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Week 2, Apr 2022 Mobility News Archive



  • GM and Honda to develop affordable EVs together; to start production in 2027

  • GM to get $415M support from Canada for 2 plants in Ontario

  • GM resumed Chevrolet Bolt EV production; expects to rebound sales after recalls in last year

  • Tesla's Taxas Gigafactory is officially open; expect to produce Cybertruck, Tesla Semi & new Roadster; unveiled a plan for 'dedicated robotaxi' with no specific timeline

  • Tesla to deliver camera-only Model Y & 3 without radar for EU and Middle East in this month

  • Tesla to recall 127K+ Model 3 vehicles in China due to a potential semiconductor issue

  • Tesla to collaborate with Block and Blockstream for bitcoin mining using solar power in Texas

  • Tesla's Giga Shanghai remained close last week due to COVID measures in China

  • Toyota is developing its self-driving system with low-cost cameras like Tesla

  • Toyota cut 2022 US new-car sales by from 16.5M to 15.5M due to supply chain issues

  • Toyota to close Brazil Sao Bernardo do Campo plant by 2023 and shift to Sao Paulo

  • Nissan to pilot solid-state battery production in 2024 and launch an EV with all-solid-state battery in 2028

  • Hertz to buy up to 65K vehicles from Polestar in next 5 years

  • Nio halts production as suppliers suspended thier productions due to COVID measures in China

  • Nio considers to license its battery swap stations to other OEMs in EU and US

  • BYD stopped petrol cars production in Feb; to focus on hybrids and all-electric vehicles

  • VinFast filed for IPO in the US following the announcement of its first US factory plan

  • Ford's US new vehicle sales declined by 17% in Q1, by 26% in Mar, YoY due to chip shortage

  • Ford Otosan in Turkey started all-electric Transit model

  • Renault may split divisions for EV and combustion engine vehicles in next months

  • Volkswagen to reduce combustion engine models by 60% by 2030; to focus on quality and margins

  • Porsche to invest $75M in Highly Innovative Fuels Global for 'e-fuels' development

  • Rivian produced 2,533 cars in Q1; 2022 full-year production guidance is 25K

  • US gov't and auto leaders agreed with the necessity of interoperable and seamless EV charging experience for any car models

  • 3DOM, a Japanese battery startup, to launch EV subscription service with Geely

  • DeLorean teased all-EV model

  • UPS to partner with Jumia for delivery network expansion in Africa

  • Aurora tests self-driving tractor-trailer trucks on Texas highway with Werner Enterprises


  • Uber to be a travel one-stop-shop app by adding trains, buses, planes and rental cars in UK

  • Dallas Fort Worth Airport to test automated valet parking with Steer Tech

  • Google Maps to show more details including toll prices, traffic lights and stop signs

  • Hivemapper, a blockchain-based mapping network, raised $18M funding

  • SmartHop, a routing tech startup for interstate truckers, raised $30M series B funding


  • Gogoro listed in US Nasdaq through a merge with Poema Global, a special purpose acquisition company

  • Canadian gov't to invest $1.6B for more production of critical minerals for EV battery

  • US NHTSA is reviewing LG Energy Solution to check adequate recalls of defective batteries

Reports & Articles

  • Two new trends are changing in mapping industry: micromobility and ADAS. Beyond the traditional dominant mapping companies TomTom and HERE, there are new players in the market having different strengths. The author's suggestion: TomTom and HERE for accuracy and completeness, Open Street Map for flexibility and low cost, Google for freshness, and DMP/Ushr for Lvl2 ADAS - (LinkedIn)

More Readings...

  • Japan battery material producers lose spark as China races ahead (Nikkei Asia)

  • Video shows what happens when a driverless car gets pulled over (CNBC)

  • Inside Mercedes' plan to deliver hands-free driving to the masses (TechCrunch)

  • US government may need more than 100,000 charging stations - testimony (Reuters)

  • In-depth Q&A: The IPCC's sixth assessment on how to tackle climate change (CarbonBrief)

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