USA launches battery supply chain investigation
US President Joe Biden has signed an Executive Order to review US supply chains, with a particular focus on key sectors of the US auto industry. The 100-day review will cover semiconductors, rare earth metals and batteries for electric vehicles.
Cree cooperates with ABB on silicon carbide
Cree has expanded its network of silicon carbide partnerships with ABB. The agreement between the two companies provides for Cree’s SiC semiconductors to be integrated into ABB’s product portfolio for various areas, including electric mobility.
Better range with silicon carbide chip from Bosch
Bosch plans to produce new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors at its Reutlingen plant. The company says that, in comparison to regular silicon chips, SiC chips increase electrical conductivity and can push up an electric vehicle’s range by six per cent.
Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP a done deal soon
Qualcomm got the green light from the EU Commission for the take over of NXP Semiconductors subject to a series of commitments. The Korea Fair Trade Commission also agreed so that Qualcomm now got permission from 8 of 9 antitrust regulators.
Semiconductors, PSA Hybrid Air, Lotus F1, H2 Technologies.
Semiconductor boom: According to IHS analysts, the market for semiconductors grew ten percent in 2014, reaching 29 billion dollars. Hybrid-electric and connected vehicles were among the main drivers for the growth. Infineon has now taken the lead spot in the semiconductor market from Renesas.
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Hybrid Air project on hold: PSA denies a report in the French press, saying it will cancel its Hybrid Air project. However, the technology, which was developed together with Bosch, has been put on ice until another partner has been found to help with the production phase.
Lotus F1 shows new hybrid racer: The E23 Hybrid is the first car for the Formula One team to pack a Mercedes Power Unit instead of one from Renault. The new Lotus race car also features a completely new suspension setup and a more conventional nose to replace the twin-tusk setup of the E22.
Swimming e-rickshaw: India-based company H2 Technologies has developed the Salamander amphibious tricycle, an all-electric rickshaw that can also be driven on water. It is powered by a 5 kW electric motor and seats up to six on land and four on water. The price is set at 6,345 dollars.
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