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Stellantis, LG, Samsung Gigafactories; Tesla Embraces LFP; Supercharger Network to Triple

The European/American automaker announces it will partner with two titans of Li-ion cell-making for batteries for North American-built BEVs.

Electrification Batteries

Supply Bottlenecks Continue Assault on North America Production

Excluding 2020’s pandemic-hit total, North America production for light vehicles and medium-/heavy-duty trucks in 2021 will be lowest for any calendar year since 2011.

Market Analysis Markets

Arm Strengthens Automotive IP Portfolio with SOAFEE

On Sept. 15, Arm announced a new direction in its IP and technology portfolio to address the transformation of the automotive industry whose center of gravity is rapidly moving toward software, rather than hardware, components.

It appears evident that open-software platforms are of strategic import for the new mobility era. This role is evident not only from different bodies and companies investing in them, but also the effect on regional interests that are characterizing the automotive industry lately, with counterposing economic powers trying to dominate.

 


Mobility Autonomy

Startup Voltaiq Says Has Cure for Batteries Going Bad

The developer says its software acts like an EKG for lithium-ion batteries, gathering and analyzing vital performance data quickly to speed development time and help automakers and battery suppliers avoid costly recalls.

Batteries Electrification

BlueCruise: Ride the Pony Hands Free as 2022 Mustang Mach-E GT Takes to Streets

Ford’s BlueCruise is a strong addition to the Level 2+ driver assistance sector, scoring a solid “B” in performance and promising more reliable hands-free driving in more locations as the technology evolves.

Autonomy ADAS

Hydrogen Developments Speed Toward Still-Distant Fuel-Cell Future

Hydrogen Day (Oct. 8 = 1.008, the atomic weight of hydrogen) always produces news on the fuel-cell vehicle front. But great expectations for a hydrogen-powered future are being tempered by reality.

Electrification Commercial Vehicles

U.S. Big-Truck Deliveries Down 4.1% in September

U.S. medium- and heavy-duty truck sales broke an eight-month streak of gains; bucking the trend was deliveries of Class 4 trucks, which soared 75.5%.

Market Analysis

Canada Big-Truck Deliveries Down 13.2% in September

Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales in Canada fell for the first time since February; year-to-date sales were still afloat – up 13.0%.

Market Analysis

GENIVI Rebranding Reflects Auto Connectivity’s Faster Pace

There has been industry chatter the adoption of Google operating systems is making the GENIVI Alliance unnecessary, but even Google sources say that’s not true.

Connectivity Cockpit of the Future

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.

Market Analysis Production Forecast

Mexico Light-Vehicle Sales Down 1.1% in September

Despite September’s downturn, Mexico light-vehicle sales increased 13.3% in Q3.

Market Analysis

GM to Take Next Step in Autonomous With Ultra Cruise in 2023

Ultra Cruise is designed to cover 95% of driving situations and ultimately will be mapped to more than 3.4 million miles in the U.S. and Canada. It will take the driver hands-free from their suburban home’s driveway to the center of town.

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