Qualcomm’s chips will power Renault’s dashboards and infotainment systems in its upcoming Mégane E-TECH Electric

On Monday, in a statement Qualcomm Inc said, it will supply a key chip for the dashboard of Renault SA’s new electric vehicle. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of key semiconductors in mobile phones, has expanded into vehicles with chips that can power dashboards and infotainment systems at the same time. Earlier this year Qualcomm Renault…

Samsung SDI considering options to build EV battery plant in Illinois: Senator Dick Durbin

In a statement, Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin said, Samsung SDI Co Ltd plans on building a battery plant in central Illinois. Electric-vehicle startup Rivian has a factory in Normal, Illinois. In April it said Samsung SDI would supply battery cells for its vehicles. “We are competing for a major Samsung battery facility. The delegation came in…

Lidar sensor maker Innovusion raises $64M in latest funding

In a statement lidar sensor maker Innovusion said, it had raised $64 million to ramp up production and supply Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc’s ET7 sedan, which is scheduled to start deliveries in early 2022. The funding includes new investments from Singapore state investor Temasek and venture capital firm Joy Capital. Existing investors also…

Automakers urge incoming Biden Administration for tax credit, incentives to boost R&D into self driving cars, EVs

On Tuesday, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a major automotive trade association urged U.S. policymakers to back support for electric vehicles (EV), including new incentives to boost up consumer purchases, as well as research and development. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has made boosting electric vehicles a top priority and has pledged to build 550,000 new EV…

Electric Vehicle startup Rivian starts taking pre-orders for electric SUVs and pickup trucks

In a statement, electric vehicle startup Rivian said, it will begin taking pre-orders for its electric SUVs and pickup truck with deliveries scheduled for both in next year. The launch editions of the electric R1S SUV and the R1T pickup truck has been priced at $77,500 and $75,000 respectively, with both vehicles having a 300…