Release of our latest magazine, BEV price concerns, Renault’s electric future – the week

The latest issue of our quarterly Just Auto Magazine is now available for download. The special theme of this edition is the challenges of sustainability in the automotive sector. Sustainability for automotive companies takes many forms. In issue 14 of the quarterly magazine, we look at new innovations and technologies that can boost sustainability.

The proportion of automotive manufacturing and supply companies hiring for AI-related roles increased significantly in May 2022 compared to the equivalent month last year, with 64.2% of companies included in our analysis hiring for at least one of these positions. The latter figure was higher than the 42.4% of companies hiring for AI-related jobs a year ago, but down from the figure of 66.2% in April 2022.

BEV sales in Europe have been on an upward trend, but high purchase prices and supply constraints may now be holding back growth. The European passenger car BEV market has more than quadrupled from 2% of sales in 2019 to almost 9% in 2021 and for the last quarter of last year it averaged 15%. But that solid growth pattern appears to have faded somewhat so far in 2022, with the average monthly BEV share through May falling back to 10.7%. This may be the case for a variety of reasons, the most obvious being that the need for automakers to continue pushing plug-in cars into the market to meet CO2 reduction targets by the end of 2021 has diminished. in 2022 without new objective. set for this year. That rationale doesn’t apply to Tesla of course, but sales so far this year don’t put them on track to beat last year’s achievement. And that highlights another possible reason for the removal of BEV records – a simple lack of product due to parts shortages or, particularly in Tesla’s case, reduced production at its Chinese factory due to related shutdowns. to COVID-19 and therefore to a lack of available export cars for Europe.

North America extended its dominance for cloud hiring among auto companies in the three months to April. The number of roles in North America accounted for 49.3% of total cloud employment, up from 43.6% in the same quarter last year. This was followed by the Middle East and Africa, which saw a year-over-year change of -0.6 percentage points in cloud roles.

Could improving structure and communication within the industry reduce the number of cyberattacks? We spoke to a cybersecurity specialist at Thales to find out.

Some key models of Renault’s 100% electric future are about to be launched. Covid, the shortage of semiconductors, the partial sale of Korean operations to Geely, a withdrawal from China and a sudden stoppage of Russian production – these have been two turbulent years for Groupe Renault. As well as putting plans in place to deal with the difficulties, Renault has kept its focus on Europe, setting the stage for a major offensive in electric vehicles while growing stronger in hybrids. This new report, the first in a series, examines the next generation models of the Renault brand.

The automotive industry is increasingly focusing on software-defined vehicles and solutions that improve the overall management of vehicle health, safety and performance. What does this mean for future vehicles and how can manufacturers get the most out of these new solutions? To learn more, we caught up with Yagil Tzur, VP of Products at Tactile Mobility.

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) said the first customers for its new 1,000 km (620 mile) Qilin battery would be local EV startups Li Auto and Hozon New Energy Automobile. . CATL is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries with an estimated global market share of approximately 32%, thanks to its dominant presence in the world’s largest electric vehicle market, where sales exceeded 2.9 million units last year. He unveiled the new battery while announcing that he had successfully raised 45 billion yuan ($6.7 billion) to fund investment in manufacturing and R&D. The company claimed that Qilin provides electric vehicles with a range of more than 1,000 km (620 miles) on a single charge, which is expected to be the longest range on the market when it goes into production next year. It was also said to be faster to charge, safer and longer lasting than existing batteries. Its energy density of 255 watt-hours per kg is 13% higher than that of Tesla’s new 4680 battery.

Ford has confirmed it will stop making the Focus model in 2025, threatening the longer-term future of its Saarlouis, Germany plant, which only makes this model. Ford said its Saarlouis plant will continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car until then, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts. In Europe, Ford has been emphasizing the future role of electrified models, including its Cologne plant in Germany, which is a hub for the production of electric vehicles. It will build a new SUV based on VW’s MEB platform from 2023. Ford also recently announced that its plant in Valencia, Spain, will receive investment to manufacture electric vehicles on next-generation electric vehicle architecture. . Ford of Europe chief Stuart Rowley has told media that no additional models are planned for Saarlouis when Focus production ends and that the company is evaluating alternative options which could even include selling the factory. to another car manufacturer.

Polestar has successfully floated on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The U.S. listing marks a milestone for the premium electric car brand which launched in 2017. The Nasdaq commercial debut followed a strong start in 2022. Polestar recently reported record sales for the year to date and strong global customer orders for Polestar 2, its all-electric fastback, of more than 32,000, a 290% increase over the same period in 2021. Polestar has also increased its presence to 25 markets, compared to 19 at the end of 2021, supported by nearly 130 outlets. Polestar rang the Nasdaq opening bell in New York on June 28 to celebrate its debut as a publicly traded company.

Whoops. This is not a position a supplier wants to occupy. Production stoppages at two Stellantis car factories in France are due to component shortages at German supplier Continental, two “sources close to Stellantis” told Reuters recently. Continental would not have been able to deliver its connected navigation and entertainment systems to a Citroën factory in Rennes, one of the sources said. The other said a Peugeot factory in Sochaux was shut down because Continental failed to deliver touchscreens. The supplier reportedly refused to give his side of the story.

Cymotive Technologies said Ford Otosan Turkey chose it to support cybersecurity compliance certification of UNR 155 and 156 regulations and to maintain ongoing regulatory compliance. When implementing automated vulnerability and compliance management products and other cybersecurity services, Ford Trucks will obtain vehicle type certification, allowing the OEM to sell its heavy-duty vehicles in countries requiring compliance to UNR 155 and 156 regulations. Among other methods, Cymotive uses a digital twin to implement reverse image engineering to enhance and verify data received from the OEM’s SBOM (Software Bill of Materials) in part of the compliance process. For real-time compliance status information, the cybersecurity management product will support the truck manufacturer’s ongoing monitoring for years to come.

Have a nice week end.

Graeme Roberts, Associate Editor, Just Auto

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