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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...
    Li Auto L9’s compute platform uses two NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoCs
    Li Auto’s L9 will be feature a software-defined compute platform built on two NVIDIA DRIVE Orin systems-on-chip (SoCs), a company blogpost dated 23 June. The L9’s compute platform can perform 500 trillion operations per second (TOPS) and run various deep neural networks simultaneously and in rea...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Ambarella to supply Inceptio Technology with ‘Edge AI’ SoCs to support ADAS functions
    Inceptio Technology and Ambarella, an edge artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor company, have announced that Inceptio selected Ambarella's CV2FS and CV2AQ edge AI systems-on-chip (SoCs), for CVflow SoCs, for its automotive-grade central computing platform, according to a press release by ...
    Arbe to supply radar perception chipset to ADAS company HiRain
    Arbe Robotics has announced that it has supplied its perception radar chipset to ADAS company HiRain Technologies to develop imaging radar system, according to a press release by PR Newswire on 22 June. Kobi Marenko, CEO of Arbe, said, "China has the largest vehicle market in the world and is lea...
    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...
    Cipia to supply driver monitoring solution to Chinese automaker Chery for the EU market
    Cipia, a supplier of artificial intelligenc (AI) computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions has announced that it has won a design contract for an electric vehicle (EV) with carmaker Chery to supply driver monitoring system (DMS) solutions, according to press release by Cipia published on 20 June...
    Samsung supplies Tesla with camera to enable self-driving system
    US-based EV giant Tesla has secured a deal worth USD4 billion with electronic components unit of Samsung to supply cameras for the carmaker's self-driving systems, according to a report published by the Korea Economic Daily on 8 June 2022. Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) software will use images fro...
    Marelli Automotive Lighting supplies LED headlights to all-electric Nio ET7
    Marelli Automotive Lighting has announced that the company is supplying LED headlights to NIO’s ET7, according to a press release published by the lighting supplier on 9 June. The lighting unit on the ET7 is equipped with integrated low and high beam headlights along with the exquisite ‘doubl...
    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
    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
    Teijin Automotive to supply pickup box for upcoming MY 2022 Toyota Tundra
    Teijin Automotive Technologies has announced it is manufacturing pickup boxes for the next generation model year (MY) 2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup truck at the company’s new manufacturing facility in Seguin, Texas, US, according to a press release published by the company on 7 June. Steve Rooney, ...
    Maserati uses Rightware's Kanzi UI toolchain to develop HMI for MY 2023 Grecale SUV
    Rightware has announced that Maserati has used Kanzi user interface (UI) toolchain to develop the primary human-machine interface (HMI) for model year (MY) 2023 Grecale SUV, according to a company press release on 7 June. Kanzi software powers the graphics in both the digital instrument cluster and ...
    Startup RoboSense to power Hongqi Auto’s FEEA3.0 platform with second-generation solid-state lidar
    RoboSense has partnered with FAW’s Hongqi, it said in a press release on 1 June. Hongqi’s autonomous driving solutions on FEEA3.0 platform will be powered by multiple RoboSense second-generation smart solid-state lidar for intelligent driving perception solution. Autonomous driving solutions ...
    AMD to supply NIO with EPYC chips for autonomous driving, EV development
    The Chinese arm of US multinational semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has signed a chip supply agreement with NIO, according to a report published by Pandaily on 7 July 2022. NIO's high-performance computing (HPC) platform will be based on AMD's EPYC processor series, which ...
    Stellantis signs offtake agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources to secure lithium supplies
    Stellantis N.V. has signed a binding offtake agreement with California-based Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. (CTR), securing supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide for its North American electric vehicle (EV) production plans, the carmaker announced on 2 June 2022. Under the agreement betwee...
    Bühler supplies megacasting cells to Volvo’s Torslanda plant
    Swiss industrial machinery manufacturing company Bühler announced via a press release on 19 May that Swedish automaker Volvo had purchased two of its Carat 840 high-pressure die-casting (HPDC, or megacasting) cells for its factory in Torslanda, Sweden. The cell solutions being delivered wil...
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX tires as OE to Kia Niro
    Continental has announced that it is supplying EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX to the all-electric Kia Niro, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model variants, according to a press release published by Continental on 2 June. According to press release, in Europe, the Middle East ...
    Faraday Future picks Cerence to power in-car voice assistant in FF 91 EV
    Cerence has announced that Faraday Future Intelligent Electric has picked Cerence’s its AI-powered text-to-speech (TTS) technology for the in-car assistant in its FF 91 electric vehicle (EV), according to a company press release on 1 June. Production is set to begin in the third quarter of 2022. F...
    BorgWarner bags order to supply SiC inverters to two performance car brands
    Michigan based supplier of powertrain and electric mobility solutions BorgWarner has bagged orders from two performance car brands to supply new 800V silicon carbide (SiC) inverter, the company announced on 31 May 2022. The company said that the new SiC inverter is designed using BorgWarner’s p...
    02-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Managem to supply Renault with 5000 TPY of cobalt sulphate from 2025 to 2031
    French automaker Renault announced via press release on 1 June that it had signed an agreement with Moroccan mining company Managem for the supply of low-carbon cobalt sulphate needed for its vehicle electrification targets. According to the press release, Managem will supply Renault with 5,000 t...
    China’s largest battery maker CATL to supply cylindrical cells to BMW from 2025
    China’s CATL or Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited plans to begin supplying cylindrical cells to the German luxury carmaker BMW from 2025 for its future electric vehicle (EV) range, according to a Reuters report on 28 May 2022, which cited the battery maker. CATL, which is also the...
    30-May-2022 News New Products
    XPENG founder says automobile supply chains gradually restoring amid global chip shortage
    According to a report published by PanDaily He Xiaopeng on 26 May 2022, the founder and chairman of Chinese carmaker XPENG Motors, said on social media regarding the gradual recovery of automotive supply chains in the midst of the persistent worldwide shortage of computer chips. He Xiaopeng state...
    30-May-2022 News COVID-19
    POSCO Chemical, General Motors to invest combined USD327 million to form JV Ultium CAM
    POSCO Chemical and General Motors have finalized their joint venture (JV), which will be called Ultium CAM, and the two companies plan to invest a combined USD327 million to form the JV, the South Korean materials company announced on 27 May 2022. POSCO Chemical and GM will hold 85% and 15% stakes r...
    Panasonic supplies large-screen windshield HUD to Nissan Ariya
    Panasonic Automotive Systems has announced that its large-screen windshield heads-up display (WS HUD) will be installed in the new Nissan Ariya electric vehicle, a company press release dated 26 May read. This is the sixth model from Nissan to use the WS HUD, following the Skyline, Rogue, Qashqai, P...
    Ford commits to 10% of steel and aluminum purchases to be near-zero carbon by 2030
    Detroit automaker Ford announced via press release on 25 May that it was committing to purchase a minimum of 10% near-zero carbon neutral steel and aluminum by 2030 as part of its new membership within the First Movers Coalition global initiative. The Coalition aims to harness purchasing power an...
    UltraSense Systems develops touch solutions for Asahi Kasei’s AKXY2 concept car
    UltraSense Systems has developed touch solution to operate door and canopy entry/ closure system for AKXY2 concept car, according to a press release published by UltraSense Systems on 25 May. The touch user interface enables occupants with seamless door and canopy access replacing traditional door h...
    26-May-2022 News New Products
    Rheinmetall wins major order for transmission housings from EV maker
    Rheinmetall has received a major order for transmission housings from a global electric vehicle (EV) maker, it said in a press release on 23 May. The company will partner with its Chinese joint venture KPSNC. The order is set to run for six years with total value set at a low three-digit million eur...
    Grammer supplies center console to Volkswagen’s Multivan
    Supplier of automotive interior components Grammer AG has announced via press release on 19 May that the company supplied center console for Volkswagen’s Multivan. The new Multivan features redesigned interior space, the shift-by-wire system has enabled Volkswagen to relocate the gear selector ...
    23-May-2022 News New Products
    Select models of FAW Group’s luxury arm Hongqi to be equipped with Journey 5 chips from 2023
    Select FAW Hongqi vehicles will be equipped with Horizon Journey 5 chips from 2023, Car.Indigo reported on 14 May. The chips will be used for intelligent driving domain controllers. The cooperative model will be mass produced and landed this year. Significance: In August 2021, Horizon Roboti...
    Toyota Boshoku supplies seats, interior components for all-electric Toyota bZ4X
    Toyota Boshoku has announced that its seating and interior components have been equipped in Toyota’s bZ4X battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 13 May.    According to the press release, the BEV features sport-style seats, rear row ...
    20-May-2022 News New Products
    Continental supplies PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 tires as OE to Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Continental has announced that it is supplying Mercedes-Benz C-Class with PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 tires as OE, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 19 May. Both PremiumContact 6 18” and EcoContact 6 17″ tires have been granted original equipment approval. ...
    Toyota selects Advics’s new regenerative cooperative braking system for bZ4X
    Japanese automotive components manufacturer Advics announced via press release on 12 May that its new regenerative cooperative braking system had been equipped on Toyota’s new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) bZ4X. According to the press release, the braking system package provided by the s...
    Tenneco supplies intelligent suspension for Mercedes-AMG’s SL-Class Roadsters
    US-based auto parts manufacturer Tenneco has announced via press release on 16 May that the Model Year (MY) 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class Roadsters will feature CVSA2 semi-active suspension or integrated CVSA2/Kinetic suspension offering from the company’s Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio. ...
    BASF to supply BMW with sustainable matt coatings
    German chemical company BASF announced via press release on 12 May that it will be supplying its sustainable biomass-balanced coatings to German automaker BMW. According to the press release, the company will supply its CathoGuard® 800 ReSource e-coat to the OEM’s site in Leipzig, Germany and ...
    KS Huayu to supply cast aluminum battery component carrier plates to major German automaker
    German automotive parts company Rheinmetall AG announced via press release on 10 May that its joint with HASCO, KS Hauyu, had received a USD176 million (EUR170 million) order from a German automaker for cast aluminum carrier plates for battery control components. According to the press release, t...
    Hopium, Bridgestone partner to develop tires for hydrogen-powered Hopium Machina
    France-based hydrogen automaker Hopium has announced via press release on 12 May that it partnered with tiremaker Bridgestone to develop bespoke tires for its premium sedan, Hopium Machina. Olivier Lombard, Hopium’s CEO, founder said, “Since its start, Hopium has made it a point of honor to c...
    AGC supplies light-control panoramic roof for upcoming all-electric Lexus RZ
    Japanese supplier AGC has announced that the company supplied its light-control panoramic roof with Low-E coating for upcoming Lexus’ all-electric RZ battery electric vehicle (BEV), according to a press release by AGC on 11 May. The new light control sunroof with high solar control and heat ins...
    12-May-2022 News New Products
    onsemi supplies NIO with VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for EVs
    onsemi, an intelligent power and sensing technology company announced that NIO has selected the VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules from onsemi for its electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release on 11 May 2022. The silicon carbide (SiC)-based power modules provide longer range, improved e...
    BorgWarner bags first OEM contract to supply flexible battery management system technology
    Michigan based supplier of powertrain components and electric mobility solutions BorgWarner said on 4 May 2022 that the company has bagged its first OEM contract to supply its flexible battery management system (BMS). While the company did not disclose the name of the customer, it said that its BMS ...
    06-May-2022 News New Products
    Magna supplies new 3D surround-view camera system to Toyota Tundra
    Advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) developer Magna has announced that all-new Toyota Tundra 2022 is equipped with Magna’s cameras and electrical control units that provide 3D and surround view capabilities including trailer guidance, multi-terrain view, and see-through hood, according t...
    BorgWarner bags contract to supply eMotors to a Chinese EV maker
    Global automotive supplier of powertrain components and electric mobility solutions BorgWarner has bagged a contract to supply high-voltage hairpin (HVH) eMotors to a leading electric vehicle company in China, the company said on 4 May 2022. The BorgWarner-made eMotors will be used in the electric v...
    05-May-2022 News New Products
    HELLA MINTH Jiaxing opens second production plant in mainland China
    Jiaxing Automotive Parts Co. Ltd, a joint venture of automotive supplier HELLA and the MINTH Group, has put a second production plant into operation in the mainland Chinese city of Jiaxing, according to an official press release on 4 May 2022. The company said that the new plant of HELLA MIN...
    Magna begins production of mild hybrid transmission systems for BMW Group
    Canadian automotive supplier Magna International has started the production of its mild hybrid transmission systems for BMW Group, the company announced on 2 May 2022. The company said that its all-new 7-speed, mild hybrid dual-clutch transmission will be the latest to be featured exclusively on BMW...
    03-May-2022 News New Products
    Vitesco bags USD2.1-billion contract from Hyundai to supply axle drive EMR4
    German supplier of powertrain components and electric mobility solutions Vitesco Technologies has secured a EUR2-billion (USD2.1 billion) contract from Hyundai Motor Group to supply its new-generation axle drive EMR4 (electronics motor reducer), the company announced on 2 May 2022. The company said ...
    03-May-2022 News New Products
    Brembo to supply brake caliper assembly to Faraday Future for FF 91 EV
    US-based EV maker Faraday Future has announced that the company’s flagship vehicle FF 91 EV will be equipped with Brembo’s full brake caliper assembly, according to a press release published by the automaker on 25 April. Faraday Future’s FF 91 EV is expected to be launched in third quarter&...
    Bridgestone supplies Turanza Eco tires for Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric Vision EQXX
    Bridgestone has announced via press release on 25 April that it will supply the bespoke Turanza Eco tires for Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric Vision EQXX. The EQXX’s new tires are equipped with Bridgestone’s in-house lightweight ‘ENLITEN’ Technology to reduce tire rolling resistance and we...
    Grammer supplies ‘Float’ center console for all-electric BMW iX EV
    Supplier of automotive interior components Grammer AG has announced via press release on 26 April that the company supplied ‘Float’ free-standing center console for BMW’s all-electric iX. According to press release, the Generation E center console was designed to reduce noise, vibration, an...
    27-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Kongsberg Automotive bags USD38 million contract to supply gearbox parts
    Zurich-based powertrain and chassis supplier Kongsberg Automotive said on 27 April 2022 that the company’s ‘Powertrain and Chassis’ business has secured a contract worth EUR35.5 million (USD37.92 million) in estimated lifetime revenue, with average annual revenue of EUR5.1 million. It said tha...
    Startup Horizon Robotics to provide autonomous driving chip for certain BYD models
    Horizon Robotics will provide BYD with its autonomous driving computer chip for certain models which will be launched next year, PanDaily reported on 22 April. The Journey 5 chip will be available by mid-2023. The chip offers a maximum artificial intelligence (AI) computing power of 128TOPS, support...
    ZKW supplies intelligent headlight for all-new Range Rover SUV
    Austrian lighting expert ZKW has announced that the company supplied “Digital Light Processing” (DLP) LED headlights to all-new Range Rover sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a press release published by ZKW on 20 April. ZKW through an innovative three step component injection molding ...
    21-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Ford Europe joins RSCI, Catena-X Automotive network to create sustainable supply chain
    Ford of Europe announced that the automaker has signed on to two key supply chain initiatives, which aim to establish industry standards for data-sharing between partners and the assessment of sustainability of production sites, according to a press release published by the automaker on 19 April. ...
    BMW selects Goodyear’s EfficientGrip Performance 2 for new iX SAV
    US multinational tire manufacturing company Goodyear announced via press release on 11 April that it will be equipping the new BMW iX SAV with its EfficientGrip Performance 2 tires. According to the press release, the new tires feature the following: Short braking distances on dry and wet r...
    Marelli Automotive Lighting supplies headlight, rear light for Citroen DS4
    Marelli Automotive Lighting has announced that the company is supplying matrix LED vison headlights and 3D rear lights to Citroen DS4, according to a press release published by the lighting supplier on 7 April. DS4’s lighting is based on the design philosophy “see and be seen”. The new ligh...
    15-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Tesla recalls around 595,000 vehicles in the US over boombox feature
    Tesla has issued a recall of around 595,000 vehicles in the US due to an issue with its “Boombox” function, the Associated Press reported on 14 April. The Boombox is able to play sounds over an external speaker and mute audible warnings for pedestrians. This is the second recall notice due ...
    HELLA supplies illuminated radiator grille for ŠKODA Enyaq iV electric SUV
    HELLA has developed a lighting package with front grille illumination “Crystal Face” emphasizing dynamic illumination on the ŠKODA Enyaq iV electric sport utility vehicle's (SUV’s) radiator grille, according to a press release published by the automotive supplier on 13 April. The illu...
    DENSO to supply key electrification components for Toyota’s bZ4X and Subaru’s SOLTERRA
    DENSO Corporation will be supplying electrification components for Toyota’s bZ4X and Subaru’s all-electric SOLTERRA, it said in a press release on 13 April. The bZ4X is scheduled to be launched in May 2022 while the Solterra will release in mid-2022. DENSO will provide current sensors detecti...
    Hankook supplies Ventus S1 evo 3 tires as OE for all-electric BMW i4
    Hankook announced via a press release on 13 April that it will supply tires as OE to the BMW all-electric i4 Gran Coupé. The flagship summer tire comes in all-position and mixed types to equip the all-electric i4. Ventus S1 evo 3 combines reinforced sidewall with a high-strength bead core, ...
    PEUGEOT's new 308 models to feature FOCAL’s Premium Hi-Fi sound system
    Stellantis has announced that the new PEUGEOT 308 cars will feature FOCAL Premium Hi-Fi audio system, according to a press release dated 12 April. Integrated into the PEUGEOT i-cockpit, The sound system will offer a customized audio experience. The FOCAL Premium Hi-Fi system contains 10 speakers ...
    General Motors signs multiyear cobalt supply deal with Glencore
    Mining company Glencore announced via press release on 12 April that it had signed a multiyear cobalt supply agreement with American automaker General Motors. According to the press release, cobalt from Glencore’s Murrin Murrin operations in Australia will be used in the production of GM’s Ul...
    Hankook supplies tires as OE to Mercedes-Benz S-Class across all markets
    Hankook announced via a press release on 11 April that it will supply tires as original equipment (OE) to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class across all markets. This includes summer, winter, and all-season tires for the premium S-Class model. The tires have a “Mercedes Original" “MO” label on the si...
    Chinese lidar startup Hesai supplies AT128 lidar for ADAS-equipped Lotus electric SUV
    Luxury car brand Lotus integrates Hesai’s AT128 lidar in its Eletre electric hyper SUV, according to Hesai's official press release on 7 April 2022. The Eletre is based on Lotus's "track-level intelligent driving" system. Electre can deliver racer-level analysis accuracy, decisive decision-maki...
    BMW to switch to 100% sustainably-produced cast aluminum wheels from 2024
    German automaker BMW announced via press release on 8 April that it will be purchasing only cast aluminum wheels produced with 100% green power for its BMW and MINI brands from 2024 onward as part of its sustainability initiatives. According to the press release, the company has formed agree...
    Meta System to supply on-board power management modules for Faraday Future’s FF 91 EV
    US-based EV maker Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc., said on 6 April 2022 that the company has partnered with Meta System, which will supply on-board power management modules for the FF 91 EV and the upcoming FF 81 EVs. Faraday Future, which is planning to commercially launch the FF 91 ele...
    11-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Continental supplies tires for NIO ET7 electric sedan
    Continental announced via press release on 7 April that it will be supplying 19 and 20” EcoContact 6 premium tires as OE to the all-electric Nio ET7 sedan for the Chinese market. The EcoContact 6 is designed to deliver high energy efficiency and mileage as well as very good handling and excelle...
    Tenneco’s next-gen passive damper valve technology to debut on fourth-gen Mercedes-Benz C-class
    US auto parts manufacturer Tenneco announced on 30 March that its new Monroe OE Solutions MCx valving system for passive monotube shock absorbers will debut in the fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class. According to the press release, the new passive valve architecture features independent, par...
    Pirelli supplies P Zero Elect tires as OE to all-electric BMW iX
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 16 March that it will be supplying the P Zero Elect tires as OE to all-electric BMW iX sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the xDrive50 version and the sportier M60. P Zero Elect tires are available for the BMW iX xDrive50 version in 25...
    OLEDWorks supplies digital OLED taillights for updated Audi A8
    OLEDWorks announced that the company is supplying digital organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting to the new Audi A8, according to a press release published by OLEDWorks on 4 April. Digital OLED rear lighting is a standard feature on the updated A8 offering customers up to four different light ...
    Continental secures business for V-shaped in-vehicle display worth over USD1.1 billion
    Continental has announced that the company has won a sizeable series order for V-shaped in-vehicle displays worth over USD1.1 billion from an Asian vehicle manufacturer for integration into multiple car lines, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 4 April. The V-shape i...
    Lucid selects ROHM’s SiC MOSFETs for Lucid Air EV
    ROHM Semiconductor has announced that Lucid has selected its silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (SiC MOSFET) to power its Lucid Air electric vehicle (EV),  according to a company press release on 8 March. Lucid Air’s main on-board charging unit features a DC-...
    Stellantis plans to increase local sourcing of semiconductors in US and Europe
    Automaker Stellantis has planned to increase the local sourcing of semiconductor chips from Europe and the United States within three to four years, according to a report published by Reuters on 31 March 2021. The CEO of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares revealed that the company is taking various measu...
    Alcantara supplies leather interiors to BMW’s premium M8 model
    Alcantara is supplying its advanced leather material for the interior of the new BMW M8, according to a press release published by Alcantara on 30 March. The premium material will be used for seating, as well as upper door panels and instrument panel. The M8’s carbon fiber reinforced bucket sea...
    Toyoda Gosei supplies LED illuminated logo to Nissan Motor’s Ariya crossover EV
    Toyoda Gosei has developed an LED emblem to light up Nissan Ariya crossover’s front end, according to a press release published by the Japanese supplier on 30 March. The new illuminated emblem is built from transparent and light-dispersing materials.    Significance: An increasin...
    31-Mar-2022 News New Products
    INEOS Styrolution to supply Luran polymer solutions to Dongfeng’s EV brand VOYAH
    INEOS Styrolution is supplying its Luran polymer S 778T SPF30 acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate (ASA) grade to Dongfeng’s electric vehicle (EV) brand VOYAH, according to a press release published by the materials company on 28 February. Luran S 778T SPF30 combines ultraviolet (UV) resistance and a...
    Surface Transforms signs new USD131 million carbon ceramic brake disc supply contract
    British manufacturer of carbon ceramic brake discs Surface Transforms announced via press release on 24 March that it had signed a new contract worth USD131 million (GBP100 million) with an existing customer, OEM 8 (name withheld as per confidentiality rules), as a replacement to an earlier USD...
    Hankook to supply Ventus S1 evo 3 tires to three Volkswagen models
    Hankook Tire has announced that it would equip three additional Volkswagen vehicles with its tires, according to its press release on 24 March. Hankook's Ultra-High-Performance (UHP) tire, Ventus S1 evo 3, will be fitted on the Golf GTI und Golf R, and the Ventus S1 evo 2 sport utility vehicle (SUV)...
    ZKW to develop carbon-neutral electrical components for Swedish EV maker Polestar
    Lighting specialist ZKW will develop electronic and electrical components for Swedish premium electric vehicle (EV) company Polestar, according to a press release published by ZKW on 21 March. The project explores integration of different technologies and high-performance materials along wit...
    Marelli Automotive Lighting supplies digital LED headlights to Mercedes-Benz EQS
    Marelli Automotive Lighting announced that the company is supplying full LED and digital LED headlights to the new Mercedes-Benz EQS, according to a press release published by the lighting company on 28 February. Significance: Marelli Automotive Lighting highlights a narrow long light strip ...
    Marelli Automotive Lighting supplies 3D shaped rear lamps to BMW 2 series
    Marelli Automotive Lighting announced that the company is supplying 3D shaped full light emitting diode (LED) rear lamps for the BMW 2 series, according to a press release published by the lighting company on 17 March. Significance: The rear lamp incorporates construction inspired by “all-in”...
    Chevrolet halts Corvette production amid parts shortage
    Chevrolet has halted Corvette production in the company’s Bowling Green, Kentucky citing components shortage, reported Automotive News on 22 March. Chevrolet has confirmed production halt is not in relation to semiconductor shortage. Significance: The manufacturing plant which produces the mid-...
    Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT SAE-Level 3 system to feature Valeo’s lidar technology
    Valeo has announced that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be equipped with Valeo SCALA 2 lidar, the company said in a press release on 22 March. The second-generation LiDAR system will be integrated into the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT system for SAE-Level 3 (L3) autonomous driving. The Valeo SCALA 2...
    Envision AESC to supply high-performance battery modules to Mercedes-Benz in the US
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has partnered mainland Chinese–Japanese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Envision AESC in an attempt to secure the supply of high-performance battery cell modules for its EQ lineup of EVs, the battery maker said on 16 March 2022. Envision AESC...
    Russia–Ukraine conflict: is palladium a potential black swan for already stretched auto supply chains?
    Several supply disruption concerns have been reverberating through the automotive industry since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however few have the disruption potential of palladium, a critical raw material used in catalytic converters for emission abatement. Palladium supplies are de facto alr...
    Manufacturers resume operations at earthquake-affected plants in Japan
    Several Japanese manufacturers have reopened their affected facilities following Wednesday's earthquake in the country's northeast, according to a report published by Reuters on 18 March 2022. Earlier, manufacturers were forced to halt some of the production facilities after the 7.4-magnitude e...
    Renesas, Murata suspend operations in Japan after earthquake
    Japan-based chipmaker Renesas Electronics and component maker Murata Manufacturing halted some of its production after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the country's northeast, according to a report published by Reuters on 17 March. Renesas has stopped production temporarily at two semiconductor...
    Toyota announces more production cuts due to acute chip shortage
    Japan-based automaker Toyota announces further production suspension at its Fujimatsu plant citing semiconductor shortages, according to an official press release on 15 March 2022. During the month of March, Toyota will suspend one production line at a factory for eight working days. The producti...
    Hyundai Transys selects Atko as leather supplier for its future mobility seat concept
    South Korea–based sustainable leather manufacturer, Atko announced that the company has supplied recycled leather to Hyundai Transys’s future mobility seat concept, according to a press release published by Atko on 24 February. The seat concept was showcased at the Lineapelle International Leath...
    General Motors selects Lear to supply seats for the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup
    Lear Corporation has been selected by General Motors (GM) to supply front and rear seating systems to the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric vehicle (EV) pickup, according to a press release by Lear Corporation on 9 March. Lear designed the foam, trim, structure, mechanism, plastics, and seat ha...
    Nio partners with Chinalco for aluminum R&D and supply
    Chinese alumina producer Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chinalco) announced on its WeChat account on 3 February that it had signed an agreement with Chinese OEM Nio for the supply and R&D of automotive aluminum. According to the announcement, the two companies agreed to deepen coopera...
    Liontown to supply Tesla with lithium from 2024
    Australian mineral exploration company Liontown Resources announced via press release on 16 February that it had entered into a binding supply agreement for lithium with US automaker Tesla. According to the press release, the company will supply Tesla with lithium spodumene concentrate for a five...
    Core Lithium to supply Tesla with battery materials from 2023
    South Australia-based emerging lithium producer Core Lithium announced via press release on 2nd March that it had entered into a legally binding Term Sheet with American automaker Tesla for the supply of 110,000 tons of Li2O (lithium) spodumene concentrate. According to the release, the lithium w...
    Volkswagen selects Cerence’s voice AI to power infotainment system
    Cerence has announced that Volkswagen has selected its technologies to power voice and conversational artificial intelligence (AI) in its infotainment system, a company press release dated 1 March read. The solution will be first available in the new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI. The Golf 8 GTI, which i...
    Metalsa invests USD170 million to build new chassis frame manufacturing plant in central Mexico
    Mexican structural components manufacturing company Metalsa announced on 25 February that it will be investing USD170 million to build a new structural frame production plant for light trucks in Guanajuato. According to Metalsa, the new plant, expected to operate from November 2023, will pro...
    01-Mar-2022 News Investments
    LG Electronics signs deal to supply 5G telematics solutions to European automaker
    LG Electronics (LG) has announced deals to supply 5G telematics solutions to a European automaker, it said in a press release on 25 February. LG’s solutions use Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA) technology and support connected car and autonomous driving functionalities, as well as focus on enhanced use...
    ZF to assist Baidu’s smart EV brand Jidu in developing chassis, other components
    German automotive components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG will assist mainland Chinese technology company Baidu’s smart electric vehicle (EV) brand Jidu to develop chassis and other components, according to a report filed by the news publication Automotive News on 24 February 2022. While...
    BorgWarner wins contract to supply SiC based inverters to a global OEM
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies and electric mobility solutions BorgWarner said on 15 February 2022 that the company has secured a contract with a major global OEM to supply high voltage generator inverters. The said inverters would be used in an innovative electrified arch...
    18-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Startup Mojio launches 4G connected car program for automakers
    Mojio has launched a new program and upgraded 4G connected car service to help automotive OEMs overcome shutdown of 3G cellular networks, it said in a press release on 16 February. The 4G Upgrade Program allows OEMs the ability to purchase vouchers to be exchanged for an 18-month subscription to Mot...
    Cipia’s DMS Driver Sense to be integrated into new platform by a China-US OEM JV
    Cipia has announced that its Driver Monitoring Solution (DMS) Driver Sense will be integrated into a new platform by an existing customer, a company press release dated 14 February read. The platform from a China-US OEM joint venture, is the 8th such integration for Cipia's DMS. Serial production is...
    BorgWarner to supply innovative heater technology to BMW for premium EV platforms
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies and electric mobility solutions, BorgWarner said on 15 February 2022 that the company is supplying its innovative high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) to the German premium carmaker BMW for the latter’s iX and i4 fully electric architectures....
    15-Feb-2022 News New Products
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