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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Geely commences production of ZEEKR 001 EV in China
    Geely-owned premium electric car brand ZEEKR has commenced the production of its ZEEKR 001 at its Ningbo-based factory in China. “The first production-ready ZEEKR 001 rolled off the production line earlier today at a special ceremony in ZEEKR’s Intelligent Factory in Ningbo, China,” the compan...
    21-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Volvo introduces new Range Assistant app via OTA update
    Volvo has unveiled a new Range Assistant app for its XC40 Recharge electric vehicle (EV) customers, the carmaker said in a press release on 19 October. The new Range Assistant in-car app has been released in a beta version as part of the latest over-the-air (OTA) software update for cars with an inf...
    20-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Lynk & Co selects Akebono brakes for 05+ SUV
    Japanese brakes manufacturer Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. announced via press release on 18 October that its brake products had been adopted by Chinese-Swedish premium automotive brand Lynk & Co for the new 05+ high-performance SUV. According to the press release, Akebono is supplyin...
    Startup BreezoMeter to offer intelligence for better in-cabin air quality in Volvo Cars
    BreezoMeter has partnered with Volvo Cars to offer car passengers protection from outdoor pollution through real-time updates about their exposure to hazardous air quality, the startup said in a press release on 7 October. The company delivers micro-local environmental intelligence (within 5 m of th...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Volvo to recall over 460,000 cars globally due to faulty air bags
    Volvo Cars is recalling 460,769 cars worldwide due to faulty air bags, CNBC reported on 5 October. The issue could prove fatal in the event of a crash. Fragments of the inflator inside the air bag may, in certain cases, project out and or strike the passenger, potentially resulting in serious injury...
    06-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    Geely plans to set up 5,000 EV battery swapping stations for electric cars in China by 2025
    Chinese vehicle manufacturer Geely plans to set up a network of 5,000 battery swapping stations for electric cars in China by 2025, according to a report filed by electrive.com on 27 September. It said that the EV battery swapping service is called as E-Energee, which saw its first battery swapping ...
    Volvo to go leather-free on the interiors of its EV models
    According to an official press release dated 23 September, Volvo plans to discontinue the use of leather and other byproducts derived from the cattle industry in its vehicles. According to the company, the C40 Recharge will be the first model with a completely leather-free interior. Volvo has sta...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Lotus unveils lightweight modular chassis for upcoming EV range
    British automotive company Lotus announced via press release on 21 September an innovative new lightweight chassis technology that will underpin its upcoming family of electric sports cars. According to the press release, the chassis structure, designed using high-strength, high-ductility BD...
    24-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Polestar opens first independent R&D center in UK
    Swedish premium electric performance vehicle manufacturer Polestar announced via press release on 14 September that it will be opening a new R&D center at the MIRA Technology Park in the UK’s Midlands. According to the press release, the 250-strong team at the UK facility will be worki...
    24-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Geely Auto invests in leading automotive intelligence technology solutions provider ECARX
    Geely Automobile Holdings Limited announced on 7 September that it has signed a strategic investment agreement with ECARX Technology to acquire approximately 1.51% of the company in exchange for a USD50 million investment. The investment is Geely Auto's most recent foray into the field of automotive...
    10-Sep-2021 News Investments
    ROHM and Geely signs strategic partnership agreement focused on SiC Power Devices
    According to an official press release dated 7 September, Semiconductor manufacturer ROHM and Geely Automobile Group Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, have formed a strategic partnership to develop advanced automotive technologies. Both companies have been working together on ...
    Geely-backed Cao Cao Mobility raises over USD588 million in series-B funding
    Geely Technology Group-backed ride hailing service provider Cao Cao Mobility has raised CNY3.8 billion (USD588 million) in its series-B funding round, the company announced on 6 September. Cao Cao Mobility’s series-B funding is the first domestic Chinese equity investment in the ride-hailing se...
    Geely-owned British carmaker Lotus to launch four new EVs in five years
    Unveiling its mid-term product offensive, Geely-owned British carmaker Lotus announced on 31 August that it would roll out four all-new electric cars over the next five years, including an electric sports car in 2026. The first of the four planned EVs would be an E-segment electric sport utility veh...
    01-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Geely’s premium EV brand ZEEKR raises USD500 million in pre-Series A funding round
    Mainland Chinese carmaker Geely’s premium electric vehicle (EV) brand ZEEKR Intelligent Technology has raised USD500 million in pre-A series funding, the company said in a press announcement on 27 August. The funding round, which is aimed at supporting the brand’s continued expansion, was led by...
    Lynk & Co partners with Orange to offer “always on and connected” car in Europe
    Lynk & Co has launched its “always on and connected” car in Europe, using the internet of things (IoT) network and infrastructure from Orange Business Services, it said in a press release on 24 August. Each car will leverage Orange's IoT Managed Global Connectivity solution, which provides s...
    25-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Volvo to halt manufacturing at Gothenburg, Sweden, plant due to chip shortage
    Swedish car maker Volvo Cars has stated that it will suspend production at its facility in Torslanda, on the outskirts of Gothenburg in Sweden, next week owing to the global shortage of semiconductor chips. According to a report filed by business news agency Reuters on 23 August, Volvo Car...
    Renault and Geely sign MoU to focus on hybrid vehicles in China, Korea
    French vehicle manufacturer, Renault Group and one of China’s leading carmakers, Geely Holding Group have signed a MoU framework to focus on the growing hybrid vehicle market in China and South Korea, the two companies said in a joint statement released on 9 August. The cooperation, focused on ...
    Volvo Cars’ autonomous driving unit Zenseact receives investment from mainland China’s ECARX
    According to an official press release issued on 14 July, Volvo Cars' autonomous driving (AD) software development subsidiary Zenseact has received a strategic investment from ECARX, a privately held mainland Chinese provider of cutting-edge connected car technology founded in 2016 by Eric Li, chair...
    15-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Volvo Cars, Geely form JV ‘Aurobay’ to create a global powertrain supplier
    Volvo Cars and Geely Holding announced that they have agreed to create a joint venture (JV) under the name Aurobay for its powertrain operations. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 8 July, the new company will be a global supplier of complete powertrain solutions including next-generati...
    Volvo to boost electrified vehicle production at South Carolina plant
    Swedish luxury car maker Volvo Cars has announced that it will invest an additional USD118 million into its Ridgeville plant located in South Carolina, United States, to manufacture the new-generation Polestar 3 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV). According to a press release issued by V...
    02-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Volvo to boost EV range through improvement in Li-ion battery technology
    Sweden-based luxury carmaker, Volvo, has announced that it will provide its electric vehicles (EVs) with a longer driving range and faster charging times. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 30 June, the company will do this by improving lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology and softwa...
    01-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Volvo’s next-gen EVs to run on VolvoCars.OS
    Volvo has announced that its next generation of pure electric vehicles will run on VolvoCars.OS operating system, according to a press release by the automaker on 30 June. VolvoCars.OS will incorporate various operating systems across the car and the cloud, creating one coherent software OS environm...
    01-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Visteon’s all-new cockpit solution debuts in Geely’s flagship SUV
    Visteon has announced intelligent cockpit solution, co-developed with ECARX and Qualcomm, will be used in Geely Auto’s new Xingyue L flagship SUV, according to a 22 June press release. Visteon’s SmartCore supports in-vehicle human machine interface (HMI) functions offering multiple personalized ...
    Geely’s SEA EV platform to spawn multiple models
    Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd, commonly known as Geely, is expected to develop five models on its electric vehicle (EV) platform called ‘sustainable experience architecture’ (SEA) for different vehicle categories, and the line up would be offered in at least two batte...
    22-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars, Northvolt to collaborate on EV battery development and manufacturing
    Volvo Car Group intends to establish a joint venture (JV) with Swedish battery company, Northvolt, to develop and produce more sustainable batteries to power the next generation of pure-electric Volvo and Polestar cars. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 21 June, the company stated that...
    Polestar 3 electric performance SUV to be manufactured in the US
    Sweden-based premium electric high-performance vehicle manufacturer, Polestar, has announced that its first pure electric SUV, the Polestar 3, will be manufactured in the United States. According to a press release issued by Polestar on 16 June, the company stated that this forthcoming all-electric ...
    17-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars partners with SSAB to develop fossil-free steel
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Swedish steelmaker SSAB for developing fossil-free Steel, the company announced in a press release on 16 June. As part of the collaboration, Volvo Cars will secure SSAB steel made from hydrogen-reduced iron from HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden. This steel will ...
    Volvo ties up with Plugsurfing to offer customers reduced charging price in Europe
    Volvo has extended its partnership with charging point platform Plugsurfing in Europe, it said in a press release on 9 June. The partnership will allow Volvo to offer its customers a heavily reduced charging price at Ionity charging points across Europe. “We are excited to offer our customers o...
    Polestar updates Android emulator for Polestar 2 EV
    Polestar has said that its Android emulator has been updated with Android Automotive OS 10 and latest templates, it said in a press release on 1 June. Android emulator provides developers with design templates and app integrations to develop apps for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle. “The Androi...
    Ericsson, Volvo test handover of connected cars between two 5G networks in different countries
    Ericsson and Volvo Cars have successfully tested handover of connected cars between two mobile 5G networks in different countries, RCR Wireless News reported on 24 May. The test proved seamless continuity on 5G networks across borders. The tests were carried out at the AstaZero test track in Swed...
    Volvo to implement circular business principles, aims to reduce 2.5 million tons of CO2 from 2025
    Volvo Cars will be creating closed material loops for high-emission materials such as steel and aluminum, and remanufacture, repair, reuse, and refurbish parts to reach an annual savings of SEK1 billion (USD119 million) and reduce CO2 emissions of 2.5 million tons from 2025. According to a company p...
    Jidu Auto plans to invest USD7.7 billion in e-mobility by 2026
    Jidu Auto, the joint venture (JV) between China-based Baidu and Geely, has announced a major investment in the e-mobility sector, as the JV plans to introduce its first electric car within a year. According to a report filed by Electrive on 27 April, the JV will invest CNY50 billion (approximately U...
    11-May-2021 News Investments
    Polestar launches new video streaming app for Polestar 2 EV
    Volvo’s Polestar has developed a new video streaming app for its Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV), it said in a press release dated 6 May. The beta app is available in all European markets. Content such as news and national TV broadcasts and a video playlist curated by Polestar will be available o...
    07-May-2021 News New Products
    Polestar 2 EV to feature new digital key and updated app
    Polestar has announced that the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV) will feature a new digital key technology (beta), according to a company press release on 3 May. Additionally, the Polestar app will be activated with a new integrated vehicle functionality (beta) following the latest over-the-air (OTA...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    UK-based startup Ohme partners with Volvo to offer smart EV charging solutions in Benelux
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company Ohme has announced a partnership with Volvo under which the startup will offer smart charging solutions to the automaker’s EV customers in Benelux. The 28 April press release reads that Ohme’s flagship intelligent portable charger will be available to both ...
    Polestar raises USD550 million to fuel product expansion
    Sweden-based electric performance carmaker, Polestar, has announced that it has raised USD550 million from its long-term financial investors. According to a press release issued by Polestar on 15 April, this private placement of newly issued shares marks the first time external investors have backed...
    16-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Polestar unveils ‘0 Project’ to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Polestar has unveiled the 0 Project in a bid to create a climate-neutral car by 2030, it said in its annual review on 7 April. The 0 project will drive ‘design towards zero’ focus by eliminating emissions rather than offsetting by planting trees. “Offsetting is a cop-out. By pushing ourselv...
    Volvo, SSAB collaborate to manufacture vehicles with fossil-free steel
    Volvo Group and SSAB have signed a collaboration agreement on research, development, serial production and commercialization of vehicles to be made of steel that is manufactured without using fossil fuels. According to a press release issued by SSAB on 8 April, the company stated that this year, Vol...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Polestar joins project to accelerate development of V2X technology in Sweden
    Polestar has said that it has co-founded a five-partner project to develop Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) in Sweden, according to a 31 March press release. Chalmers University of Technology, the Gothenburg energy grid supplier Göteb...
    01-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Geely Auto unveils new premium EV brand ‘Zeekr’
    Geely Auto has announced the formation of Zeekr Company Limited, a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in Mainland China that will serve the growing global demand for premium electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 23 March. Geely Automobile Holdings...
    Volvo, ECARX to set up JV for developing infotainment system platform
    Volvo has announced a tie up with ECARX, under which the two companies will set up a joint venture (JV) to development and commercialize a new infotainment system platform, a company press release on 23 March read. Volvo and ECARX will also enhance Volvo Cars’ infotainment system platform. The JV-...
    ChargePoint, Volvo develop in-car app for Volvo’s Recharge models
    ChargePoint has announced a partnership Volvo Cars under which the companies will launch an in-car ChargePoint charging app for Volvo’s Recharge electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 9 March. This will enable drivers to easily locate and begin charging without tapping...
    12-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars launches all-electric SUV C40 Recharge
    Volvo Cars has launched the all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) C40 Recharge, the company announced in a press release on 2 March. The C40 is powered by twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, and a 78 kWh battery. Volvo claimed that the C40 Recharge has a range of 420 ...
    03-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars rolls out OTA software update on its XC40 Recharge EV
    Volvo is rolling out its first ever over-the-air (OTA) software update on the XC40 Recharge electric vehicle (EV), the carmaker said in a press release on 25 February. The XC40 Recharge in Europe will receive updates including new features, bug fixes and stability improvements to the vehicle’s inf...
    01-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars and Geely to deepen collaboration to improve growth opportunities
    Volvo Cars and Geely Auto have agreed on a wide-ranging collaboration that will deliver synergies in powertrains, sharing of electric vehicle (EV) architecture, joint procurement, autonomous drive technologies, and aftersales. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 24 February, this collabo...
    Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV to use Analog’s ICs for BMS and audio bus power
    Analog Devices has announced a partnership with Volvo Cars under which Volvo will use Analog’s integrated circuits supporting the battery management system (BMS) and Automotive Audio Bus for its Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV. “Electric vehicles are the future of Automotive, and the market ...
    HERE to provide premium map content and connected vehicle services for Lynk & Co 01 SUV
    HERE Technologies has announced that it will offer premium map content and connected vehicle services for the Lynk & Co 01 SUV, according to a company press release on 15 February. HERE will provide HERE Parking and HERE Real-Time Traffic, search, weather services, and departure alert services f...
    Faraday Future, Geely enter cooperation agreement for technology and engineering support
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Faraday Future (FF) and mainland Chinese automaker Geely have entered a cooperation agreement for technology and engineering support, FF announced in a press release on 28 January. The two companies will explore the possibility of using OEM production services prov...
    Geely Auto, Tencent agree to collaborate in intelligent cockpit, digitization and autonomous driving
    Geely has announced a partnership with mainland Chinese telecoms carrier Tencent to develop an intelligent cockpit as well as solutions for autonomous driving, Reuters reported on 19 January. The two companies will work together on mobile apps, multiscreen interaction, smart surfaces, and intelligen...
    21-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Geely, Foxconn form new JV to offer customized consulting services
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Foxconn Technology Group decided to set up a joint venture (JV) to provide OEM production and comprehensive customized consulting services relating to whole vehicles, parts, intelligent drive systems, automotive ecosystem platforms, electric vehicle industry val...
    Volvo Cars to triple EV manufacturing capacity at Ghent plant in Belgium
    Volvo Cars is planning to triple the manufacturing capacity for electric vehicles (EVs) at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, the company announced in a press release on 7 January. By 2022, electric car capacity at the Ghent plant will be around 60% of the plant’s total production capacity. “Our fu...
    08-Jan-2021 News Investments
    smart to develop electric SUV based on Geely's platform
    smart is planning to develop an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), which will be based on Geely’s SEA platform, Daniel Lescow, VP, Global Sales, Marketing & After-Sales bei smart Automobile, said in a post on LinkedIn in December 2020. The SUV is expected to be launched in 2022 and will be ...
    07-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Chinese connected car specialist Ecarx opens headquarters in Sweden
    Geely-backed connected car specialist Ecarx has opened a headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, eeNews Europe reported on 29 December. Ecarx will look to build experienced research and development (R&D) and management teams. “Ecarx EU HQ and product development center is the second move of our...
    Volvo explores use of light and sound for autonomous vehicle communication with other road users
    Volvo Cars is researching how autonomous vehicles (AVs) will communicate with other road users in the driverless world. The company is exploring sounds, which can indicate an AV’s intentions to other road users. “What we really need is three or four key sounds that tell you what the car is going...
    24-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars to invest USD82.6 million to produce electric motors in Skövde, Sweden
    Sweden-based carmaker, Volvo Cars, will assemble electric motors at its powertrain plant in Skövde, Sweden, and plans to establish complete in-house e-motor production by the middle of this decade. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 9 December, the company stated that it will be invest...
    10-Dec-2020 News Investments
    Daimler, Geely to collaborate on hybrid powertrain systems
    Daimler AG and Geely Holding, the respective parent companies of Mercedes-Benz AG and Volvo Cars, have announced their intention to collaborate on developing highly efficient powertrain systems for next-generation hybrid vehicle applications. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 20 Nove...
    23-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volvo partners with Waycare to help warn drivers about slippery roads and hazards in US
    Volvo has announced a partnership with Waycare Technologies, which will allow the companies to share data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert with transportation bodies in the United States, a company press release dated 19 November read. Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road...
    Akebono supplies braking components for Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered
    Japanese supplier of automotive braking components, Akebono Brake Industry, has announced that it will be supplying braking systems for Volvo’s high performance sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered. According to a press release issued by Akebono on 17 November, the company...
    Lotus plans to launch new all-electric SUV in 2022
    British automaker Lotus is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in 2022, Autocar reported on 9 November. According to the report, the SUV, internally codenamed Lambda, will be offered in two variants with outputs of 600 bhp and 750 bhp. The SUV is expected to have a range o...
    10-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars opens new EV electric motor lab in China
    Volvo Cars has opened a new electric motor laboratory in Shanghai, China, to design and develop motors in-house, the company announced in a press release on 2 November. It will mainly focus on electric motor development for use in fully electric and hybrid cars based on Volvo Cars’ forthcomin...
    03-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Geely's new EV plant in China to build Polestar electric car
    Geely is planning to build all-electric cars under the Polestar brand at its upcoming electric vehicle (EV) plant in China, Reuters reported on 26 October. According to the report, Geely will also manufacture the recently unveiled Polestar Precept at its plant. Significance: Polestar is the wholl...
    Volvo Cars raises USD588 million through green bond to fund EV program
    Last week, Volvo Cars successfully placed its first green bond, raising EUR500 million (USD588 million) from institutional investors to fund its ambitious vehicle electrification program, the company said in a press release on 30 September. The bond, issued under Volvo Cars’ Euro Medium Term Note ...
    Volvo plans to launch compact all-electric SUV on new platform from Geely
    Volvo is planning to launch a compact all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) on a new platform from its parent company Geely, called ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), Auto Express reported on 1 October citing Volvo head Hakan Samuelsson. According to the report, the SUV could be nam...
    07-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Polestar plans to make all-electric Precept a series-production model
    Polestar has announced that it plans to make the all-electric Percept concept in a series-production model, according to a company press release on 26 September. Polestar also confirmed that it will produce Precept in Chengdu, China, where a new production facility will be established. “Stunnin...
    28-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars establishes ‘Green Finance Framework’ to fund electrification strategy
    Volvo Cars has established a new framework to help it fund its ambitious vehicle electrification strategy and climate plan, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company’s Green Financing Framework will pave way for its first green bond. Volvo will use proceeds of such bond to f...
    Auto China 2020: New Geely Lynk & Co’s Zero concept EV features Mobileye features
    Geely has announced that its’ new Zero Concept electric vehicle (EV) will feature Lynk & Co’s CoPilot solution powered by Mobileye SuperVision surround-view advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities, a company press release read on 24 September read...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely develops new platform for EVs
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has launched its ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), which it claims to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle (EV) architecture, according to a company press release on 23 September. Geely Holding will deploy the SEA architec...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely launches battery swapping stations in China
    Geely has launched new battery swapping stations in China, the company announced in a press release on its website. According to the company, the station can swap a spent battery for a fully charged one in around 90 seconds. Geely plans to set up 35 battery swapping stations by the end of 2020 and a...
    Volvo to equip 2021 lineup with Advanced Air Cleaner technology
    Sweden-based luxury carmaker Volvo has announced a more advanced cabin air filtration technology that will be equipped in the manufacturer’s 2021 product portfolio, with the exception of the XC40 compact crossover. In a press release issued by Volvo on 25 August, the company stated that the Adv...
    26-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Volvo launches XC40 Recharge T4 PHEV
    Sweden-based automobile manufacturer, Volvo Cars, has announced that it has launched the new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4, which is the second plug-in hybrid (PHEV) petrol-electric version of this compact sports utility vehicle (SUV). According to a press release issued by Volvo on 20 August, the...
    21-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Polestar announces details of apps for Polestar 2 EV
    Polestar has announced details for apps to be available in its Polestar 2 EV, a company press release dated 23 July showed. Polestar 2 is the world’s first car to feature an Android Automotive OS powering an infotainment system, with built-in Google apps and services plus three years of inter...
    Volvo registers 80% y/y growth in demand for plug-in hybrid vehicles in H1 2020
    Volvo has announced a sharp rise in demand for its electrified vehicles. In a press statement issued by Volvo on 21 July, the Sweden-based carmaker said that although sales fell during the first half, it registered a 79.8% year-on-year (y/y) increase in demand for its chargeable plug-in hybrid ...
    Fengsheng Automotive launches Maple 30x all-electric SUV in mainland China
    Fengsheng Automotive has launched its Maple 30x all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in mainland China, the company announced in a press release on 13 July. The Maple 30x offers a maximum output of 70 kW and a maximum torque of 180 N.m. The company claimed that the all-electric SUV has...
    17-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Volvo invests in blockchain firm Circulor to trace cobalt usage in EV batteries
    Sweden-based carmaker Volvo Cars has made an investment in Circulor, a blockchain technology firm, and the investment was made through Volvo’s venture capital investment arm, Volvo Cars Tech Fund. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 8 July, the two companies have been working in conjun...
    09-Jul-2020 News Investments
    Anhui Zhongding Sealing Parts to supply heat management system to Geely’s NEVs in Mainland China
    Sealing technologies and rubber components supplier, Anhui Zhongding Sealing Parts, will be supplying the heat management systems for the new energy vehicle (NEV) powertrains of Mainland Chinese carmaker, Geely. According to a report filed by Mainland China-based new agency Yicai Global on 7 July...
    Veoneer, Volvo Cars complete split of Zenuity JV
    Veoneer and Volvo Cars have finalized previously announced the split of their equally-owned automated driving software joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two Sweden-based companies said in separate press releases on 2 July. As part of the split, Veoneer received the part of Zenuity’s business focuse...
    PARTNERSHIP: Volvo Car, Waymo join hands to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles
    Volvo Car Group has formed a strategic partnership with Waymo to build SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles, the Sweden-based carmaker said in a press release on 15 June. The partnership will allow Waymo to integrate its self-driving system ‘Waymo Driver’ into an all-new electric vehicle platfor...
    Volvo Cars and Plugsurfing partner to offer Europe-wide EV charging service
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Plugsurfing to offer Europe-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging service for drivers of Volvo electric vehicles, Plugsurfing announced in a press release on 24 June. Drivers will have access to a network of over 200,000 public charging points operated by more than 630 ch...
    Enel X and Volvo Cars partner to develop integrated EV charging solution
    Enel X and Volvo Cars Italia have partnered to develop a range of integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, Enel X announced in a press release on 4 June. The solutions will include home charging and access to public charging points using the Enel X JuicePass app. It will be availabl...
    Nidec supplies e-axle traction motor system to Geely for Geometry C
    Nidec is supplying its e-axle traction motor system to Geely for the Geometry C, the company announced in a press release on 27 May. Geely’s Geometry C will be equipped with Nidec's 150-kW e-axle model Ni150Ex. The Ni150Ex e-axle weighs 91 kg and achieves a maximum power output of 150 kW and a max...
    Volvo starts sales of all-electric XC40 Recharge in UK
    Volvo Cars has started accepting orders for all-electric crossover XC40 Rechargein the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 27 May. The electric XC40 will be initially offered in R-Design specification, and the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available from GBP53,155 (USD65,342...
    28-May-2020 News New Products
    All new Volvo cars come with 180 kph speed limit and Care Key
    Volvo Cars has now started equipping its all news vehicles with top speed limit of 180 kph (112 mph), the company said in a press release on 20 May. In addition, every new Volvo car comes equipped with Care Key, which allows drivers to set additional limitations on the car’s top speed. Volvo ...
    21-May-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars Korea, SK Telecom to jointly develop next-gen infotainment system
    Volvo cars will jointly develop next-generation infotainment systems based on ICT technology, the carmaker said in a press release on 11 May. The partnership is aimed developing customized infotainment systems for Volvo Car customers in South Korea. The automaker aims to gradually apply the next-...
    Veoneer launches collision mitigation technology on new Polestar 2
    Veoneer has launched its suite of collision mitigation technology for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV), the company said in a press release on 6 May. The company’s fourth generation mono vision system, 77 GHz front radar, and an ADAS electronic control unit (ECU) are some of the components in ...
    Volvo Cars to equip next generation cars with Luminar’s lidar and perception technology
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Luminar to equip its next-generation vehicles, based on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA 2), with Luminar’s lidar and perception technology, the Sweden-based carmaker said in a press release on 6 May. Luminar’s lidar sensor will be seamlessly integrated into t...
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    Geely to launch two low-orbit satellites in second half 2020
    Zhejiang Geely Group will launch two low-orbit satellites in the second half of this year to provide high-precision positioning services and assist fleet management and new mobility services, according to a report by Automotive News China on 27 June. In a press release last week, Geespace, a subsidi...
    Polestar launches all-electric Polestar 2 in US
    Volvo Cars’ high-performance electric vehicle (EV) brand Polestar has launched its all-electric Polestar 2 in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 23 April. The Polestar 2 has a power output of 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque, all-wheel drive and comes equipped with a 78-kWh ...
    28-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Ricardo partners with Geely for chassis and high-voltage functional safety support
    Ricardo has partnered with Chinese automaker Geely for chassis and high voltage functional safety support, Ricardo announced  in a press release on 16 April. Ricardo’s functional safety teams based in China and the United Kingdom will provide support for key aspects of chassis and new energy ...
    Fengsheng Automotive unveils all-electric SUV 'Maple 30X'
    Fengsheng Automotive Technology Corp has launched its new pure electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) called the Maple 30X, Kandi Technologies said in a press release on 13 April. Geely-Kandi Affiliate Fengsheng Automotive is an affiliate of the Geely-Kandi partnership. The electric vehicle (EV) f...
    15-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
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    Polestar Percept EV’s infotainment system to be powered by Android Automotive OS
    Polestar has announced that its Percept electric vehicle (EV) will use Android Automotive operating system (OS), according to a company press release on 7 April. The Polestar 2 will be the first car to feature Google’s OS. The Polestar Percept will also feature Google Assistant with advanc...
    10-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    Volvo Cars, Veoneer agree to restructure Zenuity JV
    Volvo Cars and Veoneer have entered into a nonbinding agreement to split their 50:50 automated driving joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two companies said in separate press releases on 2 April. As part of the agreement, Veoneer will integrate and operate the current business of the JV focused on the...
    Polestar starts production of Polestar 2 in China
    Polestar has officially started production of the Polestar 2, its second all-electric performance car model, in Luqiao, China, the company said in a press release on 24 March. “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. ...
    Geely selects Cerence ARK to build AI-powered automotive assistant
    Chinese automaker Geely has selected Cerence’s AI Reference Kit (ARK) to build artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automotive assistants, Cerence said in a press release on 12 March 2020. Geely’s China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) subsidiary will use Cerence’s new Cerence ARK platform to bu...
    INVESTMENT: Volvo cars sets up new battery assembly line at Belgian plant
    Volvo cars has set up a new battery assembly line at its plant in Ghent in Belgium, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. The assembly line is expected to supply batteries to Volvo Cars first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8. “I am pleased to celebrate this momentous occasio...
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    Geneva Motor Show 2020: Polestar to showcase all-electric concept 'Precept'
    Polestar is set to showcase its all-electric 4-door grand tourer concept ‘Precept’ at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next month, the company announced in a press release on 25 February. Polestar said that the Precept is a vision of the company’s future vehicle aspirations and unique...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Volvo now offers 48-V mild-hybrid technology for all models
    In a press statement released on 21 February, Swedish car maker Volvo has announced that every single model in its product portfolio will now be available with mild hybrid powertrain options. Volvo claims that its 48 V mild-hybrid powertrains offer up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in r...
    24-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Polestar develops new solutions for car interior
    Polestar, the electric performance car brand of Volvo Cars, is exploring the use of innovative materials for the car interior in order to reduce carbon footprint, the company said in a press release on 11 February. Using these innovative materials in its production models in the near future, Polesta...
    14-Feb-2020 News New Products
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