Filters
Your Selections
    [clear all]
    Asset
    Published
    Vehicle Domain
    Topical Categories
    Supplier
    OEM
    Region / Country/Territory
    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Ilika Technologies leads USD9.9 million Faraday Battery Challenge collaboration project
    UK-based solid-state battery (SSB) technology company Ilika Technologies Ltd has announced on 25 January 2023 that it is leading a 24-month, GBP8 million (USD9.9 million) Faraday Battery Challenge collaboration project. The project, which is codenamed ‘History’, is slated to start on 1 February 2023 and will focus on integrating high silicon content electrodes into Ilika’s Goliath solid-state batteries developed for electric vehicles (EVs), to enable automotive level performance. Ili...
    BMW i Ventures invests in EV charging management platform Ampeco
    BMW i Ventures, German luxury carmaker BMW Group’s venture capital arm, has taken the position of lead investor in Ampeco, an electric vehicle (EV) charging management platform that enables large-scale public, business, fleet, and residential providers to manage EV chargers at scale, BMW announced on 25 January 2023. The company said that the funding in Ampeco will be used to drive further expansion into North America and Europe, while also growing the startup’s engineering and product in...
    BMW announces interior updates for spring 2023
    BMW has announced feature updates for Spring 2023, which includes both the interior and exterior, it said in a press release dated 25 January. Among the new additions, the extended Parking Assistant Professional available for BMW 7 Series, BMW X7 and BMW iX. The extended Parking Assistant Professional gives drivers the ability to guide their car into and out of parking spaces and also carry out more complex maneuvering from outside the car via the My BMW App via a smartphone. The BMW 4 Series...
    BMW Group to expand partnership with SAP for digitization of supply chain
    BMW Group will expand its partnership with SAP to accelerate digital transformation, it said in a press release dated 26 January. The entire SAP landscape will be migrated to RISE with SAP for digitization. The cloud strategy will be merged with SAP landscape on S/4HANA to drive business areas such as finance, parts supply, warehousing, supply chain, and production. “This strategic decision will help us to drive our digitalization leadership even faster forward. We are increasing the flexib...
    BMW unveils new M3 CS with latest-generation iDrive based on Operating System 8
    BMW has unveiled its new M3 CS model with the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8, it said in a press release dated 25 January. It includes BMW Curved Display for the cockpit. A 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches are housed together behind a curved glass surface. The information display’s graphical layout and M‑style content features all driving-related data and vehicle status and settings i...
    BMW, Solid Power deepen partnership to advance all-solid-state battery cell design
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group and US-based battery technology company Solid Power have deepened their partnership with a new joint development agreement to further advance the all-solid-state battery cell design and manufacturing know-how, BMW said on 20 January 2023. “Under an expanded joint development agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a basis for their common next steps. This license enables BMW to establish an ASSB prototype line in...
    BMW issues OTA upgrade for 4.7 million vehicles
    BMW Group has announced that it will update software in its vehicles with BMW iDrive Operating System 7 and 8 via over-the-air (OTA), according to a company press release dated 20 January. At present, a about 4.7 million BMW vehicles are upgradeable. The Remote Software Upgrade is currently available in over 30 models. Customers will be able to see the software status in the settings menu of their vehicle under Remote Software Upgrade and can search for available upgrades. Significance: Ne...
    BMW recalls over 14,000 hybrid EVs in US due to issue with battery software
    BMW has recalled over 14,000 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) in the US due to a software issue in the battery pack, Electrive reported on 7 January. The affected vehicles include model year (MY) 2022–23 iX, i4 and i7 models where electronic control unit for the battery pack could cause a loss of power due to a software issue. Affected vehicles include 5,389 iX vehicles, spread across all engine options, 38 all-wheel drive i7 xDrive60s and 8,659 i4 vehicles. “The high voltage battery ele...
    BMW to offer Bundesliga in-car app via OTA in 7 Series models
    BMW has partnered with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga to test Bundesliga content in a vehicle in a pilot application, according to a company press release on 18 January. Selected content from the Bundesliga will be made available via an app on the BMW Curved Display. The pilot is initially scheduled to run until end-March 2024. The in-car app will be installed over-the-air (OTA) in the new BMW 7 Series. Initially available only in Germany, other countries in Europe, America, and Asia will soon ...
    Samsung SDI mulls building a joint EV battery plant in Hungary with BMW
    South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI is considering setting up a battery manufacturing facility jointly with its largest customer BMW in Hungary, according to a news report published by Business Korea on 12 January 2023. The report said that the development follows a high-profile meeting between Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Jae-yong and BMW chairman Oliver Zipse in December 2022. It said that Samsung SDI is considering building a third plant in Göd, Hungary, in proxim...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    BMW commences pilot production of iX5 Hydrogen model in Munich
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group has commenced the pilot production of its iX5 Hydrogen model, the company announced on 2 December 2022. Production of the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle is taking place in the pilot plant at its Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ), the company said, adding that the car featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology has already completed a rigorous testing program under demanding conditions during the development phase. Commenting on the development,...
    European Lithium signs binding long-term lithium offtake agreement with BMW Group
    European Lithium Limited, a listed mining exploration and development company, announced on 21 December that it has signed a binding long-term lithium offtake agreement, via its wholly owned Austrian subsidiary ECM Lithium AT GmbH (ECM), with German luxury car manufacturer BMW Group. With the said binding agreement, European Lithium has secured its first offtake of battery grade lithium hydroxide (LiOH) from its Wolfsberg Lithium Project in Austria. Commenting on the binding agreement with...
    Solid Power deepens joint development partnership with BMW Group
    US solid-state battery and sulfide-based electrolyte technology company Solid Power has deepened its partnership with the BMW Group wherein it has granted the research and development (R&D) license to its all-solid-state cell design and manufacturing know-how to the German luxury carmaker, the company announced on 21 December 2022. According to the official note, the BMW Group intends to duplicate Solid Power’s pilot production lines at its own facility in Germany and produce prototype ...
    BMW enables sharing of Digital Key between iPhone and Android devices
    BMW Group has announced that the BMW Digital Key can be shared across platforms between iPhone and Android devices, in a press release on 21 December. The keys could previously be shared only via Apple iMessage. Customers will no longer need a specific app or a set method of transmission, with the keys allowed to be passed on from the wallet using the native “share” function known from many apps. The solution is a result of a partnership between BMW, Apple, Google, and Samsung under the u...
    AT&T partners with BMW for connected car plan
    AT&T has partnered with BMW to offer AT&T NumberSync for Connected Car plan, it said in a press release on 8 December. It turns select BMW models into ‘smartphones on wheels’. BMW drivers’ smartphone number will be synced with the car to use mobile data and receive unlimited hands-free calls on the go in the US—even if their smartphone is not with them. Significance: The AT&T NumberSync for Connected Car plan costs USD20/month plus taxes and includes 5G access and unlimite...
    Envision AESC to invest USD810 million in building battery gigafactory in Florence, South Carolina, US
    Leading electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer Envision AESC plans to invest USD810 million in building a new, state-of-the-art gigafactory in Florence, South Carolina, US, according to a news report published by the Automotive World on 6 December 2022. The facility, which is slated to have an annual production capacity of 30GWh, will create 1,170 new jobs in the region in its first phase of operations. The plant will produce high performance batteries to power the next generation EVs fro...
    BMW Group to invest USD1.05 billion to prepare Steyr plant to produce electric drives
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to prepare its component manufacturing unit in Steyr to produce electric drives in addition to diesel and petrol engines from 2025, the company announced on 2 December 2022. To this end, BMW plans to invest around EUR1 billion (USD1 billion) on its Steyr facility by 2030, it said. “Preparations are already in full swing,” BMW said in an official statement last week. Notably, BMW’s Steyr plant is the Group’s largest engine plant worldwide. The ...
    BMW invests in copper extraction technology startup Jetti Resources
    German luxury carmaker BMW’s venture capital fund BMW i Ventures has invested an undisclosed sum to acquire a stake in the Calorado-based copper extraction technology startup named Jetti Resources, BMW announced on 1 December 2022. The company said that Jetti Resources, founded in 2014, aims to foster responsible and resource-conserving copper extraction to address the rising demand of the critical material sustainably. The startup has notably developed a pioneering process for copper extra...
    BMW acquires stake in Jetti Resources
    BMW has made an investment in Jetti Resources, Reuters reported on 1 December. Jetti has technology to extract more copper from low-grade resources and produce metal with a low carbon footprint. The investment does not include an offtake agreement, but there is potential for supplying BMW in future, according to a BMW spokesperson cited in the report. “This new process has the potential to improve the environmental footprint and integrity of our supply chain, even with growing demand for re...
    EAS Batteries fast-tracks development of cylindrical battery cells for BMW
    German battery cell technology company EAS Batteries has helped its partner BMW Group in accelerating the development of the carmaker’s first cylindrical cells, the company said in a media note on 24 November 2022. The BMW Group, which officially presented the cylindrical cell format earlier in September, plans to use the newly developed round battery cells in its upcoming battery electric vehicle (BEV) range. The round cells, which have a diameter of 46 mm, were developed at the carmaker...
    BMW Group to construct a high-voltage battery facility at its Debrecen plant in Hungary
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to build a high-voltage battery assembly facility in Debrecen, Hungary, BMW announced on 25 November 2022. The planned battery assembly unit will be located on the site of the Debrecen vehicle plant, which started construction about six months ago, the company said, adding that the new facility is expected to will create more than 500 additional jobs and invest over EUR2 billion (USD2.07 billion) in the construction and launch of the entire plant by the ...
    Mercedes Benz offers ‘Acceleration Increase’ feature in EQS model for a subscription fee
    Mercedes Benz will offer a service called “Acceleration Increase” that allows drivers pay to access motor performance their vehicle is already capable of, The Verge reported on 23 November. Priced at USD1,200, the annual subscription improves performance by boosting output from the motors by 20–24%, increasing torque, and cutting around 0.8 to 0.9 seconds off 0–60 mph acceleration when in Dynamic drive mode. There aren’t any physical hardware upgrades and the Acceleration Increase i...
    Bridgestone develops bespoke Alenza tires for new BMW iX
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 23 November that it had developed bespoke Alenza tires for the new BMW iX. According to the press release, the bespoke tires feature: Bridgestone’s proprietary and lightweight ENLITEN technology to reduce rolling resistance and weight by up to 20% A specially-developed material compound and tread pattern that accommodates the iX’s high acceleration capabilities Significance: BMW in April selected Goodyear...
    BMW’s new head unit for SAE Level 2 automation to feature HERE HD Live Map
    HERE Technologies has announced that BMW Group will use HERE HD Live Map to enable hands-free driving in the United States and Canada, in a press release on 6 November. BMW 7 Series will be the first vehicle to roll out SAE Level 2+ at a speed of 130 km/h in the United States and Canada. “We’re delighted to see our HERE HD Live Map enable automated driving at Level 2+ for BMW series production vehicles. This collaboration demonstrates the value of maps for highly automated driving. We loo...
    BMW plans to add 8 new EV component production lines by 2024
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to expand the production capacity of electric vehicle (EV) components at its Leipzig-based manufacturing plant, the company said on the sidelines of the Green Day organized at the BMW Group Plant Leipzig on 20 October 2022. To expand capacity, the carmaker plans to add another eight production lines to manufacture EV components at its Leipzig facility by 2024. Over the next year, the plant’s two existing battery module lines will be complemented by a f...
    BMW to invest USD1.7 billion to build EVs in the US, Envision AESC to supply battery cells
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to invest USD1.7 billion to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) in the US, the company announced on 19 October 2022. “BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Oliver Zipse, announced a USD1.7 billion investment in its US operations, including USD1 billion to prepare for the production of EVs at the company’s existing US manufacturing facility in South Carolina, and USD700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility in nea...
    BMW, Amazon Web Services collaborate to develop cloud technologies for harnessing vehicle data
    BMW Group has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop cloud technologies together to harness the potential of vehicle data, it said in a press release on 13 October. The two companies are also looking to develop commercial off-the-shelf cloud solutions for managing vehicle data. “We already have around 20 million extensively connected vehicles on the road today. When the ‘Neue Klasse’ is launched, our offboard cloud platform, powered by AWS, will process roughly triple the v...
    BMW launches MY 2023 M2 with updated interior features
    BMW has launched all-new M2 with updated interior and lighting features, the German automaker said in a press release on 12 October. Significance: The M2 offers standard and heated M Sport seats in Vernasca Black or Cognac leather, with prominent side bolsters and contour lines in the well-known BMW M colors around the backrest and head restraint. The standard seats are electronically adjustable and have integrated headrests with an illuminated M logo. Seatbelts in the vehicle also have the B...
    BMW ties up with AirConsole to offer in-vehicle gaming in 2023
    BMW Group has announced a partnership with AirConsole to bring casual gaming into new BMW vehicles from 2023, according to a press release dated 11 October. The in-vehicle feature will be run directly in the vehicle’s infotainment system. Users will be able to instantly download the games over-the-air and control using smartphones. “With AirConsole we will leverage innovative technologies combined with a broad variety of fun and multiplayer games. This will make every waiting situation in...
    BMW to issue OTA upgrades for 3.8 million vehicles
    BMW has announced that its remote software update will be implemented on 3.8 million vehicles worldwide, according to a press release dated 11 October. The latest remote software upgrade is offered free of charge for vehicles with BMW Operating System 8 while a new remote software upgrade for vehicles with BMW Operating System 7 will be available shortly. The upgrades include improvements to the charging-route for BMW iX and i4 models, new skills and greater visual expression for the BMW Inte...
    BMW launches XM sports activity vehicle with updated interior, lighting features
    BMW has launched high-performance XM sports activity vehicle (SAV) with enhanced interior and lighting features, the German automaker said in a press release on 28 September. Significance: The cockpit features high-quality interior finishes, including a matt carbon surface for the center console and the BMW Curved Display. The wide, pearl-effect chrome air vent surrounds contrast with the carbon elements installed in the instrument panel. BMW equipped M multifunction front seats with elect...
    IONITY, &Charge partner to improve EV charging experience for consumers in Europe
    Europe-based high power electric vehicle (EV) charging network Ionity announced on 27 September 2022 that the company is collaborating with technology provider &Charge with an intent to improve the EV charging experience for end consumers. It said that such a collaboration will give it access to direct customer feedback, thanks to &Charge's unique e-mobility app, where the EV drivers can rate the EV charging infrastructure in Europe by giving extensive feedback. The company said that ...
    US battery maker Microvast moves closer to developing XFC li-ion pouch cells for EVs
    US battery maker Microvast Holdings, Inc. has announced the successful outcome of its extreme fast charge (XFC) battery cell project on 26 September 2022. The project, which is funded in part by the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), aims to deliver a lithium-ion (Li-ion) automotive format pouch cell for EVs that are capable of not only exceeding 500 cycles while charging in less than 10 minutes but also provide more than 180 Wh/kg of sto...
    BMW selects Nexen’s N’FERA SPORT tires for X1 and iX1 EV
    South Korean tire manufacturer Nexen announced via press release on 26 September that its N’FERA SPORT tires had been selected as OE fitment on BMW’s X1 and iX1 EV compact SUVs. According to the press release, the N’FERA SPORT, manufactured at the company’s European plant, features asymmetrical patterns and wide grooves that provide an exceptional drainage performance and high-speed driving experience. Significance: The N’FERA SPORT, valued for its impressive wet grip performance...
    CATL, BMW sign multiyear framework agreement on supply of cylindrical battery cells
    China’s largest battery maker CATL has signed a multiyear framework agreement with the BMW Group to supply cylindrical battery cells, which the German luxury carmaker plans to use in its upcoming Neue Klasse EV range starting from 2025, CATL announced on 9 September 2022. According to the agreement, CATL will deliver BMW Group the new cylindrical battery cells, which come with a standard diameter of 46 mm. These battery cells are slated to be produced at two of CATL's future battery plants ...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    BMW to feature trim parts made from recycled fishing nets in its NEUE KLASSE line up
    BMW has announced via press release on 13 September that its upcoming NEUE KLASSE models due to be launched from 2025 will feature interior trim parts made from recycled fishing nets and ropes. According to press release, waste from the maritime sector is used in an innovative recycling process to create trim parts for the outside and interior of future vehicles. The resulting components have a carbon footprint that is roughly 25% lower than that of conventionally manufactured polymers.  ...
    BMW Group to make Plug&Charge function available from 2023
    BMW has announced that it would offer a Plug&Charge function in its cars from mid-2023, it said in a press release on 12 September. Customers will be able to charge at public charging points without needing a charging card or app. BMW Charging is expanding its extensive portfolio of charging services with this feature, provided by Digital Charging Solutions. The new functionality allows Plug&Charge access to the IONITY charging network initiated by BMW. Significance: The Plug&Char...
    BMW to use newly-developed round battery cells in its Neue Klasse EV range
    German luxury carmaker BMW plans to use newly developed ‘round’ battery cells in its upcoming Neue Klasse range of electric vehicles (EVs) from 2025, the company announced on 9 September 2022. BMW said that the company has leveraged its in-house battery expertise at Battery Cell Competence Center in developing the new round battery cells and has also optimized the same for its new vehicle architecture for the first time. “By leveraging the comprehensive in-house expertise of the company...
    BMW to use Cerence’s in-vehicle AI and voice solutions
    Cerence has announced that BMW Group will use its new voice and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant in the latest version of BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA), according to a company press release on 7 September. The new solution will be first available in the BMW 7 Series and BMW i7 models. “BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is an incredible example of just how important AI and voice can be for the driving experience—natural, intuitive, effortless. We are d...
    BMW, MINI vehicles to feature vegan interiors starting 2023
    BMW Group has announced via press release on 7 September that it plans to launch its first vehicles featuring completely vegan interiors for both BMW and MINI models in 2023. Uwe Köhler, Head of Development Body, Exterior Trim, Interior at the BMW Group, said, “With a steering wheel made from a high-quality vegan surface material, we are fulfilling the wishes of our customers who do not want to make any compromises in terms of look, feel and functionality. The innovative material withstand...
    BMW begins production of fuel cell systems for iX5 Hydrogen powered SUVs in Munich
    Munich-based luxury carmaker BMW has commenced production of Hydrogen fuel-cell systems for a pilot fleet of its iX5 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), the company said on 31 August 2022. The start of fuel-cell system production at the BMW’s competence center for hydrogen in Munich was inaugurated by the chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse and Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development. The fuel-cell systems produced in Munich wil...
    L&T Technology Services to supply infotainment consoles to BMW
    L&T Technology Services has announced that it has signed a 5-year, multimillion-dollar deal with BMW, in a press release dated 29 August. L&T will provide high-end engineering services BMW’s suite of infotainment consoles used in hybrid vehicles. “This latest deal win is a testament to LTTS’ long-standing expertise in the automotive engineering services domain. Our transportation engineering services are enabling leading OEMs to build innovative and sustainable vehicles and achi...
    H2 Green Steel signs sustainable steel supply agreement with BMW
    Swedish green steel manufacturer H2 Green Steel announced via press release on 19 August that it had signed a final contract for the delivery of carbon dioxide (CO2)-reduced steel with German automaker BMW. According to the agreement signed between H2 Green Steel (H2GS) and BMW: H2GS will supply BMW with green steel with a specified carbon emission intensity (ton of CO2 per ton of steel) 40% of BMW’s pre-consumer steel scrap will be returned to H2 for re-application in its electric ...
    China’s EVE Energy to supply large cylindrical batteries to BMW in Europe
    China’s EVE Energy Company Ltd plans to supply large cylindrical batteries to BMW in Europe for the German luxury carmaker’s next generation EVs that are slated to hit the market from 2025, a news report published by the news agency Reuters on 17 August 2022 said, citing two people aware of the matter. The report added that EVE Energy has signed contracts with BMW to become the latter’s primary supplier of battery cells in Europe for the new series of its upcoming EVs. Additionally, EVE...
    BMW, HBIS to set up new green steel supply chain
    Chinese steel company HBIS announced via press release on 4 August that it had signed an MoU with automaker BMW to jointly develop a green low carbon steel supply chain. According to the MoU, the two companies plan: Jointly build the supply chain of green low carbon steel materials using a docking and exchange mechanism Develop low-carbon and green automotive steel materials Certify the use of green and low carbon steel materials and BMW's low-carbon base in steel components BM...
    BMW plans to begin mass production of fuel cell SUVs from 2025
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group plans to start the mass production and sales of fuel cell vehicles jointly developed with Toyota as early as 2025, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on 12 August 2022. BMW’s plan was disclosed by the company’s Sales Chief Pieter Nota, who told the news agency in an interview that the German automaker has several ongoing projects with Toyota on the fuel cell technology. “We see that hydrogen fuel cell technology is particularly relevant ...
    European Lithium signs lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with BMW
    News agency Reuters reported on 5 August that Australian mining company European Lithium Limited had signed a non-binding battery-grade lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with German automaker BMW. According to the report, BMW is expected to eventually make an upfront pre-payment of USD15 million to European Lithium to help start the construction phase of its Wolfsberg Project in Vienna, Austria. Significance: European Lithium is currently planning to set up a integrated lithium project i...
    BMW selects Nexen's N’FERA SPORT tires for OE fitment on 2 Series Active Tourer
    South Korean tire manufacturer Nexen announced via press release on 4 August that its N’FERA SPORT tires had been selected as OE fitment on BMW’s 2nd generation 2 Series Active Tourer. According to the press release, the premium sports tire features asymmetrical patterns ideal for high-speed driving as well as excellent drainage performance thanks to its 3+1 wide grooves. Significance: The N’FERA SPORT, valued for its impressive wet grip performance and high-speed stability, has prev...
    BMW launches second battery module production line at Leipzig plant in Germany
    BMW Group has launched the second battery module production line at its Leipzig-based plant in Germany, the company announced on 1 August 2022. The said production line is slated to supply the battery modules for the fully electric BMW i4, which is manufactured in Munich. According to the company, the first battery production line at the Leipzig plant went on stream in May 2021. The modules produced on that line are supplied for the BMW iX. The gradual expansion of electric vehicle (EV) ...
    BMW’s MINI Concept Aceman features circular OLED display
    BMW has unveiled the MINOI concept Aceman, which features a round OLED display, it said in a press release on 27 July. The display combines all the functions of the instrument cluster and the on-board monitor. The toggle switch bar is set below the large screen while it also combines touch control and physical switches. The circular OLED display takes up the entire surface of the central interface while the user interface also features a completely new graphic display, with newly designed wid...
    BMW recalls all-electric iX, i4 vehicles in the US over software issue
    BMW is recalling several all-electric iX and i4 models citing failure to illuminate warning notifications in the vehicle’s center information display (CID) due to a programing issue, autoevolution reported on 19 July.   Significance: According to the report, the main cause is "a programming error" that may have an impact on how some warning messages are displayed in the CID when the vehicle is in valet parking mode. The automaker had to therefore recall vehicles because some of the fun...
    BMW issues clarification over heated seat subscription service
    BMW has issued a clarification on 15 July after its heated seat subscription was criticized. The German automaker had announced subscriptions for heated seats in a number of countries at a monthly subscription cost of roughly USD18 for the front seats, with options to subscribe for a year at USD180 and USD300 for three years and “unlimited” access for USD415. BMW has clarified that if a vehicle is initially ordered with heated seats, that option will remain fully operational for...
    BMW Group joins Linux open-source foundation’s Yocto Project
    Linus foundation has announced that German automaker BMW joined the Yocto Project, according to a press release published by PRNewswire on 15 July. Richard Purdie, Linux Foundation Fellow, said, "Recognizing sustainability in the context of open source is an extremely welcome development, and we look forward to working more closely with BMW Group to further enhance the project. We hope that others will follow their lead in sustainability and together we can strengthen and allow open-source pr...
    EU-funded FLOW project consortium begins work on EV charging ecosystem in Europe
    A large consortium representing 30 entities has begun work under the purview of the European Union funded FLOW Project in Spain, Italian energy company Enel Spa, which is part of the said group, said in a media release on 5 July 2022. The consortium is led by Spain’s Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and comprises 30 European companies, research organizations, and associations from 9 different countries. The members within the consortium have joined forces to work together on e...
    BMW Group plans to develop and produce e-drives at Steyr-based plant in Austria
    German luxury automaker BMW Group plans to design, develop and manufacture the next generation electric drives at its Steyr-based plant in Austria from 2025, the company announced on 20 June 2022. BMW said that it plans to invest around EUR1 billion (USD1.03 billion) in building its competence in this area through the decade. The automaker aims to make its Steyr-based plant in Upper Austria the leading drivetrain facility within its global production network, besides significantly increasing ...
    BMW to integrate Android Automotive into select vehicle models from March 2023
    BMW has announced that it will add to its BMW Operating System 8 by integrating Android Automotive OS (AAOS) into select model series from March 2023, according to an official statement on 28 June. It will be added alongside the current Linux-based variant. “We are integrating the best aspects of all worlds—that could be our own in-house developments, Open Source or commercial software products, depending on what the specific solution looks like. We make sure our customers always enjoy a ...
    Samsung Display to supply OLED panels for BMW vehicles
    Sumsung Display has announced that the company will supply four million OLED displays to German automaker BMW starting 2024, Korea IT news reported on 24 June. According to the report, Samsung Display wants to bridge the gap with LG Display by securing a significant partner in the industry. Samsung also intends to supple to other European automakers such as Audi. The Korean company originally provided OLED panels for the Hyundai IONIQ 5 in 2021.   Significance: There are currently sev...
    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 investment of CNY15 billion (USD2.2 billion), its plant Lydia represents the single biggest investment project in its history in China. The carmaker said that the new facility, which is located in the Tiexi...
    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 proportion of natural fiber components. The Swiss company’s ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ flax fiber solutions had been used throughout the interior on the dashboard and center console, as well as ...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X1
    Built at Regensburg factory in Germany, the third-generation BMW X1 is expected to peak at more than 132194 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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 2022. According to Our Next Energy, its unique long-range Gemini technology reduces lithium use by 20% while reducing graphite use by 60% and minimizing the use of nickel and cobalt. “In doing so...
    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 hybrids as well as the MINI Countryman PHEV and MINI Electric. “We’re really pleased to announce our new relationship with Pod Point. They excel at providing reliable, easy to use home charging prod...
    Solid Power plans to ship first solid-state battery cells to BMW, Ford by end-2022
    Solid Power, Inc., a leading developer of solid-state battery cells for electric vehicles, announced on 6 June 2022 that it plans to ship solid-state battery cells to BMW and Ford Motor Company by the end of 2022 as part of automotive qualification testing. However, prior to that the company plans to produce silicon EV cells for its internal testing before delivering these cells to the automakers, it said. To produce these innovative and high-performance battery cells, Solid Power has complet...
    Startup Acsia Technologies to develop infotainment software for BMW
    Acsia Technologies has partnered with German carmaker BMW to develop an advanced infotainment solution, BusinessLine reported on 6 June. The India-based startup had teamed up with the AOX Technologies to develop infotainment systems for BMW. It has also been selected as a software development provider by Garmin. “Acsia was selected through a long evaluation process. We are one of the very few Indian companies to do a major automotive software project for the German carmakers. With this coop...
    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 future of light vehicle (LV) steering technology owing to advances in vehicle electrical architectures and semiconductor-based, integrated controller performance as well as the gradual penetration of dri...
    BMW lays foundation stone for a new EV manufacturing plant in Hungary
    German luxury carmaker BMW has laid the foundation stone for its new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Debrecen, Hungary, it announced on 1 June 2022. BMW said that the company is planning to invest EUR1 billion (USD1.07 billion) in setting up the EV plant, which is slated to produce the new fully electric Neue Klasse in 2025. “The new plant in Hungary will play a key role in the transformation to electric mobility for both the BMW Group and its production network. Plant Debrecen...
    MY 2023 BMW X1 model to feature curved display with iDrive 8.0
    BMW has announced that its model year (MY) 2023 X1 model will come with BMW Curved Display and iDrive 8.0, in a company press release on 1 June. The X1 features the latest-generation BMW iDrive in the form of BMW Live Cockpit Plus. It is based on BMW Operating System 8, a running new-generation software with enhanced connectivity and data processing. The X1 comes with a standard BMW Curved Display formed by a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a central information display with a screen diagon...
    BMW i Ventures invests in blockchain startup Vendia
    BMW I Ventures has made an additional investment in blockchain startup Vendia as a part of its Series B funding round, having invested in the previous round as well, the venture fund said in a press release on 31 May. “Vendia offers a unique platform solution for businesses that depend on a multitude of partners, providing them with the ability to onboard partners swiftly, and enabling them to share data with full control and confidence that such data would not be overwritten or manipulated...
    BMW 2 Series Coupe to be equipped with curved display as standard from July 2022
    BMW has announced that the BMW 2 Series Coupé will come equipped with a BMW Curved Display as standard from July 2022, a company press release on 31 May. It features a 12.3-inch Information Display and a Control Display with touch function and a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches. The screen features a fully digital and high-resolution display network behind a glass surface curved towards the driver. The BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant makes the BMW 2 Series Coupé gear...
    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 largest battery maker in China, has signed an agreement with BMW in which the carmaker has nominated it as the supplier of the cylindrical cells, the report added. BMW has declined to comment on...
    BMW recalls vehicles in the US over sunroof software issue
    BMW of North America is recalling more than 61,221 vehicles due to a faulty sunroof control unit that allows them to be closed without the key fob being present in the car, ConsumerAffairs reported on 23 May. The closing of the sunroof is a violation of federal regulations under “Power-operated window systems” that could cause an injury to unattended humans or animals in the vehicle.   The recall includes several models such as the model year (MY) 2022 4-Series Gran Coupe (430i, 430i...
    BMW partners with local recycler to reuse secondary battery materials in China
    German automaker BMW announced via press release on 25 May that its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) had for the first time established a closed loop for the application of nickel, lithium, and cobalt, recovered from unsuitable batteries, in new electric vehicles (EVs). According to the press release, BBA worked with a local recycler Zhejiang Huayou Recycling Technology to recover the raw materials from batteries belonging to its fully and partially electric development v...
    BMW releases new on- and offboard functions via OTA update
    BMW has begun issuing free Remote Software Upgrade from mid-May, it said in a press release on 25 May. Globally, more than 3.3 million BMW cars with Operating System 7 and 8 are upgrade compatible. The BMW iX will get QlockTwo widget on the BMW Curved Display. The QlockTwo time displays the time in writing every five minutes using a word matrix. QlockTwo will be immediately available in BMW vehicles in a total of 16 languages. Other upgrades include Lane Keeping Assistant recognizing if the d...
    BMW to open Cell Manufacturing Competence Center near Munich later in 2022
    The BMW Group plans to open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CMCC) in Parsdorf, outside of Munich later this year, the company announced on 23 May 2022. “With the emission control approval procedure now completed, the necessary conditions are in place for commissioning of near-standard production of lithium-ion battery cells at the competence center,” the company said in a statement Monday. At the proposed CMCC, which will be spread across an area of around 15,000 square meters, ...
    Veoneer to supply cameras to BMW’s vision system for automated driving
    The automotive technology company Veoneer has signed an agreement to equip BMW Group vehicles with camera heads for their vision system for automated driving, according to a press release on 18 May 2022. The camera heads support the partnership announced in March between BMW Group, Qualcomm Technologies, and Arriver. Mounted behind the rearview mirror, the 8 MP camera with high resolution monitors the forward trajectory of the car to deliver reliable and precise data to the vehicle control sy...
    BMW upgrades 3 Series Sedan and 3 Series Touring with newly designed cockpit
    BMW has announced that it has launched the 3 Series Sedan and 3 Series Touring with a newly designed cockpit with BMW Curved Display, according to a company press release on 18 May. The vehicles feature a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a 14.9-inch screen. The cockpit design reduces the number of buttons and controls used in favor of touch and voice control. The selector lever is positioned in the control panel on the center console along wit...
    Rolls Royce updates Phantom Series II model with new Rolls-Royce Connected feature
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has said that it’s Phantom Series II model will debut the Rolls-Royce Connected system, according to a company press release on 12 May. This allows users to send an address directly to the car from Whispers, the Rolls-Royce private-members’ application for navigation to an event, restaurant, or dealership. “Phantom occupies an unrivaled position at the very apex of the luxury world. As our pinnacle product, it represents the very best of Rolls-Royce design, engine...
    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 Rosslyn, South Africa, and its iGloss® matt ReSource clearcoat to the OEM’s sites across Europe. The sustainable raw material-based e-coat and clear decrease CO2 emissions by around 40% per coat...
    BMW joins Ford, GM in DTE Energy’s Smart Charge Program
    DTE Energy has announced that the German automaker BMW has joined General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the second year of the DTE Smart Charge program, an initiative to optimize electric vehicle (EV) charging to help reduce stress on the energy grid, according to a press release published by DTE Energy on 9 May. John Boladian, director of Energy Efficiency at DTE, said, “We are excited to bring BMW into this collaborative pilot. Its participation will help us further the DTE Smart Charg...
    BMW ships certain vehicle models without CarPlay, Android Auto due to chip shortage
    BMW has shipped select models without the usual Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support due to the ongoing semiconductor supply shortage, Automotive News Europe reported on 6 May. The automaker has reportedly changed its chip supplier to maneuver the crisis. However, BMW has reportedly promised customers that they would receive the functionalities by an over-the-air (OTA) update at least by June 2022. Though the automaker did not specify, which models were affected, it is likely that cars manu...
    SiriusXM makes Pandora Stations available on BMW vehicles featuring SiriusXM with 360L radios
    SiriusXM has announced that BMW vehicles featuring SiriusXM with 360L radios will offer Pandora Stations, according to a company press release on 5 May. The new in-car feature from SiriusXM uses a personalization technology that allows BMW customers to customize their own ad-free music channels in the vehicle. “Pandora Stations on SiriusXM with 360L radios bring the in-vehicle audio entertainment experience to another level.  BMW, always at the forefront of offering the best technology...
    Front Cross-Traffic Alert safety system to gain traction in the coming years?
    Front cross-traffic alert (FCTA) monitors vehicles approaching from the blind areas on the front left and right sides. When a vehicle begins to drive at an intersection or exits a small street/parking lot, FCTA identifies vehicles approaching from either side in a direction perpendicular to the ego vehicle. Radar or cameras on each side of the bumper may be used by systems to assist drivers in detecting other objects as they approach an intersection. There are various use case scenarios ...
    Ansys, BMW Group partner to develop tool chain for ADAS and autonomous driving
    Ansys has announced the extension of its collaboration with BMW Group to create an end-to-end tool chain that will help in the development and validation of ADAS and automated/autonomous driving functions, it said in a press release on 3 May. BMW will use Ansys’s solutions to offer Level 3 (L3) highly automated driving to customers. “Autonomous driving is one of the key challenges of the automotive industry. It will solely be achievable with state-of-the-art software solutions that a...
    BMW reveals iFactory production strategy to support transformation to electric mobility
    On 29 April 2022, German luxury carmaker BMW unveiled its iFactory production strategy, which is aimed at defining the future orientation of plants and production technologies at group level as the company transforms to mass produce electric vehicles (EVs) and cut down emissions across its supply chain in the long term. Calling it the master plan for automotive production of tomorrow, BMW said that the iFactory strategy will help the carmaker steer through the challenges of the transformation...
    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 Group’s compact class, which underpins all its front-transverse vehicles. Magna further said that its contract with the BMW Group also includes production of mild hybrid transmissions for additi...
    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, and harshness (NVH) throughout the module, that include parts such as lids or cupholder springs as well as to non-visible assemblies. Grammer also implemented a flow- and vibration-optimized design, use...
    BMW launches new 7-Series featuring Level 3 autonomy
    German automaker BMW has started pre-sales of the seventh generation of the all-electric, hybrid, and internal combustion engine (ICE) models of the BMW 7-Series, according to a press release on 20 April 2022. The new models will be equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities, but the automaker is awaiting permission from regulators to enable the feature. The company said that it is expected to take around one to one and a half years in Europe. Some of the features include the BM...
    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 roads Excellent handling and grip in varied conditions Helps maximise range thanks a class-leading rolling resistance Managing Director Consumer OE at Goodyear EMEA, Hans Vrijsen, stated, “W...
    Startup SynSense partners with BMW to explore integration of neuromorphic chips and smart cockpits
    SynSense has partnered with German carmaker BMW to explore the possibility of using neuromorphic chips in smart cockpits, the startup said in a press release on 14 April. The partnership will focus on SynSense's visual intelligence system-on-chip (SoC) called Speck, which performs neuromorphic sensing and computing. It can be used to capture real-time visual information, recognize, and detect objects, among other functions. “Unlike traditional solutions, neuromorphic technology simulates bi...
    BMW CEO Oliver Zipse anticipates chip shortage to continue to 2023
    In an interview with the newspaper journal Neue Zuercher Zeitung (NZZ), BMW's CEO Oliver Zipse stated that a lack of semiconductors will continue to be a concern for the auto industry until 2023, according to a report published by Reuters on 11 April 2022. "We are still in the height of the chip shortage," Zipse was quoted as saying. "I expect us to start seeing improvements at the latest next year, but we will still have to deal with a fundamental shortage in 2023." Significance: The COVI...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Mitsubishi Motors suspends production at Kaluga plant in Russia
    Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has said that it has stopped production at its Kaluga plant that it co-runs with Stellantis in Russia until further notice, according to a report published by Reuters on 7 April 2022. The reason behind the suspension of production has been cited to be the logistical snags, vehicle exports and also the parts supply to Russia have been suspended since March. Significance: Several businesses, particularly the automobile industry, have been disrupted as a r...
    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 agreements its wheel suppliers for 100% green power (renewable energy) to be used during the energy-intensive electrolysis process used for making primary aluminum, as well as in the wheel-casting process....
    BMW plans to have 15 fully electric models in production in 2022
    Raising its targets to offer more electric cars, German luxury carmaker BMW plans to have 15 fully electric models in production this year, the company said on the sidelines reporting its March quarter performance on 7 April 2022. The said 15 fully electric models that the company plans to begin producing in 2022, including the pre-series vehicles, will serve around 90% of its current segments. The line up will include the electric version of its high-volume model series—the BMW 3 series (t...
    BMW, Volvo, and Porsche invest in natural fibre composites startup Bcomp
    Fribourg-based natural fiber composites startup Bcomp announced via press release on 5 April that it had closed its oversubscribed Series B financing round of USD35 million with investments from a range of mobility investment companies. According to the press release, the company’s investors include automotive venture capital arms BMW i Ventures, Volvo Cars Tech Fund and Porsche Ventures. The company said that the new funding will help scale the global commercial and production footprint of...
    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 seats are upholstered with Alcantara’s combination of Black and Sakhir Orange trim or Black and Midrand Beige. While the dashboard and upper panels are featured in Black Alcantara. The MY 2023 M8 Compe...
    BMW selects HPE GreenLake for data management services
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced that BMW Group has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform for data management across its entire business including cloud, a company press release dated 22 March read.  HPE will offer cloud services for big data, backup, and recovery among other services, which will allow the German automaker manage data in a single platform. “While data is becoming a key source of competitive advantage in the automotive industry, the complexity ...
    BMW to premiere 7 series and i7 with updated interior features
    BMW has revealed details of the new 7 series in the group’s annual conference ahead of the official premiere, according to a press release by the automaker on 16 March. BMW is expected to launch both i7 and 7series in April 2022. Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development, said, "The new BMW 7 Series is absolutely trail-blazing in every respect. Like no other model, the BMW 7 Series stands for BMW's innovative strength. The all-electric BMW i7 is also the most ...
    T-Mobile to power connected services of BMW iX and i4 models
    T-Mobile will power BMW’s 5G connected cars, the BMW iX and i4, it said in a press release on 17 March. T-Mobile’s new Magenta Drive for BMW is part of a long-term agreement to bring unlimited voice calling and unlimited 5G data to BMW vehicles. The service is available for USD20 per month to postpaid customers. “In 2019 we lit up the first nationwide 5G network, and today we mark another milestone that builds on our 5G leadership. In another 5G first, we’ve delivered America’s firs...
    loading
    preload preload preload preload preload preload