In Volkswagen’s battery-electric ID range, perhaps no model has caused as much excitement as the ID.Buzz. This part-of-part MPV is positioned both visually and thematically as the spiritual successor to the popular Type 2 Transporter, which became an icon in the mid-20s.ecentury driving thanks to its flexible interior and ‘cute’, curvy styling. After years of teasers and previews, VW has finally started full production of the ID.Buzz at its commercial vehicle plant in Hanover, with the first models destined to hit the European market later in 2022. The company expects early production to be modest, with 2022 estimates capped at around 15,000 models, but it could be fewer if there are speed bumps in the production increase. Ultimately, VW believes the Hanover line can produce as many as 130,000 ID.Buzz models per year, divided into passenger and cargo versions. Looking at our latest sales forecasts for the new model, we expect VW to reach this sales level around 2030. Typically, we expect sales of a new model to rise rapidly towards the start of its life cycle, as consumer hype will be at its peak at this point.
Some EVs are meant to offer long range or fast acceleration, but a growing number are leaning towards luxury as a means of attracting potential buyers. Models such as the Lucid Air and Mercedes EQS emphasize their larger interior compared to luxury ICE cars, made possible by using a BEV skateboard platform. Likewise, most top-range EVs come with powerful yet quiet battery-electric powertrains, further enhancing their luxury image. Packing luxury features into EVs allows automakers to sell a smaller number of vehicles at a higher price with a greater profit margin compared to mass-market models. This strategy is well suited to BEV models that typically cost more to build than an equivalent ICE vehicle, and means that current cell supply limitations will have less of an impact on production numbers. In this environment, Cadillac plans to launch the Celestiq 2023 – a new flagship luxury sedan for the historic American brand. Little is known about the Celestiq, aside from the scant details that Cadillac announced in a recent press release, but there are some key clues in the reveal that indicate what to expect from Cadillac’s newest flag bearer.
Indonesia’s National Planning Bureau for Development (Bappenas) this month recommended that the government phase out sales of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2040, as part of its broader strategy to reduce net emissions by 2060. benefit not only the environment but also the economy of the country by reducing its dependence on imported fossil fuels and by making greater use of its natural resources. The agency expects that more than half of the 96 billion gallons of fossil fuel estimated to be consumed by the country’s transportation sector by 2030 will be imported. In the mid-1990s, Indonesia was still a net oil exporting country. Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Indonesian government pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2030 alone, or by 41% with international aid. Bappenas suggested that by 2055, as many as 90% of vehicles in use must be zero-emission vehicles, powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, if the country is to meet its long-term emissions targets. The challenges are great as the country lags most major global economies in vehicle emissions.
Attention is shifting to the role of OEMs in the cybersecurity chain when it comes to strengthening the digital defense of vehicles. Cybersecurity in vehicles must be comprehensive, protecting both the front-end and back-end of vehicle systems and any infrastructure on which connected cars rely. But cybersecurity competes for attention with many other major auto issues, meaning many auto companies are not adequately protected. However, in the next decade, best practices will be introduced, giving auto companies the opportunity to change.
In early 2021, reports began to circulate that US-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian was planning to open a new factory in Europe. The new site is expected to initially produce the delivery vehicle that Rivian is developing for Amazon, although it will eventually produce vehicles for private customers. The company is rumored to have scouted locations in Germany, Hungary and the UK. There are also reports of a possible collaboration with the Netherlands-based VDL Nedcar, which currently produces cars for BMW. investment monitor analyzed 10 of Europe’s top foreign direct investment destinations to assess the best location for Rivian’s new office.
Denso has developed technology for wireless power transfer devices to automatically charge EV batteries when they are stationary or on the move. EV users are familiar with the challenges of finding charging stations, especially in cities or countries where electric vehicle use is still low. This lack of charging points, combined with the associated fear of range, are some of the key considerations for potential buyers. While it may not be a problem right now, it could become a major concern as EVs become more widely used. One of the advantages of self-charging hybrid cars is that the batteries can be recharged while driving. While the science behind how these self-charging systems work for hybrid and EVs is very different, the concept is similar. It also reduces the potential for range anxiety, dead battery-related failures, long charging times and social or work-related stress that can cause traditional EVs to stop to charge. Dynamic wireless power transfer has the potential to revolutionize the way EVs integrate into our everyday transportation routine.
Porsche Cars North America is recalling 12,490 Taycan vehicles for 2020-2022. A software error can cause the center screen (including the image from the rear view camera) and the touch control panel to remain black immediately after the ignition is switched on. The Real-Top-View (including the image from the rear view camera) can also display a flickering image. Other notable recalls published this week included Chrysler and Ford models.
Toyota Motor has announced further cuts to its production schedule for June and July, citing parts shortages due to the recent Covid outbreak in Shanghai. The automaker said that, in addition to budget cuts announced last month, it would halt production on 11 assembly lines at seven plants in Japan for an additional 11 days in June and July. The company now expected its global vehicle production to be cut by an additional 40,000-50,000 units to 750,000 units by June, from an already reduced production schedule of 800,000 vehicles announced in May and 1,000,000 units expected at the start of the year. Affected plants include the Motomachi, Takaoka, Tahara, Iwate and Yoshiwara plants, which manufacture a wide range of Toyota and Lexus passenger cars and SUVs.
A fuel cell truck generates its own electricity from the hydrogen on board instead of being charged by an outside source. The only by-product emitted is water vapor.
To decarbonise transport, Volvo Trucks already offers battery-powered electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. In the second half of this decade, a third carbon neutral option will be added to its product line: hydrogen-powered electric fuel cell trucks. The electric fuel cell trucks have a range comparable to that of many diesel trucks – up to 1,000 km (600 miles) – and a refueling time of less than 15 minutes. The total weight can be about 65 tons or even higher, and the two fuel cells have the capacity to generate 300 kW of electricity on board. The customer pilots will start in a few years.
The latest data on light vehicle sales in Russia showed a continuation of the sharp decline that followed the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions. Figures from the AEB in Moscow show that the Russian market for light vehicles (cars and light commercial vehicles) fell by 83.5% compared to May 2021, with only 24,268 units sold. The May decline follows a 78.5% decline in April (32,706 units sold) and a 62.9% decline in March (55,129 units sold). In particular, contrary to usual practice, the AEB press release containing the data contained no comment on the data or market developments of a member of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers’ Committee. Market leader Lada achieved sales of 6,012 units in May (a decrease of 84% compared to last year).
Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, Just Auto