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  • New coating for composite battery cases

    September 11th 2018

    Zircotec says it has developed a new conductive ceramic coating that enables vehicle manufacturers to use carbon or plastic composite battery casings for hybrid and electric vehicles…

  • Japanese OEMs target China for EVs

    September 11th 2018

    Two big investments are being made by two Japanese car makers. Michael Nash provides the details

  • E-axle systems for trucks

    January 23rd 2018

    AVL claims its newly developed electric axle drive and battery systems, for trucks and buses, feature a modular design and a low number of interfaces to offer easy integration into the overall system…

  • Audi to build electric SUVs at Ingolstadt

    December 1st 2017

    Germany – The model allocation was announced by CEO Rupert Stadler alongside confirmation of job security for all Audi AG employees until 2025. In total, the ‘Audi. Future’ agreement will see the OEM produce 20 electrified models by 2025, including more than ten pure electric vehicles (EVs)…

  • Government doles out £120m for EV batteries

    November 29th 2017

    UK – The money from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), equivalent to $160.9m, marks the next phase of a £246m investment in battery technology through the Faraday Battery Challenge, which is intended to develop suitable batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles. Business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the recipients today at the Battery and Energy Storage 2017 conference…

  • BMW divests stake in carbon-fibre supplier

    November 24th 2017

    Germany – SGL Carbon SE will acquire the OEM’s 49% share in SGL ACF, comprising SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (US), according to an agreement signed in late November. BMW said the company would remain a key supplier, with procurement for the i3 and i8 remaining unaffected “into the next decade”…

  • Polestar starts building Chengdu plant

    November 20th 2017

    China – The company is following a nine-month construction plan, with the aim of beginning tooling installation and pre-production testing halfway through next year. The facility will produce the brand’s first model, Polestar 1…

  • Opel’s ambitious future

    November 16th 2017

    PSA’s acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall presents both an opportunity and a challenge to Carlos Tavares. The recently announced PACE! strategy will focus on reducing costs through leveraging purchasing, R&D and manufacturing synergies, and the electrification of the brand’s product line-up…

  • BMW opens Shenyang battery plant

    October 24th 2017

    China – The new facility will supply the nearby Dadong vehicle factory, which is operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture and will soon produce the 5 Series plug-in hybrid for the local market. It is the first battery factory of any premium vehicle-maker in the country, and the third in BMW’s production network after sites in Germany and the US…

  • Fletcher to deliver GM’s EV strategy

    October 12th 2017

    US – In the newly created role of vice-president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes, Pamela Fletcher will execute the OEM’s plans for an electrified vehicle line up, including the launch of more than 20 pure electric vehicles (EVs) by 2023. She will report to Doug Parks, vice-president, Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programmes…