DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Inc and Wall Street made 2020 the year that the U.S. auto industry decided to go electric. Tesla’s market capitalization surged above $600 billion, making the once wobbly startup founded by billionaire Elon Musk worth more than the five top-selling global vehicle making groups combined.
Auto sales and production will recover from COVID-19 by the end of next year — barring further shocks — but the pandemic will have far-reaching effects on the industry from leadership to who drives where, the leader of tire maker Michelin’s North American operations predicts.
Hanover, November 27, 2020. Automakers and commercial vehicle manufacturers are not alone in having to change their processes in response to electric mobility. Tire manufacturers too need to come up with new development concepts to accommodate this new form of propulsion. One particularly demanding field in technological terms is the development of tires for electric urban buses. In response, Continental and VDL Bus & Coach, a leading manufacturer of electric buses, have pooled their expertise and jointly developed initial prototype tires. These are currently being tested at Continental’s Contidrom proving grounds.
OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.
While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.
Having the best hardware and software is not all that electric cars need to be successful. In highly efficient and silent vehicles, tires play a much more important role than they do in combustion-engined machines. They have to have low rolling resistance and also be much quieter than regular ones.
The EV startup Rivian has chosen the Pirelli Scorpion range to fit its R1T pickup, which begins production in June 2021, and its R1S electric SUV.
Pirelli says it developed versions of its Scorpion Verde All Season, Scorpion Zero All Season and Scorpion All Terrain tires (Pirelli’s dedicated range for SUVs and pickups) to meet Rivian’s specifications, and to enhance the vehicles’ characteristics following the “Pirelli Perfect Fit” strategy.
The Big Nickel (L), a nine-meter high replica of a Canadian five cent coin, is framed with the Vale Inco Superstack (R), a 380-meter high chimney at the Copper Cliff Smelter Complex, in Sudbury, Ontario TORONTO — Mineral-rich Canada has potential to become a preferred supplier of cleaner nickel to power electric vehicles (EV), miners say, as automakers scour the globe for more environmentally friendly supplies of the metal.
A device that captures microplastic particles from tyres as they are emitted – and could help reduce the devastating pollution they cause – has won its designers a James Dyson award.
The Tyre Collective, a group of masters students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, scooped the UK prize of the international competition with their solution for the growing environmental scourge of tyre wear caused by road transport.
Volta Trucks, the Scandinavian full-electric vehicle manufacturer startup, has announced a partnership with tire manufacturer Bridgestone.
The agreement covers the company’s first launch vehicle, the Zero, and tire supply for pilot vehicles that are due to start evaluation with fleet operators in early 2021.
When driving an electric car, it’s important to consider the only part of the vehicle that actually touches the road. Tires can have a major impact on electric car range. Automakers often fit electric cars with low-rolling resistance tires to maximize range, albeit often at the expense of handling, as these tires offer less grip than conventional…