29 Jul 2022
Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype
Volkswagen Group China has unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. After intensive research, conceptual work, and development, the project team has now developed its first validation model - the V.MO. This initial prototype has also been nicknamed the 'Flying Tiger' due to its distinctive black and gold livery, which was painted to commemorate its launch in the Year of the Tiger.
11 Jul 2022
Volkswagen Enters Global Battery Business with PowerCo
Volkswagen Group broke the ground for its first cell factory in Salzgitter. Production will start in 2025. With immediate effect, responsibility for global battery business is to be held by the newly created company "PowerCo". In addition to cell production, the new company will be responsible for activities along the entire battery value chain.
4 Apr 2022
Advanced Electric Machines: Rare Earth-Free Motors
Advanced Electric Machines is a UK-based manufacturer of electric motors. Their unique selling point is the elimination of permanent magnets and copper windings. They have a motor design for commercial vehicles and another for the passenger car market.
IDTechEx caught up with AEM to learn about their new progress and future plans.
7 Feb 2022
Ford Motor Company (2022)
The electric era is here, and Ford is in the midst of implementing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to make the transition to an electric future.
Ford is investing $22 billion in electrification through 2025 as part of its plan to lead electrification in areas of strength. The company is electrifying its most iconic products - the Mustang, F-150 and Transit - with many more to come in the years ahead. A key part of Ford's goal to drive the adoption of electric vehicles is to target the large market for fully electric commercial vans and pickups. The company has had some initial success while entering the market, but now faces competition from other OEMs and their offerings.
17 Dec 2021
Audi is Increasing Investments in Electromobility
From 2033 on, the future of the Audi brand will be fully electric. The company is continuing to pick up speed along the way: Audi doubled the number of fully electric models in its range in 2021. That means that Audi is putting more electric cars than combustion engines on the market in the current year.
14 Jun 2021
Less Car Charging Beats Fast Charging Any Day
Would you prefer a car with 600 miles/nearly 1000km range or half that? Fast charging is all the talk now but doubling then trebling the range is seismic.
20 May 2021
Lamborghini: Electrification and COVID Update
Lamborghini recently announced its updated electrification targets and its financial performance for 2020.
8 Apr 2021
Many Routes to 1000 Mile Battery Vehicles
It is easy to make 1000-mile battery-electric vehicles, and the effect on market uptake will be profound.
23 Mar 2021
A Role for High-Manganese Cathodes: Analysis of Volkswagen's Power Day
On March 15th 2021, Volkswagen held a Tesla-like event, Power Day, outlining their strategy and technology roadmap for their shift toward electric vehicles (EVs). This premium article will focus specifically on VW's long-term strategy to make use of high-manganese cathodes, delving into what is meant by 'high-manganese cathodes', how they compare to other cathode materials with regards to performance and cost, and the commercial activity and opportunity they hold.
19 Mar 2021
Lucid Motors is getting closer to the release of the 'Lucid Air' - a 924V premium sedan with impressive custom-built components.
19 Mar 2021
As part of the VW Group, Audi is also making a strong push towards electrification. Their first battery electric vehicles have been successful and many more models are expected by 2025.
16 Mar 2021
Volkswagen Group: Power Day
On the 15th of March 2021, Volkswagen (VW) presented its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030. The event titled "Power Day" was split into two sections: the batteries and the charging.
11 Dec 2020
The Window of Opportunity for Plug-in Hybrids is Closing
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are an interim product. IDTechEx explains why PHEV potential is now limited.
27 Nov 2020
General Motors Sparkles in 48 Volt
It is in China that General Motors is leading the way in 48V hybrid cars and their next technology. This 48V mild hybridization of conventional car models gives them another ten years in the market.
19 Aug 2020
New maneuvering on fuel cell vehicles
IDTechEx predicted ten years ago that fuel cell cars would be a failure and, on any criterion, that is true today following lacklustre sales due to no meaningful consumer proposition and consequently numerous supplier exits.
14 Aug 2020
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Lamborghini has had great success in recent years with the Urus. Recently, they announced their first production hybrid and most powerful car.
30 Mar 2020
Volkswagen Group (EV robot charging)
This profile discusses Volkswagen Group's involvement in electric vehicle robot charging.
20 Dec 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019
Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.