In a move which will enable US automaker Ford to gain a competitive edge in the newly emerging mobility industry, the automaker has recently launched a new autonomous vehicle subsidiary called Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC.
The launch of the new subsidiary will apparently give Ford the ability to emerge as a potential leader in electrified, autonomous ride services. The move underscores the automaker’s change over to a new business model, after its emphasis chiefly on trucks and SUVs, as compared to passenger cars, in the recent times.
In announcing its new Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC subsidiary to achieve its targeted 2021 launch of a self-driving car network, Ford said that it is investing $4 billion in the new unit which will oversee all its AV research. The mentioned investment will include an amount of $1 billion earmarked for Argo AI.
According to the details shared by Ford, the company’s Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC subsidiary will have several employee teams dedicated to AV research and advanced engineering as well as self-driving systems integration, AV transportation-as-a-service network development, business strategy, user experience, and business development.
The new Ford subsidiary -- which will allow the automaker to capitalize on new market opportunities and speed up its AV business -- will be spearheaded by its CEO Sherif Marakby, who is presently Ford’s Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: Ford MotorRegion: DetroitGeneral: FeaturedTNM
Japanese automaker Nissan has recently enhanced its electric vehicle (EV) line-up with the addition of a new vehicle --- the Nissan LEAF NISMO.
The sporty LEAF NISMO is a new offering from Nissan’s in-house tuning group, Nismo. The vehicle is the LEAF’s spiced-up version, with a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, Continental ContiSportcontact 5 tires, retuned ABS and traction control systems, and a notably more aggressive computer tuning which makes the vehicle a lot more exciting to drive in terms of acceleration.
However, despite the enhancements, the LEAF NISMO essentially retains all the staple features of the LEAF, including the vehicle’s ProPilot assist semiautonomous driving system as well as the e-Pedal braking system which enables drivers to use maximum regeneration on braking.
So far as the hardware is concerned, the LEAF NISMO does not unfold any substantial changes over the LEAF; with the battery pack and the motor layout of both the EVs being the same. However, there are some notable changes made to the interior of the vehicle, including the ultra-suede wrapping of the steering wheel, a change in the electronic shifter, and a more profound accent stitching.
The new Nissan LEAF NISMO is scheduled to go on sale in Japan at the end of July 2018. However, Nissan has not made any official statement about the possible availability of the vehicle in international markets.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: Nissan MotorRegion: JapanGeneral: FeaturedTNM
In a move which marks EVgo’s latest efforts to push energy storage innovations forward in the electric-vehicle (EV) space, the company has recently deployed a new energy storage system powered by “second-life” BMW i3 battery packs at its Union City, California, fast-charging station in the US.
The deployment of EVgo’s new energy storage system brings to the US the increasingly popular technology related to installation of stationary energy storage projects which draw power from ‘used’ battery packs of EVs.
The new energy storage system has been deployed by EVgo at its already-operational fast-charging station located at 3960 Smith Street in Union City. The deployment is the outcome of EVgo’s successfully completed pilot program for “second-life battery systems” at University of California San Diego (UCSD).
With EVgo already operating two 50-kilowatt (kW) DC fast chargers at its Union City site since summer 2017, the newly-deployed energy storage system comprises two “second-life” 22 kWh BMW i3 battery packs put together as a single unit. The battery packs unfold a 30 kW/44 kWh energy storage system when combined with a 30 kW inverter.
The new energy storage system deployed by EVgo is essentially capable of demand charge management at the company’s Union City site. It can reduce grid load, as well as costs, when both the fast chargers at the site are being used simultaneously.Business: Auto SectorEnergy SectorCompanies: EVgoRegion: CaliforniaGeneral: FeaturedTNM
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