13 May 2022
Electric Vehicles Land, Sea, Air - Record Growth as Challenges Mount
Elon Musk once made a prediction that every form of transport, with the exception of space-faring rockets, will become electric. This prediction is starting to materialize as markets for electric cars, trucks, buses, boats, two-wheelers and air taxis reached new heights in 2021.
12 May 2022
Could Graphene by the Answer to the Semiconductor Shortage?
Semiconductors, which date back to the 19th century, are used everywhere in electronic devices, from automobile systems and air conditioners to laser treatment in cutting-edge medical systems. The continuing global shortage in semiconductors impacts how high-tech products are made around the world — the automotive industry alone is expected to lose $210 billion in revenue, with major players like BMW, Volkswagen and Ford already reporting the effects.
29 Apr 2022
Germany Launches World-First Battery Pass Project
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action formally announced its "Battery Pass" project and its eleven consortium members, including Circulor, the leading supply chain traceability provider, as the project's technology implementor. The announcement marks the beginning of a three-year, German-funded R&D project to develop core data specifications and technical standards for a "passport", as well as a standardized dataspace to manage batteries that are manufactured or placed into service in the European Union.
26 Apr 2022
In 2007, the Fisker Automotive Company was founded by current CEO Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler. Fisker Automotive Company had a tumultuous existence with early setbacks jeopardizing the company's future and leading to its bankruptcy. In 2016, Henrik Fisker revived the brand and it is now on the way to mass production at the end of 2022.
7 Apr 2022
Countrywide Network of High Power electric Vehicle Chargers Complete
Extra MSA Group has partnered with Europe's leading high-power charging network IONITY to launch a complete network of high-power charging stations for electric vehicles, now available at all Extra MSA Group motorway service areas across the UK.
4 Apr 2022
Derq — AI-Powered City Traffic Infrastructure
Derq uses its artificial intelligence (AI) software to power next-generation analytics and vehicle to anything (V2X) applications using existing traffic installations and infrastructure. Derq's analytics have benefitted 13 cities so far, while its V2X applications are currently being trialled by robotaxi pilot programs in Dubai and Las Vegas.
23 Mar 2022
Not So Fast: EV Charging Rates Make a Difference
Charging speeds for electric vehicles (EVs) vary, from as little as 15 minutes using an ultra-rapid 350 kW charger, to as much as 24 hours when relying on a domestic wall outlet. Eventually, we could reach a point where recharging barely takes longer than filling up with fuel.
15 Mar 2022
The Autonomous Car Supply Chain: A Detailed Overview
As the automotive industry moves to higher levels of automation, IDTechEx are seeing shake-ups in the established supply chains. Currently, OEMs can shop at multiple tier 1s to gain supply of specific advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection systems. However, as these discrete systems consolidate into integrated autonomous driving systems, so too will the supply chain.
This premium article gives examples of existing ADAS cars and their supply chains. It then investigates the technology companies looking to package sensor components, such as radar, LiDAR, and cameras with computer hardware, into a single autonomous system. The article identifies several OEMs, including Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) and BMW, that are interested in this holistic approach to autonomy supply for the future and explains who they are partnering with and what the supply chain will look like.
2 Mar 2022
Aconity3D is a German manufacturer of laser powder bed fusion and wire-based directed energy deposition printers.
1 Mar 2022
In the Future Your Entire Car Could Be a Radar Antenna, Says IDTechEx
Radar miniaturization is one of the key trends that IDTechEx has identified in "Automotive Radar 2022-2042". There are several factors that are contributing towards this, such as moving from 24GHz to 77GHz which shrinks the antenna size. Or, transitioning from SiGe-BiCMOS based transceivers to Si-CMOS ones, which reduces the number of discrete computational components and shrinks the circuit board. So, with the size continuing to come down, IDTechEx asks, how small can it get?
23 Feb 2022
Nio Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells smart electric vehicles in China and Europe. The company offers five, six, and seven-seater electric SUVs, as well as smart electric sedans. It is also involved in a battery swapping service called Power Swap. Nio Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China.
2 Feb 2022
Being a Motor Manufacturer in a Materials Crisis
The past two years have been extremely turbulent for many industries with production lines shutting down, chip shortages, and a host of general supply chain issues. Amongst the dismay, electric vehicles (EVs) have been a shining light. In 2021, sales of EVs globally grew by around 80% over 2020 which in turn was a growth of 44% over 2019.
27 Jan 2022
Toyota Motor Corporation: Automotive Electrification
Toyota pioneered early electrification with their Prius hybrid, but have been hesitant to adopt battery-electric vehicles. In 2021, Toyota made announcements about their targets for EVs going forward.
20 Jan 2022
Maersk Invests in Electrofuels Startup Company
Maersk expects several fuels to exist alongside in the future fuel mix and has identified 4 potential fuel pathways to decarbonization; biodiesel, alcohols, lignin-enhanced alcohols and ammonia.
13 Jan 2022
The BMW iX Flow Featuring E Ink
The fluid colour changes are made possible by a specially developed body wrap that is tailored precisely to the contours of the all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW. When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration.
21 Dec 2021
Super Soco First Electric Brand in Top Ten Powered Two Wheelers
Super Soco has become the first ever 100% electric brand to feature in the top ten best-selling powered two wheelers. Until now, the list has been populated only by manufacturers traditionally producing petrol-powered machines.