Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Seat: target is leading the automotive industry electrification in Spain

Recently, Seat Sa vehicle manufacturer has announced it will release an electric urban car in 2025; a vehicle with which the company will enter the approximately 20,000 – 25,000 Euro segment, essential to make electric mobility accessible for the vast majority of the population and to reach Green Deal goals.
Moreover, on the occasion of the 2021 Budget Conference, the Spanish company presented the ambitious Future Fast Forward plan, whose target is leading the automotive industry electrification in Spain.
The project core concerns the production of electric urban vehicles in Spain since 2025. «We want to produce electric cars in Spain starting from 2025. Our ambition is manufacturing over 500,000 electric urban cars yearly at Martorell, also for Volkswagen Group, but we need an engagement defined by the European Commission» – shared Wayne Griffiths, President of Seat Sa.

The biggest diesel plant in the world shifts to electric

It is one of the most topical 2021 news with Stellantis hashtag: the former PSA French factory, headquartered at Tremery, the biggest in the world for the production of diesel engines, will be fully reconverted to the manufacturing of electric motors.
The mega-structure was inaugurated in 2019 and this year it will produce 180,000 electric motors, with the long-term target of reaching 900,000 units in 2025, afterwards with a production of electric motors exceeding combustion ones’.
«Some years ago – stated Yann Vincent, executive vice-president and industrial director of PSA – we decided investing in the energy transition and making our plants more flexible. Trémery factory is an excellent example of this change».
If on one hand the environment is very grateful, on the other hand much concern regards employment, which might be reduced owing to the minor labour needed for an electric motor versus a conventional one.

Supply chain. Provisioning problems and price increases

The automotive production chain is sounding an alarm on the provisioning difficulties that, since the beginning of the year, it has perceived concerning stainless steel materials, plastic materials and microprocessors of vehicles’ electronic components. A strong rise in prices has been surveyed for steel and plastic materials since the start of 2021.
Referring to microprocessors, the missing offer on the market has already compelled various vehicle manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers to the manufacturing stop in some plants in Europe. If this circumstance should last, the risk of a negative impact on the European automotive supply chain in terms of employment is very high and would be summed to the criticalities already in progress in this delicate phase of Covid-19 pandemic management. The scarce availability of materials, in fact, is dangerously extending delivery terms, in some cases even tripled, threatening companies’ capacity of satisfying customers’ final demands, with consequent delays and risking of causing relevant economic losses. However, what are the reasons? We hypothesize it can be due to the absorption of a vast part of the world availabilities of raw materials by China, the current unavailability of containers and the annulment, by logistic players, of new unit orders in the first haff of 2020.

Peugeot e-208 is electric car business of 2021

The sixth edition of the Business Trophies 2021 took place in Paris. Nine Business trophies were at stake, for a total of 79 vehicles selected from among the novelties meeting the criteria for professional use in companies.
In the “Electric Business” category for 2021, the Peugeot e-208 won against 11 contenders with a total of 20 points and won the first prize.
But it isn’t the first time that ThePeugeot 208 winning. Indeed, it has already received 26 awards since its launch in October 2019, including the 2020 Car of the Year award. The new Peugeot 208 incorporates the brand’s latest stylistic codes with the innovative Peugeot i-Cockpit ® with 3D instrumentation, safe and aesthetic.
“We are very proud – said Hugues de Laage, B2B Sales Director France – that the Peugeot e-208 has been recognized as the best business electric vehicle of the year. The group’s product strategy on this multi-energy platform is rewarded and allows the PEUGEOT 208 to be recognized for its intrinsic qualities. We have the ambition to grow in volume after this year of full commercialization, the Peugeot e-208 has the best cost of use in its category and we must continue to progress to gain market share with the Peugeot e-208 higher than that of the Peugeot 208 in combustion engine».

What Modul-System as conversion partner?

Levc, London Electric Vehicle Company, has announced its first official conversion partner for its new VN5 electric van. It’s Modul-System, the largest global vehicle racking manufacturers that will support Levc across multiple key European markets.
Modul-System has been operating for over 40 years and offers high quality, custom and lightweight vehicle racking solutions specifically designed to meet the demanding and ever-changing needs of the commercial vehicle market.
The company has already provided conversions for Levc’s VN5 prototype ‘trial fleet’ of converted TXs that are being used by a wide range of businesses including logistics giants Dpd and Royal Mail, as well as telecoms flagship, BT Group.
Modul-System has been operating for over 40 years and offers high quality, custom and lightweight vehicle racking solutions specifically designed to meet the demanding and ever-changing needs of the commercial vehicle market. The company has already provided conversions For Levc’s VN5 prototype ‘trial fleet’ of converted TXs that are being used by a wide range of businesses including logistics giants Dpd and Royal Mail, as well as telecoms flagship, BT Group.

Hypercar and integrated circuits

In the name of the highest possible performances, stands out the collaboration between Rimac, manufacturer of electric luxury vehicles, for its C_Two model and the component supplier Analog Devices.
The mission is achieving a more accurate management of the batteries intended for electric sports vehicles: using the precision integrated circuits offered by Analog Devices, the BMS (battery management system) developed by Rimac will exploit at best the capacity of batteries, supplying in continuous a very accurate measurement of the charge status and of other fundamental parameters.
BMS manages the battery charge and discharge and, besides, it supplies vital safety measures to protect the accumulator against eventual damages. One of the key elements for the battery pack is the balancing of the cell groups that work together to prevent the anticipated interruption of the charge process and a reduction of the accumulator service life.
Therefore, integrated battery management circuits by Analog Devices guarantee a safer vehicle operation and the autonomy maximisation and they are integrated into Rimac C_Two, an electric hypercar equipped with a powertrain able to supply 1,914 HP (1,408 kW) with 2,300 Nm of torque.
Its performances are very high: it reaches 415 Km/h and takes just 1.85 seconds from 0 to 100 Km/h, while 300 Km/h are reached in just 11.8 seconds. The battery pack is equipped with 120 kWh capacity and the autonomy reaches 550 Km according to the WLTP cycle.

Volkswagen, the electric model that will replace Passat

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The shift to electric of traditionally estate cars is a very strong signal of the neat direction the market is undertaking.
In the lapse of three years, in fact, Volkswagen ID.6 is likely to replace Volkswagen Passat.
The new Volkswagen ID.6, which will be 100% Made in Germany because produced in Emden factory, will have two bodywork variants: a sedan and a station wagon estate car. The new electric model will be equipped with 84 kWh-capacity battery that will provide around 700 km autonomy. One of the two variants will be provided with rear electric motor and the other with double motor to offer all-wheel drive. What about the recharge speed? ID.6 supports fast recharges up to 200 kW, permitting to obtain about 230 km of autonomy in just 10 minutes from a fast DC column.
Volkswagen Passat will be probably replaced by about 36 months, precisely when the official presentation of Volkswagen ID.6 is scheduled.

Brandauer is working to develop new green motor technology

English manufacturer Brandauer secured £500,000 funding boost for clean transport project.
The company has been selected to be part of a new consortium led by tech company Saietta, which has won an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) grant to fast-track production on new electric propulsion motors for use in all vehicles from scooters through to buses.
The unique Axial Flux Traction technology delivers class-leading performance at the price points required for mass market adoption and marks a step-change in how the sector can make electric vehicles go faster for longer.
Production specialists at the Birmingham-based firm will use their thin gauge stamping and progression toolmaking expertise to produce busbars and laminations for use in the state-of-the-art motors.
The APC research contract will enable Saietta to ramp up production capacity to 150,000 motors per annum and trigger the hiring of 150-250 highly skilled engineers in the first round of recruitment.
Saietta will work closely with Brandauer and The AEV Group, a specialist in the manufacture of electrical insulating resins, varnishes and compounds, on refining the process for core motor component manufacturing and motor assembly, thereby delivering a cost effective, highly automated production assembly process.

In the centre of Europe, new facility for electric drivetrains

Global Japanese automotive supplier Marelli will open a production facility for electric drivetrains in Cologne, Germany and the start of production is targeted for the first half of 2021.
A step back: through combined expertise in both electric drives and thermal energy management systems, Marelli offers a unique technology portfolio enabling the design of highly efficient electric vehicle platforms.
In the new German facility, will employ around 160 people and the production line for electric drivetrains will be installed on 18,000 sqm, while there is space for a potential future expansion.
«With the new production facility – said Joachim Fetzer, CEO of Marelli’s Electric Powertrain business – we are expanding our manufacturing footprint and capacities for this important growth market. We have chosen Cologne for its location in the heart of Europe, as we find highly skilled employees with experience in the auto industry here and as the region is developing into a center for e-mobility».

Electric van, what Modul-System as conversion partner

LEVC – London Electric Vehicle Company – has announced its first official conversion partner for its new VN5 electric van. It’s Modul-System, the largest global vehicle racking manufacturers that will support LEVC across multiple key European markets.
Modul-System has been operating for over 40 years and offers high quality, custom and lightweight vehicle racking solutions specifically designed to meet the demanding and ever-changing needs of the commercial vehicle market.
The company has already provided conversions for LEVC’s VN5 prototype ‘trial fleet’ of converted TXs that are being used by a wide range of businesses including logistics giants DPD and Royal Mail, as well as telecoms flagship, BT Group.