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BMW iVentures invests in nanocoating firm – Just Auto

BMW i Ventures announced a lead investment in the Series B financing round of Actnano, a company that has developed nanocoating that offers “unparalleled” protection for electronics across the automotive and consumer electronics markets. Nanoguard technology is a thin nano structure that is sprayed directly on the electronic component, acting as an insulation barrier to …

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Stellantis and Factorial Energy to Jointly Develop Solid-State Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Stellantis N.V. and Factorial Energy (Factorial) announced the signing of a joint development agreement to advance Factorial’s high-voltage traction solid-state battery technology. The agreement also includes a strategic investment from Stellantis. “Our investment in Factorial and other highly recognized battery partners boosts the speed and agility needed to provide cutting-edge technology for our electric vehicle …

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J.D. Power Study on Fully Automated Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumers Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

While the automotive industry continues to move toward fully automated, self-driving vehicles, the pace is not being matched by educational efforts that will help bring buyers into the modern mobility movement. According to the redesigned J.D. Power 2021 Mobility Confidence Index (MCI) Study, consumers possess inaccurate knowledge of fully automated self-driving vehicles. Survey respondents were …

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Steel E-Motive and Ricardo show steel autonomous concept – Just Auto

Steel E-Motive and Ricardo have unveiled the ‘exterior styling vision’ for their fully autonomous ride-hailing, ride-sharing vehicle designed to showcase the benefits of using steel for global mobility-as-a-service. The vehicle design has been optimised to include technology deployable by 2030 and meets requirements for inner city driving needs. The design concept comprises both a compact, …

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SMMT claims UK charger numbers falling behind – Just Auto

New analysis by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed the ratio of vehicle charge points to plug in cars deteriorated by 31% during 2020. The research showed, at the end of 2019, 11 plug in vehicles potentially shared a standard public chargepoint capable of charging both battery electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid …

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Omicron Covid variant could pressure chip supply – Nissan – Just Auto

The Omicron variant could add pressure to a chronic shortage of microchips used in car manufacturing, a senior car industry executive has said. Nissan chief Makoto Uchida told the BBC it was too early to say when normal deliveries, and therefore finished cars, would resume. “I can’t give you a date. This new variant could …

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Stellantis and Factorial team on solid-state batteries for EVs – Just Auto

Stellantis and Factorial Energy have signed a joint development agreement to advance Factorial’s high-voltage traction solid-state battery technology. The agreement also includes an unspecified investment from Stellantis. “Our investment in Factorial and other recognised battery partners boosts the speed and agility needed to provide cutting-edge technology for our electric vehicle portfolio,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos …

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Nissan Unveils Ambition 2030 Vision

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled Nissan Ambition 2030, the company’s new long-term vision for empowering mobility and beyond. Responding to critical environmental, societal and customer needs, Nissan aims to become a truly sustainable company, driving towards a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. With this vision, Nissan wants to deliver strategic value by empowering journeys offering …

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Stellantis October sales knock VW off its perch – Just Auto

October was a challenging month for Europe’s automotive industry, as total registrations decreased by 30% to 790,652 units caused by the continued impact of shortages of new cars at dealerships. Felipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO Dynamics, said: “The shortage of semiconductors is proving to be as severe as the COVID lockdowns of last year. …

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