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    Japan's Mitsubishi Motors launches lease plan for EVs with its finance subsidiary
    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has announced that it is collaborating with Mitsubishi Motors Finance Co. Ltd. to develop an electric vehicle (EV and PHEV), and chargers and vehicle-to-home (V2H) devices, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. The company has started selling a lease plan in one package from Jan. 19. Through this lease plan, customers will be able to make a one-stop contract from lease application to installation for electric vehicles (EVs and PHEVs), including the minicab EV, a ...
    Nissan launches new Nissan Energy Share service in Japan
    Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has announced that it will launch Nissan Energy Share in Japan on March 1 to further unlock the value of electric vehicles, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. The new service features Nissan’s energy management technology that controls the charging and discharging of EV batteries. Nissan said it has been researching the most efficient ways of managing energy through studies and field tests in locations such as Namie, Fukushima, Japan, and validating i...
    MAN expands logistics centre in Salzgitter, Germany
    MAN Truck & Bus is expanding its global logistics center in Salzgitter, Germany, to accommodate the growing demand for components for electric vehicles, including batteries and battery parts, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. The expansion will increase the center's size by 25% to about 230,000 square meters, with a new building covering 52,650 square meters. The center will have a capacity for up to 40,000 parts and will be completed by the end of 2024, with operations scheduled...
    General Motors makes some OnStar features standard in 2025 vehicles
    General Motors (GM) is making some of OnStar's most popular features standard in all 2025 vehicles, including the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. Starting with the 2025 model year, every customer who buys a new vehicle will get Automatic Crash Response, remote vehicle commands, and navigation and voice assistance features at no additional cost above the vehicle purchase price. OnStar One Essentials, a new package, brings together these features i...
    Honda Cars India introduces Ultra Body Coating for enhanced vehicle protection
    Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has introduced Ultra Body Coating, an enhancing appeal and protective solution for its customers, according to a press release dated Jan. 31. The Ultra Body Coating is a high-performance transparent layer formulated with a next-generation material called Silane, which makes it the hardest glass-based coating by industry standard, the release added. The company said that the coating provides an ultraglossy, glass-based, super smooth surface to the vehicle and retains ...
    Ford Pro offers more vehicle insights and control with expanded features
    Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Co., has unveiled several new and improved software and technology features to give fleet managers more insight about and control over how their commercial vehicles are operated to manage fleet risk, according to a press release dated Jan. 25. Ford Pro’s commercial solutions pull connected vehicle data and integrate it into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform to give fleet managers a new level of insight about and control over vehicles on t...
    Nima Energy accelerates rollout of EV charging sites in Sweden
    Nima Energy plans to accelerate the rollout of its electric vehicle chargers in Sweden. In a press note on Jan. 22, the company said that it is currently setting up 150 ultrafast-charging points from Stockholm to Skåne, Sweden, including 50 charging points in central Stockholm. In December 2023, the company had opened three new charging sites with a total of 24 charging points in Skillingaryd, Sweden, along the E4; in Håby, Sweden, along the E6; and in Vä, Sweden, along the E22. Th...
    Ford is looking at ways to use olive trees to create auto parts
    US automaker Ford's engineers in Cologne, Germany, have launched an innovative research project to explore how food waste could be repurposed to create auto-part prototypes. They found the prototypes to be durable and believe that research such as this could enable lighter-weight parts that reduce the amount of plastic used in vehicle parts, reduce the carbon footprint of auto parts, and bring the company closer to its goal of using more recycled and renewable content in its vehicles, accor...
    SiriusXM Connect launches ACN+ safety technology for automakers across North America
    SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services Inc. (SiriusXM Connect), a subsidiary of SiriusXM Holdings Inc. and a provider of connected products and services to vehicle manufacturers, has announced an expansion of its Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (ACN+) safety technology in partnership with RapidSOS, an intelligent safety company, according to a press release dated Jan. 11. ACN+ powered by RapidSOS provides emergency response by digitally delivering critical incident and vehicle crash data t...
    Rental firm Hertz to sell 20,000 EVs due to low demand
    Rental firm Hertz Global Holdings has announced that it will sell approximately 20,000 electric vehicles from its US fleet, or about one-third of the global EV fleet, according to an SEC filing dated Jan. 11. The sale, which was initiated in December 2023 and is expected to take place over the course of 2024, will cover multiple makes and models. The company expects to reinvest a portion of the proceeds from the sale of EVs into the purchase of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to meet c...
    VinFast appoints new dealerships to expand retail presence in the US
    Vietnamese electric-vehicle maker VinFast has appointed new dealerships to expand its retail presence in the US, the company announced Jan. 2. VinFast said that it has officially signed agreements with five dealers in four states across the country. The company has plans to further expand its dealership network to 125 outlets across the US in the future. In addition to its newly appointed dealerships, the carmaker currently operates in the US with 13 retail stores and service centers in Calif...
    CES 2024: Volkswagen integrates ChatGPT into its vehicles
    Volkswagen has announced that it will present the first vehicles where the AI-based chatbot ChatGPT is integrated into its Ida voice assistant, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024 electronics trade fair held from Jan. 9 to 12, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. In future, customers will have seamless access to the constantly growing AI database in all Volkswagen models equipped with the Ida voice assistant and have researched content read out to them while driving, the release...
    US senators demand Tesla vehicles recall for steering and suspension components
    Tesla Inc. is being ordered by two US senators to recall steering control and suspension components, following the results of a recent Reuters investigation, Repairer Driven News reported Jan. 2. According to the investigation, the company knew about the existing flaws in its vehicles that led to component failures, but hid the causes and blamed the customers instead. Tesla has countered that the company is “truthful and transparent” and the article is “erroneous.” The National Hig...
    Renault reorganizes sales and marketing functions to focus on aftersales and distribution
    Renault Group is reorganizing its Sales and Marketing functions to focus on two key areas: Aftersales, and also the distribution network and customers. As part of the move, the company has announced a number of new appointments in two Sales and Marketing departments, giving new emphasis to their strategic roles in steering and development. The new organization has been effective from Dec. 18, 2023. The company said its objective is to coordinate all the group's aftersales activities and deplo...
    Automakers fulfill automatic emergency braking pledge for light-duty vehicles in the US
    The US non-profit group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that all 20 participating automakers have fulfilled a voluntary pledge to equip at least 95% of all the light vehicles they produce for the US market with automatic emergency braking (AEB), according to a press release dated Dec. 21. The 2016 commitment was brokered by the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In it, the automakers pledged to equip at least 95% of their cars and ...
    VinFast, Marubeni partner to explore EV battery reuse in Vietnam
    VinFast, an electric vehicle manufacturer in Vietnam, and Marubeni Corp. (Marubeni), a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities in the secondary use of EV batteries and establish a circular economy model, according to a press release dated Dec. 18. The MOU was signed in Tokyo with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam and globally. Under the MOU, VinFast and Marubeni will collaborate on researching...
    European mobility service providers call for action on in-vehicle data legislation
    As part of the Independent Service Providers (ISP) group, CLEPA and nine other European associations representing the mobility ecosystem, including consumers and insurers, have written to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen to express dismay at a new delay in the Commission’s adoption of a long-promised sectoral legislation for access to in-vehicle data, according to a press release dated December 19 by The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison...
    Stellantis, Valeo partner on circular economy-friendly windshield camera remanufacturing
    Stellantis and Valeo have partnered to launch the first windshield-mounted automotive video camera remanufactured by Valeo at its Circular Electronics Lab in Nevers, France, according to a company press release on Dec. 15. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in their commitment to the circular economy and sustainability. The remanufactured camera offers the same two-year warranty and performance as new parts while saving up to 99% of natural resources compared with new ones. Valeo i...
    VW, Audi announce roadside assistance for customers affected by cyclone in Chennai, India
    Volkswagen Passenger Cars India and German luxury-car manufacturer Audi have announced complimentary Roadside Assistance (RSA) for customer cars impacted by the floods caused by the severe cyclonic storm Cyclone Michaung in Chennai, India, according to news reports. Volkswagen India will additionally also provide customers with a priority comprehensive service check of vehicles to ensure timely repair of flood-related damages. Necessary standardized repair guidelines have been issued across d...
    Volkswagen aims toward cost optimization, efficiency in EV transition
    German automaker Volkswagen is embarking on cost optimization for a successful transition toward electric mobility, according to a Reuters report on Nov. 28. The company's €10 billion cost-cutting program will include staff reductions, quoting its Brand Chief Thomas Schaefer, who stated that high costs and low productivity are making the company's cars uncompetitive. The company is in negotiations with its works council over the cost-cutting scheme at its VW brand, which is the first step i...
    Toyota, Redwood expand recycling agreement for closed-loop battery ecosystem
    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Redwood Materials have expanded their recycling agreement to create a closed-loop battery ecosystem, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. The agreement aims to recycle and reuse batteries from Toyota's electrified vehicles, with the goal of creating a sustainable and circular supply chain. Toyota will source cathode active material (CAM) and anode copper foil from Redwood's recycling activities for its future battery production. The agreement builds o...
    Parts delivery delays renders 5,000 JLR vehicles idle at dealer aftersales centers
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been facing a parts shortage crisis, since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2023, that has left almost 5,000 vehicles waiting for repairs at the company's aftersales service centers, according to a press release dated Nov. 6. The delay has been caused by the transition of the company’s supply chain from several warehouses to one "super center" that is operated by its logistics partner Unipart Logistics. This problem has further exacerbated the f...
    UK developing legal framework that will hold OEMs responsible for collisions involving autonomous vehicles
    According to a briefing from the UK Prime Minister’s Office, the government is bringing forward a bill that is aimed at protecting consumer rights by according liability of collisions involving autonomous vehicles to original equipment manufacturers, a press release dated Nov. 10 said. This policy could clear any ambiguity in the industry, especially in terms of who will pay for vehicle damage in the event of a collision. According to recent reports, some insurance companies have suppo...
    Honda, Yamato Transport conduct feasibility study of kei cars with swappable batteries in Japan
    Honda Motor Co. and Yamato Transport Co. Ltd will begin a feasibility study of delivery light electric vehicles or kei cars with swappable batteries from November, according to a press release dated Oct. 19. The swappable batteries used in the vehicles use electricity derived from renewable energy to contribute to the realization of energy management, the release added. This demonstration will use Honda's light EV "MEV-VAN Concept. Honda aims to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 through all o...
    Volvo Cars partners Digital Charging Solutions to offer EV charging services
    Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has partnered with Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) to gain access to the electric vehicle charging service provider’s network of more than 590,000 charging points spread across 30 countries in Europe, DCS announced October 16. The charging process will work via the Volvo Cars App, using a DCS white-label solution, the company said, adding that the collaboration will begin in Italy and Switzerland on November 16 and will be gradually expanded to 30 markets b...
    French reconditioned-tires maker Black Star partners with Renault
    Black Star, a French company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of retread tires for private vehicles, light trucks, and 4-wheel drives (4WD) and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), has officially announced a commercial and communication partnership with Renault Group, according to a press release dated October 5. This partnership involves the listing of Leonard-branded reconditioned consumer tires throughout the Renault Group dealership and points-of-sale network, the release added....
    Kia opens first solar-powered green workshop in Haryana, India
    Kia India announced that it has inaugurated its first green workshop at Rohtak, Haryana, India, according to a press release dated September 26. The solar panel-powered facility extensively optimizes water and energy usage, which helps in meeting more than 80% of the energy requirements while powering an electric vehicle AC charging unit. Kia is also replicating its water-recycling model from one of its manufacturing facilities in Anantapur, India, in this workshop, by recycling 100% of ...
    China approves Chaoji GB/T as the new standard for EV charging infrastructure
    The State Administration for Market Regulation and the National Standardization Administration of China has officially approved its own national DC fast-charging standard, according to a press note issued by the CHAdeMO Association on September 20. According to the note, the government body in China released the three key standards for ChaoJi-1, the next-generation DC charging technology using the GB/T communication protocol, on September 12. Interestingly, ChaoJi-1 uses the new, harmonized c...
    Hyundai US offers complimentary charger for EV customers
    Hyundai Motor America has announced that it is now offering customers who purchase or lease select Hyundai electric vehicles a complimentary ChargePoint Home Flex Level 2 charger and up to $600 off installation, according to a press release dated September 21. This new offer is available to customers who purchase or lease a new 2023 or 2024 Ioniq 5, 2023 or 2024 Ioniq 6, or 2023 Kona Electric through Hyundai Motor Finance beginning September 21 through October 31. Customers who purc...
    Nissan launches portable power generator for EVs
    Nissan Motor Co. has announced the launch of a portable power generator that uses recycled batteries from the Nissan Leaf, according to a press release dated August 31. Nissan has codeveloped the portable generator with JVC Kenwood and 4R Energy Co. Nissan will release this portable battery at Nissan dealerships nationwide from September 9, the release added. JVC Kenwood will launch similar products later in 2023, starting with its official online JVC Kenwood store. Nissan said the Leaf's ...
    US-based REV Group appoints new independent board member
    US-based REV Group, a designer and manufacturer of specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services, has announced the appointment of Maureen O’Connell as an independent member of its board of directors, effective August 25, according to a press release dated August 30. She succeeds Justin Fish, who has resigned after seven years serving as a board director. O’Connell will also sit on the nomination and governance committee. In addition to REV Group, O’Connell currently is ...
    Stellantis selects charging infrastructure provider for US dealers
    Stellantis has announced its partnership with Charge Enterprises, a US-based electrical, broadband and electric vehicle charging-infrastructure company, in which Charge has become an EV charging installation partner for Stellantis' over 2,600 US dealer network, according to a press release dated August 28. With this announcement, Charge becomes the fourth recommended partner for dealer-EV readiness for Stellantis dealers across the US, joining Future Energy, Vehya and AGI. The move by Stellan...
    Stellantis to expand its parts reuse e-commerce business into North America
    Italian carmaker Stellantis has announced that it will extend its B-parts Reuse e-commerce business channel to North America by the end of 2023, according to a press release dated August 16. The news was shared by Alison Jones, senior vice president of Global Circular Economy, Stellantis, during the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Sustainability Summit earlier in August in Troy, Mich. The company currently offers the Reuse e-commerce business in Europe, where it registe...
    Dongfeng Motor to showcase range at the MIMS Automobility Moscow 2023
    Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd., a mainland China-based automotive company, has announced that it will showcase its range at the MIMS Automobility Moscow 2023 to be held at the Expocentre in Moscow from August 21–24, according to a press release dated August 19. This participation in MIMS Automobility Moscow 2023 marks the first time that Dongfeng is exhibiting primarily automotive parts. The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase Dongfeng's advanced technology and main products in the fie...
    Porsche opens its first charging lounge in Germany
    Volkswagen-owned German luxury-car maker Porsche announced July 26 that it has opened its first Porsche Charging Lounge outside Bingen am Rhein, a town in Germany. The pilot charging site is part of Porsche’s larger plan of setting up its own fast-charging stations along Europe’s most important routes, offering a premium charging experience to its customers. The company said that the pilot charging site has been set up just two minutes away from the motorway junction A60/A61. The cha...
    India’s Maruti Suzuki says its pre-owned car vertical touches 5 million sales
    India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki has announced that its pre-owned car brand, Maruti Suzuki True Value, has achieved a landmark milestone of selling 5 million pre-owned cars, according to a press release dated August 9. Introduced in 2001, True Value is a one-stop destination to buy and sell quality pre-owned cars. Maruti Suzuki True Value offers a systematic integration of technology and industry experience to make the whole process of buying and selling cars transparent and convenie...
    Aurelis Consulting becomes part of the Eucon Group
    Eucon GmbH announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the consulting firm Aurelis Consulting, according to a press release dated August 3. Headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, Aurelis specializes in the automotive aftermarket and is a provider of strategy and digitization consulting in this area. Together, the two companies will continue to drive the digital transformation of the market, the release added. The aim of the cooperation is to tap into joint growth potential. "New da...
    Audi India inaugurates new pre-owned car facility in Noida, India
    Audi India, the Indian arm of the German luxury-car manufacturer, has inaugurated a new pre-owned car facility, Audi Approved: plus in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, according to a press release dated August 4. This new facility is the 24th Audi Approved: plus facility in India. Speaking at the inauguration, Balbir Singh Dhillon, head of Audi India, said, “Audi Approved plus has grown by 53% in the first half of 2023 and we are confident of continued growth in the pre-owned car segment. There...
    PartsiD CEO Lev Peker appointed to Faraday Future's board of directors
    Faraday Future Intelligent Electric, a California-based global shared intelligent electric-mobility ecosystem company, has announced that the board of directors of the company unanimously appointed Lev Peker as a member of the board and as a member and the chair of the audit committee of the board, according to a press release dated August 4. Peker is currently the CEO of PartsiD, a leading digital-commerce platform for the automotive aftermarket. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Ca...
    Here Technologies launches location-data anonymization tool
    Digital-mapping firm Here Technologies has announced that its enterprise-grade anonymization tool is now available for businesses to utilize in self-hosted development environments, according to a press release dated July 18. Called Here Anonymizer, the tool processes real-time and historical location data, making it possible to preserve data privacy. Location data is particularly privacy-sensitive with its spatial and temporal components. The tool can be used by customers in multiple ma...
    Seven OEMs to form high-power vehicle-charging JV in North America
    BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group and Stellantis NV, according to a press release dated July 26, have agreed to collaborate on expanding a high-speed charging network, powered by renewable energy, by at least 30,000 charge points in urban and highway locations across North America. A major hurdle for existing and potential battery-electric vehicle (BEV) customers is access to fast, reliable, efficient and low-cost charging for their vehicles during drivi...
    Japan’s Yamada Denki to retail Mitsubishi’s mini EVs
    Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Yamada Denki Corp., an operator of consumer electronics stores, have entered an agreement under which Yamada will start selling Kei-EVs from Mitsubishi Motors at its five stores in the Kanto Region in Japan from July 4, according to a press release dated June 29. As part of the collaboration, Yamada Holdings, the operator of the Yamada Denki chain, will sell the eK X minicar and the Minicab-MiEV commercial van. Its initial target would be fleet customers....
    JLR appoints Adrian Mardell as CEO
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced the appointment of Adrian Mardell as its CEO, according to a press release dated July 20. Mardell was appointed interim CEO Nov. 16, 2022, having been CFO and a member of the JLR board of directors for three years prior. The carmaker also announced the appointment of Richard Molyneux as CFO. Molyneux was appointed acting CFO Dec. 12, 2022, following six years as finance director of Operations at JLR, the release added. Significance: “I offe...
    India’s Tata Group to establish battery gigafactory in the UK
    Tata Sons, India’s autos-to-steel conglomerate, has announced plans to build a 40 GW battery-cell gigafactory in the UK at an investment of over £4 billion, according to a press release dated July 19. The investment will deliver electric mobility and renewable energy-storage solutions for customers in UK and Europe with JLR and Tata Motors being anchor customers. Supplies will commence from 2026, the release added. The battery gigafactory will produce battery cells and packs for a var...
    New UK laws aimed at improving public EV charging experience
    The UK government has published requirements on charge point operators that operate public charge points in an effort to improve the charging experience for electric vehicle drivers, according to a press release dated July 17 by the RAC, a UK-based breakdown-service provider for both private and business drivers. Outlined in the Public Charge Point Regulations 2023, the rules mandate the UK's public charge points must have a 99% average reliability record following criticisms about the avai...
    Independent auto repairers, automakers strike major right-to-repair pact
    The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation have released an agreement on automotive right-to-repair in a press release July 11. The agreement highlights the crucial importance of the fight for consumer choice and a fair market in automotive repair access and demonstrates that stakeholders can and should collaborate to find a solution that is in the best interests of the motoring public and the ma...
    Lordstown Motors files for bankruptcy, files litigation against Foxconn
    Ohio-based electric-vehicle maker Lordstown Motors Corp. has filed for bankruptcy and said that it would put all assets up for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Taiwan-based electronics company Foxconn in the US, the company announced June 27. In parallel, Lordstown, the maker of the Endurance electric pickup, has also sued Foxconn. “As part of the process, Lordstown today filed litigation against global technology company Hon Hai Technology Group and certain of its affiliates, includi...
    Bentley Motors expands its retail network in Switzerland
    Bentley Motors announced the expansion of its retail network in Switzerland with the opening of the Bentley Lugano showroom in the southern Canton of Ticino region, according to a press release dated June 23. Bentley Lugano is Bentley’s fifth retail partner in Switzerland after Bentley Basel, Bentley Geneva, Bentley Zug and Bentley Zurich. The location combines a 450-square-meters showroom with a shared workshop facility that offers three vehicle lifts dedicated to Bentley custome...
    Audi names Gernot Döllner as new CEO
    German carmaker Audi has announced that Gernot Döllner will take over from Markus Duesmann as the company’s chairman, effective September 1, according to a press release dated June 29. Döllner joined Volkswagen as a Ph.D. candidate in 1993 and subsequently served in a number of management roles at Porsche AG, including as head of Concept Development and head of the Panamera Series. Since 2021, he has overseen the Volkswagen Group’s Product and Group Strategy and the General Secreta...
    Bp invests €7.5M in EV charging service provider Service4Charger
    Global energy products and services provider Bp announced that Bp Ventures has invested €7.5 million in Service4Charger GmbH, a Berlin-based provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, according to a press release dated June 28. Service4Charger's in-house trained and digitally equipped electrical engineers are focusing on the installation and maintenance of charging stations for electric cars throughout Germany — for charging in fleet depots, at public charging stations and...
    Honda Cars India organizes nationwide monsoon check-up camp
    Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has announced the start of its monsoon service camp at its authorized dealership facilities across the country from June 19–30, according to a press release dated June 19. The camp will offer owners a free 32-point car check and top wash along with attractive schemes on select spare parts such as wiper blade/rubber, tire and battery, door-rubber seal and services such as headlamp cleaning, front-windshield cleaning and underbody anti-rust coating. Additiona...
    Volvo partners with Tesla for Supercharger network access in North America
    Volvo Cars announced signing an agreement with electric-vehicle maker Tesla to access the Supercharger network across the US, Canada and Mexico — the first European original equipment manufacturer to do so, according to a press release dated June 27. Under the agreement, future Volvo cars starting from 2025 will be equipped with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging port in North America.  The collaboration offers fully electric Volvo driver...
    Audi Hungaria partners to sustainably recycle tire waste
    Audi Hungaria announced that it has partnered with a company called New Energy to chemically recycle tire waste generated at the site of the company in Győr, Hungary, thereby avoiding the release of microplastics and hazardous substances into the environment during recovery, the company said in a release dated June 15. The process used for this is pyrolysis, where tire waste is chemically converted into oil.   The oil produced is used by petrochemical companies to make new plastics...
    Nissan Motor COO Ashwani Gupta to resign
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor has announced that Ashwani Gupta, representative executive officer and COO, has elected to leave the company to pursue other opportunities effective June 27, according to a press release dated June 16.  Gupta will also retire from the board of directors at the end of the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held June 27, the release added.  Significance: Serving as Nissan’s COO since December 2019, Gupta has been instrumental in the d...
    Mercedes-Benz introduces ChatGPT for in-car voice control
    Taking a lead among its peers, Mercedes-Benz is expanding the use of AI and integrating it into the voice control of its vehicles as the next step. By adding ChatGPT, voice control via the MBUX Voice Assistant's Hey Mercedes will become even more intuitive. An optional beta program will start June 16 in the US for over 900,000 vehicles equipped with the MBUX infotainment system, the company announced June 15. Car owners can participate via the Mercedes me app or directly from t...
    UK breakdown service provider RAC gets five-year contract from Stellantis UK
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown service provider for both private and business drivers, announced that it has signed a five-year contract to provide roadside assistance services to all Stellantis car and van brands in the UK and Republic of Ireland, according to a press release dated June 9. The deal, which was signed following a competitive tender, sees the RAC provide three years' complimentary roadside assistance for all Stellantis electric vehicles regardless of brand, three years' cover f...
    Toyota plans to launch EV with solid-state battery as early as 2027
    Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp. plans to launch an electric vehicle powered by an all-solid-state battery as early as 2027, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on June 13. It said that the company revealed the plans in a recent briefing at its research and development facility located in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. The solid-state battery technology is expected to be commercialized in 2027–28. Citing company Chief Technical Officer Hiroki Nakajima, the report ...
    Blink Charging announced final development of new DC Fast Charger
    Blink Charging, a US-based provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, announced its new 240-kW DC Fast Charger, according to a press release dated June 12. The Blink 240-kW DCFC is currently in the final stages of completion and is designed for speed and flexibility, according to the company. It will provide both North American Charging Standard (NACS) and Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors. “As development is well underway, we are excited to be bringing this ...
    New York City sues Hyundai, Kia over vehicle thefts! Is this something the aftermarket should worry about?
    New York City on June 6 has sued Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp., accusing the South Korean automakers of negligence and creating a public nuisance by selling vehicles that are too easy to steal, as reported by Reuters on June 7. New York joined a growing list of major cities that have sued Hyundai and Kia over thefts, including Baltimore; Cleveland; Milwaukee, Wis.; San Diego; and Seattle. In a complaint filed in the Manhattan federal court, New York faulted the auto...
    Stellantis and Galloo to explore tie-up for vehicle recycling
    Stellantis and metals recycler Galloo announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the formation of a joint venture focused on End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling, according to a press release dated June 5. The Stellantis-Galloo JV will work with selected Authorized Treatment Facilities to collect ELVs from the last owner, enabling the recovering of parts for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. The service is expected to launch at the end of 2023 w...
    India’s Ashok Leyland partners for dealer financing solutions
    Ashok Leyland, an Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, has announced a strategic partnership with Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. Ltd. (Chola) to facilitate inventory financing for Ashok Leyland dealers, according to a press release dated June 6. In a bid to enhance operational capabilities, the new alliance aims to provide 130 Ashok Leyland dealerships nationwide with an array of comprehensive inventory funding options to address their working capital requirements effectivel...
    Mercedes-Benz appoints head of its charging network in North America
    Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG has announced the appointment of Andrew Cornelia as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, its subsidiary responsible for the development and operation of the company’s high-power charging network in North America, according to a press release dated May 31. The company also announced the appointment of Christopher Trainor as CFO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, with both appointments effective June 2023. In their new roles, Cornelia and Trainor...
    Volvo Car Canada appoints Andrew Parravano as Director of Sales
    Volvo Car Canada Ltd has announced the appointment of Andrew Parravano as Director of Sales effective June 2023, according to a press release dated June 1. Volvo Car Canada provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology, and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across Canada. Prior to taking up the role, Parravano served as Director of Customer Service for the Volvo brand in Canada – a position he has held since 2020. He will now take the lead on all sales related in...
    Society of the Irish Motor Industry appoints new president
    The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), the official voice of the motor industry in Ireland, announced that it has elected Paddy Magee as its president, according to a press release dated May 29. Magee is the Country Operations director of Renault Ireland, based at their headquarters in Dublin. He is responsible for the Renault and Dacia brands in Ireland, and a network of 33 dealerships around the country. He has worked in the motor industry for 25 years, of which 20 years have ...
    Hyundai Motor, Shell partner to expand EV charging infrastructure in India
    Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country’s second-largest carmaker, has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd. (Shell India) to install 60 kW DC fast chargers across 36 of its electric car dealerships in India, the company announced May 17. The MOA was signed between HMIL and Shell India in the presence of Jae Wan Ryu, executive director of HMIL, and Sanjay Varkey, director of Shell India, at HMIL's headquarters in Gurugram, Ha...
    Blink Charging commissions first battery-storage energized DC fast charger in Pennsylvania
    Blink Charging Co., a US-based owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, has announced the commissioning of its new integrated battery storage and DC fast charger (DCFC) unit that will integrate with four Blink EV chargers at the Southport Plaza in Philadelphia, according to a press release dated May 16. The company said this marked the first battery-storage-energized DCFC chargers to go online in the state. The n...
    Hyundai partners with technical college for EV-ready workforce
    Hyundai has announced that Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA), Hyundai Motor Group’s first dedicated electric vehicle mass production plant, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a training partnership with Savannah Technical College (STC) on May 10. The first program with this partnership is a new EV professional certificate and those that complete the program will be preferred for employment with HMGMA. The certificate was designed at the request of Hyund...
    LG enters EV charger solutions business
    Eyeing a huge growth potential, LG Electronics is expanding its electric vehicle charger solutions business to strengthen its position in the fast-growing EV charger segment, the company said May 25. In an event, LG celebrated the commencement of EV charger products manufactured by HiEV Charger (formerly known as AppleMango). HiEV Charger, an EV charging solution company, was acquired by LG, GS Energy and GS Neotek in 2022. HiEV Charger unveiled its product which features four differe...
    Ford joins US government’s EV charging consortium
    Ford Motor Co. announced that it has joined the US Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to launch the National Charging Experience Consortium, a new effort to rapidly develop solutions to improve electric vehicle charging across the US, according to a press release dated May 18. Ford will join a cross-industry group of automakers, charging providers, utilities and the US Department of Energy national laboratories to drive innovation and universal enhancements around current and...
    Report: JLR owner Tata Motors to pick Britain for its battery plant
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) owner Tata Motors is expected to pick Britain as the preferred site for a multibillion pound electric-car battery plant to supply its JLR requirements, according to a report by the BBC dated May 24. The report quoted sources saying that although the deal has yet to be signed, engagement has moved from negotiations to drafting and choreography of how the agreement will be presented, and the move would lead to up to 9,000 jobs being created. Significance: The UK gover...
    Volkswagen sells its Russian plant to autodealer Avilon
    The Volkswagen Group announced that it has completed the sale of its shares in Volkswagen Group Rus LLC including its local subsidiaries (Volkswagen Components and Services LLC, Scania Leasing LLC, Scania Finance LLC, Scania Insurance LLC) to Art-Finance LLC, who is supported by the Russian dealer Avilon, according to a press release dated May 19. With the registration of the transaction, ownership of the shares in the authorized capital of Volkswagen Group Rus LLC and its subsidiaries i...
    Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation extended five more years
    The European Commission has prolonged the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER) for five years, meaning that it will now be applicable until May 31, 2028, according to a press release dated April 17. The European Commission has also updated the Supplementary Guidelines for the sector. It said the revised guidelines will help companies in the automotive sector assess the compatibility of their vertical agreements with EU competition rules, while ensuring that aftermarket o...
    Opening of the first innovative Flexpole charging station
    Shell Deutschland GmbH (Shell Germany) and the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) are putting the first innovative Flexpole charging station into operation in Göttingen, Germany. Further stations in Germany and Europe have been planned. The charging station from Volkswagen's Elli brand has a unique battery-storage system that enables connection to a low-voltage grid and, depending on the vehicle type, charges a range of up to 160 km within 10 minutes, as per Volkswagen's press release May ...
    Mitchell expands support for EVs through data licensing agreement with Rivian
    Mitchell International, Inc. (Mitchell), an Enlyte company, announced that it is the first collision-industry information provider to sign a data licensing agreement with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian, LLC (Rivian), in a press release dated May 4.  This will allow auto insurers and collision repairers using Mitchell Cloud Estimating and Mitchell Cloud Estimating TruckMax to write damage appraisals and access repair procedures for the original equipment manufacturer's ful...
    Stellantis to present their 4R strategy
    Stellantis will present their 4R strategy — reman, repair, reuse and recycle at the forthcoming Rematec Amsterdam event June 27–29, as stated on the Rematech event website on May 1. Stellantis has developed a comprehensive, 360-degree business based on the 4R strategy: reman, repair, reuse and recycle. It is an integrated ecosystem that is vital to preserving and protecting the planet’s resources. Reman — Used, worn or defective parts are thoroughly dismant...
    BMW Digital Key Plus now supported on Android devices
    BMW has announced that Digital Key Plus is now also available for smartphones with Android operating systems, according to a press release dated April 24. Customers with compatible devices from Samsung or Google can use it to unlock and lock their BMW and start the engine without even getting their phone out of their pocket, the release added. Until now, Digital Key Plus has only been compatible with iPhone and Apple Watch. The vehicle reacts automatically when approached or receded in t...
    Stellantis says finalizing eFuel testing on 28 engine families
    Stellantis has confirmed that it is finalizing testing of eFuels on 28 engine families to help accelerate the carbon emissions reduction potential of the 28 million Stellantis internal combustion engines (ICE) built since 2014 (Euro 6) in Europe, while remaining committed to selling only battery-electric vehicle (BEV) passenger cars in the region by the end of the decade, according to a press release dated April 20. As part of the toolbox available to reduce carbon emissions and fight against...
    Audi opens EV charging hub in Berlin, its third in Europe
    After setting up its exclusive electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs in Nuremberg and Zurich in Germany, Audi is now opening its third charging hub, which will be located in Berlin, the company announced on April 6. The premium car brand owned by Volkswagen has joined up with a local partner company in Berlin, using the existing power supply to set up its third EV charging hub. Audi said Frischeparadies is acting as a cooperation partner. Audi's new charging hub in Berlin has four reservable ...
    Li Auto plans to build 300 ultrafast charging stations across China
    Beijing-based electric vehicle (EV)-maker Li Auto plans to set up a network of 300 ultrafast charging stations across China in 2023, according to a news report published by Pandaily on March 10. The company has already deployed about 10 such fast-charging stations on high-speed roadways, the report added. It is expected that by establishing a fast-charging network, Li Auto is preparing to launch a new electric multipurpose vehicle (MPV) later this 2023. The electric MPV will come eq...
    UK-based SMMT’s survey reveals majority of motorists back three-year MOT
    UK motorists strongly support keeping the first Ministry of Transport (MOT) tests at three years, in new research by UK automotive trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), according to a press release dated March 22. In a poll of British car owners by Savanta, a UK-based data and market research company, 67% said they were concerned that extending the MOT would put lives in danger with three quarters agreeing that the typical £35-£45 cost of a test is a price ...
    Ford says its FordPass rewards points redeemable for online accessories purchases
    US-based carmaker Ford has announced that FordPass Rewards members can now redeem their points toward accessories purchases online, according to a press release dated March 1. Customers can visit accessories.ford.com to shop for a wide variety of accessories from roof tents and superchargers to trailer hitches, floor mats and pet harnesses, the release added. They can also shop for interior, exterior, electronic, wheel accessories and more. Ford said members can use their points, pay with a c...
    European Commission proposes new vehicle category that can run only on e-fuels – report
    The European Commission drafted a plan allowing sales of new cars with internal combustion engines that run only on climate-neutral e-fuels, in an attempt to resolve a spat with Germany over the European Union's phasing out of combustion-engine cars from 2035, according to a Reuters report dated March 21. The draft proposal, seen by Reuters on March 21, suggested creating a new type of vehicle category in the EU for cars that can only run on carbon-neutral fuels. Such vehi...
    Sono Motors signs order with a large automaker
    The solar tech company Sono Group N.V. announced the signing of a purchase order with a second passenger car manufacturer, one of the 10 largest in the world. The order comprised the delivery of solar body panels for one vehicle. Together with Sono Motors, the OEM would be able to explore solar integration into their cars, according to a company press release dated 8 March. The company announced the first order from a passenger car manufacturer in December 2022. Car manufacturers an...
    Audi issues OTA software update for Q4 e-tron lineup
    Audi will issue over-the-air (OTA) software updates across its Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron lineup, it said in a press release dated March 14. Audi is updating all vehicles from the start of series production, up to and including model year (MY) 2022 vehicles with software version 3.2. The new software comes now as standard in series production for MY 2023 vehicles. The software update offers added value while charging. The “preferred charging time” function helps customers char...
    Nissan elevates Keiichi Sato to corporate vice president of Global Aftersales
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co. has today announced senior management appointments and said that the move follows its efforts to strengthen its leadership team to support the accelerated progress of the long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, according to a press release dated 8 March. As part of several senior management changes that will be effective in April 2023, Keiichi Sato, currently vice president of Global Aftersales Service Parts division, was appointed as corporate vice pre...
    American Honda partners with I-CAR
    The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) organization announced that American Honda Motor Company has enhanced its partnership with I-CAR, via a press release dated 9 March. I-CAR will support Honda/Acura with future delivery of 10 required online courses for collision-repair facilities in their network.  The release read that the transition to I-CAR’s learning management system will support technicians with streamlined training that are easily...
    NIO to add 1,000 more battery swapping stations in China in 2023
    Mainland-Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup NIO is planning to set up 1,000 more battery swapping stations in mainland China in 2023, CnEVPost reported on 21 February. Nearly 600 of these battery swapping stations will be located within the urban areas, and the remaining 400 stations will be located in highway service areas or near highway entrances and exits. "We have set a new goal of adding 1,000 battery swap stations in 2023, for a cumulative total of more than 2,300 stations by the en...
    Japan’s AUTOBACS SEVEN to retail BYD Atto 3 e-SUV
    AUTOBACS SEVEN, a Tokyo-based car parts and accessories retailer, along with its affiliate, Bucks E-Mobility, announced that it has started taking applications for test drives as well as vehicle purchase reservations for the BYD Atto 3 electric sport utility vehicle (e-SUV), according to a press release dated 21 February. The test drive application as well as vehicle booking can be done at two of AUTOBACS SEVEN’s retail locations in Utsunomiya, Japan, called AUTOBAC...
    Mainland China’s EV charging infrastructure records nearly 100% y/y growth in 2022
    Mainland China has witnessed a rapid growth in the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging network in 2022, China Daily reported last week. According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), EV charging infrastructure recorded nearly 100% year-over-year (y/y) growth in 2022 bringing the total number to 5.2 million units. About 650,000 new public EV charging stations were installed in mainland China in 2022, bringing the cumulative total to 1.8 million. During the year, there were 1.9 ...
    BYD appoints dealer partners in Ireland, Finland, and Iceland
    BYD has announced that it has appointed two additional dealer partners to support the entry of its passenger cars into Europe, according to a press release dated 16 February. The company stated that Motor Distributors Ltd (MDL) has become a national dealer partner for the Republic of Ireland, and RSA, an existing dealer partner for BYD in Norway, has extended its coverage to Finland and Iceland. BYD said the formation of localized strategic partnerships and cooperations are fundamental t...
    German auto body says 9 out of 10 companies in its survey consider Germany to be uncompetitive
    VDA or the German Association of the Automotive Industry said in a press release dated 15 February that around 9 out of 10 companies (88%) consider Germany to be internationally uncompetitive in terms of energy costs, labor, and tax burden. The finding was part of its survey among automotive suppliers and medium-sized manufacturers conducted from 23 January to 3 February. VDA said 116 companies took part in the survey. VDA President Hildegard Müller said, "More and more companies consider Ge...
    US government finalizes rules for Made-in-America Electric Vehicle Chargers initiative
    The US government announced the next steps to bolster its electric vehicle (EV) charging industry and infrastructure, a government statement on 15 February read. The next steps include publishing minimum standards for federally funded EV infrastructure, finalizing the Build America, Buy America initiatives for EV charging equipment, and announcing that cities, towns, Tribes, and states will soon be able to apply for the first round of USD2.5 billion in competitive grants to build EV charging sta...
    Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation proceeds to the next stage
    The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has circulated its draft legislative proposal concerning revisions to the current Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), according to a press release dated 10 February by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The Secretary of State is likely to accept all recommendations by the CMA on the revised MVBER to create a new UK Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order (MVBEO), the release added. The...
    New EU vote confirms the 2035 ban on the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles
    As a part of the law change, carmakers operating within the EU must achieve a 100% cut in CO2 emissions from new cars sold. As a result, this would make it impossible to sell new fossil fuel-powered vehicles. On Tuesday 14th February, the European Parliament formally approved a new law that will effectively ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the European Union (EU) from 2035. The goal of this latest piece of automotive legislation is to accelerate the switch to electric vehicles...
    BPCL launches its fourth EV fast charging corridor in India
    Bharat Petroleum, India’s second largest oil marketing company, (BPCL), has announced the launch of an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging corridor on the Delhi–Jalandhar National Highway with fast charging stations at 12 BPCL retail outlets strategically located along the highway (part of NH-44), according to a press release dated 13 February. The 750-km long segment of NH-44 is BPCL’s fourth such EV fast charging corridor in the country, with fast charging stations at roughly every 10...
    Autel installs its first DC charger in France
    Autel, a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions and diagnostic equipment and tools, announced that it has installed its first DC Compact charger in France as part of the company's European market strategy, according to a press release dated 10 February. The company launched the MaxiCharger DC Compact at a riding club in the outskirts of Nice, France, marking the debut of the MaxiCharger DC Compact in Europe, the release added. The company said EV owners will see more D...
    India extends concessional tax on EV batteries
    The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman has announced during her presentation of the Union Budget 2023 that the subsidies on electric vehicle (EV) batteries will be extended for an additional year, making EVs cheaper in India, according to a report published by The Times of India on 1 February 2023. EV battery subsidies extension for another year is anticipated to accelerate the adoption of EVs in the country. The government introduced the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program f...
    UK EV startup Britishvolt’s preferred bidder announced
    The UK electric vehicle (EV) battery-maker startup Britishvolt’s administrator EY, the accountancy firm, has announced that a preferred bidder has been selected to acquire Britishvolt, according to a BBC News report dated 6 February. In January, Britishvolt had filed for administration after being unable to reach an agreement to bring in a new investor to secure its future. Australian firm Recharge Industries, which is owned by New York (US)-based Scale Facilitation Partners, has entered in...
    Report: Indian government to scrap 900,000 vehicles
    According to a report by The Economic Times, India’s Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari announced that the government plans to scrap more than 900,000 vehicles older than 15 years that are owned by the central and state governments. This decision is aligned with the government's effort to decarbonize the road transport sector. Speaking at a session on future of mobility, organized by a trade body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (F...
    Indian automotive sourcing startup CapGrid raises USD7 million
    CapGrid, an India-based B2B cloud manufacturing startup for precision parts and components, announced that it has raised USD7 million in its latest funding round, led by Nexus Venture Partners, according to a press release dated 30 January. The round also saw participation from existing investors Axilor and Anicut Capital, the release added. CapGrid is building a digital supply network with an advanced technology infrastructure, partnering with hundreds of tier-2 manufacturers to get pre...
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