Ford expands BlueOval Charge Network with Francis Energy, Blink and Red E

Ford announced an expansion of more than 22,000 chargers to the BlueOval Charge Network, bringing the new network total to more than 106,000 chargers and growing. The company is now adding access to three new charging providers: Francis Energy, Blink and soon-to-be Red E, further expanding convenient charging options for... Read more →


Stellantis N.V.plans to invest around €1.5 billion in China-based Leapmotor to acquire approximately 20% of Leapmotor, making Stellantis a significant shareholder. The deal also outlines the formation of Leapmotor International, a 51/49 Stellantis-led joint venture that has exclusive rights for the export and sale, as well as manufacturing, of Leapmotor... Read more →


Renault will invest €3 billion to launch eight new models outside Europe, including five vehicles from the C and D-segments to position the brand in the segments creating most value by 2027. Outside Europe, Renaults aims to sell one vehicle out of three in electric or hybrid versions by 2027.... Read more →


Volvo Cars opened a new, state-of-the-art software testing center in Gothenburg, Sweden that amplifies our capacity for integrated software testing at all levels. At a size of around 22,000 square meters and representing an initial investment of around SEK 300 million (US$27.3 million), the new software testing center is the... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group targeting Africa through partnership with SOAS University of London

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) is set to develop a growth strategy for Africa by establishing specialized units for dialogue and research with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. SOAS University of London is one of the 17 colleges within the university and... Read more →


Stellantis launches Pro One commercial vehicles offensive across six of its brands

Stellantis introduced Pro One today, the enhanced strategic offensive of the company’s commercial vehicles business, encompassing the professional offerings of six iconic Stellantis brands: Citroën, FIAT, Opel, Peugeot, Ram and Vauxhall. The commercial vehicles business today accounts for one-third of Stellantis net revenues with 1.6 million sales annually. Stellantis Pro... Read more →


Supernal, Hyundai WIA and Mecaer Aviation Group partner to accelerate eVTOL landing gear development

Supernal, Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, Hyundai WIA, a global automotive and aerospace parts manufacturer and Mecaer Aviation Group, an Italy-based global aeronautical company, announced a partnership to design and manufacture landing gear systems for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Hyundai WIA specializes in... Read more →


Honda Aircraft Company revealed “HondaJet Echelon” as the official name of its new light jet at 2023 National Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). A mockup of the HondaJet Echelon will stand alongside the HondaJet Elite II at 2023 NBAA-BACE from 17-19 Oct, marking the first time Honda Aircraft Company... Read more →


Kia unveiled three new small- to medium-sized electric models at the brand’s annual Kia EV Day in Korea. During the event, the brand presented its vision of ‘EVs for all’ and strategy to expand its EV model line-up significantly and rapidly. Having successfully established itself as an electric vehicle brand... Read more →


Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) will begin discussions toward the creation of new businesses with an aim of leveraging the strengths of both companies to build sustainable business models in light of anticipated growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market. The two companies will explore the possibility of new... Read more →


GM joins COVESA to share uServices with the developer community for shared software solution for SDVs

General Motors is contributing a vehicle services definition called “uServices” to the automotive software developer community. uServices aims to standardize software interfaces to access vehicle systems securely from anywhere in an OEM’s vehicle ecosystem. This standardized interface and associated programming model enables efficient development of distributed software required by Software... Read more →


Toyota to make Woven a wholly-owned subsidiary to accelerate implementation of software

Toyota Motor Corporation and Woven by Toyota, Inc. (Woven by Toyota) announced that to accelerate the implementation of software in social systems and vehicles, they intend to strengthen their relationship by making Woven by Toyota a wholly-owned Toyota subsidiary. Toyota intends to transition into the phase of accelerating vehicle intelligence... Read more →


Lucid Group has officially opened the first car manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia. As Lucid’s second Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-2) and first international plant, the facility will produce Lucid’s electric vehicles for Saudi Arabia and export to other markets. The AMP-2 facility received significant support from the Ministry of Investment... Read more →


IVECO BUS inaugurates E-BENCH testing facility

IVECO BUS officially inaugurated its new testing and validation facility, called E-BENCH, located in the R&D center in Vénissieux, the global headquarters of Iveco Group's bus and coach activities. Extremely versatile, E-BENCH allows testing of both individual components and complete vehicles in real driving conditions, simulating all types of missions... Read more →


Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced a breakthrough generative AI approach based on Diffusion Policy to teach robots new, dexterous skills quickly and confidently . This advancement significantly improves robot utility and is a step towards building “Large Behavior Models (LBMs)” for robots, analogous to the Large Language Models (LLMs) that... Read more →


Georgia Tech and Hyundai Motor Group sign MoU for collaboration on sustainable mobility, hydrogen economy, and workforce development

Georgia Tech and Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on research and applications to support the future of sustainable mobility, including developing a hydrogen economy, workforce development, and making cities smarter and more sustainable, among many other areas of cooperation. The Group is... Read more →


At the recent launch of its BEV Factory Toyota Motor revealed that its next-generation BEVs (battery electric vehicles) will start production in 2026. Not only will they be designed and built differently, they will also be powered by a range of new advanced batteries developed specifically to exceed Toyota customers’... Read more →


Hyundai Motor North America (HMNA) and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., (HATCI) opened their $51.4-million Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory (STIL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Superior Township, Mich. The STIL is supported by 160 employees and is planned to be operational by mid-October. The new safety facility is... Read more →


Volvo Cars opens new Tech Hub in Singapore

Volvo Cars is opening a new Tech Hub in Singapore, a global hotspot for advanced technology and manufacturing excellence. The new Tech Hub will be a key center for data and analytics, software and advanced manufacturing development in line with Volvo Cars’ ambition to be a leader in new technology... Read more →


With its latest design concept, the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, the BMW Group is showcasing what the next generation of vehicles from its core BMW brand will look like. The Vision Vehicle will be unveiled for the first time in public at the IAA Mobility 2023 International Motor Show in... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group partners with Sudokwon Landfill on green hydrogen

Hyundai Motor Group signed an MOU with the Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation (SL Corp) to demonstrate new technologies for large-scale hydrogen production using biogas over the next two years. The agreement aims to demonstrate a system that can produce 216 kilograms of green hydrogen per day by utilizing biogas... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution to invest additional $2B in Georgia battery manufacturing JV

Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution (LGES) will invest an additional $2 billion in their battery cell manufacturing joint venture (JV) at the Metaplant in Bryan County, raising the JV’s total investment value to more than $4.3 billion. This expansion will create another 400 new jobs. In May 2023,... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group partners with Korea Zinc on nickel value chain for EV batteries

Hyundai Motor Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Zinc. The Group will cooperate with Korea Zinc, Korea’s leading non-ferrous metal smelting company, in a comprehensive collaboration across the nickel value chain. The partnership includes joint sourcing of nickel raw material, processing of nickel raw material, and ensuring... Read more →


Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Company, revealed new charging hardware added to its suite of end-to-end solutions to help make it easier for commercial customers to transition their fleets to electric. The new Series 2 AC Charging Station 80 amp and expanded DC Fast Charger options are... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz opens its first high-power charging stations this fall, implementing its plans to expand its global charging infrastructure. Starting in October, the first Mercedes-Benz Charging Hubs will go into operation in Atlanta (USA), Chengdu (China) and Mannheim (Germany). By the end of 2024, Mercedes-Benz aims to further expand its global... Read more →


The BMW Group continues to invest in e-component production at Plant Leipzig and in the future of the site. A leasehold contract has now been signed for an area of land outside the plant premises. The new plot for use by BMW consists of 12 hectares in total, eight of... Read more →


Stellantis selects AGI to support national US dealership electrification and EV charging capabilities

With the electric-vehicle (EV) readiness assessments in process, US auto dealers are seeing rapid growth in the number of EV charger installation projects being proposed and starting construction over the next several months. Recognizing the nationwide resources necessary to engineer, install and maintain these systems across more than 2,600 locations,... Read more →


Stellantis invests more than $100M in CTR for low emissions US lithium production, expands supply agrement

Stellantis N.V. and Controlled Thermal Resources Holdings Inc. (CTR) announced a major investment of more than $100 million from Stellantis to advance the development of CTR’s Hell’s Kitchen project (earlier post), the world’s largest geothermal lithium project with a total resource capacity to produce up to 300,000 metric tons of... Read more →


General Motors is leading a $60-million Series B financing round in Mitra Chem, a Silicon Valley-based, AI-enabled battery materials innovator. The company’s AI-powered platform and advanced research and development facility in Mountain View, California, will help accelerate GM’s commercialization of affordable electric vehicle batteries. GM and Mitra Chem will develop... Read more →


BYD has produced its 5 millionth new energy vehicle (NEV), a DENZA N7. BYD spent 13 years reaching the milestone of one million NEVs, another 18 months to reach three million, and now just 9 more months to hit the five million mark. In 2022, BYD’s new energy vehicles saw... Read more →


Porsche expanding open source software initiative; FOSS

Porsche is expanding its open source initiative and has published a strategic guide to using free and open source software (FOSS). By using open source software, Porsche says it is able to shorten development cycles, reduce costs, promote innovation and talent and improve software quality. Almost two years after the... Read more →


Pony.ai and Toyota to form JV to advance mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles

Pony.ai, a leading global autonomous driving company, Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (TMCI) and GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (GTMC) will form a joint venture to advance the future mass production and large-scale deployment of fully driverless robotaxis. The joint venture company will be established in 2023, with an... Read more →


Tesla, Yahua extend lithium hydroxide supply agreement to 2030

China-based lithium salts producer Sichuan Yahua Industrial has extended the duration of its lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Tesla (earlier post) from 2025 to 2030. The two agreed to renew their supply contract from 1 August 2023 to 31 December 2030, during which Yahua will supply a total of 207,000-301,000... Read more →


Volkswagen accelerates engineering and R&D capabilities within the North American region with new Chief Engineering Officer

Volkswagen continues to expand its design and engineering capabilities as well as grow its leadership team in North America with the addition of the company’s new Chief Engineering Officer, Lyndon Lie. Building on his leadership experience at General Motors and Nikola Corporation, Lie will oversee the development of future Volkswagen... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group takes a stake in AI semiconductor firm Tenstorrent

Hyundai Motor Group announced a strategic investment in Tenstorrent, an artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor company based in Toronto, Canada, which will allow the Group to integrate AI into future Hyundai, Kia and Genesis vehicles, and other future mobilities, including robotics and advanced air mobility (AAM). Hyundai Motor Company and Kia... Read more →


Toyota Scientist Dr John Muldoon recognized by ECS for contributions to battery technology

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has named Dr John Muldoon, senior principal scientist at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), a Fellow in its Class of 2023. Additionally, Dr. Muldoon has earned the prestigious Battery Division Technology Award for 2023, the first time in the award’s 30-year history that... Read more →


Bentley has installed a 1,200-liter biofuel tank at its Crewe factory after successful performance trials of biogasoline—Sustain by Coryton—at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bentley ran its six-strong fleet at Goodwood using the fuel and successfully completed all 32 hill-climbs. The 750PS, W12-engined Batur fueled with the second-gen biofuel completed a... Read more →


Stellantis joins Forvia and Michelin as equal shareholder in hydrogen company Symbio

Stellantis N.V. completed its 33.3% purchase in Symbio, a leader in zero-emission hydrogen mobility. FORVIA and Michelin are equal shareholders. Acquiring an equal stake in Symbio bolsters Stellantis’ position in hydrogen-powered vehicles by supporting the fuel cell van production in France, and it also serves as a perfect complement to... Read more →


Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced plans to launch three new projects as part of its next phase of research, dedicated to advancing safety in mobility technologies. The research projects include an investigation on driver support features for vehicle lane centering; the creation of an in-vehicle intervention prototype... Read more →


Hyundai Motor and Kia to introduce blockchain-based carbon emission monitoring system

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation introduced the AI-enabled, blockchain-based Supplier CO2 Emission Monitoring System (SCEMS) to manage the carbon emissions of its cooperative business partners. SCEMS is designed to compute carbon emissions at every stage of a cooperative partner’s supply chain while assuring data transparency and integrity. Hyundai Motor... Read more →


Dymag, a designer and manufacturer of lightweight wheels for the automotive industry, and its strategic partner, composites material specialists Hankuk Carbon, are working with Hyundai on the development of advanced new carbon hybrid wheel technology for the carmaker’s N Performance products. A prototype of a new jointly-developed N Performance carbon... Read more →


BMW Group launches proving ground for automated driving and parking in Sokolov

The BMW Group launched its new test site for fully automated development and test drives in Sokolov (Czechia), the Future Mobility Development Center (FMDC). As the first development location of its kind in central Europe, the FMDC, in which BMW Group invested €300 million, will play a key role in... Read more →


Volkswagen Group investing $700M in XPENG for 5% stake, VW EV development; Audi jointly developing EVs with SAIC

The Volkswagen Group is strengthening its position on the Chinese automotive market with cooperations between the VW brand and XPENG and between Audi and SAIC. The VW brand has concluded a technological framework agreement with XPENG. The initial stage of the cooperation will provide for the joint development of two... Read more →


Global sales of Nissan Motor electric vehicles have surpassed the 1-million unit milestone. Since its launch in December 2010, the Nissan LEAF has sold more than 650,000 units worldwide. The model is currently sold in approximately 50 markets centering on Japan, the US and Europe. In 2022, Nissan started sales... Read more →


Seven major automakers partner to build fast-charging network across N America; CCS and Tesla NACS

Seven major global automakers—BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group, and Stellantis NV—will create a joint venture to build a new charging network that will significantly expand access to high-powered charging in North America. Targeting to install at least 30,000 high-powered charge points in urban and highway locations,... Read more →


Porsche is planning to set up its own fast-charging stations offering a premium charging experience along Europe’s most important routes. As a pilot site, the first Porsche Charging Lounge has opened outside Bingen am Rhein. Two minutes from motorway junction A60/A61, it offers six 300-kW DC fast-charging stations and four... Read more →


Hyundai Motor Group and Seoul National University open joint battery research center; focus on Li-metal and solid-state

Hyundai Motor Group announced the inauguration of its Joint Battery Research Center with Seoul National University (SNU). This collaborative effort between the Group and SNU aims to advance battery technologies and foster industry-academia cooperation to establish global leadership in the battery field. The Joint Battery Research Center began to take... Read more →


Toyota is developing a regenerative fuel cell for the manned pressurized rover (nicknamed the “Lunar Cruiser”) for the lunar polar exploration mission (LUPEX), part of projects led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). (Earlier post.) During an update on the development status, Ken Yamashita, Project Head for the Lunar... Read more →


The BMW Group further expanded its R&D footprint in China with the opening of a new R&D Center in Shanghai. China is already home to BMW Group’s largest R&D system outside of Germany, with locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang and Nanjing. Based on the concept of open innovation, all BMW’s... Read more →


Stellantis and Saft reveal prototype of battery that integrates charger and inverter functions in battery modules; IBIS

After four years of design, modeling and simulation, a team of 25 people comprising CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Stellantis and Saft engineers and researchers unveiled an innovative prototype of an energy storage battery that integrates the inverter and charger functions. Integrating the inverter and charger functions creates... Read more →