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August 19, 2022

VW and Mahindra, more batteries, a glorious Caterham and Geneva is off – the week

A look at the week's most popular analysis, interviews and news

By David Leggett

There’s an intriguing collaboration taking place between Volkswagen Group and Mahindra that involves the supply of MEB components for future Mahindra EVs.

Both companies signed a Term Sheet on the supply of MEB electric components for Mahindra’s new, purpose-built electric platform INGLO, deepening the Partnering Agreement from earlier this year. The cooperation intends to have a volume of more than one million units over lifetime and includes the equipment of five all-electric SUVs with MEB components. In addition, the two companies will explore further opportunities for collaboration, ‘opening the perspective towards a broader strategic alliance to accelerate the electrification of the Indian automotive market’.

Volkswagen and Mahindra deepen EV parts collaboration

India’s vehicle market is one with good long-term demand growth potential of course and it has perked up lately.

It’s getting even busier in the area of batteries.

China-based CATL continues to grow presence in Europe and a CATL plant in Hungary will supply European Mercedes factories. CATL has confirmed the new factory in Hungary will produce battery cells and modules for a number of European automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and Stellantis. However, Mercedes-Benz said it will be the plants first and biggest customer in the initial stages.

Over in North America, it looks like the GM and LG Ultium JV is closing in on a fourth battery cell plant: GM and LG considering Indiana for fourth US battery plant

Rivian is one of the more interesting EV startups around; backed by Ford and Amazon, the vehicle designs and business plans look serious. It’s no easy path though, especially as you start to ramp up volumes and incur higher operational costs: Rivian losses mount. Just ask Tesla.

Kia’s electric EV6 is a model I have driven and was impressed by. We’ve taken a closer look at what’s on offer: Interior design and technology – Kia EV6

With all the talk of electrification it’s perhaps nice to occasionally remind ourselves of the pleasure that can be derived from an old school ICE. Our analyst Glenn Brooks describes the simple, visceral appeal of driving a retro-cool super lightweight Caterham Seven roadster.

Why Caterham is thriving in the digital era

On the interviews front:

Israeli-based Hailo is partnering with Renesas to create a more compelling chip. To learn more, Matthew Beecham caught up with Yaniv Sulkes, VP of Product Marketing & Automotive at Hailo.

AI chipmaker helps OEMs shift from ADAS to AD

As automotive supply chains come under increasing pressure, we get the views of a supply chain specialist from Rand Technology, Jennifer Strand.

Automotive supply chains under pressure – are shortages easing?

For the first time, an autonomous truck has completed a successful trip in the UK. We spoke to Sander Van Dijk, head of autonomous systems, StreetDrone, to find out more about this technology and the challenges the team overcame along the way.

Autonomous deliveries on route

Finally, some sad news for anyone who enjoyed the annual trip to the Geneva Motor Show – the planned February 2023 event has been axed. Well, kind of. The Geneva organisers say it has now been moved ‘exclusively’ to Doha, Qatar in November next year. I do wonder: will we ever get a Geneva Motor Show again? I hope we will. Doha doesn’t really count.

Geneva Motor Show axed

Have a nice weekend.

Dave Leggett

Editor, Just Auto

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