22 Feb 2024
Tesla Adopts Interior Radar for Interior Monitoring
With the shift towards electric vehicles, end-users are becoming less concerned about traditional differentiators like engine horsepower and are placing greater emphasis on smart interior functions. This trend is compelling automotive OEMs to invest more efforts in enhancing interior features, thereby adding greater value to their products and distinguishing them from other vehicles.
20 Feb 2024
EV Fire Protection Materials, Protecting a US$3.5 Trillion Market
Electric vehicle (EV) fire safety continues to be a critical topic. Data continues to support the fact that EVs are less likely to catch fire than internal combustion engine vehicles. However, as a new technology, EVs get more press, and besides, even a very low occurrence rate still poses significant risks to vehicle occupants and surroundings.
16 Feb 2024
CES 2024 Showed that the Future of Cars will be Defined by AI
IDTechEx's new report, "Future Automotive Technologies 2024-2034: Applications, Megatrends, Forecasts", highlights the biggest changes coming to cars over the next ten years. Electrification will change what powers cars, and automation will change how they are driven, but one of the biggest opportunities is connectivity and software definition, which will change how cars are monetized.
12 Feb 2024
Sodium to Debut in Small Microcars First for Mobility Applications
Many people were surprised when HiNa revealed their lineup of sodium-ion battery cells, as well as a prototype of an electric car, in February 2023. But it had been a long time coming. The low-cost Sehol E10X microcar uses a 25 kWh battery pack made from cylindrical sodium-ion cells from HiNa.
9 Feb 2024
Will Fuel Cell Vehicles Succeed, and What Would It Take?
The sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars have largely stalled from 2021 onwards, but does this mean there is no market for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the future, and what is required to make them a success?
6 Feb 2024
Tesla's Unboxed Production Concept
This premium article explains the Unboxed production method in more detail. It shows how Tesla plans to use the process and how it can help achieve its goals of producing EVs that cost US$25,000 and scaling to an annual production capacity of 20 million vehicles annually. The article also shows which other manufacturer is working on a similar production concept.
31 Jan 2024
Hailo: AI Acceleration in Automotive SoCs
Hailo started with AI accelerator chips in the automotive industry but has recently launched its system on chip. IDTechEx spoke to Hailo at CES 2024.
31 Jan 2024
Tesla's Ross and Rachel Relationship With Radar
Ross and Rachel's relationship in the TV series Friends was characterized by its on-again, off-again nature, with the inevitability that they end up together in the end. Tesla started its full self-driving hardware with radar in 2016, it began the break-up with radar in 2021, and radar was removed from production entirely in 2021.
29 Jan 2024
Dow: Fire Protection Materials for Electric Vehicle Batteries
Dow is a large materials supplier and the world's largest supplier of silicone products. It provides a wide variety of products to a huge number of applications. At Nepcon 2024 in Tokyo, IDTechEx spoke to Dow to learn more about some of its fire protection materials for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
29 Jan 2024
Tesla has several giga-presses at its plants across the world. This premium article explains in more detail the pros and cons of using giga-casting, how Tesla is using it and what advantages it is getting, and which other OEMs are investigating giga-casting.
18 Jan 2024
How Tech Giants Could Displace Automotive OEMs
The automotive market is a huge industry, and its evolution has spawned several giant corporations with many sub-brands, many of which are household names. However, the automotive industry is arguably undergoing the greatest technological shifts it has ever seen. Electrification, autonomous driving, and a shift to software-defined vehicles.
17 Jan 2024
3D Printing: A Dynamic Industry Approaching a Crossroads
The 3D printing industry is by no means new, given the invention of the first 3D printing technologies in the 1980s; yet, in an industry with a long history of twists and turns, 2024 is looking to be the most consequential yet for additive manufacturing. This can be traced back to the shockwaves set off by COVID-19. While the pandemic initially lowered sales for many 3D printer manufacturers, it also created opportunities for additive manufacturing to showcase its unique strengths, as numerous companies looked to reshoring and strengthening their supply chain to avoid persistent disruptions amidst global shipping shortages.
8 Jan 2024
Software-Defined Vehicles Set to Be Worth Over US$700bn by 2034
Connected and Software-Defined vehicles (SDVs) represent a new paradigm for automakers and consumers. Whereas older ICE vehicles were a conglomeration of 70+ Electronic Control units, kilometers of wiring, and many thousands of components, the new era of vehicles can be more centralized, connected, and convenient, bringing benefits to both the consumer and OEM.
5 Jan 2024
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to be 4% of the Zero Emission Solution
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have made monumental progress in the passenger car market, becoming a standard drivetrain option. The success in cars is also overflowing into other vehicle segments, such as vans, trucks, buses, 2-wheelers, and more. However, despite some key proponents, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have had a much tougher time getting to significant adoption.
3 Jan 2024
Electric Hydrogen is a new PEM electrolyzer company based in the Boston and California Bay areas in the US. The company has developed proprietary PEM electrolyzer technology with its first system delivery expected in 2024.
19 Dec 2023
Tesla's Major Recall Shows the Benefits of Software-Defined Vehicles
Tesla's recent recall could have cost it billions of dollars, but instead, an over-the-air software update was all that was required to fix an issue affecting over 2 million vehicles.
14 Dec 2023
Paired Power is a provider of rapidly deployable solar EV chargers. IDTechEx spoke with the California-based company's CEO to discuss more, and present their assessment of the product within the broader market space.
13 Dec 2023
Automotive Megatrends Drive 4.8% CAGR in Copper Demand until 2034
Copper is a key mineral for the automotive industry, used ubiquitously across the wiring harnesses market. Its demand is set to grow due to electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle megatrends. IDTechEx's brand new report "Copper Demand for Cars 2024-2034: Trends, Utilization, Forecasts" finds the automotive copper demand will reach 5MT (1MT = 1 billion kilograms) of annual demand in 2034.
6 Dec 2023
Copper vs Aluminium for High Voltage Cables
Innovation roadmap for copper vs aluminium for high voltage cables.
4 Dec 2023
Diamond Foundry: Electric Vehicle Inverters
Diamond Foundry has demonstrated a high power density electric vehicle inverter using diamond wafers to improve heat dissipation.