DETROIT — General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. have widely touted their commitment to emission-free electric vehicles, but their production plans show a growing reliance on ever-larger gas-powered vehicles. The two biggest U.S. automakers will make more than 5 million SUVs and pickup trucks in 2026, but only about 320,000 electric vehicles, according to detailed production plans for North America seen by Reuters.
The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China in end-December 2019, is fast spreading its tentacles across the world and is having a major impact on all aspects of society, including the automotive industry. All through January and February, automakers and their suppliers have been scrambling to keep vehicle assembly lines humming but March has seen the industry take concerted action, in sync with government advisories, to keep its personnel safe.
REGENSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Vitesco, the powertrain division of auto supplier Continental (CONG.DE), faces margin pressure as it shifts its business beyond combustion engines, which make up 90% of revenues, to capture growth from electromobility, Chief Executive Andreas Wolf said. “Electrification is a huge change for the company but also a massive opportunity,” Wolf told Reuters in an interview.
With help from the Canadian government and a few brands in the alternative fuel space, retailer Canadian Tire is taking strides to become one of the go-to charging spots for EV drivers across the nation.
But experts say the recent developments are unlikely to become a resounding trend throughout the EV movement: The less-established contenders are simply realizing the barriers to entry in the electric space. In the last two weeks: “There are a lot of startups out there looking at the apparent success of Tesla, and they want to be the next Tesla, and they don’t realize it’s a multibillion-dollar investment,” Michael Harley, executive editor of Kelley Blue Book, told Automotive News.
Topics covered in this issue of AIM: Sumitomo generating electricity with tires, what is blockchain and its opportunities in the automotive and tire manufacturing industries, autonomous fleet vehicles, turning internal combustion engines into fuel savers, Toyota’s multi-faceted approach to electrification, and more.
Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. is studying the supply of electricity to in-wheel electric motors through tires, as part of a major research project to support wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, the company announced 5 Sept.
The tire & rubber company has partnered with Fujimoto laboratory of the graduate school of frontier sciences at the University of Tokyo and motion & control specialist NSK Ltd for the programme which is spearheaded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Harley-Davidson has gone and made itself an electric motorcycle – and Michelin has developed tyres to fit the ‘e-hog’. Michelin Scorcher Sport tyres have been selected as original equipment for the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
At universities across Canada, the future of transportation is taking shape. From autonomous vehicles (AVs) to electrification, the institutions’ groundbreaking work is helping Canada to prepare for the coming autonomous and electric vehicle (EV) revolution. In the process, the schools are also helping to raise Canada’s profile as a global leader in AV and EV research.
Hanover, Germany — Continental has not yet spun off its powertrain division — to be called Vitesco Technologies — but the supplier is already displaying some of the technologies it hopes to pitch to automakers in the coming years.
Chief among them is a 48-volt drive system that Continental says allows full-electric operation without the complexity, cost and weight of a typical high-voltage hybrid.
The system consists of a new 30 kW, water-cooled electric motor positioned between the…