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The leaders of the pack

2021-12-22T09:00:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Producing battery enclosures and packs is an important part of EV assembly, and manufacturers are focused on better standardising and inspecting parts to improve automation and quality. Jason Dunn reports from the AMS Evolution Summit held online in December

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An electric shock to the system

2021-12-17T15:22:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Italvolt founder Lars Carlstrom has a mission to scale up EV battery production in Europe with a new factory in Italy – and a blueprint for scaling up gigafactory development. He speaks to Christopher Ludwig and Daniel Harrison   

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Every production challenge has a cloud solution at ZF

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Chief digital officer René Deist tells the AMS Evolution Summit how the global tier one supplier is using the cloud to transform manufacturing and better leverage data analytics and artificial intelligence

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Electrifying heavy truck production at Scania

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Plant general manager Mathias Wijkström discusses the process, technology and planning considerations as Scania starts production of battery electric trucks

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Global powertrain and battery production forecast: ever-evolving complexity

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

With diverging regulations, infrastructure, market trends and manufacturing bases, the path to EV and battery production will vary across regions, adding more variation for OEMs and suppliers. Ultima Media analyst Daniel Harrison shares the latest data on powertrain and battery forecasts

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Getting giga with it – ramping up battery cell production

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Manufacturers require huge investment and must carefully consider production locations and technology to build batteries at ‘giga scale’, reveal leaders from Italvolt, AMTE Power and Zeiss

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GM invests in Bedford aluminium casting facility for EV drive unit castings

2021-12-14T12:11:00+00:00By AMS

Upgrades to the Bedford plant are to support production of drive unit castings for new Silverado all-electric pickup. The facility has already launched drive unit castings for GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV

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Nissan to replicate Sunderland factory model globally amid drive to boost domestic supply chains

2021-11-30T11:46:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Nissan has announced a massive £13bn fund for developing electric vehicles and plans to expand the model of its Sunderland plant globally. 

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UK car production hits record low in October while EV and commercial sales accelerate

2021-11-26T15:28:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

New car production in the UK fell by 41.4% last month to its lowest October level in 65 years amid ongoing semiconductor chip shortages and plant closures, according to the latest report from the trade industry body.

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Complex problems, flexible solutions: how modular production and autonomous logistics are helping OEMs keep up with a changing powertrain mix

2021-11-25T13:02:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

As automotive manufacturing becomes increasingly complex, primarily driven by rising demand for more sustainable production processes as well as zero-carbon vehicles, the question of flexibility is becoming more central to both producers and customers.

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Quality control solutions: Configuring technologies for EV motor production

2021-11-04T18:45:00+00:00By Zeiss

The Volkswagen components plant in Salzgitter manufactures key components for the new APP 310 electric drive destined for the ID.3 model – including an innovative hairpin stator. Zeiss has worked with Volkswagen to develop a comprehensive measuring solution to ensure the quality of this sophisticated engine design

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Audi to expand battery development at Neckarsulm site

2021-11-02T10:15:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Audi AG is expanding its high-voltage battery production for electric vehicles at its Neckarsulm plant, as the OEM for what it describes as a “transformed auto industry”. 

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BMW’s Munich plant adapted for EV manufacturing

2021-10-26T11:55:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The first series-produced BMW i4 has rolled off the line at the OEM’s Munich plant in the first step in the German carmaker’s goal to turn at least half of its output into electrified vehicles by 2023.

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Mercedes-Benz partners with Stellantis and Total to expand European battery cell capacity

2021-09-28T11:03:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Mercedes-Benz has joined Stellantis and Total in taking shares in Automotive Cells Company, with plans to expand battery cell production in Europe, as part of a strategy to increase and diversify supply.

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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

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Farasis Energy to build carbon neutral gigafactory in China as domestic recovery becomes priority

2021-09-23T11:26:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lithium-ion battery provider Farasis Energy has confirmed that it will add 24 gigawatt hour (GWh) per year production capacity to manufacture electric vehicle battery cells, modules and packs in China.

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Lightweighting of the future: Lotus reveals blueprints underpinning new EV sports range

2021-09-23T09:07:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Lotus Cars has unveiled its full range of EV performance cars demonstrating innovations in lightweight chassis technology for the production of its electric sports vehicles. According to the company, they will be essential in both performances of electric vehicles, as well as in maintaining efficiency in manufacturing.

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CATL partners with BASF for EV battery material recycling to support European supply chain

2021-09-20T11:29:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Battery maker CATL has announced a strategic partnership with German chemicals firm BASF in battery materials solutions that will support recycling of batteries, and CATL’s plans for the production of battery cells in Europe.

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Valmet Automotive opens battery plant in Finland as it expands EV production capabilities

2021-09-17T12:48:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Valmet Automotive has officially opened its Uusikaupunki, Finland battery plant, marking the start of production of high-voltage automotive battery modules and battery packs, part of a significant expansion of its electric vehicle battery-related manufacturing.  

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Porsche building first plant for carbon-neutral fuel in Chile

2021-09-16T15:04:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

The Haru Oni project is a collaborative effort by multiple enterprises in an effort to reach carbon neutrality. It utilises wind energy in order to generate nearly carbon-neutral fuel using low-cost green wind power.