News Roundup: 01/07 – 01/13


Headlines and links from all the news, including things we didn’t cover in depth here on this past week. Follow the links for more on each.

For items unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada, see here.

Continental, Aurora Finalize Design of Level 4 Autonomous Trucking System
Continental and Aurora have finalized the design and architecture of the Aurora Driver. The system is a scalable Level 4 autonomous driving system for commercial vehicles. Continental plans to begin production in 2027.

Xiaomi Introduces SU7 EV for Production
Xiaomi, a smartphone maker in China, has announced its entry into the electric vehicle market with the upcoming SU7 electric sedan. Production on the new car could begin as early as mid-2024.

IDTechEx Predicts FCEV To Be 4% of Zero-Emission Vehicles in 2044
A new report from IDTechEx predicts that fuel-cell electric vehicles will make up just four percent of zero-emissions vehicles on the road in 2044.

VinFast Building EV Facility In India, $2B Investment
VinFast, based in Vietnam, and the Tamil Nadu State Government in India have announced a partnership for the development of a VinFast electric vehicle manufacturing plant. Total investment will be up to $2 billion over five years.

Volvo Reports 16% of Total Sales in 2023 Were EVs
Volvo Cars has reported that its global sales record for 2023 included 16 percent of vehicles sold were battery electric. Up from 1 percent in 2022. Plug-in hybrids also saw a significant sales uptick year-on-year.

Element 25 Gets $57M Louisiana Tax Incentive for Manganese Sulphate Facility
Element 25, based in Australia, received approval for a $57 million incentive package from the State of Louisiana for a planned lithium-ion battery-grade high-purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) professing facility.

Harvard U Researchers Announce New Solid-State Lithium-metal Battery
The new solid-state battery can be charged and discharged at least 6,000 times and be recharged in a matter of minutes. Published in Nature Materials, the research could be a breakthrough for electric vehicles.

Bosch, Volkswagen Testing Driverless Parking and Charging System
Bosch and Volkswagen subsidiary Cariad are testing automated valet parking and charging. The system is based on Bosch’s automated valet parking system, uses charging robots to plug in an EV once it’s been parked.

BASF, Stena Recycling Partner On EV Battery Black Mass Recycling in Europe
BASF and Stena Recycling have entered into a black mass purchase agreement. Part of a broader collaboration, the agreement begins a battery recycling value chain for the European EV market.

Rheinbahn Dusseldorf Orders 10 Solaris Hydrogen Buses
German bus operator Rheinbahn Dusseldorf has ordered 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen-powered buses for 2025 delivery.

Yanmar Developing Hydrogen 4-Stroke Engine
Yanmar Power Technology has begun development of a hydrogen-fueled, 4-stroke, high-speed engine for power generation. Aimed towards coastal vessels in Japan, it is part of the Nippon Foundation’s zero-emission ship demonstration experiment.

REE Completes Certification Of X-by-Wire Vehicles in U.S., Deliveries To Begin Soon
REE Automotive has completed certification requirements in the United States for its P7-C electric chassis cab truck. The steer-by-wire, brake-by-wire, and drive-by-wire vehicle has begun.


Goodyear, Gatik Integrating Tire Intelligence Tech Into Autonomous Drive System
Goodyear Tire and Gatik have announced an expansion of their integration of tire intelligence technology into an autonomous driving system. The collaboration combines Gatik’s autonomous heavy-duty fleet and Goodyear’s smart tire technologies.

Nissan Unveils Ariya NISMO Flagship EV
Nissan has unveiled the Ariya NISMO at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 in Japan. The sport-focused version of the all-electric Ariya will enter the Japanese market this spring and spread to other markets thereafter.

AMT Genova Orders 112 Solaris Trolleybuses
Italian bus operator AMT Genova has ordered 112 articulated Solaris Trollino 18 trolleybuses. Delivery will begin later this year. The Trollino 18 is capable of going relatively long distances without overhead lines for power.