Week 2, September 2022 Mobility News Archive

NEWS

Automotive

  • Porsche to go public in late Sep or early Oct if no critical geopolitical issue

  • Mercedes-Benz to lays off 3.6K employees in Brazil to outsource some processes and focus on core parts

  • Mercedes-Benz and Rivian to set up a 50-50 JV to produce two e-van models

  • BMW to use cylindrical battery cells provided by partners including CATL and EVE, in 2025 new EV models

  • Jeep to launch 4 EV models including Recon and Wagoneer S for the US market, Avenger for Europe

  • GM to launch Chevrolet Equinox EV, as a limited edition, in fall 2023 with price at $30K

  • GM to launch direct sales channel targeting rich urban buyers in China with premium SUV and sports car models

  • Zhejiang Leapmotor, a Chinese EV maker, holds off its IPO in Hong Kong planned for $1.5B fund raising

  • BYD to purchased a land in Thailand to build a new plant for 150K EVs production from 2024

  • Tesla's Model 3 and Y waiting time reduced to 14 weeks in China

  • Tesla sold 77K China-made vehicles in August, 3 times higher than July

  • Tesla to open a poll to ask new Supercharger locations to users

  • Honda to reduce its production output by 40% for the rest of Sep due to supply chain issues

  • Lightyear, a solar-powered car developer, raised €81M; to start its first vehicle production soon

  • Mullen acquired 60% controlling interest in Bollinger to expand commercial EV business

  • California residents owning no car to get $1K tax credit for 5 years from 2023

Lastmile_Micromobility_Logistics

  • Uber partners with Nuro, a self-driving vehicle maker, to test unmanned food delivery in several US cities

  • Uber appealed Kenyan court to cancel 18% commission cap; currently charges 25%

Location_Invehicle_Technologies

  • TomTom launched truck navigation service

  • Google expanded eco-friendly routing function to set fuel-efficient routes in European countries

  • ClearMotion, a US-based in-vehicle infotainment provider, raised $39M funding by Nio Capital

  • FocalPoint, a UK-based GPS software startup, raised $17M funding for part of Series C

  • OfftheGrid, a travelers matching app, launched its service

Battery_Materials

  • Nissan to be a biggest shareholder of Vehicle Energy Japan, a lithium-ion battery maker for hybrid vehicles

  • Honda to establish a JV with Dongfeng Motor and Guangzhou Automobile in China to centralize EV battery procurement from CATL

  • Honda partners with Hanwa, a trading company, to secure raw materials for EV batteries

  • SVOLT, a Chinese battery maker, to build a new plant in Brandenburg, Germany

  • Tesla may build a lithium refinery in Texas

  • StoreDot, an Israeli EV battery maker offering 160km range on 5 min charge, shipped samples to EV OEM partners for a production in 2024

REPORTS/ARTICLES

  • Greenpeace - Auto Environmental Guide 2022: Zero-emission vehicle sales in 2021 doubled than a year a go thanks to the big increase in Chinese market. Honda, Nissan and Toyota are mentioned as low performed in zero-emission efforts. GM is top ranked.

More Readings...

  • Inside Tesla's drive to keep Musk's battery promise (Reuters)

  • Chasing green goals, corporations push car fleet managers towards EVs (Reuters)

  • China's Aug auto sales jump 32% with strong EV demand (Reuters)

  • Don't be silly, of course you can use EVs in cold weather (TechCrunch)

  • Micromobility equity goals are common, but follow-through is lacking: study (Smartcitiesdive)

  • Why urban streets around the world are going car free (CNBC)

  • Newcomer EV battery manufacturer SK On plans to lead global market (Forbes)


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