• 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. ——
  • BEV will continue to account for more than 60 percent of the electric vehicle market

    BEV will continue to account for more than 60 percent of the electric vehicle market

    Due to the promotion of national policies, the sales of fuel vehicles will be reduced in the next 10 years, advancing the global sales of electric vehicles. Among them, BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) will continue to account for more than 60% of the electric vehicle market, exceeding PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). The main factors affecting the sales of electric vehicles are the implementation of incentive policies for electric vehicles and the announcement of the time limit for banning the production and sale of fuel vehicles in various countries, the tightening of carbon emission policies, and the expansion of electric vehicle product lines by car manufacturers. In addition, the structure of BEV is simpler than that of plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the main difference between the two is in the engine part. PHEV adopts dual power system, engine and motor, while EV only has motor part. PHEV needs 6900 parts and components of the engine, while other related drive systems and control components are 4200 more than the motor. Compared with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, BEV body is lighter, which can reduce power consumption. For car manufacturers, the advantages of developing BEV include sharing chassis designing different types of cars, sharing 90% of the parts, and greatly shortening the vehicle development cycle. The common chassis has all kinds of key components needed by the electric vehicle, including chassis frame, battery pack, motor, electronic control units (ECU), suspension system, etc. At present, the major car manufacturer is also aimed at developing common platform for BEV development, and it can apply the modular platform of BEV to the single module platform, such as passenger cars, pickup trucks, recreational activity vehicles (RAV), trucks and so on. Common platform also supply to group brands to reduce its production cost.
  • European EV Subsidy Policy, Promote The Transformation of Automotive Enterprises

    European EV Subsidy Policy, Promote The Transformation of Automotive Enterprises

    Under the European policy of carbon emission, governments require car manufacturers to improve the fuel engine performance, provide subsidies for electric vehicles, and provide consumers with high subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles. Many countries have set a schedule for banning the sale of fuel vehicles. For example, Norway will ban the sale from 2025, while Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark are expected to ban the sale from 2030. In order to promote policies and encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles, the European government provides preferential subsidy policies. For example, the subsidy for electric vehicles in Germany can reach up to EUR 9000 per set, and the subsidy for electric vehicles in France and Italy can reach EUR 6000-7000. That is to say, after the subsidy, European consumers can buy electric vehicles at the same price as fuel vehicles or even lower. At 2020, the sales volume of electric vehicles in Europe is estimated to reach 1.08 million units, with an annual growth rate of 92% compared with 560,000 units in 2019. In order to comply the strict carbon dioxide emission requirements set by the European Union in 2030, accelerate the transformation of vehicle manufacturers PHEV and BEV electric vehicles, and also drive the construction of charging stations in Europe because electric vehicles have to be recharged by plug-in. According to the European Green Deal policy, it is planned that the number of charging stations in Europe will increase to 1 million by 2025. With the development of electric vehicle industry chain, autonomous cars and other automotive technology applications have become the focus of market attention. From the design of automotive safety electronic products, such as AR HUD (Augmented Reality head up display), ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), to 5G technology applications. Building the Internet of vehicles will be the development trend of automotive industry.
  • Stellantis: FCA and Groupe PSA merger confirmed

    Stellantis: FCA and Groupe PSA merger confirmed

    The merger between Groupe PSA and FCA has been finalised creating the world’s fourth largest manufacturer by volume. Carlos Tavares, former PSA boss, will run the newly formed company as CEO, while other managerial positions will be confirmed in the coming days. The name Stellantis refers to the Latin word “stello,” meaning “to brighten with stars.” Based on the most recent sales figures, Stellantis should have an annual production volume of 8.7 million units, which places the firm behind only the Volkswagen Group, Toyota and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The newly combined company will also become the world’s third largest manufacturer by revenue, with an annual turnover of €170 billion (£144.3 billion). The merger looks to be an advantageous move for both parties – PSA will gain access to American markets and FCA may be able to make use of PSA’s newer (and electrified) vehicle platforms. Further opportunities, such as autonomous and connected vehicle projects, may also be in the pipeline. Ownership of the merged company will be split 50/50 between PSA and FCA shareholders. The former brand’s investors will be allocated a €5.5 billion (£4.7bn) dividend, while the latter firm’s shareholders will receive a reported €3 billion (£2.6bn). PSA: moving towards the American market As it stands, the merger could put PSA’s proposed plans to enter the North American market on hold, according to Tavares, given FCA’s strong presence there already. “We see the strength of FCA in North America is outstanding, and we have 12 months ahead [while the merger process concludes] to think about it.” However, should the US introduce any regulatory changes related to CO2 emissions, PSA would be primed to introduce its low-emission vehicles there. Tavares added: “All the electrification know-how we have developed for the European market would be a very significant asset to bring to the US market for the appropriate level of improvement.” We’ll have to wait for the first fruits of the merger, but potentially no longer than a couple of years. Mike Manley, former FCA CEO, noted the quick development time of the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa after the brands were acquired by PSA, saying that “it shows you that, with the speed and the focus, you can actually converge on platforms very quickly.” Profit, mergers and global partnership trends FCA had net revenues of €115.4 billion (£99.66bn) on sales of 4.84 million vehicles across brands including Fiat and Jeep in 2018, on which profits of €5bn (£4.3bn) were generated – an increase of 34 per cent over the previous year. Groupe PSA, meanwhile, sold 3.88 million vehicles in 2018, generating €74 billion (£63bn) in revenue and €3.295 billion (£2.844bn) in consolidated net income – which was up 40.4 per cent on 2017. Car companies are increasingly seeking business synergies and mergers as markets become ever-more competitive and crowded – and regulations continue to make the future of vehicle production uncertain. In April 2019, news brok...
  • International Specifications Promote The Safe Network Of Vehicles

    International Specifications Promote The Safe Network Of Vehicles

    With the development of vehicle information system and networking system, vehicle information security incidents are increasing year by year. According to the statistics of information security incidents disclosed by Upstream, there were 34 information security incidents in 2015, which increased to 79 in 2018 and 192 in 2019, an increase of 2.4 times compared with the previous year.  The ISO/SAE 21434 vehicle safety management standard was jointly developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and SAE International to promote the automotive industry to pay attention to the issue of vehicle safety. The potential attack pipeline of vehicle information security can be divided into wired communication, wireless communication, sensor and other interfaces. In the wired communication terminal, the vehicle is equipped with the vehicle On-Board Diagnostics port and the USB connection port on the console. In the situation of vehicle security, hackers would invade the vehicle communication system, such as CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) and ECU (Electronic Control Unit), through communication channels such as OBD, to find out the available wireless communication path of the vehicle, and then they can invade other vehicles of the same type remotely. With the development of automotive technology towards networking, electronics and automation, the wireless communication end of vehicles, such as satellite positioning, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC of vehicle information communication system, may be the way for hackers to invade. OTA (Over-the-Air Technology) developed in recent years may also become one of the ways for hackers to invade. In sensors and other interfaces, such as cameras, radars and other environmental sensors used in ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and self-driving function, information can be judged by interfering with the operation of sensors and destroying the system; charging holes used for electric vehicle charging and various vehicle detectors, if illegal users change information in series, may become a breach of information security. In order to prevent hackers from invading the vehicle system and causing accidents, the vehicle manufacturers should introduce the concept of security by design into the vehicle life cycle, design defense lines in the Vehicle Information Communication system, in Vehicle Network and ECU Gateway Design, and construct an in-depth information security protection mechanism.
  • China’s Horizon Robotics Raises $400 Million to Develop Autonomous Driving Chips

    China’s Horizon Robotics Raises $400 Million to Develop Autonomous Driving Chips

    Horizon Robotics, a Chinese startup that develops artificial intelligence (AI) chips for smart vehicles, has bagged $400 million in a new funding round led by Baillie Gifford, YF Capital and battery-maker CATL, according to a company statement on Thursday. The new funding comes at a time when China increasingly pursues a policy of self-sufficiency in high-tech industries including AI, semiconductors and information technology amid mounting tech and trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. Proceeds from the new round, which is the second tranche of its series C funding round in which Horizon Robotics aims to raise $700 million, will be used to accelerate the development and commercialization of its chips designed for autonomous vehicles, as well as build a partner ecosystem in the industry, the statement said. The Beijing-based startup, which was founded in 2015 by a former head of Baidu’s autonomous driving unit, said that it plans to launch its Journey 5 chip that features computing power of 96 trillion operations per second, enabling Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy. Horizon Robotics completed the first tranche of the series C round in December when it received $150 million from a group of investors including 5Y Capital, Capital Today and Hillhouse Capital’s venture capital unit GL Ventures. ——
  • Hyundai Motor may buy EV batteries from Samsung SDI for 1st time

    Hyundai Motor may buy EV batteries from Samsung SDI for 1st time

    Hyundai Motor said Monday it has selected Samsung SDI as one of the final candidates to supply batteries for its electric vehicles to be rolled out in 2023. South Korea’s largest automaker is currently shopping for the third batch of batteries for its EVs to be assembled using its platform E-GMP. Designed by Hyundai Motor, E-GMP is a platform dedicated to EVs that allows the carmaker to load batteries under the car’s floor instead of engine bay. If selected, Samsung SDI, together with SK Innovation, will supply batteries worth 25 trillion won ($23.1 billion) to Hyundai Motor’s electric SUV Ioniq 7. The deal will become the first EV battery supply contract between the two companies. Hyundai Motor and Samsung SDI declined to comment on the ratio of nickel inside the third batch of batteries. The first batch of batteries, which will be loaded on Hyundai’s EVs based on E-GMP this year, will be supplied from SK Innovation. The second batch, which will power Hyundai’s EVs to be introduced next year, will be supplied exclusively by LG Energy Solution and China’s CATL. The size of the first and second batch is 10 trillion won and 16 trillion won, respectively. ——
  • Application Development of Internet of Vehicles

    Application Development of Internet of Vehicles

    The evolution of Internet of Vehicles (IoV) technology evolved from the early self-development of automotive manufacturers to open platform in recent years, emphasizing intelligent control, real-time control, data analysis and management, and the development for automobiles toward intelligence and networking. IoV in the passenger vehicles, it provided by car manufacturers with special functions for car owners. Through the self-development system, we can monitor the starting motor, gasoline pump, battery and other equipment. If any problem is found, in addition to providing information to the driver, it can also upload the cloud system to inform the maintenance plant.  After 2018, the IoV has rich operating systems and functions. At this stage, the IoV applications introduced by automobiles focus on the connection between mobile phones and vehicles. The functions can be operated through the mobile phone network, or the mobile phone can be connected to the vehicle panel (such as digital cluster and central control panel), and the mobile phone applications can be operated through the vehicle panel; and even the car can be controlled through the mobile phone, such as unlocking, turning on the air conditioner. The development of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) to semi-autonomous driving control are closely related to IoV. Different from the use of the IoV for passenger vehicles, IoV of commercial vehicles focuses on the improvement of business performance. The most common way to introduce the IoV into application is through the smart fleet management system, and it integrates the vehicle engine, sensors, system platform, cloud / big data integration functions through the smart fleet management system, so as to create more diversified services. The operation process includes the collection of decentralized data, information monitoring and analysis, safety monitoring and diagnosis. Through the system integrator, the owners can solve the pain points, improve the operation efficiency of the fleet, control the safety risks and reduce the operating costs. All these are achieved by the Internet of Vehicles technology. With the advent of 5G networking, the application of 5G technology in the Internet of vehicles scenario makes the Internet of vehicles have a more flexible architecture.
  • Bosch introducing CVT for electric vehicles: CVT4EV

    Bosch introducing CVT for electric vehicles: CVT4EV

    Bosch is introducing a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Bosch push belt, specially designed for electric vehicles: the CVT4EV. CVT4EV is a compact variable ratio transmission that supports the performance demands of electric vehicles for a wider audience. The system improves the economy and performance of the electric powertrain, while maintaining the smooth and comfortable character of the electric motor. The variable gear ratio of the CVT4EV delivers an optimal trade-off between efficiency and performance. The system controls the speed and torque of the electric motor and improves the vehicle’s performance. This results in faster acceleration, higher top speeds and more torque at the wheels for towing and off-road performance. Continuous shifting allows maximum power to be applied continuously, allowing the vehicle to accelerate better and drive faster up the mountain. Power also remains more available across the vehicle speed, leading to higher top speeds and lower energy consumption. By running the electric motor at its most efficient operating point, the CVT4EV also enables lower energy consumption. In the combined efficiency of the inverter, electric motor and CVT, the system finds the optimum operating point of the electric powertrain by controlling the transmission ratio of the CVT. That is the point where the power and torque are delivered in the most efficient way. Due to the reduced torque and speed requirement of the electric motor, the CVT4EV makes a more compact electric motor possible. Alternatively, a larger driving range with the same motor can be selected. Bosch says that CVT4EV provides an additional cost advantage for car manufacturers due to its versatility. CVT4EV makes a single drivetrain suitable for a wide variety of applications, be it a mid-size car, sports car or light commercial vehicle. This solution consists of one platform with a CVT4EV module, an inverter, an electric motor and a final drive with a ratio adapted to the vehicle. This creates a major cost advantage for car manufacturers, with less cost and complexity in the development, production and aftermarket of their applications and vehicles. This variability also offers an improved user experience through the availability of different driving modes (eg uphill, highway or individual mode). The variability of the CVT4EV also offers car manufacturers a way to differentiate themselves with their vehicles by offering typical driving behavior related to their brand in all segments. As a result, the driving experience by the end user is still linked to the car make. Unlike alternative multi-stage solutions for electric vehicles, the CVT4EV introduces fewer restrictions on torque and revs. In addition, it offers completely smooth shifting without shifting shocks. Extra measures to mask switching shocks are therefore not necessary; in addition, the potentially larger control range of the CVT reduces the revs of the electric motor, resulting in an even smo...
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