Following General Motors, Bosch is now also distancing itself from Nikola, a US startup specializing in fuel cell and battery trucks. The German automotive supplier has reduced its stake in Nikola, according to a media report.
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Akasol has been contracted by an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer from Turkey to supply its battery systems from 2021 to 2025. The customer plans to install Akasol's second and third generation battery systems in an existing and a new type of bus, it says.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure has received a major order from Hamburger Hochbahn to equip two of the six carports at the Alsterdorf bus depot with a total of 96 charging points as well as medium- and low-voltage technology. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2021.
LG Electronics and Magna have announced a joint venture to manufacture electric motors, inverters and onboard chargers. The joint venture, tentatively named "LG Magna e-Powertrain," will also manufacture complete e-drive systems for certain automakers.
Ballard Power Systems has received a follow-up order from Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool to supply additional fuel cell modules for ten H2 buses to be deployed in Emmen, the Netherlands, from 2022 as part of the JIVE 2 funding program.
Poland's first electric car plant will be built in the city of Jaworzno in the south of the country. The groundbreaking ceremony for the factory is scheduled to take place next year, with production starting in 2024. In July, ElectroMobility Poland (EMP) had presented two prototypes of the electric cars to be produced.
Volvo Trucks and Designwerk are now extending their cooperation on truck electrification to the German market. The scope of the agreement includes chassis supply, sales cooperation and access to the existing aftersales infrastructure.
Allego has announced that in future it will also be using fast-charging columns from Tritium and Alpitronic. So far, the Dutch operator has mainly relied on DC columns from the Portuguese manufacturer Efacec.
Hyundai Wia has developed a thermal management system for electric cars that is designed to improve their range and charging capability. The mechanical engineering company, which is part of the Hyundai Group, plans to bring the solution to production maturity by 2023, after which it will be used in e-cars based on the E-GMP platform.
Aral intends to complete the announced installation of more than 100 HPC charging points at 30 German service stations before the end of the first quarter of 2021 and has commissioned Siemens Smart Infrastructure to expand the network connection at the service stations. Aral is also already planning the expansion of its HPC network.
Gradually, other important suppliers for Volkswagen's MEB are becoming known. In the ID.3 and ID.4 as well as in the other MEB models, a brake control system by ZF is installed. This system also controls the recovery of braking energy.
After establishing its own e-mobility division three years ago, Schaeffler will begin series production of e-motors for hybrid modules, hybrid transmissions, and purely electric axle drives in 2021, with the supplier eyeing the truck sector in addition to the passenger car sector.
The first People Mover from e.GO Moove received approval for public road use at the end of December 2020, meaning that e.GO Moove GmbH's status as a vehicle manufacturer was finally confirmed by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
Chemical company Johnson Matthey has partnered with Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing to market its cathode materials, and the collaboration will also see the development of a two-seater Formula E race car.
Lordstown Motors plans to start production of its all-electric Endurance pickup truck this September, and with that in mind, it has signed a multi-year contract with LG Energy Solution to supply battery cells.
Supplier Benteler has unveiled an effective cooling system for electric vehicles. The high-pressure heat exchanger is only the size of a pack of cigarettes and is designed to couple battery cooling and air conditioning - providing more efficient cooling performance in some situations.
Knorr-Bremse is pooling its expertise in the field of electromobility in a new, in-house development unit called eCUBATOR. Up to 60 internal and external experts are to work on innovative solutions for the future at the Munich and Budapest sites.
Marquardt, the automotive supplier based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, has bundled its competencies in the field of e-mobility in a new business unit: Patrick Mattes has been in charge of the "Power and Energy Solutions" business unit since the beginning of the year.
Israeli eMobility startup Ree Automotive, which announced its IPO on the U.S. stock market a few days ago, is investing $92 million (about €76 million) in a new "Engineering Center of Excellence" in England, specifically in the central English county of Warwickshire.
Bosch Motorsport and the Formula E team Dragon Penske Autosport have agreed on a long-term technology and development partnership. As part of the partnership, Bosch is developing a vehicle management system with hardware and software modules that is specially tailored to the requirements of the Formula E car.
UBS analysts dissected a VW ID.3 and analyzed that the MEB platform is "fully competitive" with Tesla in terms of cost, with VW achieving "world-class energy density, efficiency and scalability," but Tesla comes out on top when it comes to the battery and its cost.
In its new semiconductor plant in Dresden, Bosch has produced silicon wafers in a fully automated process for the first time. The successful test run is seen as a crucial step on the way to the start of production, which the company plans for the end of 2021.
The 21 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with solid-state battery, which were only delivered to ESWE Verkehr in Wiesbaden at the beginning of February, have been out of service for a good two weeks. Their batteries have to undergo a check due to an insulation fault.
Engineering specialist IAV and automotive supplier Webasto have agreed a technology cooperation for electric commercial vehicles. By pooling their expertise, the two partners aim to drive forward the electrification of buses, trucks and work machines.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer working for Apple, has teamed up with Japanese electric motor maker Nidec through its automotive offshoot Foxtron, with the duo aiming to develop electric powertrains for Foxconn's e-car platform MIH, due to be unveiled in autumn 2020.
Vitesco Technologies has received an important order for its 800-volt components. For the first time, Continental's powertrain division is supplying 800-volt inverters with silicon carbide technology in significant quantities to Hyundai.
Fiat will cut production of the all-electric Fiat 500 at its Mirafiori plant in Turin from 300 to 210 units a day starting next week as the manufacturer struggles to keep up with battery supplies.
Yamaha Motor has developed an electric motor with a maximum output of 350 kW. According to the Japanese, this drive module can be used in "hyper EVs" and other high-performance applications.
Bosch has founded the joint venture Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems with commercial vehicle manufacturer Qingling Motors in Chongqing, China. The new company will develop, assemble, and market fuel cell systems for the Chinese market.
BYD has presented a new electric car platform at the Shanghai Auto Show, which will also be offered to other carmakers. BYD's "e-platform 3.0" relies on the manufacturer's Blade batteries and is supposed to enable enormous driving performance and ranges - there is talk of more than 1,000 kilometers.
The first electrified model with Huawei technology is now on sale in China, but the Seres SF5 is not entirely new - but the drive technology, the name and the sales model are.
Williams Advanced Engineering and Italdesign have teamed up to develop a modular platform for building a wide variety of premium electric cars, which can be used to create customized vehicles and will be offered to both new entrants and established OEMs.
After a platform for electric cars, Benteler now wants to get involved in passenger transportation: The automotive supplier is now offering a special platform concept for so-called people movers. On request, the supplier not only wants to provide the platform, but also deliver finished shuttles to customers.
Chinese e-car maker Aiways has released the first images of the production version of its second electric model after the U5. The Aiways U6 crossover coupe is set to launch in China and Europe later this year.
Infineon Technologies has signed a supply agreement with Japanese wafer manufacturer Showa Denko for a comprehensive range of silicon carbide (SiC) material, which the German semiconductor manufacturer says secures additional base material in the face of growing demand for SiC-based microchips.
Polestar has entered into a strategic partnership with blockchain provider Circulor. One element of the partnership is tracking CO2 equivalents through the supply chain, which will help meet Polestar's goal of building a carbon-neutral car by 2030.
At its Annual General Meeting, the BMW Group announced its intention to avoid a total of more than 200 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030, not only by making the drive mix cleaner, but also by improving factors such as the production and recycling of vehicles.
CATL will supply batteries for the production version of the announced Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul starting in 2024. Daimler's commercial vehicle division has also entered into its own collaborations for battery and fuel cell truck infrastructure ahead of the planned split of the group.
BMW plans to bundle around 360,000 charging stations from various partners in China via a mobile app by the end of the year, making charging easier for customers. The automaker also wants to make its supply chain in China more climate-friendly.
Renault's Alpine F1 team has partnered with US automotive supplier BorgWarner to identify technologies and technical collaborations for future Alpine electric models based on shared expertise.
Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics has forged two new partnerships in the eMobility sector: Both the Renault Group and the British developer Arrival will be relying on semiconductor products from the Swiss group in their e-vehicles in the future.
Volvo Cars has given details of its ambitious battery strategy, as well as other safety and software technologies that will make their way into the next generation of Volvo's electrified passenger cars, during a virtual event called "Tech Moment".
Volvo Penta has begun production of electric drives for the production version of Rosenbauer's RT fire engine, including electric motors and an Active Cooling Unit (ACU) based on a 600-volt system.
Chinese electric car maker Aiways has entered into a joint venture agreement with CATL-backed KBVIP to build a network of more than 100 "AI smart supercharge" fast charging sites across China.
Supplier Bosch has unveiled an in-house developed CVT transmission with a continuously variable ratio for use in electric cars. Compared to the usual single-speed transmissions, Bosch aims to not only improve efficiency and performance, but also expand the range of applications for electric cars - for example, in trailer operation.
Vitesco Technologies has presented the new generation of its electric axle drive. The manufacturer promises that the EMR4 will be 25 percent lighter with the same performance - and will be able to cover a wider performance range at lower costs. The EMR4 is being built in China, among other places.
The announced joint venture between LG Electronics and Magna to manufacture electric motors, inverters and onboard chargers as well as complete e-drive systems has now been sealed, and the joint venture's management team has also been finalized.
Continental Engineering Services (CES) and Siemens Mobility will cooperate in the future on the development and production of pantographs for trucks. The duo has its sights set on the electrification of road freight transport by means of so-called eHighways, as they are currently being tested in three regions in Germany.
US automotive supplier Dana is partnering with Switch Mobility (formerly Optare), the UK subsidiary of Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leylan. Specifically, Dana will become a preferred supplier of e-drive parts for Switch Mobility's bus and commercial vehicle range.
Proterra has reached an agreement with LG Energy Solution for a long-term supply of cylindrical cells, which will be manufactured at an LG Energy Solution factory in the U.S. and supplied to Proterra plants in North America for the production of commercial vehicle battery systems.
The supplier Brose has announced that it will be presenting a holistic thermal management system at the IAA Mobility in Munich, which is designed to actively control heat distribution in the car and significantly increase the efficiency of e-vehicles.
The faulty LG battery cells that led to recalls for General Motors and Hyundai electric cars came from at least two of the battery maker's Asian plants, specifically in South Korea and China, according to the latest findings. reuters.com
Daimler's focus on battery-electric vehicles has also had an impact on plug-in hybrids. The Stuttgart-based automaker is no longer planning any new developments in this area, but suppliers like ZF have a different take on the future of PHEVs.
At the IAA Mobility, the supplier Mahle announced that it is expanding its range of intelligent charging solutions for e-cars. The chargeBIG system, which is optimised for AC charging, is to be supplemented by the chargeBIG Power charging management system - and thus support fast charging with outputs of up to 750 kW.
Having unveiled an 800 V inverter just six months ago, Vitesco Technologies is now preparing to launch production of 800 volt electric motor technology in China, which is scheduled to start in 2023.
Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn has put its cooperation with struggling Chinese e-car startup Byton, announced earlier this year, on hold, according to insiders, due to Byton's deteriorating financial situation, according to a media report.