• Let Me Let Go -- VW is working on a smash hit electric car, dubbed Project Trinity. In a bid to ensure that it is a great success, VW’s engineers are reportedly set to abandon the much-hallowed MEB dedicated electric platform. Why? Because they have apparently figured out a much better way to do things… the same reason they use every time they bin a mega platform. Will this next time be different?
  • Give It Away -- Rivian raised another $2.6 billion, taking the total to $8 billion. It normally takes around $1 billion - $1.5 billion to bring a vehicle to production at high volume, including the factory. Rivian has been developing two: a pickup and a van for Amazon. And maybe a smaller car too. It’s fair to say that extra money is needed for things like inventory, but it doesn’t really explain $5 billion or so. What are they planning to spend it all on?
  • Swap it Out -- SK Innovation took a stake in BAIC’s Chinese battery swapping business. It seems like the big drawback with battery swapping as it stands is that all the car makers have incompatible designs, resulting in unique swapping infrastructure. If battery suppliers like SK Innovation start getting involved, could standardisation become more likely?
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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 17th January 2021

GM disrupts the disruptors; Sony’s mystery car project keeps going and Renault makes a bold move step towards the future. Please enjoy our auto industry […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 10th January 2021

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Auto Industry Briefing — three weeks ending 3rd January 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 13th December 2020

Electric vehicle companies raising and spending mega-bucks; OEMs trying to drum up business for fuel cells; and thinking about the long term for ICE. Please […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 6th December 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 29th November 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 22nd November 2020

GM’s statement of electric car intent; a potential investment bubble for robots; and a very sensible powertrain joint venture. Please enjoy our auto industry and […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 15th November 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 8th November 2020

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Ford partners with Volvo to reduce CO2 fleet emissions

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 25th October 2020

The internet marches on; Musk banishes the skateboard to oblivion; and questions over price parity. Please enjoy our auto industry and mobility briefing for 19th […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 18th October 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 11th October 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 4th October 2020

Audi’s post-purchase upgrades; Ford’s inauspicious price drop; and Tesla’s lack of clarity. Please enjoy our auto industry and mobility briefing for 28th September to 27th […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 27th September 2020

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 20th September 2020

Monthly charges for driver assistance; self-driving hyperbole; and start-up shenanigans. Please enjoy our auto industry and mobility briefing for 14th September to 20th September 2020. […]Read More

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Auto Industry Briefing — week ending 13th September 2020

More blockchain speed required; massive money for advanced research; and the start of a big move in online retail. Please enjoy our auto industry and […]Read More