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Electrifying Europe: new EU ‘Fit for 55’ legislation effectively bans petrol and diesel engines by 2035

2021-08-16T17:47:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The EU’s latest salvo against the automotive industry to mitigate against climate change will eliminate ICEs and transform automotive manufacturing

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How the European automotive industry aims to build back semiconductor and chip supply

2021-05-04T10:25:00+01:00By Namrita Chow

OEMs, suppliers and EU officials are considering how best to develop Europe’s semiconductor manufacturing to mitigate current and future shortages, but the broad gaps at many levels – including for older, larger chips – mean there will be no magic bullet

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JLR invests in battery recycling and manufacturing technology

2021-04-16T12:28:00+01:00By AMS

The OEM’s venture capital and mobility arm, InMotion Ventures, has invested in Battery Resourcers, a lithium ion battery recycling and materials company as part of its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039

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VW to have 240 GWh of battery plants in Europe by 2030

2021-03-17T15:32:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Volkswagen Group plans to significantly increase battery cell production capacity and reshape the EV battery supply chain in Europe, with plans to have six ‘gigafactories’ by the end of the decade – including an expansion of its partnership with Sweden’s Northvolt. 

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AMS E-mobility 2021 – Electric vehicle production powers up

2021-03-17T12:26:00+00:00By AMS

Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on the acceleration towards an all-electric future for automotive industry. The issue offers in-depth insight into leading carmaker’s and tier supplier EV strategies, looking at drivetrains, battery assembly and specialist materials, with interviews featuring Schaeffler, Atlas Copco, Outokumpu and more.

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Carmakers pledge to switch to all-electric vehicles

2021-03-15T19:57:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

The wave of electrification is slowly turning into a tsunami, in Europe at least. Illya Verpraet takes a look at some of the big manufacturing plans in 2021

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Jaguar Land Rover reimagines its electric future

2021-02-16T11:28:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Jaguar will be a purely electric vehicle (EV) maker by the middle of this decade, with its partner Land Rover adding six pure electric variants over the next five years as it aims to power 60% of its products with “zero-tailpipe powertrains” by 2030. The first pure-electric Land Rover will go on sale in 2024 and diesel models will be phased out in 2026.

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AMS Environment and Sustainability 2020 – Greener production, battery recycling, decarbonising materials and more

2020-11-24T11:49:00+00:00By AMS

For the automotive industry environmental sustainability is not just important for the vehicles they produce, it is also a key factor in the production process. This edition of AMS takes a close look at sustainable production, utilising recycled materials and renewable energy sources

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Transforming a field into a factory – Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia

2020-07-21T09:27:00+01:00By Mark Parody – Plant launch specialist

Plant launch specialist Mark Parody reflects on the approach he took when set the daunting task of launching production at Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art factory at Nitra, Slovakia, including putting together a new team and coordinating significant complexity at each stage of manufacturing

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VIDEO: Views from the assembly line at the home of the Range Rover

2020-05-22T12:17:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Assembly workers give their reaction as Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant reopens under new social distancing measures

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Calling stop on automotive supply chains: How long can companies survive the Covid-19 crisis?

2020-03-20T13:49:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of automotive plant shutdowns not seen since the second world war, suppliers and logistics providers will face failures without direct support from government, and close collaboration with OEMs and industry.

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More investment needed in EV battery production

2020-02-14T19:46:00+00:00By Nick Holt

There are concerns regarding battery and cell production capacity in Europe as electric vehicle production is restricted by a shortage of batteries

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Weight-loss programme

2019-11-20T17:03:00+00:00By James Bakewell

The electrification drive has increased the importance of lightweight vehicle structures. AMS looks at the development of the latest aluminium grades for electric vehicle applications

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Global trade disputes could dim electric vehicle production potential in key markets

2019-10-28T19:11:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

Trade uncertainties such as those between the US and China, or the UK and the EU, could put the brakes on growth in the electric vehicle and battery supply chain for some OEMs and countries, despite bullish forecasts for alternative powertrains 

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3D-printed glove to aid assembly workers

2019-09-26T09:25:00+01:00By AMS

UK - Jaguar Land Rover has been testing a 3D-printed glove to prevent injuries to production line workers

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Jaguar Land Rover Nitra, Slovakia

2019-09-18T15:55:00+01:00By Gareth Price

Production of the new Defender has just started at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Nitra

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New horizons

2019-09-18T10:41:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs

With a healthy automotive supply chain and financial incentives on offer, Slovakia was an attractive prospect for JLR to expand its production facility network, as Nick Gibbs reports 

JLR’s announcement of £1bn investment in Castle Bromwich

Have EVs reached a tipping point in the UK?

2019-07-25T10:04:00+01:00By Ian Henry

With the continued political uncertainty from the lack of Brexit progress, JLR announcement of a £1bn investment in its Castle Bromwich facility to make the new electric XJ will be met with some relief by the UK government, writes Ian Henry

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Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...

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