EPA collects penalties for alleged automobile ‘defeat device’ violations by two Iowa companies

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached settlements with two Iowa companies for allegedly tampering with car engines to render emissions controls inoperative, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. According to EPA, Menzel Enterprises Iowa Inc. of West Des Moines installed “defeat devices” in at least five vehicles. EPA also alleged that UpCountry Fab and Performance LLC of Clive, Iowa, removed emission control equipment and/or sold “defeat devices” on at least 48 occasions.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ENGIE EPS to create e-Mobility JV

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FCA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., —Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA Italy S.p.A. and ENGIE EPS, an Italian technology player in energy storage and e-mobility, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at creating a Joint Venture to become a leader in the European e-Mobility landscape.

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DENSO and BlackBerry launch integrated automobile HMI platform

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From September 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI. DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limite announced the first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by Japanese automotive manufacturer, Subaru.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne dies suddenly

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On Saturday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles quickly replaced him as CEO with Mike Manley, who most recently. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Sergio Marchionne, the man who engineered a historic merger between Fiat and Chrysler to rescue the Detroit automaker from financial collapse, died Wednesday in Switzerland. He was 66. Marchionne died after complications from surgery last week.

Milk and gasoline: the cost of the energy they provide to fuel our bodies and automobiles

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by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This brief analysis examines the relative cost of the energy from milk and gasoline. The unifying approach involves the use of a common measure of energy—British thermal units (Btu). A cup of whole milk contains 150 Calories of energy. Thus, there are 2,400 Calories in a gallon of milk. This translates to 9,518 Btu per gallon of milk. The average price of conventional (not organic) whole milk in September 2020 was $3.56 per gallon.

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Honda hits 100M worldwide automobile production milestone

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announced that the company has reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative global automobile production. Honda began automobile production in 1963 with the production of the T360 mini-truck, Honda’s first mass-production model, at Saitama Factory. In 1964, in order to move forward with full-scale automobile production, Honda constructed the first Honda plant dedicated to automobile production, Sayama Factory in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. Honda Motor Co.,

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

Toshiba technology predicts automobile and drone movements with the highest accuracy; advancing SLAM

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Toshiba Corporation has developed technology that can predict automobile and drone movement with high accuracy. Motion Estimation AI uses on-board cameras and inertial sensors that measure acceleration and angular velocity to deliver highly accurate estimates of the movement of a drone or a vehicle, while Motion Prediction AI predicts the movements of other vehicles on the road in a wide range of traffic conditions.

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UCLA team devises method to weld previously unweldable aluminum alloy AA 7075; potential for wider use in automobiles

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Developed in the 1940s, AA 7075 long held promise for use in automobile manufacturing, except for one key obstacle. By comparison, an aluminum alloy known as AA 6061 that is widely used in aircraft and automobile parts, has a tensile strength of 186 megapascals in welded joints.) But the alloy’s resistance to welding, specifically, to the type of welding used in automobile manufacturing, has prevented it from being widely adopted.

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Nidec to form electric traction motor JV with a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group

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a member of China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Components is a subsidiary of major Chinese car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group with the sixth-largest market share in the increasingly environmentally strict China. GAC Components mainly manufactures automobile interior parts, electric components, etc. Leading motor manufacturer Nidec Corporation will form a joint venture with GAC Components Co., Ltd., to manufacture automotive traction motors.

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Next-Battery secures strategic relationship with China-based Lvchi Automobile Technology

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Next-Battery , a start-up developing high energy-density Li-ion battery technology, has secured a strategic relationship with Lvchi Automobile Technology (Shanghai) Co Ltd. LVCHI AUTO group is a whole value chain operation platform company that focuses on new electric vehicles (EV), with targeted annual production of more than 500,000 vehicles. The global design, research and development base of Lvchi is located at the Turin engineering center in Italy.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars and Telefónica Deutschland establish the world’s first 5G network for automobile production

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Together with telecommunications company Telefónica Deutschland and network supplier Ericsson, Mercedes-Benz Cars is putting in place the world’s first 5G mobile network for automobile production in its “Factory 56” in Sindelfingen. With the 5G network, the enormous quantities of data required for various test scenarios involving the automobile of the future can be processed very quickly (via “data shower”).

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Lux: carbon fiber to go mainstream in automobiles by 2025

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Driven by a faster-than-expected pace of technology development, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will be poised to gain widespread adoption for automotive lightweighting by 2025, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Scaling Up Carbon Fiber: Roadmap to Automotive Adoption.”. Advances already underway in fiber, resin and composite part production will lead to a $6 billion market for automotive CFRPs in 2020, more than double Lux’s earlier projection. Earlier post.)

TenneT and Daimler testing use of automobile battery systems for grid stabilization and recovery

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The project partners have shown in the Kamenz test lab that automobile battery storage systems can perform the job of system stabilisation for large-scale power plants. The project partners have shown that Li-ion automobile battery storage systems can be used for highly dynamic system support and system recovery—specifically for a black start in power plants and to support mass inertia.

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Innoviz solid-state lidar selected by Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. for autonomous truck project at Chinese port

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Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, announced cooperation with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. in Xi’an, China to deploy autonomous trucks for an upcoming project in one of the biggest ports in China. better known as Shacman Trucks outside China, is one of the largest truck manufacturers in China.

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Gevo enters on-road automobile gasoline market in Houston with 12.5% isobutanol blend

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blend of its bio-isobutanol with gasoline marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area. Musket Corporation is Gevo’s distribution partner serving the Houston market and is blending the specially formulated gasoline containing Gevo’s isobutanol to distribute into the on-road automobile market. Gevo, Inc. announced that a 12.5% This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles.

Zendrive launches smartphone-based automobile accident detection service

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Driving data and analytics company Zendrive—a BMW i Ventures portfolio company— announced the availability of Zendrive Accident Detection, a smartphone-based service which instantly determines that an automobile accident has taken place at a particular location.

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Saab Automobile AB files for voluntary reorganization, Saab Automobile Parts AB And Overseas Subsidiaries Excluded

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Swedish Automobile N.V. Swan) announced that Saab Automobile AB and its subsidiaries Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB (collectively Saab Automobile) filed for voluntary reorganization today with the District Court in Vänersborg, Sweden. As part of the reorganization filing, the court-appointed administrator will apply for the Swedish state’s wage guarantee scheme to allow wage payments to all Saab Automobile employees to be made.

First driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance developed for Toyota connected cars in Japan

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have jointly developed Japan’s first driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance. Both Toyota and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance intend to contribute to the realization of a safe and secure traffic environment for society through the development and provision of telematics automobile insurance that utilizes connected cars and automobile big data. Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance is a pioneer of telematics automobile insurance in Japan.

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Honda resumes production at automobile plant in Thailand

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand has resumed production of automobiles after suspending production since 4 October 2011, due to the damage sustained from the flooding in Thailand. After approximately four months of such restoration efforts, HATC is now ready to resume automobile productions at its plant.

Saab Automobile to resume production

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Saab Automobile will soon resume production after Spyker Cars NV secured short term funding thanks to a €30million convertible loan agreement with Gemini Investment Fund Limited. Green cars Latest news saab Saab Automobile Saab production Spyker carsThe loan agreement has six months maturity with an interest rate of seven per cent; and in addition to the €30million, Saab will also make a drawdown request to [.].

Chery Automobile furthers electric car plans

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Chinese carmaker Chery Automobile has stepped up its efforts to introduce electric cars by signing up a high power battery supplier. China BAK Battery Inc has been signed up to supply the batteries for the Chery Automobile Ruilin M1 electric car. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Chery Chery Automobile China electric cars green cars

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Latest developments in Saab Automobile saga

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You might need a personal organiser to keep up to date with all the developments surrounding Saab Automobile – but now there is more breaking news. Green cars Latest news saab Pang Da Automobile Saab Automobile Saab production Saab rescue Spyker NVJust five days after the termination of its strategic partnership with Hawtai Motor Group (see article), Spyker Cars NV has now announced that it and Saab have signed a [.].

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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Saab Automobile secures short-term funding; production to resume

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Spyker) has secured the short-term funding of Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) by entering into a €30-million (US$44.6 In addition to the receipt of €30 million from Gemini, Saab Automobile will make a drawdown request to the EIB for an amount of €29.1 As a result of the convertible loan and the EIB draw down—which is expected next week—Saab Automobile secured an amount of €59.1 Spyker Cars N.V.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium.

Mercedes-Benz unveils plug-in hybrid Concept IAA: Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile; Industry 4.0

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz said that the “Concept IAA” exemplifies the fundamental technological changes which are taking place in the automobile industry. The study switches automatically from a four-door coupé with a fascinating design to an aerodynamic world record breaker with a Cd figure of 0.19

Rice study finds Houston intersections with traffic lights 9x more likely to see fatal pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes

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Hu used two colocation measures—global and local—to analyze the spatial relationship between pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes and intersections. The key finding of this research—that bicycle- and pedestrian-automobile crashes are collectively colocated with signalized intersections—suggests that these intersections require attention to make our streets safer for all.

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Guangzhou Automobile Group to show battery-electric SUV concept at Detroit Auto Show

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Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd (GAC Group) is showing the Trumpchi GS5-BEV Pure Electric Vehicle Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric SUV concept is based on the conventionally-engined Trumpchi GS5 SUV which was introduced in March of 2012. GAC Trumpchi GS5-BEV. Click to enlarge.

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Automobile Driving Museum show offers electric-car history retrospective

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The first modern electric cars to go on sale in large numbers were the Nissan Leaf and first-generation Chevrolet Volt, both of which arrived in showrooms in December 2010. But the history of electric cars stretches back much further than that—more than a century back, in fact. Electric cars achieved notable popularity at the turn of the. California Museum Vintage plug-in cars Historic

Leonardo DiCaprio & Venturi Automobiles launch Formula E electric race car team

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Venturi Automobiles announced a joint venture with award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship—the first fully-electric race series beginning in September 2014. Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.

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Advanced Battery Technologies to supply Li-ion batteries for 20K Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile electric cars

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Advanced Battery Technologies signed a strategic partnership agreement with Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile Co., Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile specializes in research and development, design and manufacture of its Supercar-branded electric sports cars. Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile’s new energy project is authorized by the China Development and Reform Commission.

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Japanese automobile industry establishes joint Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE)

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Eight Japanese automakers and one automobile research institute—Suzuki Motor; Daihatsu Motor; Toyota Motor; Nissan Motor; Fuji Heavy Industries; Honda R&D; Mazda Moto; Mitsubishi Motors; and Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI)—have jointly established the Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines ( AICE ).

Saab Automobile and Spyker enter into MOU with Pang Da Automobile on distribution/manufacturing partnership for China and equity participation

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Spyker) announced that it and Saab Automobile AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pang Da Automobile Trade Co., Ltd (Pang Da), China’s largest publicly traded automobile distributor with more than 1100 dealerships nationwide. Saab Automobile will have up to 50% in the MJV, with Pang Da and a to-be-selected manufacturing partner owning the remaining shares.

Honda begins building new automobile production plant in Brazil; starting with new Fit in 2 years

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HAB), the Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, has begun construction of its new automobile production plant in the city of Itirapina in the state of São Paulo (approximately 200 km (124 miles) northwest of the city of São Paulo). Combining the production capacity of the new plant with the existing plant in Sumaré, HAB’s total annual automobile production capacity will double from the current 120,000 units to 240,000 units.

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Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. Automobile tire rubber in general consists of approximately 40?60%

DS Automobiles unveiling high-performance E-TENSE electric GT concept at Geneva

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DS Automobiles, Citroën’s luxury brand spin-off, will introduce the high-performance electric GT concept DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. A Formula E World Championship competitor in partnership with Virgin ( DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team ), DS Automobiles has equipped the DS E-TENSE with a 300 kW (402 hp) motor that produces 516 N·m (380 lb-ft) torque. The DS Automobiles brand has sold more than 600,000 vehicles since launch.

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ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

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The first fully active and regenerative suspension is based on a pioneering electrohydraulic functional unit fitted to the exterior of the damper. Photo: ZF. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into a partnership with Levant Power Corp. to build the first fully active suspension system with energy recovery function. GenShock technology is a fully active system for passenger cars which combines dynamics, safety and comfort characteristics with minimum energy consumption.

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Ankai Automobile Developing Plug-in Hybrid Bus for US Market

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The state-owned Chinese vehicle maker Ankai Automobile Co. Global Atlanta. is developing a plug-in hybrid electric bus for the US market. Ankai is China’s third-largest bus company; it has partnered since 1993 with Daimler Buses, producing Setra brand buses under license for the Chinese market. Ankai is working with Efficient Drivetrains Inc. EDI) in Palo Alto, CA to develop the plug-in hybrid’s drive train.

Honda begins installation of solar power generation systems at automobile dealership locations in Japan

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The installation is the kick-off of a project to install Honda Soltec solar power generation systems with a total capacity of 1 MW at Honda automobile dealership locations in Japan by 31 March 2014. This will be the largest solar power generation system installed at an automobile production plant in Japan. Honda Motor Co., has installed a 9 kW-capacity solar power generation system at the Adachi Odai location of the Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealer network.

Study puts total automobile air emissions costs in 86 metro areas in US at $145M/day

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A new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board estimates total automobile air emission costs in 86 US metropolitan areas to be US$145 million/day, with Los Angeles, California, and New York City (each US$23 million per day) having the highest totals. These external automobile air emission costs are important for social benefit and cost assessment of transportation measures to reduce vehicle use.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joining BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in developing global autonomous driving platform; Level 4/5 by 2021

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

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FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released

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The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released the names of the nine manufacturers that have been granted homologation from the 2018/19 season of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. DS Automobiles. Venturi Automobiles. FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season.

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