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Global Motor Manufacturer Forecasts Shift Back to Suppliers

Nidec, a global leader in the production of electric motors, is gearing up to produce nearly half of the traction motors automakers will demand for BEVs by 2030. The Japanese supplier predicts most OEMs will switch to supplier-built motors as the electric-vehicle industry matures.

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Tesla 4680 Cell Problem Child?; CATL Sodium-Ion Cell; LG’s Indonesian JV With Hyundai

Tesla’s in-house 4680 cell could be seeing a slower-than-expected rollout, while CATL says it has developed a faster-charging cell and LG and Hyundai will begin Li-ion manufacturing in Indonesia.

Electrification Batteries Charging

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July U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales to Continue Free-Fall from Springtime Peak

Sales could reverse course next month, but making it a challenge is inventory is expected to decline 8.0% in July from June, as well as the high level of uncertainty how fast production can rebound in Q3 due to lingering risks with the flow of microchips.

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‘Sense of Touch’ Technology Can Help Prevent Fatalities

The Tactile Mobility system will detect even very slight initial runover of virtually anything, including a soft human body part, and provide a warning and/or a full vehicle stop to prevent further runover, which could be life-saving.


Microchip Shortage Still Pummeling North America Production

The production cuts only exacerbate the inventory decline expected in July from June’s drastically depleted supply and further limits potential U.S. sales volumes in second-half 2021.

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World Vehicle Sales, June 2021

World vehicle sales by region for total vehicles and light vehicles for June 2021.

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North America Factory Sales, June 2021

North America factory sales of trucks by destination, manufacturer, and weight class; and factory sales of medium and heavy diesel trucks and buses by destination, brand, and weight class for June 2021. Includes factory sales of diesel trucks by engine manufacturer.

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Europe Vehicle Sales, June 2021

Europe vehicle sales by company region, company and country for total vehicles and light vehicles for June 2021.

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North America Platform by Plant Production Forecast - 2021-2023

North America light vehicle production forecast by vehicle type and country; by manufacturer, vehicle type, and country; by manufacturer, country, and plant; and by manufacturer, platform, and plant by month for 2021-2023. Includes list of models with their associated platform.

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Outlook Q2 2021: North American Barometer

Wards Intelligence Principal Forecaster, Haig Stoddard, will share Wards Intelligence and LMC North American sales and production data and forecasts for the second-half of 2021.

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Outlook Q2 2021: Where We’re Headed With Autonomous Vehicles and What It Will Take to Get There

Glenn Sanders, Principal Analyst-Autonomous Vehicles at Wards Intelligence, will cut through the hype on where the industry stands with autonomous-vehicle development and the likely path ahead for commercialization, and Luca DeAmbroggi, Chief Analyst-Technologies and E/E Architectures at Wards Intelligence will discuss the transformation to the Software Defined Vehicle that’s required to make it all happen.

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Ford, Argo and Lyft Gear Up to Deploy Ride Hailing AVs in 2021

Ford, Argo AI and Lyft are working together to begin commercialization of autonomous Ford Escape Hybrids for ride hailing at scale through the Lyft network by the end of 2021.

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Greenlots Sets Sights on Fleet Expansion, International Growth

The charging software and services provider owned by oil giant Shell sees more and faster charging in the future, as well as a healthy fleet business materializing.

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Platforms and Skateboards: Development Tools Accelerate AV Production

Makers of autonomous vehicles are using development tools from leading providers such as Argo AI, Baidu, NVIDIA and Waymo as well as skateboard platforms from Canoo and Coast Autonomous to speed up production.

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