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…
Toyota early June laid out plans to collaborate with a host of other Japanese automakers as part of a new push to popularize battery-electric vehicles, and to soon reveal new tech it’s developed for next-gen EVs, like solid-state batteries.
Goodyear Tire is partnering with Borrow, a short-term, fully electric car subscription company in California to test its newest service innovation.
Goodyear is using its unique predictive tire servicing solution for Borrow’s connected fleets to forecast and automatically schedule needed tire maintenance and replacement. Leveraging Goodyear’s expertise in tires, the cloud-based platform predicts and automatically schedules tire servicing via vehicle data and proprietary algorithms.
Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6.
Uptis — Unique Punctureproof Tire System — is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development.
Volkswagen’s first fully electric race car, the ID.R has broken the electric-powered vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, using Bridgestone Potenza tyres. The car completed the challenging 20.83km track in 6:05.336 minutes, beating the previous record by 40.56 seconds. Bridgestone custom-developed the Potenza tyres to help the ID.R navigate the demanding track in record-breaking time.