Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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These VPPAs will enable Honda to fully offset the remaining carbon-intensive grid-supplied electricity being used in its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama automobile manufacturing operations, and will help the company meet its voluntary carbon reduction goal.

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Mitsubishi Rayon acquires majority of carbon fiber reinforced plastics company Wethje; targeting auto industry

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MRC) recently executed a share sales and purchase agreement by which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH , a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications, from Wethje parent Cross Industries AG. MRC aims to strengthen and expand the carbon fiber intermediate materials business for automobile applications in Europe. Mitsubishi Rayon Co.

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ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. Their report, “Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation”, was developed for the USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses. However, they noted, there are also many challenges associated with the use of biobased parts in the auto industry. —“Biobased Automobile Parts Investigation”.

Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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Dieter Kempf, President of BITKOM, the IT industry Association, Winterkorn declared that the increasingly intensive networking of cars with their surroundings and automatic driving would be the key topics for the intelligent mobility of the future. At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile.

2014 186

European Auto Industry Expresses Concern Over Iron Ore Price Hikes

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The European automobile industry expressed concern about the “ sudden and massive ” increase in the price of iron ore, a crucial material for producing steel. Such “ excessive and unpredictable ” pricing policy would affect the competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe, including the automotive industry, according to a statement from ACEA, the European auto industry’s trade association.

Thomson Reuters report finds established auto industry companies, not Silicon Valley, leading development of autonomous driving tech

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Established automotive industry companies—not Silicon Valley—are leading the development of autonomous driving technology, according to a new report from the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters. The report, which analyzes global patent activity in the field of self-driving automobiles over the last five years, identifies the global leaders in the development of the technologies and also makes predictions about the future of driverless cars.

2016 150

12th Five-Year Plan for Chinas auto industry to make new-energy vehicles priority

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The 12 th Five-year Plan for China’s auto industry reportedly will make developing new-energy vehicles the top priority. China is targeting annual new-energy automobile sales of 1 million units by 2015, according to the China Association for Automobile Manufacturers. The first draft of the 12 th Five-year Plan for China's automobile industry has already been formulated and the formal plan is scheduled to be released at the end of 2010.

China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. Natural gas and other alternative fuel vehicle technology is basically mature, the government said, and is headed toward initial industrialization. 2012 Chinese Auto Industry Development Report. Developing the industrial system.

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European auto industry proposes further 20% cut in passenger car CO2 by 2030 from 2021; conditional on EV uptake and infrastructure; no ZEV mandate

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) outlined the industry’s proposal for a pathway to future CO 2 reductions: a 20% CO 2 reduction for passenger cars by 2030, compared to 2021. It’s also in line with what is expected of other industry sectors, as well as the EU Climate and Energy Framework and the global Paris agreement.

2017 150

Chinese Government think tank calls for refocusing auto industry on environment-friendly and energy-saving targets

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He also said that auto manufacturers should strengthen their safety and quality control standards. Sales of domestically-manufactured autos rose 36 percent year on year to reach 13.14 million units in the months through September, as lower-priced automobiles have become more affordable for better-off Chinese people, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on Oct. Xinhua.

China wants auto industry to focus on energy saving

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Gallup Poll Finds Surge in Positive Ratings of Auto Industry in US; Still Less Favorable Than in 2000-2005

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Americans' opinions of the automobile industry have posted a 15-point positive increase after reaching an all-time low last year, and now tilt more positive than negative for the first time in three years, according to a new Gallup poll. The 15-point increase in the percentage rating the auto industry positively ties the largest one-year improvement in Gallup's 10-year history of measuring public opinion on major US business industries.

2010 162

Auto Industry Backs Additional Funding for Research into Impacts of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) sent a letter to US House and Senate Energy and Water Appropriators in support of additional funding to complete research into the impacts of mid-level blends of ethanol. The auto industry in principle is not opposed to the introduction of such mid-level blends (i.e., Status of research into the effects of mid-level blends.

2009 162

Auto Industry Weighs in Against Murkowski Amendment that Delays EPA Regulation of Stationary Source CO2 Emissions

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) have sent a joint letter to US Senator Diane Feinstein, opposing an amendment to an appropriations act that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from spending money on regulating carbon dioxide from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act for a period of one year.

2009 181

Auto Industry and Utilities Urge President Obama to Create to National Electric Fuel Task Force to Accelerate Plug-in Adoption

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Organizations representing auto manufacturers, electric utilities and the electric drive industry are calling on President Obama to establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Led by the Department of Energy, the task force would include federal and state regulators, standards organizations, utilities, environmental groups, consumer groups and electric drive industry stakeholders.

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Geely officially discloses new global B-segment automobile modular architecture: BMA; new BMA-based SUV to launch this year

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Automobile modular architectures—for example, TNGA of Toyota, and MQB, MLB and MEB of the Volkswagen Group—hav become a major trend in the auto industry. Modular technology has become an important criterion for evaluating whether an automobile company is combining global R&D technology and market layout with a cost-effective manufacturing approach.

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China outlines plans to boost auto industry

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China has been the ‘one to watch’ in the automotive industry for some time, having already established itself as the largest car market in the world ahead of the USA. Tags: Cars Green cars Latest news Beijing Automobile Chang’an Motor Chery China Chinese automotive industry Dongfeng Motor FAW Group Geely Guangzhou Automobile SAIC Motor Corporation Sinotruk

Volkswagen Group & Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) jointly to develop EVs in China; new JV focused on NEVs

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Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., We look forward to a full scope cooperation together with Volkswagen Group, focus on new energy vehicles, to provide Chinese consumers with highly cost-effective battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) products that promote the development of the Chinese new energy vehicle sector as well as the Chinese auto industry’s transformation and upgrading. —An Jin, Chairman of the Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co.,

2016 150

All Western European Countries Will Have CO2-Related Car Taxation This Year; European Auto Industry Urges Harmonization of Schemes

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With Germany set to introduce CO 2 -related taxation in July of 2009, all Western European countries levy passenger car taxes that are partially or totally based on the car’s carbon dioxide emissions and/or fuel consumption, completing a trend that peaked in 2007 and 2008, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’s Association’s (ACEA) Tax Guide 2008 published this week. The European car industry urges EU governments to show more resolve in harmonizing car taxation schemes.

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New Open Fuel Standard Act would set minimum requirement for non-petroleum fuel capability in new automobiles

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2493 ) which would require 30% of new automobiles in 2016, 50% in 2017, and 50% in each subsequent year, to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. The 50% level is a significant reduction from prior legislation introduced that would have required 95% of new automobiles eventually be able to operate on non-petroleum fuels.

2013 186

Chinese car ownership set to escalate

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Wang Fuchang, the director of the Department of Equipment Industry under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, states that automobile ownership in the country will exceed 200million by 2020 [.]. Tags: Green cars Latest news China China auto industry Chinese auto industry Chinese car ownership Wang Fuchang

Waxman/Markey Bill Accelerates Infrastructure and Build-out for Plug-Ins, Calls for Harmonization of Motor Vehicle GHG Standards; 3% of Emissions Allowances for Cap-and-Trade Go to Auto Industry

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In addition, the bill allocates 3% of the emissions allowances (under the cap-and-trade scheme defined in the bill) through 2017 and 1% from 2018 through 2025 be allocated for investments in electric vehicles and other advanced automobile technology and deployment. These applications may be jointly sponsored by electric utilities, automobile manufacturers, technology providers, car sharing companies or organizations, or 2 other persons or entities.

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Automakers try to wave Colorado off a California-style EV mandate

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According to a Reuters report, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group for the auto industry, met with Colorado Governor Jared Polis last month to lobby him to adopt a voluntary EV program instead. After Colorado jumped on board California's Zero Emissions ship in January, automakers apparently weren't happy.

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Automaker lobbyist group predicts doom, gloom over CAFE

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and auto-industry lobbyists are now sparring over the future of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025. At the recent CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, representative of both the EPA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) debated over. emissions CAFE Alliance of Auto Manufacturers Fuel Economy Corporate Average Fuel EconomyThe U.S.

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DiDi completes >US$500M fundraising round for autonomous driving subsidiary; led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

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DiDi also plans to further deepen cooperation with global upstream and downstream auto industry partners towards mass production of autonomous driving vehicles, with the aim of advancing the transformation of the global automotive and transportation industries.

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CAR report quantifies automotive’s position as a leading high-tech industry

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Percentage of Global R&D Spending by Industry, 2013. A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) concludes that the automotive industry is not only “high-tech,” it is frequently a leader in technological developments and applications. The report, supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, measures the technological nature of today’s auto industry and compares it to other sectors of the economy often viewed as technologically advanced.

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China makes new energy vehicles the priority

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The 12th Five Year Plan for China’s auto industry is set to make new energy vehicles a top priority with China reportedly targeting annual sales of one million units by 2015 according [.]. Tags: Green cars Latest news China China Association for Automobile Manufacturers China new energy vehicles new energy vehicles New energy vehicles are the order of the day in China – in fact they are the order of the next five years.

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China Auto Ownership Expected to Exceed 200M in 2020

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Estimated automobile ownership in China will exceed 200 million by 2020, causing serious energy security and environmental issues, according to Wang Fuchang, director of the Department of Equipment Industry under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Popularizing energy-efficient automobiles aims to reduce fuel consumption quickly and considerably. People’s Daily.

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Purdue team developing pre-chamber technology for cars for ultra-lean combustion

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Purdue University researchers are developing pre-chamber technology for automobiles to replace conventional spark plugs and enable more reliable ultra-lean combustion. The auto industry is feeling the pressure to optimize these engines because of the competition from electric vehicles. Qiao is currently collaborating with industry on design and optimization of passive and active pre-chambers for gasoline engines.

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More auto plant shutdowns for COVID-19

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Joining BMW, Ford and FCA in suspension of production in the US due to COVID-19 ( earlier post ) are: Toyota is temporarily suspending production at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the US, through 3 April. Honda transmission and engine plants in North America that serve Honda auto plants also will suspend production for the same time period.

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Auto Alliance pushing for passage of Maryland SB 1234 that would require state purchase of ZEVs; 50% of LDVs by 2026

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) is strongly supporting the passage of Maryland’s SB 1234 , a bill that would require the State of Maryland to purchase zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) for state fleets. —Auto Alliance. The bill phases in a requirement that, by fiscal 2026, 50% of light-duty vehicles purchased for the State vehicle fleet be zero-emission vehicles.

2018 186

Divergent 3D enters partnership with SLM Solutions Group for 3D metal printing machines for automotive production

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Additive manufacturing has long been used throughout the auto industry for small-scale pilot programs focused on developing individual 3D-printed components for production. The objective is to build lighter, structurally safe, more cost-efficient and environmentally responsible automobiles. Divergent 3D has entered into a strategic development partnership with SLM Solutions Group, a manufacturer of 3D metal printing equipment.

2017 150

Ford reorganizes Asia Pacific markets; establishes stand-alone China business

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Chen, a seasoned, highly qualified 25-year auto industry veteran, returns to Ford as president and CEO of Ford China, effective November 1. Prior to this position, Chen served as CEO, Chery Automobile, Ltd. Ford Motor Company is reorganizing its Asia Pacific operations. As part of those actions, which include hiring a new President and CEO (Anning Chen) for Ford China, Ford China is elevated to a stand-alone business unit reporting to Ford global headquarters.

2018 186

Constellium to open Mexico plant for automotive aluminum structural components

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This plant, located in San Luis Potosí, will allow Constellium to respond to increasing demand for lightweight, high-strength aluminium Crash Management Systems and automotive structures for the expanding auto industry in Mexico. The automotive industry expects that nearly five million vehicles will be produced annually in Mexico by 2019, making it one of the largest markets for automobile production. Constellium N.V.

2016 150

Warm-forged aluminum alloy differential case reduces weight by about 40%

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Their paper on the process is published in the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. The automotive industry’s interest in using light metals in both structural and body parts continues to increase. —“ R&D Update: Warm forming of alloys in the auto industry ”, Stamping Journal.

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Booking Holdings invests US$500M in DiDi Chuxing; DiDi partners with Continental

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Booking Holdings has invested US$500 million in DiDi, recognizing DiDi as a leader in the mobile transportation industry. New energy, ride-sharing and intelligent driving set the direction for the development of the automobile and mobility industries. DiDi will bring to the partnership with Continental our data capabilities and transportation AI expertise, to advance technology innovations throughout the automotive industry chain, including hardware, software and services.

2018 150

GreenTech Automotive to bring 2,000 JAC BEVs from China for US market

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China automaker JAC (Jianghuai Automobile Co) will sign a cooperation agreement on the export of 2,000 battery electric vehicles with US-based GreenTech Automotive Corp. After more than 40 years of development, JAC has achieved an annual production capacity of more than 700,000 vehicles and 500,000 engines, and is ranked in the top 10 in the Chinese auto industry.

2013 214

Ford and Zotye forming JV in China for EVs; Ford’s third JV in the country

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Ford Motor Company and Zotye have agreed to establish Zotye Ford Automobile Co., and board director of Zotye Auto. Through this new JV, Ford commits to actively support the advancement of a more environmentally sustainable auto industry in China through local research and development as well as domestic production of all-electric vehicles. Zotye Auto is a pioneer in the Chinese all-electric vehicle segment.

2017 150

GE and Naza exploring EV collaboration in Malaysia

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He cited electrical vehicles as an important sector as it is set to revolutionize the automotive industry worldwide. “Locally, we will tap into Naza’s experience and penetration of the local auto industry. The Naza Group of Companies is Malaysia’s largest importer of luxury automobiles, including brands such as Ferrari, Peugeot and Brabus. Bernama.

Didi Chuxing sets up JV with China EV maker BAIC-BJEV; next-gen connected car systems; Transportation Brain

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BAIC-Xiaoju New Energy Auto Technology Co. Jingju is a key component of a DiDi-BAIC strategic partnership formed in a growing alliance between DiDi and auto-industry players. DiDi started partnership programs with automakers and fleet operators in 2016, and launched the DiDi Auto Alliance, an industry-chain partnership network in April 2018. Xiaoju Automobile Solutions?XAS?was

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IHS: average age of light vehicles in US rises slightly in 2015 to 11.5 years; length of new vehicle ownership hits record high

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million (2.1%) since last year and the highest annual increase the auto industry has seen in the US since IHS began tracking VIO growth. As long as we have tracked average age, it has gradually risen over time due to the increasing quality of automobiles. IHS Automotive has expected this and has been preparing customers and industry leaders in the aftermarket to respond to this slowdown in growth.

2015 212

GM and Honda announce executive leadership and board of directors for Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC

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responsible for manufacturing operations of three auto plants and an engine plant in Ohio. Representing Honda on the FCSM board of directors are: Takashi Sekiguchi, Managing Officer and Director/Chief Operating Officer, Automobile Operations, Honda Motor Co., General Motors and Honda announced the executive structure for their recently established joint venture company, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC (FCSM).

2017 172

China Forecast to Produce 12M Vehicles This year

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Chinese domestic auto makers were expected to produce and sell more than 8 million units of vehicles in first eight months this year respectively, said Chen Bin, director of the Department of Industry under the NDRC. Sales of China’s domestically-made automobiles totaled 1.09 percent from a year earlier, the fifth month in a row that saw auto sales exceed one million units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. People’s Daily.

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