Day: March 7, 2020

Automotive IQ Guides: Autonomous Cars

After the initial euphoric predictions of mass adoption of self-driving cars by 2025, the industry, regulators and consumers are taking a step back as the enormity of the challenges comes to the fore. 

As far back as 2018, the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies placed Level 4 self-driving car technology – as defined by SAE J3016 – firmly on course to the “trough of disillusionment.”

Level 5 meanwhile was still making its way to the “peak of inflated expectations” – placing both a good ten years away from the “plateau of productivity” where revenue is generated and the technology

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Automotive IQ Guides: Electric Vehicles

Faced with tightening emissions standards, especially in Europe and China, the automotive industry is rapidly scaling-up its eMobility efforts.

In so doing manufacturers have a raft of technologies they can call upon:

  • Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV)
  • Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV)
  • Plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)
  • Battery electric vehicles (BEV)

But which architecture is best suited to the task?

Each of these solutions has its own challenges and benefits, which automakers need to weigh up within the context of constantly evolving emissions standards, customer acceptance and corporate strategy.

What electric cars do manufacturers bring to market?

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VE Commercial Vehicle to go ahead with Bhopal plant investment, production to begin in April 2020, Auto News, ET Auto

The company has rationalised the number of shifts and controlled all discretionary expenses. It has deferred some capital expenditure but that is not impacting strategic investments like the Bhopal factory.
The company has rationalised the number of shifts and controlled all discretionary expenses. It has deferred some capital expenditure but that is not impacting strategic investments like the Bhopal factory.

Mumbai: VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd, a joint venture between Eicher Motors and Swedish truck maker Volvo, has decided to go ahead with its plan of setting up a new 40,000-units-a-year factory in Bhopal, even as the Indian commercial vehicle market stares at its steepest decline in growth in a decade.

Vinod Aggarwal, managing director, VE Commercial Vehicles, told ET that the first two quarters of 2020-21 may not see a

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Tata Power aims to expand EV charging stations with Tata Motors dealers and group entities, Auto News, ET Auto

Tata Power is also seeking to set up home EV charging stations along with public spaces.
Tata Power is also seeking to set up home EV charging stations along with public spaces.

By Shubhangi Bhatia

New Delhi: Tata Power Company Ltd. is exploring the opportunity to increase its network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by installing them at Tata Motors dealerships, said Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power at the International Conference on Smart Energy & Smart Mobility for Smart Cities on Wednesday.

The Tata Group firm has already installed a total of 168 charging stations at public spaces, across the states of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Sinha stated, adding, “Creating charging stations

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Parliamentary panel suggests lower GST rate for auto sector, Auto News, ET Auto

The automobile industry in India is one of the largest and fastest-growing sector and constitutes 27 per cent of industrial gross domestic product (GDP) and 49 per cent of manufacturing GDP.
The automobile industry in India is one of the largest and fastest-growing sector and constitutes 27 per cent of industrial gross domestic product (GDP) and 49 per cent of manufacturing GDP.

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday suggested lower GST rate for the automobile segment at least till the revival of the sector, and uniform road tax across all states against the backdrop of negative growth in the automobile production since July 2018.

A parliamentary panel had examined the Demands for Grants 2020-21 of Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) and tabled its report in Parliament.

The automobile industry in

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