• Germany will invest 5.5 billion euros in charging stations for power plants

    Germany will invest 5.5 billion euros in charging stations for power plants

    Over the next two years, Germany will invest no less than € 5.5 billion to substantially increase its charging infrastructure for electric cars. Stated by many car manufacturers and electric car users, the issue of charging infrastructure for electric cars remains a difficult one. As the number of electric vehicles increases rapidly, European countries are lagging behind in terms of charging stations for them, so that both private and, in particular, government investments are most needed. In this context, Steffen Seibert, spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced in an online conference with the leaders of major car manufacturers that the German state will invest 5.5 billion euros by 2024 to expand the charging infrastructure of electric cars from the continent’s strongest economy. The measure announced by the Germans supports both the industry and customers of electric cars to achieve the ever-increasing pollution control targets imposed by the European Commission. As Germany is a major supporter of the European Commission’s ambitious environmental goals, but at the same time is seen as a country that supports its strong car industry even if its interests do not align with the demands of Brussels politicians, the investment plan 5.5 billion euros is very welcome. ——
  • EU plans millions of e-vehicle batteries, jobs by 2025

    EU plans millions of e-vehicle batteries, jobs by 2025

    EU officials announced plans Friday to create millions of new jobs as industries across the continent increase capacity to supply lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicle production. The 27-member bloc is depending on its European Battery Alliance to decrease reliance on batteries and other technologies imported from the US or Asia as it fulfills the Green Deal goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. "We expect that we will be able to cover all the industrial needs of our car manufacturers when it comes to batteries by 2025," EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic told reporters. Planned giga-factories across Europe will produce between 7 million to 8 million batteries annually, more than manufacturing plans for electric vehicles. The EU is "now set to become the second-largest battery cell producer in the world, behind China,"said Sefcovic. Sefcovic made the announcement after talks about the battery alliance with German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. How are electric vehicles key to Europe's future? Brussels sees the transformation of Europe's auto industry as a key driver of the continent's post-coronavirus recovery. The bloc is currently investing €20 billion ($24 billion) in 70 projects within 12 member states to ensure battery independence. This includes the securing of supplies of key raw materials such as lithium, nickel and graphite. By next year, the Commission hopes to adopt strict new environmental standards for batteries, including regulations on material recycling, to fend off imports of cheaper and less sustainable components that would undermine EU goals. How many new jobs will be created? The European Commission expects up to 4 million new jobs to be created by 2025 as a result of dozens of new industrial alliances in the battery cell business. Le Maire said meeting this goal would require massive programs to train enough workers for the EU to catch up with rival battery makers. "Our goal is to train and reconvert 800,000 workers between now and 2025 across the entire value chain for electric vehicles," he said by video link from Paris. What is the European Battery Alliance? Often dubbed "Airbus for batteries," the alliance involves dozens of companies including automakers and energy groups that are building production capacity while also vying to create next-generation power sources. ——
  • Power Day: Volkswagen plans standard battery cell

    Power Day: Volkswagen plans standard battery cell

    Volkswagen has just presented its technology roadmap for the battery and charging sectors up to 2030 at its Power Day presentation. The aim of the roadmap is to significantly reduce the complexity and costs of batteries. At the core of the plan are six “Gigafactories” throughout Europe. With Volkswagen’s battery plans, complexity and costs are to be achieved primarily through a new, uniform battery cell, as the German carmaker explained at its Power Day event that lasted several hours. Although this cell has a uniform format, it can contain different cell chemistries that are adapted to the respective vehicle. Here, VW is relying on a prismatic cell. This standardised battery cell is to be installed in up to 80 per cent of all the group’s electric vehicles by 2030. “For the remaining 20 per cent, a large manufacturer like Volkswagen needs specially adapted cells from suppliers,” says VW technical director Thomas Schmall at the Power Day. “But it is important that we use the same cell for 80 per cent. With this 80 per cent, we will then succeed in achieving the cost targets.” The costs are to be reduced by 30 per cent on average, and even by up to 50 per cent for smaller vehicles. There is a simple reason why the savings are greater for entry-level BEVs: similar to Tesla’s announcement at Battery Day in September 2020, Volkswagen also wants to rely on LFP cells for its volume models in future. “These cells are cheap and robust, they can withstand many charging cycles,” says Frank Blome, head of the Center of Excellence Battery Cell. “This makes them very promising for vehicles with short ranges.” LFP for entry-level BEVs, solid-state as the “ultimate goal” Volkswagen figures that in terms of cost reductions, up to 15 per cent is to be saved in the cell design itself, up to ten per cent in production, five per cent in the battery system and up to 20 per cent in material costs for the anode and cathode – adding up to the targeted 50 per cent savings in comparison to the current cell generation. The “consistent recycling”, starting from the pilot plant opened in Salzgitter in January, should also contribute to the cost savings in the long term – 95 per cent of the materials should be able to be reused. “We will also use our economies of scale for the benefit of customers in the battery,” says Schmall. “On average, we will thus reduce the cost of battery systems to well below 100 euros per kilowatt-hour. This will finally make e-mobility affordable.” Cells with a high manganese or nickel content are to be used for the larger and more powerful series of the Group brands, but the nickel-rich cathodes are likely to be used for premium brands because of the higher material costs. Battery expert Blome described solid-state batteries as the “ultimate goal”, which should then enable charging to 80 per cent in 12 minutes. According to Blome, the solid-state batteries should not only enable shorter charging times for customers (on the 450 kilometres from Leipz...
  • Smart Technology And Green Energy

    Smart Technology And Green Energy

    Climate change is the most critical issue in the current generation. With the global warming becoming more and more serious, various countries have formulated carbon reduction policies in order to achieve sustainable development of resources. When the economy develops vigorously, the industrial development of various sectors such as residential, transportation and industry will be influenced by the integrated energy saving concept and technology, which will affect the results of the world in energy conservation and carbon reduction policies. Reduce Energy Consumption Greenhouse gas emissions are closely related to energy consumption, industrial production activities and lifestyle, including residential, commercial and transportation. In residential and commercial energy conservation, green buildings adopt energy-saving building materials and design, which helps to achieve energy-saving effect and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  With the development of IOT, intelligent building management and intelligent building control system management are introduced to effectively achieve energy control and allocate limited resources. In terms of energy saving in transportation, countries around the world accelerate the promotion of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) to improve the operational efficiency of transportation systems, so as to expand energy-saving benefits and provide more efficient services. In recent years, the development strategy of the automobile industry has shifted to the use of electricity and hydrogen energy as vehicle power sources. The government has promoted policies to encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles and replace fuel vehicles with electric vehicles to reduce pollution emissions. Developing Green Energy In the development of new energy, the heat energy generated by the sun or the earth's interior is directly or indirectly used in various forms, including solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy, etc.. Compared with traditional energy, new energy generally has the characteristics of less pollution and large reserves, which can solve the problem of serious environmental pollution and energy depletion. Solar energy as an example, the photovoltaic semiconductor in the solar panel receives sunlight and converts the radiation into direct current. Through the construction of solar panels and the use of AI technology for solar energy management platform monitoring, green energy is used to replace fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil energy. Although the progress of science and technology has increased the burden on the environment, it can also change the lifestyle through scientific and technological innovation, so as to achieve the common development of energy, environmental protection and economy.
  • Continental Expects Chip Shortage To Continue For Many Months

    Continental Expects Chip Shortage To Continue For Many Months

    German auto parts supplier Continental believes the ongoing shortage of semiconductors will not be resolved any time soon. During a recent video call, Continental chief executive Nikolai Setzer said that the impacts of the shortage will continue to be felt for the rest of the first quarter before starting to ease in the second quarter. With that being said, the shortage will affect some areas of the automotive industry for the rest of the year, Auto News notes. “[2021] has been subdued so far due to the shortage of semiconductors,” Continental chief financial officer Wolfgang Schaefer said in the earnings call. “The effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic remain a source of uncertainty too. All in all, 2021 will therefore remain challenging.” ——
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  • Tesla Collaborates with University of Bayreuth to Research Battery Tech in Germany

    Tesla Collaborates with University of Bayreuth to Research Battery Tech in Germany

    Batteries are, of course, a critically important part of the production of electric vehicles, so research and development in this area are very valuable. Tesla is one of the leaders in this, trying to keep the cost of battery cells as low as possible while improving their performance. The company's battery factory in Germany and the research to be carried out in Europe should make a significant contribution. Recently it became known that Tesla, together with the Bayreuth University, is conducting research on batteries in Germany. A battery collaboration with a German university is expected to begin in March. On February 25, the Bayreuth University presented the project "Glass separators for lithium-ion batteries (GlasSeLIB)." It will be funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation for over 375,000 euros over the next three years. The coordinator of the joint project is KeyLab Glass Technology of the Bayreuth University, which is located in the Department of Ceramic Materials. Research partners are the Department of Materials Technology at the Bayreuth University and four companies: Füller Glastechnologie GmbH, Vitrulan Glass Textile GmbH, Varta Microbattery GmbH and, most interestingly, Tesla Germany GmbH in Munich. The research is carried out in close collaboration with the Bavarian Center for Battery Technology (BayBatt), the central scientific institution of the Bayreuth University. Lithium-ion batteries are currently the most important in energy storage. Their operational safety is critically dependent on separators. Therefore, the Bayreuth University is researching new types of glass separators to improve the safety of high-tech batteries, all the while increasing service life. A separator is a permeable membrane placed between a battery's anode and cathode. The main function of a separator is to keep the two electrodes apart to prevent electrical short circuits while also allowing for the transport of ionic charge carriers that are needed to close the circuit during the passage of current in an electrochemical cell. A press release from the Bayreuth University states that Tesla and Varta will act as partners who will test the developed separators in their laboratories. It seems that Tesla is already playing an important role in battery research and development in Germany and Europe. ——
  • Netradyne Expands Product Line to Create full 360-Degree Fleet Vehicle Views with DriveriHub

    Netradyne Expands Product Line to Create full 360-Degree Fleet Vehicle Views with DriveriHub

    Netradyne, a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Edge Computing focusing on driver and fleet safety, today announced the expansion of the Driveri product portfolio with the availability of DriveriHub®. Designed for expandability, DriveriHub is bundled as an accessory to Driveri® and enables customers to add up to four additional cameras to their existing installation for a complete 360-degree exterior view around the entire vehicle. With additional cameras connected to DriveriHub, drivers and fleets can now safely and securely view the entire vehicle for the full driving day. While Netradyne's Driveri D-410 and D-210 help fleets of all sizes improve their overall safe driving experience through positive driving recognition, automated coaching and the industry's most advanced patented AI and object detection, the views covered by the core Driveri devices see forward, in-cab and to both sides of the vehicle, enough to ensure safe driving in all road conditions. The additional cameras connected to the DriveriHub expand those views depending on the needs of the fleet. From interior views for school buses to down the side of a trailer or rear of the vehicle, DriveriHub uses standard Wifi to ensure every scenario a fleet could consider is covered. This includes trucks that have freight loading in the back, waste management on both sides or back, and oil and gas vehicles to view sensitive areas like valve connections. All camera views are available to the driver while in the cab, ensuring the driver has full control and can safely operate the fleet vehicle at all times. "Our first priority is always going to be road safety for the driver, the fleet vehicle and the people in and around that vehicle," said Kishore Kumblekere, Director of Product Management at Netradyne. "With DriveriHub, we give maximum flexibility of camera deployments so fleets can customize their Driveri installations whether that means adding cameras to see cargo doors, valves on fuel trucks or robotic arms on waste management vehicles," he added. "That full 360-degree exterior view adds visibility that is available every second of the full driving day because we know that hazards can come from any direction and the best professional drivers in the world can benefit from extra eyes." DriveriHub is typically installed inside a vehicle while the cameras are wired outside of the vehicle. With WIFI connectivity to the Driveri device, DriveriHub uses the same high-quality HD video for added visibility. Customers can seamlessly request videos over the fleet manager portal for coaching or event analysis. DriveriHub includes support for an in-cab monitor designed for the driver, for a complete view of all camera angles. Powered by Edge Computing and AI, Driveri is a vision-based safety platform that leverages a camera system looking both within and outside the vehicle to continuously analyze driving scenes and road data while monitoring a driver's behavior using AI embedded dir...
  • Invest 1 billion euros, Audi will build its own charging stations in Europe

    Invest 1 billion euros, Audi will build its own charging stations in Europe

    According to foreign media reports, it has been reported recently that in order to increase the sales of Audi and Volkswagen Group's electric vehicles, and to further expand the company's new energy vehicle layout, Audi is considering building its own brand of electric vehicle charging stations in major European cities. Audi CEO Markus Duesmann (Markus Duesmann) said that at present, Europe's layout for public charging is far from enough to meet the demand for charging in every parking lot. Audi does not want the lack of charging facilities to affect the sales and promotion of electric vehicles, so it is considering how to build its own high-end charging network and facilities in several major cities. At present, Ionity, a joint venture of Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Hyundai, has built nearly 300 fast charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe, mainly in gas stations and parking lots along the highway. According to the plan, Ionity aims to build 400 ultra-fast charging stations by 2020, and each charging station has an average of 6 charging posts. In terms of the DC fast charging network, the output power of the Ionity charging pile can reach 350kW, which is about 3 times that of the 120kW Tesla super charging station. Nevertheless, the city's charging station network is still "supply in short supply." It is reported that Audi plans to invest 1 billion euros to build 300 fast charging stations. In addition, Porsche will also likely join Audi's charging station system. Audi said that building its own charging station is only one of the options, and the Volkswagen Group is also considering cooperating with Inoity or other car companies to develop a charging network. "Audi will sell the last fuel car within 20 years. Of course, the specific deadline is still up to the consumer to decide." Marcus Dussman said. It can be seen that Audi has great ambitions for the rapid development of new energy vehicles. According to the plan, by 2025, Audi will invest more than 15 billion euros in the field of electric vehicles and launch 30 electrified models worldwide, including 25 pure electric vehicles, many of which will also enter the Chinese market and introduce localized production. In 2020, Audi delivered a total of 726,300 vehicles in China, breaking the 700,000 mark for the first time. By 2023, Audi plans to achieve annual sales of 1 million vehicles in the Chinese market. In addition to the original car-making platform, technological precipitation and sales network, Audi's planning on the layout of the charging network will further expand its advantages in the field of electric vehicles. ——
  • Achieve Next Generation Automotive Connectivity with Amphenol RF's AUTOMATE Mini-FARKRA Series

    Achieve Next Generation Automotive Connectivity with Amphenol RF's AUTOMATE Mini-FARKRA Series

    DANBURY, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2021 / -- Amphenol RF is proud to introduce the AUTOMATE Mini-FAKRA connector series, the latest in automotive interconnect technology. This series offers a space-conscious, high-performance interface which is critical to the next generation of vehicle applications. Supporting up to 20 Gbps data transmission, AUTOMATE connectors reduce installation requirements by up to 80% compared to previous FAKRA products. The AUTOMATE connector series is designed with color coded housings to provide visual guidance during the assembly process. They are also mechanically keyed to prevent mis-mating of the connectors. The foolproof installation makes this connector ideal for automotive applications such as autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and 360 degree surround view cameras. AUTOMATE is currently available in the type A right angle PCB and cable mount configuration and features many of the same popular design elements as traditional FAKRA including push-on mating, which provides audible confirmation of the secure connection, and terminal position assurance (TPA). The TPA is a secondary locking mechanism located on the cable mount connector which provides additional security during the installation process and snaps into place when the connectors are properly mated. The Type A connector series is fully compatible with existing mini-FAKRA connectors commonly used in automotive applications. Custom cable assemblies and IP rated sealed solutions are available by request. Amphenol RF is a leading manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency, microwave, and data transmission system applications. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, Amphenol RF has global sales, marketing and manufacturing locations in North America, Asia and Europe. Standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Custom engineered products include multi-port ganged interconnect, blind mate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions. ——
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