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Week 4, Mar 2022 Mobility News Archive



  • Nio 2021 financial results: 91,429 vehicles delivered (YoY 109% increase); $5.2B total revenues (YoY 122% increase); 20.1% vehicle margin; $630M net loss (YoY 24% decrease); expect to deliver 25K to 26K vehicles in Q1 2022 and launch 3 new products in this year - Full IP Report

  • Nio's ET7 luxury sedan is ready to be delivered to reservation holders

  • Tesla officially opened Berlin gigafactory; Elon Musk handed over first 30 cars from the German plant

  • Tesla's Master Plan Part 3: AI, automaker's operations, SpaceX and Boring Company

  • US SEC's $40M distribution proposal from 2018 settlements with Tesla and Elon Musk is approved

  • Renault to halt Moscow plant operations while still seeing options on its stake in Avtovaz

  • GM to start an import business from the US to China focused on premium vehicles and brands

  • GM to halt pickup truck production in Indiana factory for 2 weeks in April due to chip shortage

  • GM's 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, the brand's 1st EV, is in production; earlier than its original schedule

  • Ford's 2022 F-150 Lightning to have 320 miles electric range; higher than Rivian R1T but lower than GMC Hummer EV

  • Ford created autonomous vehicle development unit in recent reorganization

  • Ford partnered with Cisco to have Webex to support in-car meetings

  • Stellantis unveiled new 3.0 liter twin-turbo I-6 engine, Hurricane

  • Lucid and BYD to use Nvidia's Drive Hyperion platform for self-driving solutions

  • Polestar started to sell Polestar 2, single-motor version with 270-mile range, in the US

  • Nikola started electric semi-truck production on Mar 21 for 300 to 500 deliveries in this year

  • Maserati unveiled Grecale, a new electric compact SUV, as a part of all-electric vision by 2030

  • Bosch stopped truck components delivery to Russia due to a misuse for military vehicles


  • Waymo is ready to launch fully self-driving taxis without person behind the wheel in SF

  • Toyota and Aurora started autonomous ride-hailing fleet test in Texas

  • Bridgestone acquired minor stake in May Mobility, a Michigan self-driving shuttle startup

  • FedEx to test electric carts in major US and Canadian cities considering lack of parking space

  • Spin's e-scooters to be available in Lyft app in 60 US cities by the end of 2022

  • Uber to include NYC taxis, Curb and CMT, in its app; a big expansion into taxi market

  • Bird is testing a battery-powered attachment on wheelchairs in NYC

  • Zomato to deliver foods in 10 min starting from April in Gurugram, India

  • The Routing Company, an on-demand ride-hailing service to public transit, raised $15M Series A

  • Kyte, a US-based rental car delivery to door service, raised $200M funding

  • PIX Moving, a Chinese automotive skateboard developer, raised $11M Series pre-A

  • Kwik, a Nigerian & French B2B logistics startup, raised $2M Series A funding


  • Nvidia to provide ground truth map in North America, Europe and Asia by 2024 for autonomous driving

  • Luminar, a Lidar company, to acquire Freedom Photonics, a laser manufacturer

  • Arizona, US, to offer residents a digital driver's license or state ID storing in Apple Wallet


  • Stellantis & LG Energy Solution to build an EV battery plant in Canada through a JV and $4.1B investment

  • LG Energy Solution to build a battery factory in Arizona, by 2024 with $1.4B investment

  • Volkswagen to establish a JV with Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan for stable nickel & cobalt supply in China

  • Nio, Geely, Aulton and Sinopec to build 24K EV battery swap station across China by 2025

  • BYD partners with Shell for EV charging network and home energy solutions in EU and China

  • Suzuki Motor to invest $1.3B for EV and battery productions in India

  • Ola Electric, an Indian e-scooter manufacturer, invested in StoreDot, ultra fast-charging battery maker

  • Lithium-ion battery capacity may increase to 5,500 GWh by 2030; five-fold from from 2021


  • Chief executives of several airlines in the US urged the federal gov't to lift mask mandate and test requirements

  • Blue Origin to fly with 6 people in March 29; 1 frontier employee and 6 paid customers

  • Terra Drone, a Japanese urban air mobility startup, raised $70M Series B round

  • SpaceX Starlink price to increase; $599 for kit, $110 for monthly subscription

Reports & Articles

  • Due to high gas price, driving EV is 3 to 6 times less costly than combustion-engine vehicles in the US. - Read full article

  • The concept of EV battery swapping started in the late 1800s Gilded Age. Tesla also had a pilot; now China is leading it. - Read full article

  • An interview with the CEO of Call2Recycle. Highlighting the importance of safe management on batteries reaching end-of-life, particularly in the EV era, and how. - Read full article

More Readings...

  • Nio prepares for gruelling financial driving test (Reuters)

  • Tesla spends the most R&D and least in advertising per car sold (Electrek)

  • Hyundai's solar car roof isn't as dumb as it sounds (TechCrunch)

  • China's EV upstarts are building their own investment powerhouses (TechCrunch)

  • Inside GoTo's high-stakes, very badly timed IPO (Rest of world)

  • Thinking of swerving high fuel prices with an e-scooter or e-bike? 5 crucial questions answered (The Conversation)

  • EV affordability threatened by cobalt prices: Did the US let resource control lapse over oil? (Green Car Reports)

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