7 British organizations form consortium to develop solid state batteries for EVs

On Thursday, a group of 7 British organizations including startup Britishvolt, battery materials company Johnson Matthey, and Oxford University said, they had formed a consortium to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles. The group plans on building a facility to develop technologies and prototypes for the mass production of solid-state batteries. The consortium also includes…

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Ford Motor Co shutters Kansas City assembly plant citing chip shortage

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it will temporarily close its Kansas City assembly plant which builds its best-selling F-150 pickup truck because of a shortage of semiconductor-related parts. The shortage is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Production is slated to resume in August 23, said the U.S. automaker while adding, it…

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive Inc chasing $70 billion valuation in potential IPO

Rivian Automotive Inc, an electric-truck startup is targeting a valuation of around $70 billion in its potential initial public offering later this year. Earlier this year in January, Amazon.com Inc and Ford Motor Co-backed Rivian had a valuation of $27.6 billion, following a $2.65-billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price. Rivian has hired advisers including…

Oshkosh Defense wins 10-year contract agreement to build next-gen U.S. Postal delivery vehicle

In a significant development, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stated, it will award a multibillion-dollar, ten-year contract agreement to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles. Under the initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense, a unit of Oshkosh Corp, will finalize the production design, testing and vehicle tooling required prior to…

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…

GE & Ford to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days starting from April 20

In a statement, Ford Motor Co said it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days from its plant in Michigan in collaboration with General Electric’s healthcare unit. Following this, it can build 30,000 ventilators per month so as to treat patients afflicted with China’s Wuhan coronavirus. The simplified ventilator design, licensed by GE…

Hyundai Group and Kia Motors invest $110M in London-based electric van startup Arrival Ltd

On Thursday, in a joint statement, South Korea’s Hyundai Group and its sister firm Kia Motors Corp stated, they are backing a UK electric vehicle startup that plans on selling battery-powered delivery vans in 2021. They plan on investing $110 million (100 million euros) in Uk-based Arrival Ltd. Founded in 2015, London-based Arrival has developed…