- Looking up to the car announced the appearance details of the first model
- Mazda may be working on a compact electric sedan
- Tesla freezes hiring, prepares for new round of layoffs
- GM recalls 140,000 Bolt EVs, this time it's not the batteries that caught fire
- Musk: As long as you find a "fool" who can take over, you will resign immediately
- Zhu Xiaotong and Shanghai team help Tesla increase production in the United States
- Xiaopeng Motors invested 5 billion yuan to establish a power battery company
- Ningde era's German factory realizes battery production
- BMW wants to build its own solid-state battery
- Audi plans to gradually stop production of fuel vehicles from 2033
- Israel's electric car achieves unmanned flight
- Foreign media: Apple CarPlay has two major problems
Looking up to the car announced the appearance details of the first model
BYD's high-end brand Yangwang Auto recently announced the partial details of its first model, showing split headlights, a dot-matrix grid that can be lit, square rearview mirrors, and L-shaped taillights.
The model is code-named R1 and will be a tough new energy off-road model.
It can be seen that the new car has a higher ground clearance, and the protrusion on the top is suspected of lidar. Look forward to the official release of this product on January 5th.
Mazda is lagging behind other automakers in electrification, and its first plug-in hybrid model, the CX-60, has only been released for a few days. But a patent document shows that they are developing an all-electric sedan similar in size to the Mazda 3.
The Drive notes that the car is unique in that the thickness of the battery pack is compressed as much as possible. The patent application indicates that this is a traditional lithium battery pack, but does not mention information such as the manufacturer.
According to the patent drawings, the car is likely to be front-wheel drive—the same as today's Mazda 3, and it may even be a direct replacement for the Mazda 3.
Electrek reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Tesla is freezing hiring and confirming that a new round of layoffs will begin next quarter.
The scope of the hiring freeze is unclear, as some Tesla factories are still being expanded, and details of the layoffs remain elusive.
Musk asked Tesla executives in June to "suspend all hiring" and lay off 10% of the workforce before hiring resumed in the second half of this year.
However, Tesla is not the only company implementing layoffs.
InsideEVs reports that General Motors is recalling 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs in North America, but this time not because of the batteries.
GM said the recall includes various models of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle from 2017 through 2023. The reason for the recall is that after a vehicle has been involved in a collision, it may occur in the rare event that exhaust gases from the front seat belt pretensioners come into contact with the fibers of the carpet, potentially causing the carpet to catch fire.
This isn't the first time GM has recalled the Bolt EV.
In 2021, GM recalled hundreds of thousands of Bolt EVs due to two "rare manufacturing defects" in its batteries that could lead to fires. Due to the large number of problem vehicles, GM also encountered battery supply problems, and the model did not restart production until April this year.
The Bolt EV was… a disaster.
According to Reuters, Musk responded to the voting results of netizens on the 12th, saying that as long as he finds a "stupid enough" person to take over as Twitter CEO, he will resign immediately. After resigning, he will only be responsible for managing the software and server teams.
Musk posted a "poll" on Twitter last Sunday, asking users whether he should step down as Twitter CEO, and he will comply regardless of the outcome.
The final vote showed that 57.5% of users supported him stepping down as CEO. However, people familiar with the matter said that before the voting started, Musk was already looking for a new CEO for the company.
Therefore, opening a vote is just a formality.
Zhu Xiaotong and Shanghai team help Tesla increase production in the United States
Reuters reported on the 22nd that this week, Zhu Xiaotong, president of Tesla Greater China, and Song Gang, manager of the Shanghai Gigafactory, and his team went to two Tesla factories in the United States to investigate and analyze production problems at the factories.
It is reported that in addition to optimizing production work, the Shanghai team will also be responsible for promoting the Cybertruck project. Currently, the electric pickup has amassed 1.6 million orders.
Last month, Tesla board member James Murdoch said the company had recently identified potential successors to Musk, but did not name them.
Xiaopeng Motors invested 5 billion yuan to establish a power battery company
According to the Tianyancha App, Guangzhou Pengyue Power Battery Co., Ltd. was established. The legal representative is Xia Heng, the co-founder of Xiaopeng Motors, with a registered capital of 5 billion yuan. The business scope includes battery manufacturing; battery spare parts production; auto parts and accessories manufacturing, etc. .
Shareholder information shows that the company is wholly owned by Guangzhou Pengbo Automobile Technology Co., Ltd. Guangzhou Pengbo Automobile Technology Co., Ltd. was established not long ago. The legal representative is Xia Heng, with a registered capital of 5 billion yuan. Its business scope includes battery manufacturing and battery spare parts production. It is indirectly wholly-owned by XPeng Power Battery (Hong Kong) Limited.
Interestingly, Xiaopeng also denied the plan of "self-made batteries" before.
Ningde era's German factory realizes battery production
Ningde Times recently announced that its first overseas factory in Thuringia, Germany has achieved mass production of lithium-ion battery cells as scheduled.
The first batch of batteries in CATL's German factory is produced by the first battery production line in the G2 plant, and the installation and commissioning of the remaining production lines are in full swing to achieve ramp-up.
This means that CATL already has local production and supply capabilities for European customers.
According to Electrek, the BMW Group and Solid Power, a solid-state battery startup, are expanding their joint development partnership.
Solid-state batteries are seen as the next generation of battery technology, with higher energy density, lighter weight and faster charging than lithium-ion batteries, which are widely used today.
The expanded partnership between the two companies will include the BMW Group opening a pilot production line in Germany for Solid Power's prototype sulphide-based solid-state battery cells. Before the installation of this production line, the BMW Group will arrange for employees to be stationed in the Solid Power plant to optimize the battery manufacturing process.
Audi plans to gradually stop production of fuel vehicles from 2033
On the 21st, Audi's latest plan showed that the company plans to launch only electric vehicles from 2026, all factories will produce pure electric vehicles from 2029, and gradually stop the production of fuel vehicles from 2033.
In addition, Audi FAW New Energy will produce PPE platform models, and the factory will be put into production by the end of 2024. This will be Audi's first production base in the Chinese market that only produces pure electric models.
At the same time, Audi will further promote the construction of brand-specific charging stations in the Chinese market. According to the plan, the first batch of Audi charging stations will be put into operation in urban business circles in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other places by the end of this year.
Israel's electric car achieves unmanned flight
An electric car made in Israel recently achieved its first unmanned flight, and manufacturer AIR plans to bring the product to market within two years, according to Reuters.
The driverless car can accommodate an operator and a passenger, and can fly up to about 160 kilometers on a single charge.
AIR believes that this mode of travel will eventually become very common. "This is an important milestone. We have transitioned to forward flight today." The company's CEO and co-founder Lani Prout said.
Foreign media: Apple CarPlay has two major problems
AppleInsider recently published an article pointing out that there are two major problems with Apple CarPlay: the car company's support is not active, and the application quality is poor.
They believe that although many car companies currently support Apple CarPlay, most of them are only in the state of "support and availability" and have not followed up the new features of Apple CarPlay. For example, the wireless connection function was released in 2016. Today, there are still many models that only support wired connections.
On the other hand, although CarPlay provides an interface that allows the car to display notification information and navigation information on its dashboard, few car companies are willing to follow up.
One of the reasons is that car companies prefer users to use the default infotainment operating system directly, so that they can get more intuitive user data and can upsell additional services.
As for the application experience part, AppleInsider's point of view is that many CarPlay applications are too simplified to provide powerful functions.
Although these problems do exist objectively, Dong Chejun feels that CarPlay is the most concise and beautiful in the car's central control. Although there are not many applications, our usual navigation and music applications have good support on CarPlay.
To quote a reader’s point of view published in the comment section of the article:
Apple CarPlay isn't perfect, but it's better than no CarPlay.
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