Breaking — Tesla Model S & X Refresh Production Test Run Is About To Start

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Published on April 21st, 2019 |
by Chanan Bos

Breaking — Tesla Model S & X Refresh Production Test Run Is About To Start

April 21st, 2019 by Chanan Bos

As has been mentioned in previous articles, it has been rumored Tesla is about to refresh the Model S & X. While at this point we don’t know exactly what this refresh will include, we did just find out one very specific detail. Tesla has just shipped hundreds of new drive units from Gigafactory 1 as part of “Project Raven,” a source close to the project just informed CleanTechnica.

Does this mean that the Model S and X are about to get 2170 battery cells? Not at all, since that too would have to come from the Gigafactory and there is no evidence to suggest that. (In fact, word is: these batteries are a Model 3 bottleneck.) The new drive units are similar to those used in the Model 3 since they utilize permanent magnets. This translates into a gain in efficiency which will increase the range of the Model S and X. In addition to that, the new drivetrain is likely to be rated for a million miles just as the one for the Model 3 is, since this is an important goal for Tesla.

Many questions remain, like whether these new drive units will allow the new versions of the Model S/X to accelerate faster than the previous ones or whether Tesla will start giving people the option to choose between more range and higher acceleration. The Model S and X lines are highly manual compared to the Model 3 General Assembly 3 line. This could potentially mean offering more options, even if that goes contrary to Tesla’s long-standing effort to simplify production. Some might wonder whether reducing Model S and X options could have been a stepping stone to make the Model S and X refresh easier.

What else will this refresh potentially include? The refresh is likely to allow for higher Supercharger speeds that were recently made available via an update for the Model 3.

It is rumored that the Model S and X will get an interior very similar to the Model 3 and Y which would be a very logical step to help Tesla meet its autonomy goals for the “Tesla Autonomous Network.” A horizontal screen will help if people want to watch movies while the car drives people to where they need to get or even before full autonomy during Supercharger recharges. Who knows when exactly you will be able to browse the Netflix Supercharger subcategory of series with episodes around 20 minutes — but the sooner, the better! Unfortunately, there’s no way for us to know at this point whether the drivetrain refresh will also include the new interior or whether that refresh will happen at a later date (presuming it happens at all).

Is Tesla going to introduce an exterior refresh? Personally, I don’t think so since the current design is just absolutely amazing and it would require massive changes within the Fremont factory body and paint shop with little clear benefit.

For now, all we know is that the first few hundred drive units have been shipped from the Gigafactory, and our source indicated the S/X refresh was “imminent.” Because it’s a few hundred and not a few thousand units, though, it’s possible that this is just a test run and that it might still be months until Tesla announces the refresh. It’s hard to know how long any testing processes might take. In the meantime, we will keep our eyes peeled for any further updates or leaks.


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Chanan Bos Chanan grew up in a multicultural, multi-lingual environment that often gives him a unique perspective on a variety of topics. He is always in thought about big picture topics like AI, quantum physics, philosophy, Universal Basic Income, climate change, sci-fi concepts like the singularity, misinformation, and the list goes on. Currently, he is studying creative media & technology but already has diplomas in environmental sciences as well as business & management. His goal is to discourage linear thinking, bias, and confirmation bias whilst encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and helping people understand exponential progress. Chanan is very worried about his future and the future of humanity. That is why he has a tremendous admiration for Elon Musk and his companies, foremost because of their missions, philosophy, and intent to help humanity and its future. He sees Tesla as one of the few companies that can help us save ourselves from climate change.

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Elon Musk, SEC get more time to solve spat over Tesla tweets

The fight dates back to Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private.
The fight dates back to Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private.

By Bob Van Voris and Matt Robinson

Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will have another week to resolve a legal fight over his tweeting habits after saying they’re making progress and need more time.

In a joint letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, Tesla Inc.’s top executive and the securities regulator said they haven’t been able to resolve a legal dispute over how Musk posts news about his electric-car company. The judge agreed and gave them until April 25.

The two sides had reached a settlement in October that required Musk to seek approval before tweeting any information about the company that investors might view as material. However in February, Musk tweeted — without having it reviewed — that Tesla would make 500,000 cars this year, then corrected himself that that was an annualized figure. The SEC asked the court to hold him in contempt for violating their deal over the post. And at the end of a hearing earlier this month, Nathan urged both sides to “put on your reasonableness pants” and work something out.

She ordered both to sit down for at least an hour and reach an agreement on how to amend their settlement, or risk her making a decision on whether to hold the billionaire CEO in contempt.

Hours after news of the extension, Musk continued to tweet, making sheep jokes with the Museum of English Rural Life and changing his profile picture to a ram. Shortly afterward he posted: “My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point,” before more tweets about memes and sheep.

In the runup to the decision on the delay, Musk defended his February tweet about the car production target, saying he was just repeating information that Tesla had already disclosed. The SEC disagreed, asking Nathan to find Musk in contempt and consider hefty fines as punishment. Nathan refused to make an immediate decision, saying both sides needed to eliminate ambiguities in the earlier settlement.

The fight dates back to Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private, sending the shares surging. After an investigation, the SEC sued, saying Musk had misled investors. Musk and Tesla resolved the dispute by agreeing to each pay $20 million, without admitting wrongdoing.

Musk hasn’t let the current dispute rein in his tweeting, even while the two sides were working toward a revised deal. This past weekend, he repeated his February claim, responding to another Twitter user’s post with “Tesla will make over 500k cars in next 12 months.”

The case is United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Musk, 18-cv-08865, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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Top Automotive Industry News for Week of March 4 – March 10, 2019

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry
identified by the AEA for the week of March 4, 2019 – March 10, 2019.

We hope it helps you stay up to speed on the key developments in our
industry:

-Automotive Manufacturing News-


BMW: The Leading US Exporter of New Vehicles

(The Detroit Bureau)


Elon Musk Touts Plan For Tesla Model Y SUV's Debut In Sunday Twitter
Spree

(Forbes)


EPA: 2017 model year vehicle mileage increased slightly

(The Detroit News)


Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn granted bail in Japan, but prosecutors
appeal decision

(USA Today)


Fiat Chrysler open to mergers, and PSA is looking for one

(autoblog)


GM gets $2.8M for energy savings at Flint plants

(The Detroit News)


Honda Leads the Pack in Fuel Economy, Emissions

(The Detroit Bureau)


Musk Twitter Fight Goes to Court Again on SEC Contempt Charge

(Bloomberg)


Nissan says its electric car has become the first to break 400,000 in
sales

(CNBC)


Tesla says new Superchargers let drivers fill up faster, 75 miles of
charge in 5 minutes

(CNBC)


The perfect storm engulfing the world’s top car manufacturers

(MarketWatch)


Toyota Has a Curious Justification for Not Selling Any EVs (Yet)

(Car and Driver)


Trump Administration Takes Credit for Fuel Economy, Emissions
Improvements

(The Detroit Bureau)


Volvo may not sell its Tesla rival electric car in the US over tariffs

(CNBC)


Volvo to limit its cars' top speed to 112 mph

(The Verge)

-Automotive Evolution News-


Continental AG: autonomous driving revenues won't be significant until
2030

(Reuters)


In EV market, fresh product and fresh doubts

(Automotive News)


Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels

(The New York Times)


Uber Not Criminally Liable In Death Of Woman Hit By Self-Driving Car,
Prosecutor Says

(NPR)


Waymo Now Offering To Sell Its Short-Range Laser Lidar Sensors

(Forbes)

-Automotive Retail News-


Carvana continues its investment in Ohio

(Auto Remarketing)


New cars sales expected to stall, dinging the Detroit 3

(Detroit Free Press)


Poor February Auto Sales Confound Analysts

(The Detroit Bureau)


SAAR Falls to 18-Month Low After Slow February

(Auto Dealer Today)


Tesla's Online Model Confuses Industry Experts

(Forbes)

-Automotive Wholesale News-


Black Book Index softens for 3rd straight month

(Auto Remarketing)


Used Vehicle Values Hit 3-Month Skid

(Vehicle Remarketing)

-Automotive Enthusiast News-


25 hot cars at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

(Business Insider)


The $12.5 Million Bugatti La Voiture Noire Is the World's Most
Expensive New Car

(Car and Driver)

-Automotive Servicing News-


Alfa Romeo recalls vehicles; cruise control can go haywire

(The Detroit News)

-General Business & Executive News-


AutoNation CEO passes torch, continues candid commentary

(Auto Remarketing)


AutoWeb Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

(Globe Newswire)


New CarMax center to create hundreds of jobs in Georgia

(Auto Remarketing)


truPayments Joins CDK Global Partner Program

(Auto Dealer Monthly)

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Tesla gets restraining order on short-seller who photographed employees

Tesla has hit one of its prominent Twitter critics and short-sellers of the company with a restraining order — the same person who recently spotted and photographed a Model 3 being filmed by Tesla ahead of a planned “autonomy investor day” on April 22nd. The company was granted the temporary restraining order by the Alameda County Superior Court in California on Friday, which was first spotted by PlainSite.org. It’s not clear if the restraining order has been served.

Tesla claims California resident Randeep Hothi “stalked, harassed, and endangered” three of its employees who were driving the Model 3 on a Bay Area highway this past week. The company says Hothi “pursued these employees on the public highway for about 35 minutes, variously driving ahead of, beside, and behind them, and swerving dangerously close to the vehicle.” Tesla claims Hothi even swerved close enough to the Model 3 that the car’s crash avoidance safety feature was triggered.

The carmaker also claims that, in February, Hothi struck one of its employees while trespassing and surveilling the company’s Fremont, California factory. It says Hothi didn’t stop and “fled the scene.”

Hothi has to stay at least 100 yards away from Tesla’s Fremont factory or the employees named in the restraining order. He also has to stay 10 yards away from any Tesla vehicle with manufacturer plates within five miles of the factory. The order is effective until May 7th, when a hearing is scheduled.

Neither Tesla nor Hothi responded to requests for comment.

Posting under the username @skabooshka, Hothi published images of the Model 3 on Twitter on Thursday. He noted there were cameras mounted to the rear and inside the car, and theorized that the Model 3 was being filmed for Monday’s event. He claimed he saw the car violate speed limits, and noted it performed simple tasks like lane changes, implying Tesla might misrepresent the footage at Monday’s event.

Hothi is, according to his Twitter account, one of many Tesla short-sellers. Short-sellers are people who bet money that a company’s stock price will go down. The ones who focus on Tesla have built a thriving community on Twitter, where they collaborate around the hashtag #TSLAQ to try and identify what they believe is fraudulent activity by the company and its CEO, Elon Musk.

Musk has a long history taunting people who short Tesla’s stock. He’s promised to “burn” them a number of times over the past few years, and he and his company even previously doxxed one of the most prominent anonymous short-sellers on Twitter, a user with the name @MontanaSkeptic. By filing for the restraining order on Friday, and including the information about @skabooshka’s Model 3 tweets, Musk’s company has again outed one of its most prominent short-sellers.

Tesla says Hothi’s actions go beyond photographing the Model 3 test. In its original petition for the restraining order, Tesla said Hothi “has a history of trespassing at Tesla’s facilities,” and that he “unlawfully” took photos and videos of those places and uploaded them to Twitter. Hothi and other Tesla short-sellers often post photos and videos of employee parking lots in an effort to estimate whether the company is operating at full production. They also photograph parking lots that Tesla uses to hold inventory, which they say offers insight into how much demand there is — or isn’t — for the company’s cars. Much of their crowdsourced research winds up on the website tslaq.org.

Shortly after PlainSite made the restraining order public, Musk replied to a 2018 tweet accusing Hothi as the person behind the @skabooshka account. That tweet links to a document on an image hosting site that accuses Hothi of attacking Tesla because his brother allegedly works for Volkswagen. “This is extremely messed up. @VW, what’s going on?” Musk wrote.

(Last August, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk emailed Volkswagen Group’s CEO asking if “a Volkswagen employee was criticizing Tesla on Twitter, using a fake name.” Musk told the Journal that “Diess replied saying it was the guy’s brother. That’s pretty much it.”)

“I will not rest. This is my promise,” the @skabooshka account posted Saturday evening. “Tesla is a zero. @elonmusk will go to prison.”

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Nidec Completes Acquisition of MS-Graessner GmbH & Co. KG and Its Group Companies

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Nidec Corporation
Tokyo Stock Exchange code: 6594
Contact:
Masahiro Nagayasu
General Manager
Investor Relations
+81-75-935-6140
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Released on September 3, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan

Nidec Completes Acquisition of MS-Graessner GmbH & Co. KG and
Its Group Companies


Nidec Corporation (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) (the “Company” or “Nidec”) today announced that the Company has acquired 100% ownership of MS-Graessner GmbH & Co. KG and its group companies (collectively “Graessner”), a privately owned German company group from its owners on August 31, 2018 (the “Transaction”) through Nidec-Shimpo GmbH which is the Germany-based affiliate of Nidec’s subsidiary, Nidec-Shimpo Corporation (“Nidec-Shimpo”). Details are as follows:

1.Outline of Graessner
(1) Company Name: MS-Graessner GmbH & Co. KG and its group companies
(2) Headquarters: Dettenhausen, Baden-Württemberg Germany
(3) Foundation: 1955
(4) Directors: Michael Stadler: CEO, Managing Director
Thomas Merk: COO, Commercial Director
(5) Principal Places of Business:  Germany, Austria
(6) Principal Business: Manufacture and sale of gearboxes
(7) Employees: Approximately 166 (as of January 31,2018)
(8) Financials: Revenue: €21.8 million
Operating Profit: €2.1 million
Net Assets: €15.1 million
Total Assets: €26.2 million
(fiscal year ended December 31, 2017)


2.Purpose of the Transaction and Future Operation
The Company has been actively engaged in manufacture, sales and after-sales services associated with gearboxes through its subsidiary, Nidec-Shimpo.
Nidec-Shimpo’s main line of gearboxes are precision planetary reducersⅰ with a particular strength in the linear type reducers whose input and output shafts are aligned. These lines of products produced by Nidec-Shimpo are currently sold in Asia, mainly in Japan and China and the Americas.
Graessner exhibits a very strong capability in right-angle precision gearboxes whose input and output shafts are arranged at an angle of 90 degrees, particularly in hypoid reducersⅱ. Graessner’s current main market for these products is Europe, mainly Germany.
As a result of the Transaction, Nidec-Shimpo is now capable of offering more comprehensive precision gearbox solutions, both linear and angular types, and leveraging Graessner’s sales network to expand its sales in Europe which offers a large market for planetary gearboxes. In addition, Nidec-Shimpo plans to manufacture its newly developed strain wave gearboxesⅲ for robotic application in Graessner’s German factory and offer its products along with after-sales services to Graessner’s customers serving the robot industry.
Likewise, Graessner can sell its products through Nidec-Shimpo’s sales and after-sales service network in Asia and the Americas. Also, Graessner’s cost performance will be improved by leveraging Nidec-Shimpo’s manufacturing capabilities in Asia. The Company expects the Transaction will offer mutually beneficial opportunities to capture the rapidly growing robotic demand.
Nidec-Shimpo and Graessner have strong brands, high technological capabilities and solid customer bases. The Company believes that its financial strength and global presence will bolster these advantages, which will help the Company achieve the future growth. The Company will continue to serve customers who desire to achieve the highest standards of productivity.

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ⅰ Gearbox with the gearing mechanism where the planetary gears rotate around the center axis at the same time that it revolves around the center gear.
ⅱ Type of spiral bevel gearbox that the gears' axes do not intersect and the gears’ geometry allows contact in multiple teeth allowing higher torque transmission.
ⅲ Gearbox mechanism where the main components are the cam, flexible bearing, flexible gear and internal gear which utilizes the differential movement between the oval flexible gear and the circular internal gear, applied in applications that require small size, light weight and high efficiency such as robotics applications.


3.Effect on Financial Performance for the Current Fiscal Year

The Transaction is expected to have no significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial performance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. If necessary, the Company will make additional disclosures on a timely basis in accordance with the rules of the Tokyo Stock Exchange upon determination of further details.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the intent, belief, strategy, plans or expectations of the Nidec Group or other parties. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those described in such forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the risks to successfully integrating the acquired business with the Nidec Group, the anticipated benefits of the Transaction not being realized, changes in general economic conditions, shifts in technology or user preferences for particular technologies and changes in business and regulatory environments. The Nidec Group does not undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained herein or the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements except as may be required by law.

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Sweden To Test Dynamic Wireless Charging On Island Of Gotland

The Smart Road Gotland consortium won the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)’s tender for demonstration road system with dynamic wireless power transfer on the island of Gotland.

The project includes retrofitting of 1.6 km (1 mile) out of 4.1 km (2.5 miles) route between the airport and city center of Visby to enable electric cars and truck/buses to operate without charging.

The core technology to be provided by ElectReon, Israeli startup founded in 2013. One of the points of the project is test of the electric truck over varied seasonal conditions.

In theory, embedding dynamic wireless charging system in main roads would enable to significantly decrease the required battery capacity and prices of electric cars, as well as their need for charging points. The drawback s however need to build the infrastructure in roads, retrofit the cars and efficiency, as well as standardization.

Budget of the demonstration project is 116 million SEK (around $12.5 million).

A first-of-its-kind dynamic electric road system will be built in Sweden

Today, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) announced the pre-commercial procurement results for the electric road system tender.

The consortium Smart Road Gotland (Gotland GPe Circuit AB as its applicant) won the final round of the tender with the highest evaluation points, despite the much bigger industrial competitors.

Electreon AB (a wholly owned subsidiary of Electreon Wireless) will lead the project’s next phase to provide vital knowledge of the future potential of dynamic wireless mobile power transfer through this demonstration road system.

This public-private initiative, based on Electreon’s leading technology, will be the first in the world to charge inductively both an electric truck and a bus while in full motion.

To enable the mission-critical knowledge transfer to the Swedish Transport Administration, the Smart Road Gotland consortium will deploy a fully functional public shuttle service and test bed through a 1.6 km long electric road as part of the total route of 4.1 km between the airport and city center of Visby on the idyllic island of Gotland, an eco-municipality in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

The electric truck will be test-driven by a professional in varied seasonal conditions to ensure that the system is ready for large-scale projects on highways.

As an integral strategic step towards implementing the Swedish government’s national roadmap for electric road systems, the Smart Road Gotland project will create a vital learning curve for the authority.

Long haul heavy trucks benefit significantly from the Electreon solution since no heavy and costly batteries, nor stops for charging, are needed. This optimal solution enables installation of electric road systems without the environmental impact (benefits are both physical and visual) of a conductive system.

After acquiring relevant ERS demonstration results, the Swedish Transport Administration can evaluate the potential for larger scale electric road investments.

Initially, Gotland GPe Circuit AB (GotlandRing, world’s first sustainable race and test circuit) – with the support of World Ecological Forum (a global crossover sustainability network, a facilitator and enabler of green business and entrepreneurship) started the project in co-operation with Electreon
– ‘For the whole consortium, it’s wonderful news that we have been selected as the top candidate. It is of utmost importance to significantly reduce CO2-emissions within the transport sector. To commence with the heavier transports is logical since the biggest emission improvements can be gained where the usage and tonnage is the highest. The future positive impact could be global.’, comments Alec Arho-Havrén, CEO/Founder Gotland GPe Circuit/GotlandRing and World Ecological Forum.

– ‘We, the Swedish Transport Administration, believe that electric roads are an important contribution to reducing CO2-emissions from heavy transportation. Demonstrating and evaluating new technical solutions for electric routes is one of our most important steps in our long-term plan for a potential rollout of electrified routes on the heavy road network in Sweden.’, says Jan Pettersson, program manager, Trafikverket (The Swedish Transport Administration)

– ‘We are excited that we have been selected to take part in the Swedish government’s ambitious program to examine and implement electric road technology as a solution to electrify heavy trucks on highways. Electreon’s wireless electric road technology makes it possible to electrify truck fleets economically without the need to carry huge batteries and stop for charging and without creating a visual hazard. The selection of Electreon by the Swedish government after careful filtration testifies to the recognition of the potential of the technology to bring the global electrification revolution to the next critical stage of full implementation.’, Oren Ezer, CEO of Electreon, comments.

– ‘It is exciting and positive that Trafikverket wants to see this unique technology and test bed realised on Gotland. It strengthens the image of Gotland as one of the most innovative and climate smart regions in the world.’, says the chairwoman of the regional government, Eva Nypelius (C).

The Smart Road Gotland consortium members include:

  • Electreon AB – a fully owned Swedish subsidiary of Electreon wireless (publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, a leader in dynamic wireless power transfer technology
  • EiTech – a Swedish subsidiary of Vinci, one of the world’s biggest infrastructure and construction companies
  • RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN – Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner and a leading research institute in the field of electric roads
  • Gotland GPe Circuit AB, Gotland Ring – world’s first sustainable race and test circuit, traffic electrification partner for the vehicle industry
  • World Ecological Forum – a global crossover sustainability network, a facilitator and enabler of green business and entrepreneurship (project initiator)
  • Matters Group – a sustainability consultancy
  • Flygbussarna – a local Swedish public transportation operator owned by TransDev, formerly Veolia TransDev, a French international public transport operator, with operations in 20 countries
  • Swedavia – the Swedish airport authority
  • Dan transport – Israel’s leading bus operator and a strategic investor in Electreon will provide a HIGER E-Bus based on Supercapacitor
  • Hutchinson – a leading French manufacturer will manufacture the underground coils
  • Eco-municipality of Gotland – the most popular tourist destination summer time, an eco region
  • GEAB – utility company, electricity supplier (owned 75% by Vattenfall, 25% by the municipality)

Smart Road Gotland synopsis

  • Technology: Dynamic mobile wireless power transfer, https://www.electreon.com/technology
  • Invisible installation to road users (coils deployed 8 cm under the surface) and activated only when corresponding vehicle drives on top of it
  • Located in Visby, Gotland, the Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, an eco-municipality
  • 1.6 km of the 4.1 km airport route will be electrified
  • Compatible with all types of EVs, including buses, trucks, passenger cars, including self-driving vehicles (a typical passenger car can be equipped with just one 12 kg receptor, heavier vehicles can have more units to optimise charging levels)
  • The main project mission is acquiring knowledge for the Swedish Transport Administration, including demonstrating the environmental and commercial benefits
  • World Ecological Forum and Gotland GPe Circuit AB/GotlandRing initially contacted Electreon (Tel Aviv listed public company) to initiate a demonstration test bed on Gotland, which is now realised thanks to Trafikverket
  • Budget for the public-private project: SEK 116 M

About Electreon
Electreon Wireless is an Israeli publicly traded company developing DWPT (Dynamic wireless power transfer) technology. The technology enables a shared infrastructure that significantly reduced the need to charge vehicles’ batteries during day/overnight and decreases the size of the battery. It can support any type of EV – buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles. It is fully compatible for autonomous and self-driving EVs. Electreon is a global leader in its field because of its deep technological capabilities and focus on making the technology cost effective, durable and efficient.

Smart Energy Road and Traffic System (SERTS) synopsis

  • Smart Energy Road and Traffic System (SERTS), an energy harvesting smart infrastructure, finalist i InfraAwards 2017, testbeds planned on GotlandRing in the future
  • The vision is to enable access to limitless sustainable energy through smart infrastructure development and simultaneously urge the paradigm for e-mobility. Our mission is to develop and commercialise an energy harvesting electric road system, a modular, self healing micro smart grid with wireless, mobile dynamic charging for electric vehicles.
  • Unique combination of solar, thermal, wind, kinetic, and hydraulic energy harvesting technology that provides decentralised and secure energy
  • Innovative infrastructure with options – in road, covered tiling, contoured (roadside) solar panels, can also be combined with existing road
  • Synergetic systems for energy harvesting, capture, storage of 100% renewable energy
  • Enables smart e-mobility on a large scale and solves range anxiety
  • Electreon’s dynamic wireless power transfer is an important planned feature for the SERTS

GotlandRing/Gotland GPe Circuit AB synopsis

  • World’s first sustainable race and test circuit, traffic electrification and new model launch partner for the vehicle industry
  • Located in a former limestone quarry
  • Green business campus and eco resort development area
  • About to enter an expansion phase making it the longest modern standard race circuit in the world

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Honda Marysville to stop production on one assembly line shift, retool for other vehicles – Fox 28

  1. Honda Marysville to stop production on one assembly line shift, retool for other vehicles  Fox 28
  2. Honda Will Soon Be Building EVs and More Hybrids in Ohio  Car and Driver
  3. Honda slowing production of Accords, Civics as buyers continue shift to SUVs – Autoblog  Autoblog
  4. Honda cutting production of Accords as buyers shift to SUVs  KTAR.com
  5. View full coverage on Google News

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Daimler to cut $6.75 billion at Mercedes, sever ties with Renault-Nissan – Autoblog – Autoblog

FRANKFURT, Germany — Daimler is looking to make 6 billion euros ($6.75 billion) in cost cuts and efficiency gains by 2021 at Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and a further 2 billion euros at its Daimler Trucks division, Manager Magazin said on Thursday.

Around 10,000 jobs will be cut at Daimler, the business-focused magazine said, without citing sources. The separations will likely be voluntary, as Daimler has previously ruled out layoffs until the end of 2020.

Daimler declined to comment on the cost savings figure and on Manager Magazin’s report.

The magazine said the savings are being sought by Daimler’s Ola Kaellenius, who will become CEO in May.

Daimler said in February it would pursue cost saving measures after fourth-quarter operating profit plunged 22 percent, hit by trade wars, rising costs for developing electric cars and an industry downturn.

Manager Magazin said around 30,000 Mercedes-Benz cars with faulty vehicle electronics were produced at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, requiring expensive reworking which was causing production delays.

Those delays had led to a revenue shortfall of around 2 billion euros and could depress first quarter earnings by up to half a billion euros, the report said.

Daimler is due to release first quarter earnings on April 26.

Manager Magazin also said Daimler plans to become a carbon neutral company by 2040, ensuring that all new cars, production methods and suppliers work in ways which do not produce carbon dioxide emissions.

Separately, Kaellenius will not renew common projects with French carmaker Renault and Nissan, letting an alliance between the carmakers lapse, the magazine said. The Infiniti Q30 and QX30 are built on a Mercedes platform. Mercedes plans to explore more collaboration with Geely, which is Daimler’s biggest shareholder with a 9.7 percent stake.

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