Week 3, Apr 2022 Mobility News Archive

News

Automotive

  • Honda to invest ¥8T ($64B) in EV techs; to produce 2M+ EVs per year in 2020 across 30 models

  • Mercedez-Benz Vision EQXX drove 1K km+ on a single battery charge

  • Renault to create a split EV division and list it on stock market separately

  • Hyundai to invest $300M to upgrade its Alabama plant for hybrid and all-electric production

  • Ford to launch F-150 Lightning, a battery-powered pickup truck, on Apr 26

  • Toyota announced all-electric 2023 bZ4X for US market pricing from $42K

  • Stellantis unveiled Chrysler Airflow Graphite concept, all-electric SUV with up to 400 miles range

  • Lucid announced Air Grand Touring Performance with 1,050 horsepower pricing at $179K+

  • Fisker to establish its 2nd headquarters in Hyderabad, India

  • Cruise expanded the pilot of autonomous delivery with Walmart in Arizona

  • VinFast announced a charging agreement with Electrify America, but only for 2 complimentary sessions

  • VinFast to launch a monthly battery subscription to VF8 & VF9 models

  • DEUS Automobiles unveiled a concept of electric hypercar, Vayanee

(Source: DEUS)

  • Proterra launched ZX5 Max electric bus with a 300 miles+ range

  • Volkswagen's Q1 operating return on sales increased to 13.5% (7.7 in Q1 2021) due to the impact of the war on supply chains and material prices

  • Xpeng & Huawei executives warned the supply chain disruptions due to China's COVID measure

  • GM has a global continuity plan amid China's COVID outbreak to launch 20+ models as planned

  • Bosch suspended production in 2 Chinese cities due to China's COVID measure

  • Bosch to acquire Five.ai, pivoted to B2B tech development

  • California to require 35% of new passenger car sales to be battery or hydrogen by 2026; 100% of sales with net-zero emission by 2035

  • Faraday Future to remove the founder and former CEO, and keep him only for product and R&D


Lastmile_Micromobility_Logistics

  • DiDi stopped its operations in South Africa a year after of launching in the country

  • Rapido, an Indian bike-taxi startup, raised $800M series D funding led by Swiggy

  • Uber complained tough regulations including guide fare in Tanzania delay its operations in the country

  • Uber Freight and Transplace, acquired by Uber, to combine operations by the end of 2022

  • Luup, a Japanese micromobility operator, raised $8M debt & asset financing

  • DoorDash launched a college student subscription plan in the US

  • OKAI launched Stride, a consumer-oriented e-bike

  • TIER Mobility to launch a safer model in London by April


Location_Technology

  • Delaware jury decided that Aptiv's Dual Role Hub does not violate Microchip Technology's patents

  • Itilite, an Indian travel & expense startup, raised $29M series C funding


Battery_Chips_Materials

  • GM signed a cobalt deal with Glencore to secure raw material for EV

  • Panasonic concerns high price of raw materials and passing the cost to consumer

  • AGL Energy signed a 7-year battery deal with Neoen SA

  • CATL runs closed-loop management isolating workers from virus transmission to keep production


Reports & Articles

  • Relationships between auto makers and raw materials suppliers/miners. Gangfeng supplies lithium to Tesla; Vulcan Energy provides lithium to Volkswagen, Stellantis, and Renault; BHP supplies nickel sulphate to Toyota and Panasonic; Glencore provides cobalt to GM; and more (Reuters)

  • Look around EVs at New York International Auto Show: Alfa Romeo, Stellantis, Indi EV, Kia and more (TechCrunch)

  • 2022 World Car Awards in NY Auto Show: Hyundai Ioniq5, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Audi e-tron GT, Toyota Yaris Cross and more (TechCrunch)

More Readings...

  • The auto disruptors making the cars of the future today (Newsweek)

  • Meet Zoox, The 100% EV and autonomous human transportation company from Amazon (Forbes)

  • Analysis: Canada's accelerated timetable for EVs brings spotlight on key bill (Reuters)

  • China Covid-zero zeal puts carmakers into low gear (Reuters)

  • Here's what's projected for electric vehicle manufacturing through 2030 (Electrek)

  • Mercedes-Benz bets on India's nouveau riche to drive luxury car sales (Reuters)

  • Mercedes-Benz leads India's luxury car market for 7 years in a row, but how? (ET Auto.com)

  • Autonomous Cruise car encounter with police raises policy questions (TechCrunch)


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