeast Asia. Hyundai, Kia, and Grab will ...
    Amazon to provide cloud services to Ferrari for new vehicle development
    Cloud services provider, Amazon Web Services, Inc., has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Italian supercar maker Ferrari to become their official cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) provider. According to a press release issued by Amazon on 18 June, the two c...
    Porsche forms JV with German battery maker Customcells
    Volkswagen’s luxury car arm Porsche AG has formed a joint venture (JV) with Germany’s Customcells, specialists in lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells, to produce high-performance batteries that will significantly reduce charging times, Porsche said in a press release on June 21. The new JV company is ...
    Canoo selects Pryor, Oklahoma as the location for its US manufacturing facility
    EV manufacturer Canoo has announced that it has chosen Oklahoma as the location for its US manufacturing facility during the company’s first Investor Relations Day. According to a press release issued by Canoo on 17 June, the company stated that this new mega micro-factory will bring more than 2,0...
    Lincoln to have fully electrified portfolio by 2030
    Ford-owned American premium carmaker, Lincoln, has announced that it will debut its first global fully electric vehicle (EV) next year. According to a press release issued by Lincoln on 16 June, the company will electrify its entire portfolio of vehicles by the end of the decade. By the middle of...
    Volvo Cars partners with SSAB to develop fossil-free steel
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Swedish steelmaker SSAB for developing fossil-free Steel, the company announced in a press release on 16 June. As part of the collaboration, Volvo Cars will secure SSAB steel made from hydrogen-reduced iron from HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden. This steel will ...
    BMW among founding members of Quantum Technology and Application Consortium
    BMW is one of the 10 German corporations that founded the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), the automaker said in a press release on 10 June. The goal of the consortium is to develop the existing fundamentals of quantum computing for multiple applications, including au...
    Renault creates ElectriCity EV production cluster in France
    Renault Group and the representative trade unions (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT, FO, and SUD) have signed an agreement for the future of the Renault sites in the Hauts-de-France region, as part of the Renaulution strategic plan. According to a company press release on 9 June, the agreement has resulted ...
    GM makes OnStar Guardian mobile app available to all customers in US and Canada
    General Motors has announced that its OnStar Guardian mobile app is available to all customers in the United States and Canada with a compatible Apple or Android device, according to a company press release dated 7 June. Customers even without a GM vehicle will be able to access the services offered...
    Toyota to rename VC arm from Toyota AI Ventures to Toyota Ventures
    Toyota’s standalone, early-stage venture capital firm, Toyota AI Ventures, will change its name to Toyota Ventures. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 3 June, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm will also grow its total assets under management to more than USD500 million wit...
    Fisker aims to produce climate neutral vehicle by 2027
    Electric vehicle (EV) marker Fisker has announced that it aims to produce a climate neutral vehicle by 2027 and will not do so by purchasing offsets, according to a company press release on 7 June. The announcement is in line with its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy announced on...
    Fiat plans to become a fully electric OEM by 2030
    Italian car maker Fiat has announced that it will convert to a pure-electric automotive OEM by 2030. According to a report filed by Electrive on 5 June, Stellantis revealed its electrification plans that included four platforms for electrified models and more battery factories. As of now, the onl...
    Polestar updates Android emulator for Polestar 2 EV
    Polestar has said that its Android emulator has been updated with Android Automotive OS 10 and latest templates, it said in a press release on 1 June. Android emulator provides developers with design templates and app integrations to develop apps for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle. “The Androi...
    XPeng’s EVs conduct 380,000 times of OTA upgrades
    XPeng has announced that its smart electric vehicles (EVs) have cumulatively conducted 380,000 over-the-air (OTA) upgrades from Jan 2019 to May 2021, it said in a press release on 28 May. It has released cumulatively 23 firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updates for G3 and P7 customers, with 134 new funct...
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford to store car data locally as China plans new rules
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford have set up facilities in mainland China to store vehicle data generated locally, Reuters reported on 27 May. Ford Motor had established a data center in mainland China in the first half of last year and was storing all vehicle data locally. BMW said it operates "local data ce...
    AT&T to offer unlimited in-car Wi-Fi for Honda and Acura models in US
    Honda Motor has announced a partnership with AT&T under which customers of certain Honda and Acura models will be offered unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, according to a company press release on 27 May. This will be offered through the WarnerMedia RIDE App, which enables the connection of multiple device...
    Tesla sets up local data center in China amid security concerns
    Tesla is looking to set up a new facility in mainland China to store local user data, CNN reported on 26 May. Tesla also said it has plans to increase the number of such centers in the country amid concerns over data breach. “Car data security is very important. Tesla will make every effort to ...
    Jaguar Land Rover integrates Google’s Street View and air quality technology in I-PACE
    Jaguar Land Rover has announced a partnership with Google under which the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE will feature air quality measuring sensors and Street View mapping technology, according to a 26 May press release. The I-PACE will be used to measure air quality in Dublin including nitrogen dioxide...
    Ford expects 40% of its global vehicle volume to be all-electric by 2030
    Ford anticipates that 40% of its global vehicle volume will be fully electric by 2030, according to a company press release on 26 May 2021. This electric vehicle (EV) model lineup will include Mustang Mach-E, the all-electric version of F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and E-Transit commercial vans to ...
    Mercedes-Benz acquires equity stake in Swedish startup H2 Green Steel
    Mercedes-Benz AG has acquired an equity stake in Swedish startup H2 Green Steel (H2GS) to introduce carbon dioxide (CO2)-free steel into series production, the automaker announced in a press release on 24 May 2021. H2GS, founded in 2020, aims to build a large-scale fossil-free steel production ...
    Audi works on concept for quick-charging for premium EVs
    Audi is working on a concept for quick-charging for premium electric vehicles (EV), the automaker announced in a press release on 21 May. Audi said a pilot project in the second half of the year will provide a specific outlook and a practical test for a possible serial roll-out. The concept calls fo...
    Renault, Iberdrola partner for carbon neutrality at Spain, Portugal factories
    Renault Group and Iberdrola have signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction programs in Renault's energy consumption in Spain and Portugal. According to a company press release on 29 April, Iberdrola will supply Renault with “long-term green energy,...
    Volvo to implement circular business principles, aims to reduce 2.5 million tons of CO2 from 2025
    Volvo Cars will be creating closed material loops for high-emission materials such as steel and aluminum, and remanufacture, repair, reuse, and refurbish parts to reach an annual savings of SEK1 billion (USD119 million) and reduce CO2 emissions of 2.5 million tons from 2025. According to a company p...
    Lamborghini outlines route to electrification
    VW-owned supercar maker, Lamborghini, has presented its ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’, a roadmap to the decarbonization of future Lamborghini models and of its 160,000-square-meter Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters in Italy, which achieved carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral certification in 2...
    Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH to be incorporated into Volkswagen AG by 2027
    Volkswagen Sachsen will be fully integrated in Volkswagen AG by 2027, according to a press release dated 12 May. The independent company has reached an agreement with trade union IG Metall for the deal. The integration will optimize and centralize processes at the three German sites of Chemnitz, Dre...
    Ford open to accelerating e-mobility push in Europe
    Ford is calling on policymakers, energy providers, local authorities, consumers, and the auto industry to join hands on a nationwide electrification strategy to chart out the “right trajectory” for 2030 for the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 13 May. Significance: Ford...
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