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Industrial production of li-ion cells in Germany comes closer February 19, 2015 Industrial production of li-ion cells in Germany comes closer The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Ulm (Germany) has made a large step towards the series production of automotive-grade lithium-ion cells: On a production line for research purposes which has been finalised as recently as past December, the ZWS manufactured first near-series ... Read more Ballard IP to boost Audi’s fuel cell developments February 11, 2015 Ballard IP to boost Audi’s fuel cell developments Carmaker Audi gets serious with alternative drive technologies: The company has acquired a set of fuel cell patents from Canadian fuel cell expert company Ballard Systems Inc. At the same time, the carmaker has announced to extend its development collaboration with the Canadians through 2019. Read more Bosch bets on synergies between electromobility and connectivity February 05, 2015 Bosch bets on synergies between electromobility and connectivity One of the major roadblocks for electromobility is the fragmented charging landscape: For long-distance rides, e-car drivers not only have to stop and recharge their batteries rather often. What makes things worse: To get the electric refill for the battery, drivers must utilise many different payment ... Read more Privately-owned car not on the red list, study says January 29, 2015 Privately-owned car not on the red list, study says New usage models like carhsaring do not endanger the automotive industry's prevailing business. A representative survey from automotive tier one Continental shows that the vast majority of the population prefers owning a car over all other usage models. The poll, conducted in Europe, the US and China, ... Read more Harman continues shopping spree with two software takeovers January 26, 2015 Harman continues shopping spree with two software takeovers Infotainment giant Harman International has signed takeover agreements with Red Bend Software and Symphony Teleca. The investment has a total value of about $950 million (about €750 million). With the move, Harman continues to strengthen its position in technology fields like software development, OTA, ... Read more Continental celebrates production of 200 million injectors January 21, 2015 Continental celebrates production of 200 million injectors While globally the gasoline engine with port injection is still the prevailing type, the direct injection is catching up rapidly. Automotive supplier Continental is a driving force behind this trend with its PFI injectors. This product type currently celebrates its 10th anniversary. Within these ten ... Read more Leoni to supply cable harnesses to Hyundai January 20, 2015 Leoni to supply cable harnesses to Hyundai Wiring system manufacturer Leoni AG has received a major order from Korean carmaker Hyundai: The world's fourth-largest vehicle manufacturer has assigned Leoni to provide cable harnesses in the double-digit million euro range, distributed over six years. Read more Spansion after Cypress merger: What automotive industry can expect January 14, 2015 Spansion after Cypress merger: What automotive industry can expect Past December, analog chipmaker Cypress announced to merge with Flash company Spansion. Since the latter plays a significant role in automotive ECU units, customers in these markets were unsettled. Spansion CEO John Kispert explains which effects the merger will have on the company's business. Read more General Motors targets Tesla with EV launches January 12, 2015 General Motors targets Tesla with EV launches General Motors Co. (GM) is planning to launch a $30,000 electric vehicle - the Chevrolet Bolt - which will be capable of driving 200 miles on a single charge by 2017. Read more TRW kicks the pedal for automated driving, reshapes its electronics business January 08, 2015 TRW kicks the pedal for automated driving, reshapes its electronics business Automotive supplier TRW aggressively increases its electronics activities, in particular in the field of automated driving. In addition, the company has announced a major business win with French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Read more
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