#FACILITIES

Hybrid

FCA Hikes Credit Line for Hybrids, EVs to Nearly $1 Billion

European line-of-credit cover research, plant retooling in Italy.

Business

LG Chem Spins Off Battery Unit

Wholly owned subsidiary aims to nearly triple sales in four years.

Economics

Stalled Plant Sale Stymies GM’s Exit from India

Deal hampered by tensions between India and China

Economics

Brexit Fumble Could Cost Carmakers $130 Billion

Deadline looms for last-minute trade deal on U.K. exit from European Union

Batteries

Who Needs an EV Battery Plant? Not Ford

Company sees more pros than cons to shopping around

Production

Beijing Auto Show to Open Next Month

No details yet on OEM participation

Production

Bollinger Expands Operations Ahead of Late-2021 EV Launch

Startup moves to new headquarters in Michigan and plans to double its staff

Production

Northvolt Gets $525 Million German Loan Guarantee

Startup’s funding war chest tops $3.1 billion

Labor

Toyota, Mazda Hike U.S. Plant Budget by 55%

More spending for advanced production technologies

Production

Phillips 66 to Convert Oil Refinery to Renewable Fuels

800-million-gallon capacity would be largest green fuel capacity in the world

Quality

VW Adds Battery Testing Capabilities in U.S.

Volkswagen continues to beef up its electric vehicle operations in the U.S.

Production

SEAT Knows C-19 Isn’t Over

Preparing for when its people come back from their August holidays

Labor

Honda Office Workers Hit the Line in Ohio

Staffers requested to help with production work in Ohio

Production

Tesla Notches Another Quarterly Profit

Easily outperforms competitors amid the coronavirus pandemic

Production

Suppliers’ Legal Battle Rattle EV Plans at Ford, GM, VW

Outcome could threaten timing of EV programs at all three carmakers

Business

Big Organizational Change at Bosch

The future—as in a few months from now—is largely digital

Production

Daimler Tweaks N. America Production

Consolidating capacity and hiking SUV/crossover output

Production

Startup Plans U.K.’s First Big EV Battery Plant

Aim is to begin lithium-ion cell production in 2023.

Economics

All Toyota Plants Running for First Time in 5 Months

A testimony to persistence as factory in Venezuela reopens

Hybrid

Tesla Puts Battery Production on “Hold” at German Plant

Phase-one will focus on producing 100,000 EVs per year.

Assembly

Will USMCA Coax Jobs to U.S.? Maybe Not

Some companies are opting to hike wages in Mexico—or pay higher tariffs

Assembly

100 of VW’s Mexico Staff Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Infections underscore the new challenges for mass production

Assembly

Ford’s New Pre-COVID Production Target: June 22

Supply chain, healthy plants enable shorter timetable

Batteries

Tesla Zeros in On Texas for Cybertruck Factory

A site somewhere in Oklahoma remains an option