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Polyamide Connectors Harness Cables With Color In EVs

Polyamide Connectors Harness Cables With Color in EVs

Cable harnesses are among the most complex assemblies found in electric vehicles (EVs). Their numerous connectors not only have to be marked in different colours to indicate a range of functions and support assembly and maintenance, but they also must be flame retardant and mechanically robust.

With the polyamide 6 compound Durethan BKV30FN04, Lanxess has developed a material that has already been tried and tested in numerous series applications, including in cable harnesses for electric models produced by a European-US automotive manufacturer.“In contrast to polyamides that are flame-protected with red phosphorous, our halogen-free, flame-retardant compound can also be dyed with bright, vivid colours like orange (RAL 2003) and yellow,” said Bernhard Stoll, an expert in the use of plastics in electrical and electronic components at Lanxess. “The compound and colour exhibit a high level of heat stability, which means that the different connectors can be easily and reliably distinguished throughout the vehicle’s entire service life.” The connectors are manufactured by Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany.

Pre-coloured compounds reduce costs

The polyamide 6 compound from Lanxess achieved the V-0 classification (test body thickness: 0.75 mm) in the UL 94 flammability test. “We have the compounds listed by UL on the Yellow Card under ‘All Colors,’ which also includes colours like yellow, orange, and blue. This means that processors will not have to colour the product themselves or have the product undergo the time-consuming UL certification process. They can simply use our pre-coloured compounds as they are, which helps to cut costs,” said Stoll.

Cable harnesses run along the entire length and width of the vehicle and bundle all the different on-board power supply lines for electric and electronic functions like power converters, battery charging systems, electric drives, and infotainment systems. The total length of the cables can reach several kilometres, which is one of the reasons why cable harnesses are so heavy. The complexity of cable harnesses makes them very expensive components, which is why the connectors must not break during installation. “Our compound is extremely strong and tough, meaning that the connectors can easily withstand bumps or being dropped,” said Stoll. The thermoplastic is highly resistant to chemicals, so its strength and stiffness are barely compromised upon contact with electrolytes or coolants. It also exhibits excellent tracking resistance, achieving a CTI (Comparative Tracking Index, IEC 60112) value of 600 in orange.

Wide processing window

Durethan BKV30FN04 is used for connectors in the fields of electro-mobility, as well as signal transmission technology and industrial engineering. “Here, too, our compound has proved suitable for injection moulding in a stable process within a wide processing window. The material’s flame-retardant additives leave hardly any deposit in the mould, which helps to ensure a long tool service life and efficient production,” said Stoll. And when it comes to occupational hygiene, the polyamide 6 is easier to handle than equivalent compounds that are flame-protected with red phosphorous.

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Thailand Positioned To Be A Global Electric Vehicle Hub

Thailand Positioned To Be A Global Electric Vehicle Hub

The Thailand Board of Investment’s (BOI) New York office, recently announced the government’s plans to support the country’s growing electric transportation industry and uptake of electric vehicles.


With wide-sweeping initiatives, the Thai Government unveiled a three-phase development roadmap designed to increase EV production to 30 percent of its total automotive manufacturing capacity—750,000 by 2030. It is an aggressive plan, designed to fast-track the building of a trained workforce, manufacturing capacity and infrastructure.

Supported by government policies and incentives, Thailand’s EV roadmap encompasses all aspects of the electric vehicle supply chain, with a focus on batteries, local production of critical parts, and the inclusion of commercial vehicles of all sizes, as well as ships.

More than 2,000 companies currently operate in Thailand’s automotive supply chain and 30 global automakers are using the country as their main production base in ASEAN, establishing Thailand as the world’s 11th-largest automobile production base.

In support of the uptake of electric vehicles, the Thai Government and private sector partners plan to establish 10,000 charging stations across the country by 2025, with the number expected to increase to 80,000 charging stations by 2035.

Thailand is moving quickly toward a fossil fuel free future,” said Vorawan Norasucha, Director of the Thailand Board of Investment New York Office, “Our government is offering generous tax incentives and support to companies operating in the electric vehicle and battery space. Beyond incentives, we are offering comprehensive workforce development support. There is no better time to invest in Thailand.”

For detailed information regarding electric vehicle incentives and support offered by the Thai Government, please visit  LINK TO INCENTIVES INFORMATION or contact the Thailand Board of Investment’s New York office at [email protected] .

SOURCE Thailand Board of Investment – New York Office

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A Prophecy Fulfilled: Rolls-Royce First Fully Electric Car

A Prophecy Fulfilled: Rolls-Royce First Fully Electric Car

In an historic announcement, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced on September 29, 2021, that on-road testing of its first fully electric motor car is imminent.


In announcing this seminal moment for the marque, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said:

“Today is the most significant day in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 4th May, 1904. On that date, our founding fathers, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, first met and agreed that they were going to create ‘the best motor car in the world.’ “


“It was Charles Rolls who truly prophesied an electrified future for automobiles. In April 1900 he experienced an early electric motor car named the Columbia and declared its electric drive to be ideal.
“Rolls said, ” The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged. But for now, I do not anticipate that they will be very serviceable – at least for many years to come.”

“Now is the time to change the course of the future of luxury. We embark on this bold new future with a huge advantage. Electric drive is uniquely and perfectly suited to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, more so than any other automotive brand. It is silent, refined, and creates torque almost instantly, going on to generate tremendous power. This is what we at Rolls-Royce call ‘waftability.’ “

“Over the past decade, I have been repeatedly asked, when will Rolls-Royce go electric? and when will you produce your first electric car? ”

“I answered with an unambiguous promise: Rolls-Royce will go electric, starting this decade.’Today, I’m keeping my word.”

“It is the beginning of a new legacy for our brand. In that spirit, we have decided on a completely new name for this car. A name that is as powerful and evocative as the nameplates that have served us so perfectly for the past century – names like Phantom, Ghost and Wraith. It’s a name that perfectly fits the ethereal and other worldly environment within which our products exist – a name that we have reserved especially for this moment: Spectre.”

Read more at Rolls-Royce PressClub: www.press.rolls-roycemotorcars.com.

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The Global Reactor Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomer Market Highlights Rising Demand

The Global Reactor Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomer Market Highlights Rising Demand

Rising by 1.7x, Reactor Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomers Consumption in Medical Applications to Pick Up Pace by 2031


The latest market survey conducted by Fact.MR on the global reactor thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer (TPO) market highlights hidden opportunities and challenges across various segments including resin type and applications. The report also projects consumption of reactor TPOs for medical procedures to continue increase over the forecast period from 2021 to 2031.

In a recent market analysis, Fact.MR projects the demand for reactor thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer (TPO) to increase by 4% between 2021 and 2031, with the overall consumption reaching 700 KT by 2031.

Increasing automotive production and sales are resulting in high demand for reactor TPOs. Besides this, stringent regulations implemented to curb carbon emissions from vehicles are tipping scales in favor of lightweight vehicles production.

Read More: Global Transition Towards Electric Vehicles Poses Major Challenges.

Driven by this, automotive manufacturers are adopting materials such as aluminum, carbon fibers, and plastic. Some are using performance polymers in side beams and bumper fascia to manufacture lightweight vehicles. Consequently, some of the leading automakers are collaborating with plastic/polymer producers to gain access to materials that significantly reduce the weight of vehicles.

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As per the report, the U.S. is expected to dominate the North America reactor thermoplastics polyolefin elastomer (TPO) market. The presence of key manufacturers including Formosa Plastics, Borealis, and LyondellBasell, along with stringent vehicle emission standards adopted in the country will fuel the demand for lightweight materials used in vehicle production, including reactor TPOs.

“The market is expected to gain considerably from the rising production of electric vehicles (EV). Strong EV market growth is indicative of higher demand for lightweight materials to offer greater fuel efficiency in cars. Besides EV, sales of hydrogen-powered cars is surging in the U.S., Korea, and Japan, creating conducive environment for the expansion of the reactor TPO market across these countries,” says the Fact.MR analyst.

Key Takeaways from Reactor Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomer (TPO) Market Survey

  • Applications of reactor TPO in the automotive sector are projected to account for 87% of the total market share through 2031.
  • The demand in the medical segment is anticipated to grow at a 5.3% CAGR through 2031.
  • The U.S. will continue dominating the North America reactor thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer (TPO) market, expanding at a 5.3% CAGR through the assessment period.
  • Consumption of reactor TPO in China automotive market is anticipated to reach 71 KT by 2031.
  • South Korea will emerge as a lucrative reactor TPO market, with sales expected to increase by 1.4x over the forecast period.
  • Sales of reactor TPO in Japan are projected to gain 30 BPS during the assessment period.

Growth Drivers:

  • Collaborations between key market players to develop lightweight vehicles that offer greater fuel-efficiency will continue boosting sales of reactor thermoplastic polyolefin elastomers.
  • Reactor TPO application will increase in the packaging industry as demand for lightweight and sturdy materials to keep shipments intact grows consistently.

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Cox Automotive Forecast: New-Vehicle Sales Stall In September

Cox Automotive Forecast: New-Vehicle Sales Stall in September

Automobile sales in September are forecast to slow for the fifth straight month, as tight inventory, high prices take a toll on the industry.


September U.S. auto sales are forecast to be significantly hampered by an ongoing lack of new-vehicle inventory. According to a forecast released by Cox Automotive, the pace of auto sales, or seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), is expected to finish near 12.1 million, the slowest pace since May 2020, when much of the country was closed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The September 2021 sales pace will be down from August’s 13.1 million pace and down from the September 2020 pace of 16.3 million.

Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using vehicles easier for everyone. The global company’s more than 27,000 team members and are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with annual revenues of nearly $20 billion.

Sales volume is forecast by Cox Automotive to come in near a notably low 1.0 million units. The low volume expectations for September 2021 put the month on course to be among the worst in the past decade. Sales volume is expected to be down nearly 26% from last September and down 8.5% from last month. The sales pace in the U.S. market has fallen every month since reaching a peak of 18.3 million in April.

According to Cox Automotive Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough: “After a strong spring selling season, the supply situation has worsened precipitously and is dragging sales down with it. The monthly declines have been large – the sales pace has declined by more than a million units in each of the past five months. Available supply on dealer lots is now 58% lower than last September, down nearly 1.4 million units.”

The new-vehicle supply shortage is impacting the market in many ways. Manufacturers have cut back significantly on incentives, and transaction prices have risen as a result. In addition, the lack of new-vehicle inventory is steering many dealers and consumers into the used-vehicle market, resulting in higher prices for both wholesale and retail used vehicles.

Q3 2021: The Auto Industry Finds the Bottom

Cox Automotive will officially revise its full-year forecast, with new projections scheduled to be released on September 30.

The underlying economic conditions in the U.S. are currently healthy enough to support higher new-vehicle sales levels. The demand is there. Inventory levels, however, are the unique problem facing the automotive market right now, with disruptions to the global supply chain challenging all automakers, severely impacting available inventory, and pushing many would-be buyers out of the market. In recent research by Cox Automotive’s Kelley Blue Book team, nearly half of would-be buyers indicated in August that they will likely step back from the market, many for three months or more.

Inventory conditions, however, are anticipated to improve in the coming months. “The expectation is that OEM supply issues will improve such that Q4 should have better selling SAARs than the September rate, but that doesn’t mean good selling rates,” said Chesbrough. “Vehicles are getting produced, and some OEMs have improved their supply situation. In recent months, OEMs seem to be managing the situation better now that they’ve had time to adjust. For example, automakers are improving their ability to redirect existing chips to the most important vehicles in their portfolios. This strategy should support better sales in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter.”

September 2021 Sales Forecast Highlights

  • New light-vehicle sales are forecast to fall to 1.0 million units, or down 357,000 units, nearly 26% from last year. Compared to last month, sales are expected to fall 92,000 or nearly 8%.
  • The SAAR in September 2021 is estimated to be 12.1 million, down from last September’s early COVID recovery pace of 16.3 million and down from August’s 13.1 million supply-constrained level.
  • No segment saw a sales increase in September with the Mid-Size Cars and Compact SUV/Crossover segments seeing the largest year-over-year decreases at -41.0% and -33.7%, respectively.

Cox Automotive Q3 U.S. Auto Sales Forecast Call

Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke and the Industry Insights team will share their take on the overall industry performance on Thursday, September 30, at 10 a.m. EDT. In addition to the economic factors influencing the market, the Industry Insights team will cover the industry’s hottest topics, including inventory, vehicle prices, and valuations. The revised Cox Automotive full-year forecast will be explained, including insights into the outlook for the remainder of the year. 

Register to attend.

* All percentages are based on raw volume, not daily selling rate.

SOURCE Cox Automotive Press Release. 

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New Lease On Life For Battery Swapping In Electric Vehicles

New Lease on Life For Battery Swapping In Electric Vehicles

 

Limited charging speed and availability have been major barriers to electric vehicle adoption, and fast-charging stations are currently the most popular way to quickly add range to vehicles. However, the additional power demands can stress the electrical grid, prompting reconsideration of other solutions like battery swapping, according to new analysis from Lux Research, a leading provider of tech-enabled research and innovation advisory services. Although battery swapping failed nearly a decade ago, it is now being considering for supporting taxi fleets in urban environments.

Lux’s new report, “Cost Comparison of Battery Swapping and Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles”, analyses and compares costs for deploying battery swapping infrastructure to support electric taxis in cities and offers insight on how promising battery swapping can be as a fast-charging alternative. Lux developed and used a model to perform a cost analysis of infrastructure supporting an electric fleet of taxis in two different countries – the UK and China.

“Instead of quickly charging the battery, battery swapping solutions aim to physically replace a depleted battery with a charged one,” explains Christopher Robinson, Director of Research at Lux Research and lead author of the report. “Battery swapping can address two main challenges with fast charging: It slowly charges depleted batteries to minimize grid impact and battery degradation, and it allows for faster addition of range in electric vehicles.”

Using the model developed by Lux analysts, the report drew several interesting conclusions:

Battery replacement costs are crucial for keeping costs low for any infrastructure. Faster charging minimizes taxi downtime but increases the rate of battery degradation. Factoring in battery replacements due to faster charging makes 50kW charging the cheapest form of charging.

Battery swapping is most competitive for large fleet sizes. In China, battery swapping is the cheapest and fastest solution for powering electric vehicles, even in small fleets of just 100 vehicles, while in Europe, the costs are roughly equal.

China has cemented its position as a leader in battery swapping deployments and will remain the most promising region for the technology. Due to a combination of favorable economics, local companies that have commercialized the technology, and favorable government policies, clients should closely watch activity in the region as a leading indicator of adoption elsewhere.

As battery swapping networks grow, new opportunities for cost reduction emerge. While fast charging stations have the benefit of a decade of deployments and refinement, battery swapping is still in its nascent stages, with deployments accelerating rapidly over the past two years.

 

 

GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will increase its EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75 percent increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

The company’s enhanced commitment will accelerate its transformative strategy to become the market leader in EVs in North America; the global leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its Ultium battery platform and HYDROTEC fuel cells; and through Cruise, be the first to safely commercialise self-driving technology at scale.

“We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly-integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects of the transformation to a more sustainable future,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “GM is targeting annual global EV sales of more than 1 million by 2025, and we are increasing our investment to scale faster because we see momentum building in the United States for electrification, along with customer demand for our product portfolio.”

GM first shared its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion nearly four years ago. Key factors changing the landscape include strong public reaction to the GMC HUMMER EV and HUMMER EV SUV, the Cadillac LYRIQ and the Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup; GM and dealer investments in the EV customer experience; public and private investment in EV charging infrastructure; and the global policy environment.

“There is a strong and growing conviction among our employees, customers, dealers, suppliers, unions and investors, as well as policymakers, that electric vehicles and self-driving technology are the keys to a cleaner, safer world for all,” Barra said.

Today’s announcement builds on GM’s initial commitment announced in March 2020 to invest $20 billion from 2020 through 2025, including capital, engineering expenses and other development costs, to accelerate its transition to EVs and AVs. In November 2020, the company increased its planned investment over the same period to $27 billion.

GM’s additional investments and new collaborations are far-reaching and designed to create even greater competitive advantages for the company. They include:

  • Accelerating Ultium battery cell production in the United States: GM is accelerating plans to build two new battery cell manufacturing plants in the United States by mid-decade to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio. Further details about these new U.S. plants, including the locations, will be announced at a later date.
  • Commercialising U.S.-made Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells: In addition to collaborating with Honda to build two EVs using Ultium technology – one SUV for the Honda brand and one for the Acura brand – GM announced June 15 it has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells to Wabtec Corporation, which is developing the world’s first 100 percent battery-powered locomotive.
  • Expanding and accelerating the rollout of EVs for retail and fleet customers: In November 2020, GM announced it would deliver 30 new EVs by 2025 globally, with two-thirds available in North America. Through the additional investments announced today, GM will add to its North America plan new electric commercial trucks and other products that will take advantage of the creative design opportunities and flexibility enabled by the Ultium Platform.  In addition, GM will add additional U.S. assembly capacity for EV SUVs. Details will be announced at a later date.
  • Safely deploying self-driving technology at scale: Cruise, GM’s majority-owned subsidiary, recently became the first company to receive permission from regulators in California to provide a driverless AV passenger service to the public. Cruise also was recently selected as the exclusive provider of AV rideshare services to the city of Dubai and is working with Honda to begin development of an AV testing program in Japan. In addition, GM Financial will provide a multi-year, $5 billion credit facility for Cruise to scale its Cruise Origin fleet. Developed through a partnership between GM, Honda and Cruise, the Cruise Origin will be built at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center starting in early 2023.

 

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Achieving Global Market Access For XEV Battery Systems

Achieving Global Market Access For xEV Battery Systems

The market for advanced electric vehicles (xEVs) is continuing to expand worldwide. Developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are facing growing numbers of regulations and standards addressing the safety and performance of the battery systems used to power these vehicles. Although many of these regulations touch on similar considerations, there are also important differences that must be taken into account during the various stages of battery design. Further, the regulatory approval process in key markets is often unique to a given country, and the successful navigation of this process requires a specific approach.

TÜV SÜD has published a new white paper to discuss the key safety and performance issues that must be addressed in all xEV battery designs as well as the special requirements applicable to xEV battery systems in the EU, the USA, China and other major markets worldwide.

“The continual innovation and high quality of batteries and battery systems will be a key factor in boosting consumers’ acceptance of xEVs. For the manufacturers of xEV batteries and battery systems, market access for their products depends on how successfully they can fulfil the requirements and standards of the regulatory authorities in the major automotive markets of the world,” said Johannes Roessner, Global Focus Segment Manager, New Energy Vehicles at TÜV SÜD and author of the white paper.

Evaluation of the safety and performance of chargeable batteries and battery systems is a critical element in the development of xEVs and xEV technologies. International standards play a major role in this process, and compliance with the requirements of the standard contributes to improving battery safety. Validation of safety, right from the design and development process, further paves the way for the products to pass the tests required by the regulatory authorities.

The OEMs of xEV batteries and battery systems must foresee the complexity and challenges involved in different homologation issues in key automotive markets and be prepared to tackle them. By working proactively with third-party expert organisations to address these issues in advance, OEMs can proceed more efficiently and effectively and achieve faster global access for their products.

 

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