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
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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
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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)
Renault, Magna, Ford, SiC inverter.
E-Innovation challenge: Renault is the most innovative carmaker when it comes to e-mobility inventions over the last five years. The French beat Tesla. BMW, VW, and Daimler take the remaining top five, according to a study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). The analysts looked at 370 electric innovations of 19 global car manufacturers. In terms of plug-in hybrids, the Germans take the lead, namely VW and BMW, followed by Volvo-Geely.
iCar made by Magna? Apple’s venture into the automotive world is becoming clearer. No less than twelve engineers from Magna have relocated from Austria to Sunnyvale, California to work with Apple on project Titan, Bloomberg reports. Still, Graz may become the site of production.
Ford for the last mile: The CarrE is a four-wheeled electric mobility device. The little round platform fits the spare wheel recess and can be used as an “electric pedestrian assistant” or to carry loads. For the latter, it includes a follow-me function controlled via smartphone.
theglobeandmail.com, youtube.com (video)
Efficient SiC inverter: Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles made of silicon carbide (SiC). It has a power density of 12.1 kW/L, which brings it close to the target of 13.4 kW/L the DoE requires by 2020.
Nikola Motors, BYD, Magna, Tesla, FDG Electric Vehicle, Seat.
Power of ideas: Another Tesla-inspired U.S. company opens the order books for its first electric vehicles. Nikola Motor will launch a 1,500 kW electric truck called Nikola One, and a 382 kW electric quad with the code name Nikola Zero. The truck’s 320 kWh battery is charged via a gas turbine, while the four-seater’s battery is said to last for 125 miles. First working prototypes are to be shown later this year.
More electric trucks come from BYD that just presented a full range of heavy-duty electric vehicles with four new types. The T5, T7, T9, and the Step Van deliver ranges from 100 – 155 miles on one charge and feature V2G functionality, as well as regenerative braking. They will be produced in Lancaster, California, and can be used for i.e. hauling, freezing, and mail delivery.
Made in Austria: Toyota and BMW will have Magna build their joint hybrid sports car from 2018, Austrian Kleine Zeitung reports. 60,000 units of the Z4 successor (aka Supra) will be produced in Graz. Toyota is Magna’s first Asian customer and the Japanese will reportedly deliver the 400 hp hybrid system.
kleinezeitung.at (in German)
Tesla progresses: According to Elon Musk, the design of Model 3’s will be finalised by the end of June. Meanwhile, suppliers have to have their parts ready for delivery by July 1st, 2017. Furthermore, the EV maker introduced a ‘Growth Team,’ tasked with developing strategies to, well, grow the firm.
teslarati.com (design), electrek.co (deadline), electrek.co (growth)
State-build EV: FDG Electric Vehicles has entered into a cooperation agreement with Chinese Guizhou province. In a joint venture, they are to construct a production facility designed to annually build up to 150,000 electric vehicles annually. The project costs about 170m dollars but no timeline has been published.
Seat unplugged: There will be no hybrid or electric models in the line-up of VW’s Spanish subsidiary anytime soon. Despite the technology being readily available within the corporation, Seat believes it to be too expensive for its youthful target group. The argument seems anachronistic.
Rimac, CIAM, SK, Renault, Magna, Getrag, Kettering University, Hella.
The race for a better battery for the Formula E is on, and Williams might get some competition from Rimac, ElectricAutosport reports. So far, the British engineering company is the sole supplier, but the electric racing series is looking for someone building stronger batteries to be used during seasons 3 and 4.
SK seeks access to China: The battery maker intends to grow its electric vehicle business in China by buying into the Chinese CIAM Group in exchange for selling off its SK (Chongqing) Lithium Battery Material Company. CIAM shares would enable SK to sell more EV batteries in China.
New motor line for Zoe and Twizy: Renault is introducing new trim levels for both the Twizy and Zoe in the UK to streamline its offering. The move serves to include the new electric motor known as the R240. It increases range and is more compact.
Magna to acquire Getrag: The two companies signed a sales agreement for approximately 1.75 billion euros (1.9bn dollars). Getrag is the world’s largest (by volume) OEM-independent supplier of automotive transmissions, including hybrid systems.
Less conversion, more charge: A research team from Kettering University is working with Hella on a new level 2 charger that offers 97 percent efficiency (+3%) and features a 2- instead of 3-stage design. A prototype can be expected in October.
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Mila Blue by Magna: The automotive supplier will present a lightweight vehicle concept powered by natural gas at the Geneva Auto Show. The Mila Blue is said to weigh only 670 kilos. A 12 V motor allows for electric cruising at low speed of up to 30 km/h.
Packetised charging: Researchers from the University of Vermont have applied for a patent for their new charging concept based on smart meters. With their method charging times of electric vehicles would be broken down into chunks. Charging would be interrupted if local demand (e.g. in one neighbourhood) was high and continued as soon as demand decreases.
Battery sales to soar: Chemical company BASF aims to make 500 million euros (684m dollars) from selling battery materials by the end of the decade. This is five times more than today as turnover stands at about 100m euros. While EV sales are currently not as strong as predicted by many, BASF said it will stay “committed” to its long-term strategy.