Magna joins ACM as development partner
ACM Adaptive City Mobility GmbH is apparently targeting mass production of the ACM City One in 2024. The Munich-based company and contract manufacturer Magna have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop the City One to production readiness, according to a report.Weiterlesen
LG Electronics & Magna launch joint venture
The announced joint venture between LG Electronics and Magna to manufacture electric motors, inverters and onboard chargers, as well as complete electric drive systems, has now been sealed. The joint venture’s management team is also now in place.Weiterlesen
Magna presents new battery-electric and hybrid drives
Automotive supplier Magna has unveiled two new drive systems – one for plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. In developing them, the company says it has placed emphasis on efficiency and aims to increase ranges – or in the case of the PHEV, reduce emissions.Weiterlesen
LG Electronics & Magna start EV joint venture
LG Electronics and Magna have announced a joint venture to manufacture electric motors, inverters and onboard chargers. The joint venture, tentatively named ‘LG Magna e-Powertrain,’ will also manufacture complete electric drive systems for automobile manufacturers.Weiterlesen
Fisker Ocean to be manufactured by Magna in the EU
Contract manufacturer Magna has announced a cooperation with Fisker. This includes the production of the electric SUV Ocean, scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022. This also makes it clear that Fisker Ocean will not be based on Volkswagen’s MEB.Weiterlesen
Evergrande breaks ground on e-drive production plant
The extremely ambitious electric car plans of the Chinese Evergrande Group are becoming more concrete: In Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, local media reported that the ground-breaking ceremony for a production facility of Evergrande for electric drive systems has now taken place.Weiterlesen
Coronavirus: Carmakers shut down plants across the globe
First carmakers announce closures of factories in Europe due to the Coronavirus crisis unfolding on the continent. PSA will lockdown all vehicle production plants in Europe by 27 March and the French carmaker is not the only one.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
Magna working on next gen electric motor
In the USA, Magna is now working with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop an electric motor with a significantly higher power density and lower costs. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.Weiterlesen
Evergrande picks up new expertise through cooperation
The Chinese real estate group Evergrande is bringing specialized expertise on board for its ambitious electric car plans. The company has now officially signed cooperation agreements with FEV Group, EDAG, IVA Group, AVL and Magna.Weiterlesen
China: Magna & BAIC to cooperate on EV production
Magna and BAIC have officially signed a framework agreement with the government of the Chinese city of Zhenjiang for the production of electric vehicles. The joint venture, led by BJEV, BAIC’s electric car subsidiary, is Magna’s first investment in a complete vehicle production site outside Europe.Weiterlesen
Magna and BJEV open development centre in China
Magna is to cooperate with Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), which is the electric car subsidiary of the Chinese car manufacturer BAIC. The joint venture will open a development centre in Zhenjiang and operate under the name Magna Blue Sky NEV Technology (Zhenjiang).Weiterlesen
MAN delivers electric truck eTGM to nine customers
The utility vehicle manufacturer has completed production and handed over the first nine electric trucks of the eTGM line to member companies of the Austrian council for sustainable logistics (CNL) In the coming months, the XXL BEVs will be trialed in daily use.Weiterlesen
University of Graz presents robot controlled charging system
Researchers from the Technical University of Graz have developed a robot-controlled fast charging system for electrified vehicles in cooperation with industry partners. The special thing about the system is that it allows for serial charging of vehicles in different parking positions.Weiterlesen
Didi and Singulato potential customers for Magna-BAIC
The ride-share operator Didi Chuxing looks to be the first major customer for the new EV joint venture by Magna and BAIC in China. Singulato Motors also looks to have the JV produce their vehicles in future.Weiterlesen
Magna expanding electric car production to China
Magna is en route to make it big in China as the supplier is preparing the launch of two joint ventures with BAIC. Together they want to develop new energy vehicles and Magna stands ready to take over an existing BAIC facility that builds 180,000 EVs a year.Weiterlesen
Magna & May Mobility to cooperate on autonomous shuttle
Magna and May Mobility have teamed up to develop an autonomous electric shuttle. May Mobility will deliver the design, while Magna will take over assembly.Weiterlesen
Magna developing EV architecture for BAIC
Austrian supplier Magna has signed a cooperation agreement with China’s BAIC. Their first joint project will be the development of an intelligent electric vehicle architecture for the Chinese market in order to support BAIC’s electrification strategy.Weiterlesen
Varta to outsource EV battery business with partner
German Varta wants to form a new unit for the production of batteries for electric transport applications with a partner. So far, Varta has been only active in R&D. Talks are underway with large automotive companies.Weiterlesen
Mitsubishi, Magna, BOLT, Tesla, Nissan, Changan.
Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range: The Japanese carmaker has launched a three-year roadmap called “Drive for Growth” to improve its performance in terms of volume, revenues and profitability. As part of this plan, Mitsubishi intends to provide electrified solutions for each and every of its core models from 2020 on. The company also confirms plans to create an EV kei car. Further details have not yet been given.
Magna’s electric drivetrains made in China: The car supplier teams up with SAIC subsidiary Huayu Automotive Systems to create a JV for electric drivetrains at Chinese territory. The new company shall focus at the domestic market and already gained its first customer order: According to Magna, a not closer specified German carmaker ordered the company’s electric-drive powertrain system. The newly founded JV represents Magna’s first e-drive business in China.
Electric scooter capable to send text messages: Dutch start-up BOLT Mobility has raised 3m euros through a crowd funding strategy in order to create its electric scooter called AppScooter. The vehicle with a range of up to 400 km and a base price of 2,990 euros convinced more than 2,000 investors. What is special about it, is that it provides a big touchscreen, 4G internet connection and smartphone connectivity, enabling e.g. automated text and phone call responses. Market launch is scheduled for 2018.
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Conflict resolution at Tesla subsidiary: The employees of Tesla-owned manufacturer Grohmann Automation successfully fought for an improved salary structure and job guarantees until 2022. Thus, the German subsidiary’s stuff gets a salary increase of roughly 30 percent, starting with the current month. However, Tesla is not willing to join the branch’s collective agreement as it was requested by Germany’s largest union, IG Metall. But the new salary structure represents now anyway more or less the tariff level.
europe.autonews.com, teslarati.com, electrek.co
Nissan shows e-NV200 Fridge Concept: At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will put its e-NV200 Fridge Concept on display, an utility van to transport chilled foods. The electric vehicle is designed to meet urban requirements and features an additional battery pack to power a refrigeration unit. While the vehicles lithium-ion battery provides 24 kWh, the refrigeration equivalent comes with 12 kWh.
Changan to produce solely EVs by 2025: Within the next 8 years, Chinese car manufacturer Changan will transform into a pure EV maker, according the company’s own information. In order to do so, the Chinese want to create three NEV platforms and invest a total of 100bn Yuan (12bn euros) into its electrification strategy.
E-mobility Index, JLR, Magna, Porsche, Tesla, Koenigsegg.
Electric mobility index sees China ahead: Roland Berger’s ‘E-mobility Index Q2/2017’ shows China in pole position for the first time, due to its lead in both industry and market for electric transport. The index compares Germany, France, Italy, USA, Japan, China, and South Korea. Germany even lost its “Vorsprung durch Technik” to France, that took the technology lead mainly because of the high PHEV share German manufacturers currently have in their portfolios.
JLR to strengthen EV unit: Jaguar Land Rover intends to create 5,000 new jobs, mainly in Great Britain by 2018, in line with its plans to accelerate its EV and autonomous driving businesses. Still, JLR’s first electric model I-Pace, shall be produced at Magna in Austria, however, the firm said it is keen to build such electric cars also in Great Britain – if conditions prove favourable.
Meanwhile Magna has been chosen to produce BMW’s 5-series PHEV as well starting this summer, when the plug-in hybrid will begin to roll off the lines in Graz, Austria.
Porsche hattrick at Le Mans: In a dramatic race, the Germans won the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans for a third time in a row. Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley confidently steered free of the incident-packed course and once again triumphed in their Porsche 919 Hybrid.
reuters.com, autocar.co.uk, theguardian.com
Model X comes to Indonesia: While the Western hemisphere is expecting the Model 3, other parts of the world have yet to receive the Model X. Like in Indonesia, where the wait of Tesla fans has only come to an end by now. The price is set at the equivalent of 200,000 dollars.
Koenigsegg’s Regera sold out: All 80 units of the 1.9m dollars sports car by Swedish Koenigsegg have found their buyers. First introduced as production-ready in Geneva last year, the Regera programme has been the largest single vehicle series in the company’s history.
Magna, Techrules, Aston Martin, John Deere, BMW.
Fuel cell REx by Magna: The Canadians have an electric van concept on the stand in Switzerland that uses fuel cells to extend the range. Magna’s FCREEV is based on the Mercedes Viano with a 30 kWh fuel cell stack coming from Proton Motor. The battery holds 16 kWh and serves for about 70 km of the total range of 350 km. The concept is not scheduled for production but serves Magna as mobile shop front rather. While the company said it sees “big potential” in the future, prices for both fuel cells and batteries are too high to be competitive at present.
autonews.com, magna.com (in German)
Techrules presents the production-ready Ren with turbine range extender in Geneva as promised previously. The sports car delivers up to 960 kW and has a range of 1,170 km, according to its Chinese creators. Production is to start by 2018 in a limited run of 96 track versions that can be ordered now. The Ren has a six e-motor set-up and offers three battery options (14kWh, 25kWh, and 32kWh) as well as two different turbines. The company plans to use tech components of this rather showy car that was designed in Italy in future models that could range from SUV to small city cars.
Aston Martin Valkyrie is the name Aston Martin and Red Bull chose for their hybrid racer, that was known AM-RB 001 before Geneva. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler took the opportunity to open rivalries on the spot when he considered Audi’s very own hypercar.
carscoops.com, autocar.co.uk (Audi)
Hybrid digger by BMW: John Deere developed an excavator with the support of BMW’s subsidiary Designworks. Their concept is called Fixstern Backhoe and is currently on display at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas.
Magna, GF Automotive, Lion E-Mobility, Rosenbauer.
Lightweight frame for e-trucks: Magna will bring a 35 percent lighter frame for commercial vehicles to the IAA. The V4.0 can hold up to three modular battery packs and also offers protected space to install electric motors. The idea is to keep the structure light and space for load clear.
springerprofessional.de (in German)
77m euro order for hybrid components: GF Automotive has received an order from a French car manufacturer for the battery housing of a new hybrid vehicle. Made from aluminum with an integrated cooling system, it will be made in Germany from 2019. The contract is worth 77m euros.
Lion E-Mobility’s largest order to date is from Kreisel Electric. LION Smart has been selected to equip Kreisel Electric’s home storage unit Mavero with the battery management system. A seven-figure sum will be paid over a period of two years.
Concept Fire Truck: Austrian Rosenbauer presented its vision of a firefighters’ vehicle. The Concept Fire Truck (CFT) is a compact hybrid vehicle with an electric motor in each wheel. Its ingenuity lies in ergonomics designed to enable fewer and ageing firefighters to still fulfil their tasks.
feuerwehr-ub.de (in German)