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Batteries

FCA to Partner with Chinese iPhone Supplier on EVs

Proposed deal could help FCA in two big ways  

Interiors

2021 Escalade Gets Giant OLED Display

If big screen picture quality is your thing, then the 2021 Cadillac Escalade may be the ultimate living room on wheels.

Sales

Byton Gets Okay for Direct EV Sales in Calif.

Hong Kong-based electric car startup Byton Ltd. says it has been licensed to sell or lease cars directly to consumers in California.

Economics

Faraday Founder Jia Files for Bankruptcy in U.S.

Jia Yueting, the Chinese internet tycoon who co-founded California-based electric car startup Faraday Future Inc., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

Byton SUV Breaks Cover

Future Mobility Corp.’s Byton unit took the wraps off the production version of its first model, the all-electric M-Byte SUV/crossover vehicle, today at the Frankfurt auto show.

Faraday Taps Former Byton, BMW Exec as CEO

Troubled electric car startup Faraday Future Inc. has hired a new CEO, launched a search for a chairman and announced plans for a trust to repay the outstanding debt of founder Jia Yueting.

Startup Byton Hires Ex-Ford Chief Engineer

Chinese startup Byton Ltd. has hired Andy Ball to oversee project management for the company’s upcoming electric cars.

Byton Taps Former BMW, GM Exec as Chief Customer Officer

Chinese electric car startup Byton Ltd. has appointed Andreas Schaaf to the newly created position of chief customer officer.

Autonomous Vehicles

VW Drops Autonomous-Car Partnership with Aurora

Volkswagen says it has ended its 16-month-old alliance with California-based Aurora Innovation two days after the startup announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop and market self-driving commercial vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

Aurora Buys Lidar Specialist Blackmore

Silicon Valley-based self-driving-car startup Aurora Innovation Inc. has acquired Blackmore Sensors and Analytics Inc., a Montana-based developer of lidar sensors.

Propulsion

Twohig Named Tech Chief at EV Startup Byton

Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton Ltd. has appointed David Twohig as its chief technical officer.

Electronics

Automotive Tech Watch

Sandia’s Whetstone, a software tool that “sharpens” the output of artificial neurons; Heraeus Electronics and Toshiba Materials partnering to produce metal-ceramic substrates made of silicon nitride for managing and insulating parts in power modules; using windshield wiper activity to provide faster, more accurate rainfall data than radar; and more. 

Autonomous Vehicles

Aurora Lands $530 Million in Funding

Silicon Valley-based self-driving car-startup Aurora Innovation Inc. has landed $530 million in its second round of funding.

Design

What Is Continental Doing with ~10,000 Engineers?

Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”

Economics

Byton EV Startup Hopes to Raise Another $500 Million

China’s Byton Ltd. is preparing a new $500 million fundraising round for its electric car business, sources tell Reuters.

Electronics

Byton Goes Big with 48-Inch Interior Display

Future Mobility Corp.’s Byton unit unveiled an updated prototype of its  upcoming M-Byte electric crossover vehicle at this week’s CES electronics show in Las Vegas.

Hybrid

Nearly 100 EVs and Plug-in Hybrids Will Debut in U.S by 2022

More than 95 plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles will be launched in the U.S. through 2022.

Hybrid

Byton EV Begins Road Tests in China

Future Mobility Corp.’s Byton unit says it has begun testing its upcoming M-Byte electric crossover vehicle on test tracks and public roads near its Nanjing headquarters in China.

Production

Efficiently Painting Bytons

A paint shop being built by Dürr Group in Nanjing for the Future Mobility Corp. is being setup for an initial run of 150,000 vehicles per year (30 per hour) and for the potential of doubling that number.

Business

Byton Lands $500 Million in Funding

China’s Future Mobility Corp. has raised $500 million in its latest funding round to further develop and launch its Byton-badged line of electric vehicles.

Former Renault Alpine Boss to Lead JLR’s Special Vehicle Unit

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has hired Michael van der Sande to head its Special Vehicle Operations.

Mobility

Chinese EV Startup Partners with Aurora on Self-Driving Tech

Nanjing, China-based Future Mobility Corp.’s Byton brand is partnering with Aurora Innovation Inc. on autonomous driving technologies for the electric vehicles the carmaker is developing.

Propulsion

CES and NAIAS: Clash of the Titans

At the 2018 CES, among the automotive-related products shown were The Kia Niro EV concept. (Look closely at the message on the center of the grille.) Although this is but a concept, Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

Hybrid

Byton: Electric, Level 3 and Conceptual—For Now

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Byton electric vehicle will have Level 3 autonomous capabilities at launch in 2019 and then will be able to have Level 4 integrated about a year later.