Ford to build battery plant in Michigan in drive with Chinese tech partner

Ford to build battery plant in Michigan in drive with Chinese tech partner

By Joseph White and David Shepardson

ROMULUS, Michigan/WASHINGTON Feb 13 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) on Monday announced plans to invest $3.5 billion to build an electric vehicle battery plant in Michigan, betting that making the batteries in the United States will help it and Chinese partner CATL (300750.SZ) attract U.S. customers to embrace a lower-cost technology pioneered in China.

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Japan’s Subaru cuts annual output target as chip shortage drags on

Japan’s Subaru cuts annual output target as chip shortage drags on

TOKYO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s Subaru Corp (7270.T) slashed its annual output target by nearly 10% on Wednesday amid ongoing fallout from a semiconductor shortage that continues to hamper automakers around the world.

The carmaker said the shortages were most acute among parts for immediate delivery in the spot market and it expected the lack of supply to last at most until around June before recovering.

Subaru said it now expects to produce 880,000 vehicles this fiscal year through March, down 9.3% from a previous forecast of 970,000 units.

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Four resign over scandal at Toyota unit Hino, others to return pay

Four resign over scandal at Toyota unit Hino, others to return pay

TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s truck- and bus-making unit Hino Motors said on Friday four officials would step down and it would demand the return of some compensation from past managers, following an engine data scandal.

Three executives overseeing production and compliance and a senior official in charge of technology development would resign, Hino said in a statement. Continue reading “Four resign over scandal at Toyota unit Hino, others to return pay”

What is the full form of WAF ?

What is the full form of WAF ?

The Full form of WAF is World Auto Forum

World Auto Forum is the global think tank of Auto & Mobility Industry.

WAF is also the media agency by World Auto Forum is World’s first social networking site for global auto and mobility industry

World Auto Forum ( WAF) connects the industry across 125 Countries!

Uber, PayPal, Walgreens launch $11 million vaccine rides fund

Uber, PayPal, Walgreens launch $11 million vaccine rides fund

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc, PayPal Holdings Inc and Walgreens Inc on Monday said they launched an $11 million fund to provide free ride-hail trips to U.S. COVID-19 vaccination sites for people who lack access to transportation.

The Vaccine Access Fund will be managed by U.S. non-profit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which will identify communities that need free rides as well as local partners to help with the program, the companies added.

Consumers can support the effort by donating to the fund through PayPal or in the Uber app, they said, adding they were also looking forward to welcoming other corporate donors.

In a joint letter to U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the companies said their cooperation came in response to calls by the administration for companies to get involved in the pandemic response.

“The Vaccine Access Fund will draw on the innovative tools developed by our respective firms to expand vaccine access and build upon the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts,” the companies said in the letter seen by Reuters.

The fund is separate from Uber’s promise to provide 10 million free or discounted rides to vaccination sites globally, an effort that is both public-spirited and self-interested as it is trying to get more drivers and passengers back on the road.

Lack of transportation is a major hurdle to healthcare equity and vaccine access, and studies show fewer options for medical care in low-income and Black communities that are frequently poorly served by public transit and have lower car ownership rates.

Reporting by Tina Bellon in Austin, Texas; Editing by Himani Sarkar

Honda to quit F1 to focus on zero-emission technology

Honda to quit F1 to focus on zero-emission technology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor will end its participation as an engine supplier in the FIA Formula One World Championship at the end of the 2021 season to focus on zero-emission technology, it said on Friday.

The decision was made at the end of September and the company does not intend to return to F1, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo said in an online news conference.

“This is not a result of the coronavirus pandemic but because of our longer-term carbon-free goal,” he said.

Like other automakers, Honda is rushing to build new-energy vehicles in an industry shift that Hachigo on Friday described as “once in a century”. That race is accelerating amid the coronavirus outbreak as carmakers review production plans to capture market share with new models including low or zero-emission vehicles.

Honda, which returned to F1 in 2015 and last year began in supplying engines to the Red Bull Racing team, said it will divert the resources it used to build F1 engines towards efforts to accelerate development of zero-emission technologies such as fuel cells and batteries.

“We understand how difficult it has been for Honda Motor Company to reach the decision. We understand and respect the reasoning behind this,” Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said in a statement.

Honda is launching its first mass-produced all-battery car this month – the Honda e – and has announced plans for two thirds of the company’s output to be new-energy vehicles by 2030.

Domestic rival Toyota Motor Corp last week said it expects annual sales of electric vehicles to reach 5.5 million in 2025, five years earlier than initially planned.

Reporting by Tim Kelly and Chris Gallagher; Editing by David Goodman

Empty trains, clogged roads: Americans get behind the wheel to avoid transit

Empty trains, clogged roads: Americans get behind the wheel to avoid transit

Several opinion polls show Americans plan to avoid trains and buses as stay-at-home orders ease, with some city dwellers buying a car for the first time. A potential boon to coronavirus-battered automakers, the shift poses a challenge to city planners end environmental goals.

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Road Ministry proposes implementing traceable technology for vehicle components
All the components used in a vehicle can be traced to their original component manufacturer, if a Road Ministry’s draft notification were to be implemented…

Rajya Sabha Passes Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill With Two Amendments By Union Minister
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2019 with two amendments introduced by the Union Minister…


SBI says will resolve FADA woes to support auto retail
The country’s largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI), the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) and Mumbai auto dealers held a meeting in Mumbai on July 29, to discuss the current state of auto retail…

Tata Motors to launch 4 new electric vehicles in India by 2021-end, Nexon EV to be one of them
Tata Motors will launch as many as four new electric vehicles (EVs) in India over the next 12 to 18 months…


No-deal Brexit threatens UK car production, industry warns Britain’s new prime minister
LONDON — A no-deal Brexit is an existential threat to the British car industry and would risk output, the Society of Motor Manufacturers…

Europe is beating the US in the battery race—with China’s help
The biggest reason we hear so much about electric cars is because of the falling costs of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries today cost less than one-fifth as they did in 2010. Within the next five years, some experts…

Getting under the hood of Amazon’s auto ambitions Inc is expanding its transportation prowess to do virtually everything short of building a car. While Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said little publicly about the company’s ambitions in the sector…

Fiat Chrysler defies slowdown thanks to North America performance
Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) took the market by surprise by sticking to its full-year profit guidance on Wednesday after a strong performance from its RAM pick-up brand…



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