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European Commission subjected Chinese battery makers to unprecedented data requests
Mainland China's commerce ministry has alleged that the European Commission sought an unprecedented amount of detailed information from the Chinese carmakers about their supply chains as part of its anti-subsidy probe on electric-vehicle imports, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on June 21. The European Commission, which oversees trade policy for the 27-nation European Union, has recently announced additional duties of up to 38% on the imported EVs from mainland China after...
ZF LIFETEC introduces innovative airbag for automated driving vehicles
ZF LIFETEC has developed an advanced airbag for automated driving vehicles, the company said in a press release on June 19. The new airbag is a dual-contour airbag for the passenger side, which can be inflated in two different sizes, depending on the seating position of the occupant. The German supplier is also developing dual-contour airbags for the driver’s side for use in such vehicles. Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy will allow drivers to hand over driving control to the vehicle’s automa...
ChargePoint, LG Electronics partner to leverage strengths for new innovations in EV charging
ChargePoint, a leading charge-point operator, and LG Electronics have formed a strategic partnership to leverage their respective strengths to develop innovative charging solutions, ChargePoint announced June 18. The first product of this strategic partnership will be commercial charging solutions that encompass ChargePoint’s industry-leading charger management software and LG’s advanced electric vehicle charging hardware, ChargePoint said, adding that the deliveries of this product are e...
Stellantis reports significant growth in connected and software services
Stellantis has seen significant growth in its software and connected services sector, with revenue increasing 2.5 times since 2021 and subscription-based product users reaching 5 million in 2023, the automaker said in a press release on June 13. The company, featuring 14 iconic brands, delivered over 94 million over-the-air (OTA) updates in 2023, enhancing the mobility experience for its vehicle owners. The number of monetizable connected cars has also grown to 13.8 million vehicles. Stellant...
BMW cancels two billion euro battery cell contract with Northvolt
BMW has reportedly cancelled its €2 billion order with Swedish company Northvolt for electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion cells. This development was initially reported by various German media outlets, including manager magazin, which highlighted Northvolt's inability to meet the delivery timelines stipulated in the long-term supply contract established in 2020. The supply of the cells, which were to be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory at Skellefteå in northern Sweden, was...
Super Screws forms joint venture with Mitsuchi for cold forged parts
Super Screws Pvt Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mitsuchi Corporation of Japan, signaling a significant collaboration aimed at establishing a joint venture for the manufacturing and global distribution of special cold forged parts. The proposed venture will involve setting up a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in India dedicated to producing top-tier cold forged parts for both the domestic and international markets.  This initiative is set to enh...
Bharat Forge invests $40 million in its American operations
In a regulatory filing on BSE, Bharat Forge, a supplier of aluminum parts for the automotive parts, announced that it has invested $40 million in its fully owned subsidiary, Bharat Forge Aluminum USA Inc. (BFAL). The investment will be used as BFAL’s capital expenditure for aluminum forging facility. BFAL was incorporated in the State of North Carolina, USA on September 27, 2019, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharat Forge America Inc. and therefore a wholly owned step-down subsidiary ...
Ansys unveils ConceptEV for improved EV powertrain development
In a press release dated 20 June, Ansys announced that it has developed ConceptEV™, a novel software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to bolster the development of electric vehicle (EV) powertrains. The solution will offer enhancements in driving range and battery charge times. Positioned as a significant tool for the automotive concept design stage, ConceptEV™ specializes in the simultaneous optimization of key EV powertrain components including the battery, inverter, motor, and transm...
There are companies that scale too quickly and too early in a developing marketplace: Alex Hearn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightstate Ltd.
S&P Global Mobility: Please tell us about the origins of Lightstate. How did it come into being? Is it the opportunity size that pulled you? Alex Hearn: The purpose starts with passion rather than financial motivation. The origin of Lightstate lies in the idea to help tackle climate change and the path to net-zero emissions. We have seen rapid decarbonization in power generation around the world. However, we are still emitting about 14.9 billion metric tons of carbon a year, and transport...
Interior Insight – Nissan Leaf
The second-generation Nissan Leaf improves upon its predecessor in all aspects, offering increased speed, better driving dynamics and a longer range between charges. But how does the interior compare? We take a closer look inside. Inside story The Leaf's seats provide a comfortable ride, with the option of luxurious leather/suede covering on higher trims. You can enhance safety for little ones with the optional Isofix mounting for the front passenger seat. While the storage space is not ex...
Interior insight – Genesis G80
Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its top-notch interior quality, even when compared to established luxury vehicles in its segment. We take a closer look inside the G80. Inside story The car's interior features rich finishes such as wood trim and metal accents, and a focus on detail. It has a wide-spanning dashboard display that looks upscale and uncluttered. Customization options include quilted leather, a premium audio system and electrically reclining rear seats with entertai...
Seeing the unseen: The power of 4D imaging radar
Four-dimensional imaging radar is an emerging key technology for autonomous driving, providing real time and accurate insights into the surrounding environment. It complements other sensors such as cameras and is used in conjunction with these in the automotive industry. The 4D imaging radar uses multiple antenna arrays to gather extensive data and generate precise 3D models. It operates at frequencies such as 77 or 79 GHz, enabling split-second reaction times that are required for autonomous ve...
There are companies that scale too quickly and too early in a developing marketplace: Alex Hearn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightstate Ltd.
S&P Global Mobility: Please tell us about the origins of Lightstate. How did it come into being? Is it the opportunity size that pulled you? Alex Hearn: The purpose starts with passion rather than financial motivation. The origin of Lightstate lies in the idea to help tackle climate change and the path to net-zero emissions. We have seen rapid decarbonization in power generation around the world. However, we are still emitting about 14.9 billion metric tons of carbon a year, and transport...
Soft landing for automotive semiconductor industry in 2024
The automotive semiconductor market grew another 18% in 2023 based on revenue share analysis. A solid performance, but 6 points lower than the previous forecast. What happened? What does it mean for the 2024 outlook and beyond? 2023 was good, but not as good as expected The automotive semiconductor market experienced a more than 25% increase in revenue in both 2021 and 2022, demonstrating significant momentum. Subsequently, in 2023, the market continued its upward trajectory with an increa...
Interior Insight – Nissan Leaf
The second-generation Nissan Leaf improves upon its predecessor in all aspects, offering increased speed, better driving dynamics and a longer range between charges. But how does the interior compare? We take a closer look inside. Inside story The Leaf's seats provide a comfortable ride, with the option of luxurious leather/suede covering on higher trims. You can enhance safety for little ones with the optional Isofix mounting for the front passenger seat. While the storage space is not ex...
Interior insight – Genesis G80
Genesis is gradually gaining recognition for its top-notch interior quality, even when compared to established luxury vehicles in its segment. We take a closer look inside the G80. Inside story The car's interior features rich finishes such as wood trim and metal accents, and a focus on detail. It has a wide-spanning dashboard display that looks upscale and uncluttered. Customization options include quilted leather, a premium audio system and electrically reclining rear seats with entertai...

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