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Week 5, May 2022 Mobility News Archive



  • FCA (Stellantis) agreed to plead guilty and pay $300M in the US due to emissions fraud with diesel engines of 2014-2016 models

  • Volkswagen to pay £193M to British drivers due to a diesel emissions scandal in 2015

  • Volkswagen acquired an unconditional approval for Europcar bidding

  • Ford to pay $19.2M due to the falsely advertised fuel economy and payload capacity of 2011-2014 models

  • Tesla's production at Shanghai Gigafactory went back to pre-shutdown level

  • Tesla not to build a manufacturing plan in India until it is allowed to sell vehicles in the country

  • Tesla submitted an application to expand its plant in Germany

  • Lucid recalls 1,100 Air EVs due to a wired data connection issue

  • Luminar hired new heads of software, R&D, and IP from Apple, Nvidia and Tesla respectively

  • Rivian's head of manufacturing leaves; the company hires new COO

  • Maserati unveiled MC20 Cielo, to be sold in Q1 2023, pricing at €260K

  • Fisker unveiled a teaser of Pear, to be produce by Foxconn in 2024 at Ohio; pricing around $30K

  • Sylndr, an Egyptian used car sales platform, raised $12.6M seed round funding


  • lost a test permit in CA for its autonomous vehicle with a driver due to driving records violation

  • Uber completed 1B rides in Africa after its launching in the continent in 2013

  • Finn, an US-based car subscription platform, raised $110M funding for broader expansion in the US and EU

  • Gorillas, a German instant grocery delivery service, to cut 300 employees and exit 4 EU countries

  • Getir, an instant grocery delivery service, cut 14% of employees globally

  • clicOH, an Argentina-based shipping tech company, raised $25M Series A funding

  • UK DOT announced that 4-times higher people were injured in 2021 compared to 2020


  • Google Maps launched historical street view imagery on mobile; to roll out an upgrade camera system in 2023

  • Archaeologists a dense, ancient urban settlement at Amazon Basin started 1,500 years ago


  • Stellantis and Samsung SDI to invest $2.5B in a JV to build an EV battery plant in KoKomo, IN

  • POSCO Chemical to invest $663M through a JV with GM for a battery cathode materials plant in Canada

  • CATL to supply cylindrical cells starting from 2025 for BMW's new series

  • Solo AVT, a e-heavy-duty truck startup, partners with American Battery Solutions to develop battery packs


  • Boeing's Starliner returned to Earth after 5-day stay at the International Space Station

  • SpaceX's Starlink is approved in Philippines, Nigeria and Mozambique

  • Joby Aviation acquired its first certification in the US to begin on-demand commercial air-taxi operations

  • ZeroAvia, an aviation hydrogen-power engine developer, expands a partnership with MHIRJ for a certification process

  • Walmart to expand drone deliveries up to 4M households across 6 states in the US

(Source: Walmart)

Reports & Articles

  • EY Mobility Consumer Index 2022: people are still traveling less after COVID, but have a strong preference for car, particularly EV. 52% of potential car buyers intend to purchase fully electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid. Preference for public transit and shared mobility are down compared to pre-COVID. (EY - full report)

  • The market share of global automakers in China has been reduced from 60%+ in 1990s to 43% in 2022. In the new energy vehicle (NEV) segment including EVs, Tesla is the only foreign brand among the top 10 automakers in the country. (Reuters - full article)

  • The investment of South Korean EV battery makers in the US market: LGES invests $5.5B+ to produce 160GWh of batteries per year by 2025 in three plants with GM and standalone factories; SK ON invests $6.3B to produce 150GWh of batteries in two standalone factories and three plants with Ford; Samsung SDI is partnering with Stellantis to have 33 GWh capacity in coming years. (Reuters - full article)

More Readings...

  • Paris plans to remove two beltway lanes to cut pollution (Bloomberg)

  • Pittsburgh targets bike, pedestrian, infrastructure spending using traffic and crash data analysis (Smartcitiesdive)

  • Breaking down a flurry of reports on electric vehicle adoption (Emerging Tech Brew)

  • Inside the design of Zoox, Amazon's quirky, self-driving car (FastCompany)

  • For EV maker Rivian, delivery headache hits as market shuts down coffers (Reuters)

  • Tesla owners are 50% less likely to crash their EV than their other cars (TechCrunch)

  • Aerospace accelerator CEO forecasts a 'wave of disruptions' in urban air mobility (Smartcitiesdive)

  • Kenya's MotiSure rides on micro-payments to drive personal mobility insurance growth (TechCrunch)

  • Meet Philip Reinckens, Spin's new CEO (TechCrunch)

  • Ex-Uber executive reveals how driver earnings were slashed in Kenya (TechCrunch)

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