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  • Trump’s campaigning ignores supply chain might

    March 20, 2017

    The president’s relentless criticism of trade terms and regulation often ignores some of the automotive industry’s most important developments for the future Since his election victory, many have wondered about the extent to which Donald Trump, the president, would resemble Donald Trump, the presidential candidate. For the automotive industry and its supply chain, the questions …

  • Former Tesla CPO plans gigafactory-style European battery plant in Scandinavia

    March 8, 2017

    Peter Carlsson, who was chief purchasing officer (CPO) at electric carmaker Tesla until 2015, is seeking investment to build Europe’s largest electric battery manufacturing plant to to serve carmakers and other industries. While the exact location has yet to be determined, the Swedish executive has plans for a plus-32GWh production site is set to be built in the …

  • Major brands reveal plans for electric truck trials

    February 22, 2017

    MAN Truck & Bus and Mercedes-Benz Trucks have announced plans to allow customers to trial their respective electric trucks in real world situations, starting this year. MAN Truck & Bus, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, and an Austrian consortium, the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL), have reached agreement on the joint development and testing of …

  • Honda and Hitachi announce plans for electric motor joint venture

    February 7, 2017

    Honda has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hitachi Automotive Systems for the joint production of electric vehicle motors, just a week after announcing a hydrogen fuel cell partnership with General Motors (GM) in the US. Hitachi has been selling motors for electric vehicles since 1999 to a number of carmakers in Japan and the …

  • Scania welcomes plans to promote electrified road technology

    February 1, 2017

    Truckmaker Scania has welcomed plans by Sweden and Germany to speed up the development of electrified road technology. The plans are part of a new innovation partnership between the two countries launched on Tuesday (January 31st) during a visit to Sweden by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The partnership aims to strengthen cooperation between the two …

  • GM and Honda plan joint hydrogen fuel cell production by 2020

    January 31, 2017

    Global carmakers General Motors (GM) and Honda have taken their co-development agreement for fuel cell systems to another level, announcing an agreement targeting production by the start of the next decade. The two companies, which first signed a ‘master collaboration agreement’ in 2013, are to invest a total of $85m in setting up the automotive …

  • Tesla to build Model 3 powertrains in Nevada

    January 24, 2017

    Electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to invest $350m in its ‘gigafactory’ in Nevada to allow it to manufacture the drive units for its newest product, the Model 3. In his annual ‘state of the state’ address last week, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval announced the planned investment and said it would lead to the creation of …

  • Electric vehicle firm Rivian buys former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

    January 11, 2017

    Rivian Automotive, the US-based electric car hopeful, has agreed a deal to purchase Mitsubishi’s former manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. In July 2015, Mitsubishi confirmed it would end production of the Outlander model at the near 80,000 sq.m facility (pictured), its only plant in the US, switching production to Japan. Mitsubishi originally established the Normal …

  • Nikola unveils first hydrogen-electric truck

    December 6, 2016

    Salt Lake City, Utah-based Nikola Motor Company has unveiled its first hydrogen-electric truck, the Nikola One. Based on high-density lithium batteries, it is said to provide a 1,200-mile (1,920km) range and over 1,000hp of power. The company has also announced an agreement with Ryder to use its 800-plus locations in the US, Canada and parts …

  • Lucid Motors picks Arizona as electric vehicle manufacturing base

    December 5, 2016

      Electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors has announced Casa Grande, about 80km south of Phoenix, Arizona, as the location for its manufacturing centre, after evaluating over 60 sites in 13 US states. The facility will start producing the company’s first model in 2018 and by 2022, $700m will have been invested. The site will employ 2,000 …