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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
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2019
18 Mar

AI-controlled bus transit services in Japan

AI-controlled on demand bus is a new concept of public bus transit services. The AI generates routes automatically and in real time based on passenger requests submitted through smartphone apps. It uses deep learning to accumulate operational data on rider destinations and traffic conditions, enabling the buses to run more efficiently the more they are used.
4 Mar

Key to Successful Pure Electric Cars

There is no correlation of successful sales numbers or value with oil price or even up-front price in relation to electric cars. Dr Peter Harrop explores their trajectory.
26 Feb

Huge Battery Opportunities from Radical Changes in EV Demand

The biggest demand for lithium-ion batteries is moving away from cars and in electric cars it will be a matter of less battery on average.
22 Feb

Electric Vehicle Calamity in Ten Years?

Car demand will collapse as people move to cities. $100 billion was written off the stock value of car companies recently. The US economy is on a sugar rush from a trillion-dollar borrowing boost at the top of the cycle. Climate change getting out of control in 12 years? These and many other negative indicators can portend a recession, maybe a severe one. What are the implications for EVs?
20 Feb

Structural super capacitors prepare for take off

As their name suggests, such multifunctional structural materials simultaneously carry out two or more functions that would normally have to be addressed separately. For example, a structural role might combine with optical, electrical, magnetic or thermal properties. In some cases, entire complex devices can be built either within or from the primary structural material.
15 Feb

Bad Strategy Will Kill Some Carmaking Giants Soon

Bad strategy rather than tactics, such as misjudged new models, will kill several major automotive companies. They face a perfect storm of peak car, totally new technology, totally new markets and recession.
8 Feb

Dilemma of Automotive Vertical Integration

It is a rule-of-thumb that manufacturers should vertically integrate only when products and markets mature, so they can confidently shave off the last pennies of cost. One exception is when shortages loom: Tesla built its battery gigafactory fast using proven Panasonic technology. However, many suppliers now build battery gigafactories.
24 Jan

Nissan unveils NV300 concept-van

Nissan has created an all-new NV300 Concept-van to highlight the versatility of Nissan commercial vehicles for bespoke conversions of all types.
21 Jan

ProLogium

ProLogium is a solid-state battery company located in Taiwan.
2018
18 Dec

Electric Buses: 10 Seconds at Depot, No Charging On Journey?

Cities are increasingly crowded: real estate is in short supply. Servicing buses needs to be as infrequent as possible and that means having the simplest powertrain, which is the pure electric vehicle.
14 Dec

Electric Vehicles in Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
5 Dec

Learnings from Battery and Energy Warwick University 4-5 Dec 2018

At "Battery and Energy" Warwick University UK Day One with about 100 delegates and 10 table top exhibitors.
4 Dec

Plan for world's first electric vehicle only island

Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand, has launched a plan to become the world's first electric vehicle-only residential island by 2030.
14 Nov

Alliance Ventures invests in Enevate

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has announced that it has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion battery technology company based in Irvine, California.
18 Oct

A report from Solar & Storage Live 2018

Solar & Storage Live is one of the UK renewable energy industry's premier annual events and is attended by a range of technology developers and policy makers with an interest in the solar & storage market, both in the UK and internationally.
16 Oct

Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2019-2029: Technology, Patents, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Lorenzo Grande and Dr Bryony Core
2 Oct

Gyrotricity

Gyrotricity is a UK based energy storage start-up that has been spun out of City University London in partnership with Dynamic Boosting Systems Ltd. IDTechEx spoke to Gyrotricity founder and Chief Technology Officer Professor Keith Pullen in 2018, to learn more about the company's current and future activities.
2 Oct

Voice, Speech, Conversation-Based User Interfaces 2019-2029: Technologies, Players, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
28 Sep

Will battery second life have an impact on recycling?

2018 is regarded as the beginning year for battery recycling as the first batch of batteries are gradually coming out of electric vehicles. Umicore has recently announced their investment plan in ramping up battery recycling capacity in preparation for the boom of spent EV batteries. By 2018, we will already have around 33,000 retired electric vehicle battery packs (including electric passenger cars and buses) which amounts to around 1GWh storage capacity.
26 Sep

Will second-life batteries need to compete with new batteries?

Hyundai Motor Group has recently announced a commercial partnership with energy company Wärtsilä to utilize second-life electric vehicle batteries for stationary energy storage at both commercial and utility scales. This is not the first piece of news that automotive companies are trying to give a second life to their retired EV batteries as major EV manufactures including Nissan, Renault, BMW, Daimler, BYD etc. have announced various battery second use projects around the world.
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