Top digital transformation trends in automotive for 2020

autonomous cars

Technology is changing everything, and the automotive industry has not been left behind.  Car manufacturers are investing in digital innovations that are improving customer experiences. A good example is car tracking. Apart from keeping track of your vehicle, there are other digitals trends that are popular in 2020. Here are some examples; 1. Internet connectivity […]

Chinese automakers announce plans to increase hydrogen vehicle sales

china cars

Chinese automakers have announced plans to boost sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, a niche sector in the world’s biggest auto market, and the government is expected to declare supportive new policies, most likely as early as this month. SAIC Motor, China’s biggest automaker which has joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors, said on […]

Demand for new cars drops in Germany due to increase in coronavirus

Berlin

Registrations dropped 20 percent compared with August 2019, a huge drop compared to July, when registrations dropped only 5.4 percent year-on-year, data published by the Federal Motor Transport Authority showed. Germany recently reported its highest case numbers since April, and is beginning to tighten restrictions on movement once again. Chancellor Angela Merkel last week said […]

Merkel says German auto industry has enough government support

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said German government’s coronavirus relief package contained a lot of help for the automobile industry of the country after her conservative CSU allies renewed a proposal for incentives for petrol cars. Germany has a multi-billion-euro recovery plan to spur clean driving, with incentives for electric vehicles. But the government this year has rebuffed the auto […]

Consultation takes a start on banning pavement parking in England

Pavement parking in Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, England

Parking on pavements could be prohibited throughout England under government plans to ease journeys for disabled people and parents pushing prams. The practice is currently prohibited in London but elsewhere in the country, it is only banned for lorries. The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on three alternatives in relation to pavement parking: extending the London-style […]

Bill Gates says electric vehicles can be important to fight climate change

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft on his blog Gatesnotes wrote that electric vehicle revolution has certainly started and that it could become one of the most important tools to fight climate change. However, his apparent differences with American automaker Tesla Inc’s CEO Elon Musk was once again exposed when he […]

Volta Zero Full Electric Commercial Vehicle To Be Unveiled on September 3

Volta Zero electric truck

Volta Trucks has confirmed that a full-electric Volta Zero will be unveiled at an online launch event at 10:00 BST on Thursday 3 September 2020. Initially, a purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle designed particularly for inner-city freight and parcel distribution, the introduction of the Volta Zero represents a major moment for society’s movement towards zero-emission […]

Thailand domestic car sales dropped 24.8 percent year-on-year

auto plant in Rayong, Thailand

Domestic car sales in Thailand dropped for a 14th straight month in July, dropping 24.8% from a year ago to 59,335 vehicles as the coronavirus crisis crushed demand, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said on Thursday. But sales increased 2.28% from June, helped by easing coronavirus restrictions and Bangkok’s international motor show, it said. In June, car sales dropped 32.6% from a year […]

California defies Trump, locks in vehicle emission deals with major automakers

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and significant automakers on Monday confirmed they had finalized binding agreements to slash vehicle emissions in the state, defying the Trump administration’s push for weaker curbs on tailpipe pollution. The agreements with automakers, including Ford Motor, Volkswagen AG, Honda Motor, and BMW AG, were first announced in July 2019 […]

EU to investigate aid for LG Chem’s electric car battery plant

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European Union (EU) state aid regulators have started an in-depth investigation into Poland’s strategy to grant 95 million euros ($112 million) in aid to LG Chem to expand its electric vehicles battery plant in the nation, raising doubts whether the support adheres to the bloc’s rules. South Korean electric vehicle battery maker LG Chem in 2017 informed that […]