Nidec & GAC found electric drive joint venture
The Japanese electric motor specialist Nidec and the Chinese vehicle manufacturer GAC have agreed to set up a joint venture for traction motors. The drives will initially be installed in GAC’s electric cars, but will later also be used by other manufacturers.
Italy: Kiepe to supply tech for 38 electric buses
The German supplier Kiepe Electric is supplying key components for new Solaris electric buses for use in the Italian cities of Milan and Modena. Milan’s public transport operator ATM has ordered 30 Solaris buses with electrical equipment from Düsseldorf.
USA: BorgWarner launches JV with Romeo Power
The U.S. American powertrain supplier BorgWarner announced the founding of a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology, a Californian supplier of battery modules and battery packs founded in 2015 by former SpaceX, Tesla and Samsung engineers.
ZF introduces 5-tonne electric concept truck for Japan
The German automobile supplier ZF has presented the prototype of an electric truck for the Japanese market. It is a 5-ton truck, in which ZF has integrated its CeTrax lite electric central drive for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons.
Stockholm: Danfoss build hybrid ice breaker
Danfoss Editron is supplying the drive for Stockholm’s first ice-capable hybrid passenger ferry. As the Stockholm-based Waxholmsbolaget ferry will be in service throughout the year, it has been specially designed to operate in waters with an ice layer up to 25 cm thick.
GAC completes EV plant on new industrial park
Chinese vehicle manufacturer, Guangzhou Automobile Group, has completed construction on the EV plant at their new industrial park in their home city. In addition, the company’s subsidiary, GAC Motor, and Japanese supplier Aisin AW intend to establish a joint venture for drive modules at the park.
GM makes personnel changes for EV production
The change to electrified transport has caused some major changes for General Motors in Michigan: About 3,000 employees, particularly powertrain engineers, are being moved from the Global Propulsion Systems Center in Pontiac to the GM Technical Center in Warren.