Vitesco aims for 30% profits from electrification
After the supervisory board of Continental AG approved the spin-off of the powertrain division Vitesco Technologies a few days ago, the latter has now presented its current strategy. In the medium term, Vitesco wants to generate over 30 per cent of its sales in its core business with electrification. Weiterlesen
Vitesco opens electric drive plant in Hungary
After two years of construction, Continental’s powertrain division Vitesco Technologies has put its new plant in Debrecen, Hungary, into operation. Electronics and transmission sensors for drives for use in fully electric and electrified vehicles are manufactured there on an area of around 7,000 square metres. Weiterlesen
MEB drive unit to come from Vitesco
Continental’s drive unit Vitesco Technologies has developed the drive control unit for Volkswagen’s MEB electrical construction kit. The German company based in Regensburg is the sole supplier of the component for the MEB platform. Weiterlesen
Vitesco picking up semiconductors from Rohm
Continental’s drive division Vitesco Technologies has selected Rohm Semiconductor as its preferred partner for silicon carbide power semiconductors. Vitesco Technologies will use Rohm’s SiC technologies to increase the efficiency of its power electronics for electric vehicles. Weiterlesen
Sony presents their own concept EV at CES
Sony has surprisingly presented their very own prototype of an electric car at the CES, though the electronics giant has been keeping any production plans to themselves. Sony’s electric limousine named Vision-S is based on a specially developed electric car platform for which international suppliers were involved. Weiterlesen
Continental closes e-bike drive division
Continental will close its e-bike motor business at the end of this year, “for economic reasons” and to “invest in other growth areas,” the company says. Service for pedelec drives already delivered is to be maintained until 2022. Weiterlesen
Evergrande to introduce first EV in 2020
The Chinese Evergrande Group has invested a further 3 billion US dollars into its Swedish subsidiary NEVS as well as concluding strategic cooperation agreements with no less than 60 suppliers for its electric car plans. Weiterlesen
Continental considers splitting off powertrain division
Parallel to the ongoing preparations for a possible partial IPO of its Powertrain division, Continental is now also considering a possible complete subsidiary of the Powertrain division (in future: Vitesco Technologies) with the subsequent listing on the stock exchange. Weiterlesen
Continental now offers 48 volt full-hybrid drive
So far, 48-volt hybrids have mostly been designed as mild hybrids. Continental has now introduced a 48-volt drive that is designed to provide the same functionality as previous full hybrid drives. This means it is also conceivable in a PHEV. Weiterlesen
Continental widening e-mobility portfolio in China
At Auto Shanghai, supplier Continental is showing an extensive portfolio of solutions for electric mobility in China. Conti plans to significantly expand its production capacities in the Chinese cities of Tianjin and Changzhou in the coming years accordingly. Weiterlesen
Continental delivers compact drive for solar EV Sion
Continental will be delivering the electric drive unit for the solar electric car Sion by Sono Motors, including the motor, performance electronics and the powertrain in one compact system. At the same time, prices for batteries are going higher than expected. Weiterlesen
Continental looking for solid state research partner
Automobile supplier Continental is looking for partners to possibly enter into solid state battery production starting around 2025. The company has announced considerations of delving into the battery cell business before, but remains interested in only the solid-state area. Weiterlesen
Spanish mail service testing electric cargo trikes
The Spanish mail service Correos is currently testing three-wheeled cargo bikes from Bikelecing (BKL), which are equipped with 48 V systems by Continental. The cargo pedelecs will be used for an initial three month period in Madrid, Sevilla, Málaga, Cordoba and Granada. Weiterlesen
Continental, Chevy Bolt, Hinkley, Tesla.
Urban Bee hive by Conti: Described as “industrious worker bee for the urban mobility of the future”, the BEE is a compact electric car with wide ranging autonomy. Short for “Balanced Economy and Ecology mobility concept”, IAA visitors can experience it in virtual reality only but Continental hopes that many of the two-seaters could navigate tomorrow’s mega cities using swarm intelligence.
Driving all alone: The autonomous Chevy Bolt is ready for mass production, reports GM’s Cruise Automation division that just released the third generation of the autonomous experiment. While jurisdiction may say otherwise, once full self-driving will get the go, GM’s lines are ready to roll.
medium.com (the engineers), autoblog.com
All-electric yacht: Powered by the same battery that propel BMW’s i3, Hinkley’s luxury vessel Dasher uses two of the power packs. Each drives a 59 kW electric motor and when driven at the cruising speed of 10 mph, a range of 40 miles is possible. The price range though is undisclosed.
fortune.com, boatingmag.com, bloomberg.com
The battery swap is not dead at least not on paper which Tesla filed to the patent authorities back in May. The concept describes a battery swap technology to deploy out of a trailer. Rather than being automated, this one mentions engineers and up to 15 minutes per swap.
Continental, Toyota, EDAG, BHP.
New Wheel Concept: Continental has come up with a braking system for EVs. The New Wheel Concept brake engages the Al disk from the inside to allow for a particularly large diameter and better braking performance. The alloy brake disc is also lighter and supposedly long lasting. Debut is at the IAA.
Toyota delivers on hydrogen: Norwegian Hexagon has finalised the design for H2 tanks destined to serve in Toyota’s recently presented fuel cell truck with Mirai technology and a first tank has been delivered already. Meanwhile, the Japanese have come to agree with convenience store Seven-Eleven to start several fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will also involve small hydrogen trucks with a freezer unit. Furthermore, fuel cell batteries and hydrogen generators may back up the stores’ energy supply.
greencarcongress.com (Hexagon), toyota.co.jp (7/11)
Live-engineering: An autonomous EV shall be developed live on stage during the IAA and led by engineering specialist EDAG. Using the scrum concept and supported on social media, the engineers aim for a concept for robot vehicles with swarm intelligence. While project #collectivio has thus been outlined in theory, only practice during the show’s twelve days will reveal what such a concept could really look like and be used for.
collectivio.de (project website), edag.de
Rethinking its business is mining house BHP that plans to invest heavily in its long-suffering nickel business. The reason is obviously the rise in electric vehicles and the company wants to spend more than 43m dollars building a nickel processing plant near Perth, Australia as part of a broader plan to reposition the business around batteries.