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Week 4, June 2022 Mobility News Archive



  • Toyota recalls 2,700 bZ4X EVs in the US; Subaru recalls 2,600 Solterra due to potential wheels detaching

  • Stellantis to halt its plants in Italy and France due to chips and components shortage from Continental

  • Stellantis' Citroen mini limited editon EV sold out in 18 min

  • Stellantis' Peugeot unveiled new 408, a fastback sedan

  • BMW started to produce i3 EV in its plant in China

  • Ford to produce next generation of EVs for European market in Valencia, Spain, from later this decade

  • GM to add Plug and Charge to Ultium Charging 360 network in North America for its EV models

  • Volkswagen is optimistic to meet its 2022 production target from China amid COVID lockdowns

  • Mercedes-Benz denied a news for selling van-business and focusing on luxury cars

  • Tesla to halt and upgrade its Shanghai plant in July for better production capacity

  • Boring Company applied for a permit to build a tunnel under Texas Gigafactory

  • Einride had NHTSA's approval to test its autonomous e-truck, the Pod, on US roads

  • Einride ordered 110 e-trucks from Scania to start operations in Europe by 1H 2023

  • Forvia, a French car parts provider formerly Faurecia, to acquire Hella, a German supplier

  • India to implement passenger car safety rating system from Apr 2023 based on occupant production and technology tests


  • GM's Cruise started fully autonomous paid taxi service in San Francisco; driving selected streets with max speed of 30 mph during limited operational time

  • GM's BrightDrop delivered 150 electric delivery trucks to Fedex to run them in LA

  • Share Mobility, a B2B transportation solutions startup, raised $12M Series A funding

  • Bird received a non-compliance warning from NYSE due to its low stock price

  • Helbiz, a NY-based micromoiblity operator, may acquire Wheels, another US operator with seated scooters

  • Zomato acquired Blinkit, an Indian instant delivery startup, in $568M all-stock deal

  • Vahak, an India-based open market for truckers, raised $14M Series A funding

  • Amazon unveiled Proteus, a fully autonomous moving robot, and Cardinal, a robotic arm sorting heavy packages

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  • Synop, a fleet management startup for commercial EVs, raised $10M seed funding

  • Germany's cartel office considers possible anti-competitive restrictions on Google Maps for the case of 3rd party map service embedded in Google's platform

  • Polestar 2, originally adopted Google's Android Auto, now also supports Apple CarPlay


  • CATL to produce a new generation EV battery, Qilin, with 72% volume utilisation rate in 2023

  • Kia to use CATL battery cells in new generation of Niro

  • Toyota partners with Redwood Materials for recycling old batteries from Prius and Lexus hybrid EV models

  • Umicore to invest €5B in the expansion of battery materials business by 2026

  • Stellantis to buy 8% take of Vulcan Energy Resource, a mining company, for lithium extraction projects

  • Automakers and chips suppliers urged US Congress to pass $52B semiconductor production subsidies


  • "Consolidation" is the trend of recent EV charging infrastructure business. ChargePoint, EVGo, Electrify America and Tesla created EV charging infrastructure networks in the US. Blink Charging acquires SemaConnect, EB Charging, BlueLA and U-Go; Schneider Electric acquired EV Connect; ABB acquired Numocity, Chargedot and Incharge Energy. (Full article - TechCrunch)

More Readings...

  • To succeed in the mass market, EV makers must focus on cost, not speed (TechCrunch)

  • Raw material costs for electric vehicles have doubled during the pandemic (CNBC)

  • Commentary: Lithium landgrab sparks new electric-car risk (Reuters)

  • Volkswagen CEO questions whether Apple plans to produce cars (Reuters)

  • What an EV? You may have to wait (TechCrunch)

  • 2022 Best places to bike (in the US) (People for bikes City Ratings)

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