BMW Group to lead €19.5M HyCET project consortium on hydrogen combustion engine trucks

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The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) approved the funding application for the consortium research project HyCET (Hydrogen Combustion Engine Trucks) led by the BMW Group.

Volkswagen Group, Siemens invests $450M in Electrify America

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The Volkswagen Group and Siemens are investing $450 million in Electrify America, with a post-money valuation of $2.45 The Volkswagen Group had earlier made a capital commitment of $2 billion through 2026.

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Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group formed

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Several organizations, encompassing companies, research labs, and academia, have formed the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group. The Working Group consists of members undertaking research and development in the field of hydrogen combustion in an opposed-piston engine. The founding members of the Hydrogen Opposed Piston Engine Working Group include: Achates Power, San Diego, CA.

Electrification Coalition launches freight vehicle working group

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The initial motivation for the EFC arose from the pilot programs which revealed a need for a collaborative working group to address the challenges associated with freight electrification and develop business-to-business and peer-to-peer exchanges that would help to reduce the barriers to early-stage freight electrification. Volvo Group NA.

Volkswagen Group delivers 217,100 BEVs in 1H 22, up 27%

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The Volkswagen Group increased its deliveries of all-electric vehicles by 27% year-on-year in 1H 2022. In terms of BEV deliveries by region, Europe was still clearly in the lead, with 128,800 vehicles (share of Group total: 59%) in the first six months.

Volkswagen Group Components previews mobile charging robot

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Volkswagen Group Components provided the first glimpse of the prototypes of its mobile charging robot. —Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components.

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Hyundai Motor Group launches $400M Boston Dynamics AI Institute

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Hyundai Motor Group has launched the Boston Dynamics AI Institute , with the goal of making fundamental advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and intelligent machines. The Group and Boston Dynamics will make an initial investment of more than $400 million in the new Institute, which will be led by Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics. Hyundai Motor Group acquired an 80% controlling interest in Boston Dynamics in 2021.

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Groupe Renault working on ~20 blockchain projects

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Groupe Renault has identified some 20 projects to deploy blockchain technology. For Groupe Renault, blockchain has to be used as a collaborative, multi-company digital tool within the automotive sector, thereby becoming a source of increased productivity and collective intelligence.

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BMW Group commences in-house production of fuel cell systems for BMW iX5 Hydrogen in Munich

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The BMW Group sources the individual fuel cells required for manufacturing the BMW iX5 Hydrogen from the Toyota Motor Corporation. The BMW Group has experience with the use of hydrogen as a drive technology.

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Toyota Europe establishes Fuel Cell Business Group

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To maximize the opportunities for hydrogen in Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has established a Fuel Cell Business Group to oversee its hydrogen activities across the region. —Thiebault Paquet, Director of the Fuel Cell Business Group.

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Rio Tinto and Shougang Group to explore steel decarbonization solutions

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Rio Tinto and Shougang Group , one of the world’s top 10 steel producers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote research, design and implementation of low-carbon solutions for the steel value chain. Founded in 1919, Shougang Group is one of China’s oldest industrial enterprises.

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Volkswagen Group China unveils its first eVTOL passenger drone prototype: V.MO

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Volkswagen Group China unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

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BMW Group opens new Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The €15-million campus will allow the BMW Group to develop its position as technology leader in the utilization of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry.

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Hyundai Motor Group to pilot autonomous car-hailing Roboride service in Gangnam District

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Hyundai Motor Group will pilot a RoboRide car-hailing service in Gangnam in Seoul, South Korea, utilizing IONIQ 5 battery-electric vehicles (BEV) with in-house developed level 4 autonomous driving technology.

Hegelmann Group signs LoI for 50 Mercedes-Benz battery-electric long-haul trucks

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Logistics company Hegelmann Group, which operates in Europe, and Mercedes-Benz Trucks signed a Letter of Intent for the order of 50 eActros LongHaul electric trucks ( earlier post ) at this year’s IAA Transportation in Hannover.

BMW Group extends joint venture contract in China until 2040

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The BMW Group has extended the contract for the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. With the issuance of the new business licence, the increase of BMW Group’s stake in BBA also is effective, as agreed upon by both joint venture partners in 2018.

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Renault Group and Managem Group sign agreement for sustainable supply of Moroccan cobalt

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Renault Group and Managem Group , a Moroccan player in the mining and hydrometallurgy sector, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at securing the supply of low-carbon and responsible cobalt sulfate for electric batteries. Under the terms of the agreement, Managem Group will supply 5,000 tonnes of cobalt sulfate per year for a period of 7 years, with first delivery in 2025. Managem Group recently joined the FCA (Fair Cobalt Alliance).

BMW Group launches pilot for automated driving in-plant

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The BMW Group is launching a unique project that will see cars maneuver around production without requiring a driver. To make this happen, the BMW Group has been collaborating with Seoul Robotics from South Korea and Embotech from Switzerland.

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Hyundai Motor Group to build $5.54B EV plant and battery factory in Georgia

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Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) entered into an agreement with the State of Georgia to build its first dedicated full electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities in the US. Non-affiliated Hyundai Motor Group suppliers will invest approximately another $1 billion in the project.

Lightning eMotors and REV Group subsidiary to produce electric ambulances

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Commercial vehicle manufacturers Lightning eMotors and REV Group, Inc. are co-developing all-electric ambulances with Leader Emergency Vehicles, a REV Group subsidiary.

Volkswagen Group software company CARIAD selects BlackBerry QNX for its software platform

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CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group’s software company, has selected BlackBerry QNX technology as one component of its software platform VW.OS. The platform will be available for Volkswagen Group brands from the middle of the decade.

Volkswagen’s Elli and Elia Group partner to integrate EVs into the grid

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Elli, the Volkswagen subsidiary that manages all activities related to charging and energy for the Group in Europe, the Elia Group and its start-up re.alto signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Berlin. The Elia Group is a key player in electricity transmission in Europe. The Group ensures that production and consumption are balanced, supplying 30 million end users with electricity.

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Hyundai Motor Group affiliates to join Climate Group’s RE100, aim to expand renewable energy use

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Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) announced that five key affiliate companies, including Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, will join Climate Group’s RE100 , a global initiative committed to moving toward 100% renewable energy. Joining 300 other global companies, the Group plans to further accelerate efforts on sustainable development and carbon neutrality. General Motors and the BMW Group are also RE100 members.

Renault Group, Minth Group to create JV to produce battery casings for EVs

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Renault Group and Minth Group, a leading global automotive supplier, signed a memorandum of understanding for the creation of a France-based joint venture to produce battery casings. The joint venture will locate this high-tech activity at the Ruitz plant in Renault ElectriCity and will supply ElectriCity Douai and Maubeuge plants.

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Chevron completes acquisition of Renewable Energy Group

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Chevron Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of Renewable Energy Group (REG) following approval by REG stockholders. The new Chevron segment will be called Chevron Renewable Energy Group. Chevron Renewable Energy Group will help Chevron grow its renewable fuels production capacity to 100,000 barrels per day by 2030. Chevron Renewable Energy Group will remain in Ames, Iowa, where REG has been headquartered.

BMW Group launches battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg

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The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. Production of battery-modules for high-voltage batteries at BMW Group Plant Leipzig.

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BMW Group to open Cell Manufacturing Competence Center this fall

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The BMW Group will open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CCMC) in the fall. In an area spanning around 15,000 square meters, the BMW Group will demonstrate the industrial feasibility of future generations of high-performance battery cells.

Delanchy Group receives first Renault D Z.E. electric truck

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Freight carrier the Delanchy Group, which has been using a 100% electric Renault Trucks D prototype since 2017, has received the first D Z.E. Renault Trucks and the Delanchy Group have been working together for more than fifty years.

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BMW Group joins sustainable lithium mining project in Chile

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The BMW Group has joined the cross-sector “Responsible Lithium Partnership” project. The “Responsible Lithium Partnership” was initiated in spring 2021 by BASF, the Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Daimler Truck AG, Fairphone and the Volkswagen Group for a planned duration of three years.

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Volkswagen Group nearly doubles BEV deliveries in 2021 to 452,900 units; 5.1% of total deliveries

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Volkswagen drove forward its transformation into a sustainable, software-centric mobility group in 2021 and approximately doubled its deliveries of battery-electric vehicles (BEV) year-on-year to 452,900 units. In total, the Group delivered 8,882,000 vehicles to customers around the world.

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BMW Group shifting to cylindrical BMW cells in NEUE KLASSE from 2025; 46xx

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The BMW Group will launch a new era of e-mobility from 2025 with the models of its NEUE KLASSE ( earlier post )— using newly-developed cylindrical battery cells optimized for the new architecture for the first time.

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Hyundai Motor Group, Aramco and KAUST collaborate on new e-fuel for novel combustion system

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Hyundai Motor Group is conducting various R&D activities to minimize greenhouse gas emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles during its transition to battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

Avass Group to manufacture EVs, lithium batteries in Saudi Arabia

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Australia-based Avass Group recently signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to jointly manufacture electric vehicles and lithium batteries. The agreement bolsters Avass Group’s plans to mass manufacture full electric buses and lithium batteries in Saudi. Given the increasing consumer awareness of environmental protection and in view of recent development trends of the electric vehicle industry, Avass Group is targeting the huge potential in global electric vehicle market.

Deutsche Post DHL Group orders up to 44 Volvo electric trucks; cooperation agreement

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Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero-exhaust-emission vehicles. This will result in annually savings of nearly 600 tons of CO 2 and nearly 225,000 liters of diesel fuel for Deutsche Post DHL Group.

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BMW Group to source lithium from Livent

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To support its accelerated expansion of e-mobility in the coming years, the BMW Group will source lithium from a second leading supplier, US-based Livent. Livent will supply the lithium directly to the BMW Group’s battery cell manufacturers from 2022 on.

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BMW Group hosts first conference on Quantum Computing for Automotive Challenges

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The BMW Group is hosting the first conference on Quantum Computing for Automotive Challenges. The BMW Group sees its role not only as one member of the quantum computing community but wants to actively network, collaborate and thereby bridge the gap between foundational and applied research.

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Volkswagen Group building 3rd MEB EV plant in China

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Volkswagen Group China has begun construction of an all-new MEB plant at Volkswagen Anhui. By 2025, Volkswagen Group China plans to deliver up to 1.5 Volkswagen Anhui is set to become a global hub for e-mobility innovation and a cornerstone of the Group’s decarbonization strategy.

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Four key Hyundai Motor Group affiliates join Climate Group’s RE100, aim to expand renewables usage

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Four key Hyundai Motor Group affiliate companies—Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai Motor), Kia Corporation (Kia), Hyundai Mobis, and Hyundai Wia—are now members of Climate Group’s RE100 , a global initiative committed to large corporates moving toward 100% renewable electricity. Other Group affiliates have agreed with the need to transition to 100% renewable energy and plan to use it actively at their operations going forward.

BMW Group sourcing aluminum produced using solar energy from EGA

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The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminum produced using solar electricity with immediate effect. That is why the BMW Group plans to source aluminum produced with green power in the long term—enabling it to avoid approximately 2.5 Light metal foundry at BMW Group Plant Landshut.

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Renault Group and Vitesco Technologies partner to develop power electronics for electric and hybrid powertrains

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Renault Group and Vitesco Technologies teams will define the products and assembly processes of this "One Box" by integrating the latest technologies to ensure the best level of competitiveness in terms of performance and cost. With this new partnership, Renault Group is extending its control over the electrical value chain by integrating this unique power electronics “all-in-one” system, co-developed in-house.

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Renault Group, STMicroelectronics enter strategic cooperation on power electronics

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Renault Group and STMicroelectronics announced a strategic cooperation on the design, development, manufacturing, and supply to Renault Group of STMicroelectronics’ products and related packaging solutions for the power electronics systems of battery-operated and hybrid vehicles. —Luca de Meo, Chief Executive Officer, Renault Group.

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BMW Group to use sustainably produced aluminum wheels from 2024

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The BMW Group will use cast aluminum wheels produced with 100% green power for its BMW and MINI brands from 2024 onwards. For the BMW Group, this is another step towards its goal of creating the most sustainable supply chain in the automotive industry.

Hyundai Motor Group unveils TIGER uncrewed ultimate mobility vehicle concept

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Hyundai Motor Group has revealed TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot), the company’s second Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) ( earlier post ) and the first designed to be uncrewed.