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Electric Vehicles

Bugatti’s first electric vehicle? A scooter. The unnamed scooter is sleek, but a comparable average mode of transportation with abilities to only go about 19 mph. It can only go 22 miles on a single charge. The scooter is a product of a partnership between Bugatti and Bytech International.  We don’t know the price, but can’t imagine it being cheap.

In other EV News

  • Blink Charging is deploying its IQ 200 Level 2 EV chargers at General Motors dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. At this time, all 50 states are expecting Blink’s chargers at GM locations. 

  • Lithium-sulfur, a promising battery for electric vehicles, has the potential to replace Li-Ion batteries in the future. The battery is immune to extreme temperatures and would be able to withstand more than 1,000 cycles of fast charging.

  • Electric vehicles have surpassed diesel vehicle sales in Europe for the first time ever. More than 20% of new cars sold in Europe and Britain in December were fully electric cars. Sales of diesel vehicles, however, decreased below 19%.

  • Prepare to see a lot more EV battery makers involved in the automobile industry in the near future. Due to increasing demand, EV manufacturers such as Tesla have begun signing numerous deals with battery manufacturers to adequately satisfy needs for materials in electric batteries.

  • Renault announced their plan to sell only electric vehicles in Europe after 2030. Renault decided to accelerate this plan as they previously were targeting 90% by 2030 with the last 10% consisting of other types of vehicles sold. 

  • Fiat Panda: the next consumer-friendly EV. Set to arrive next spring, the Fiat Panda is lower on the price range for electric vehicles. The Fiat Panda’s production is able to be inexpensive due to the adoption of a spartan design with limited options.

  • In order to decrease dependency on battery manufacturers overseas, the U.S. has been focusing on building electric vehicle batteries within the U.S. borders. Due to the long route each vehicle part must make in order to be fully manufactured, it’s easier and cheaper for vehicle companies to bring battery manufacturing right to the source.

  • ElectReon’s charging solution powered EVs from electrical fields generated by copper coils under asphalt. For the vehicles to be able to charge, receivers are installed on the base of the vehicle to enable the vehicle to receive energy from the battery while driving. Wireless charging brings a future where battery sizes and weights are reduced.

Autonomous Snapshots

WeRide has reached a milestone marker of its autonomous driving on open roads exceeding 10 million miles. Fully unmanned driving flew past 2.5 million kilometers. The company currently has a fleet of 300 vehicles, which assisted greatly in achieving this honorable goal.

 In other AV News

  • Tesla is taking a trip up north and introducing its Full Self-Driving Program to Canada. The process is scheduled to commence in two to four weeks and will mark the first time its self-driving beta software testing program will be conducted outside the U.S. 

  • Serve Robotics became the first autonomous vehicle company to commercially launch Level 4 self-drive robots. The robots will be able to rely on their onboard capabilities and operate routinely without human control. For the autonomous industry, this accomplishment means that in order to advance AV tech, there are now fewer barriers to achieving that.

  • Nuro launched its third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle, which will be produced at scale and is around 20% smaller than the average car in order to work better with other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. 

  • TuSimple has partnered with Nvidia to advance autonomous driving through Nvidia’s complex and detailed microchips. Nvidia’s semiconductor chips reduce the need for many sensors on a vehicle because of its advanced technology. For the future of autonomous vehicles, cars may be able to communicate with each other in the replacement of multiple sensors on a car.

  • Maxieye has announced its Level 2++ intelligent driving system product MAXIPILOT-NOM driving assistance system. The technology will be mass-produced to reach passenger cars in 2022. NOM (Navigate on MAXIPILOT) has three hardware configurations with varying technology to achieve ‘point-to-point’ autonomous driving.

  • The University of Hawaii Maui College is developing driverless vehicle technology to test in some of the earliest autonomous car racing competitions across the country, making history. The team plans to start small with compact vehicles before slowly making their way to full-sized racing cars. 

  • Waymo has reached an agreement with company J.B. Hunt to commercialize autonomous driving technology for Class-8 trucks. Throughout 2021, the companies have test-driven autonomous trucks to ensure safety and proper function. The program is expected to commercialize over the next few years.

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