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2021-04-02 09:13:37

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Mercedes Benz formally starts the production of battery systems for EQS 

According to news on March 25, Mercedes-Benz has already started producing battery systems used in EQS at its plant in Stuttgart-Hedelfingen. The Mercedes-Benz EQS pure electric vehicle will be formally released on April 15, 2021.

BYD released more new model programs and will launch many DM-i/EV products

Recently, we learned about BYD’s new energy model program from 2021 to 2023 from relevant channels. It involves three DM-i models (in the Chinese market) and five pure electric models (in the Asia-Pacific region).

Skoda will invest 2.5 billion euros in coming five years 

On March 24, Skoda stated that it will invest approximately 2.5 billion euros in the research and development of future technologies in the next five years. Of which, more than half will be invested in electric vehicles and other investments will also be used for digital activities and factory modernization.

Audi released its business results in 2020  

On March 18, Audi held a global press conference, and announced the financial report data of the previous fiscal year, and released a series of measures to promote the next stage of development. Electrification, digitalization, and focusing on development in China, these three keywords accurately arranged its positioning in the global auto market.

Geely will launch new electric car brand Zeekr to target the high-end market

It is reported that Geely plans to launch a new electric vehicle brand (positioned for the high-end market) named Zeekr. It will be owned by Lingling Technologies (Geely's electric vehicle company), to compete with Tesla ( its main competitor in the electric vehicle field).

BMW will launch all new electric vehicle architecture in 2025

BMW will launch a new electric vehicle architecture (New Class) in 2025. By then, all vehicles under the BMW brand will be built based on this architecture. The platform is specialized in the development of pure electric vehicles and the development of gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines and the plug-in hybrid models.

Hyundai establishes the E-pit 

On March 23, Hyundai Motor Group announced that it would enter the electric vehicle charging market and launched a new brand E-pit to build ultra-high-speed charging infrastructure. . Hyundai is also actively shifting its business mode from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.

ICV Industry

Volvo teamed up with ECARX to develop a new in-vehicle intelligent system

On March 23, ECARX and Volvo Cars jointly announced that the two parties will establish a joint venture to jointly develop a new generation of in-vehicle intelligent operating systems suitable for the global market. The joint venture will be located in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is expected to be put into operation in the third quarter of 2021. Jan-Erik Larsson, Volvo Car’s head of R&D in China, will serve as CEO.

Honda releases new Honda CONNECT system

A few days ago, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (China) formally released the third-generation Honda CONNECT (Intelligent Guidance and Interconnection) system.It uses intelligent voice interaction to realize "AI intelligent assistant", "Interconnection of daily life", "Remote control", " OTA online upgrade” and other functions. It also upgraded navigation, and online entertainment, etc. It is reported that the new system will be used on new models of Honda in the second half of 2021.

SAIC will invest in Momenta to start production of autonomous driving

On March 19, SAIC Group announced its participation in the joint lead investment in the self-driving startup Momenta (C round of financing), and further deepened strategic cooperation with the latter to jointly create an autonomous driving of "Chinese solution". The two companies will jointly create the "Door to Door Pilot" function in response to China's complex traffic conditions. The new car equipped with this function is scheduled to start pre-sale at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, and ChinaIT will therefore become the first high-end smart electric car equipped with Momenta's technical solution.

Polestar 2's first OTA air upgrade will begin soon

Polestar 2 can be upgraded via OTA, users do not need to go to the Polestar service center to get the update. The OTA air upgrade adds two in-vehicle apps, "Tencent Love Listening" and "Car Air Quality", which optimizes battery life, improves Harman & Kardon surround sound effects, and fixes some software bugs.

The test for Dongfeng unmanned container truck starts in Wuhan

On March 22, the inauguration of the New Energy and Intelligent Vehicle Application Research Engineering Center of Jianghan University and the launching ceremony of the end-of-campus logistics application in the National Intelligent Connected Vehicle (Wuhan) Test Demonstration Zone was held at Jianghan University. The Sharing Box intelligent connected container truck of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. formally entered the campus, launching autonomous driving application services such as unmanned sales. The lidar, millimeter-wave radar and camera of the Sharing Box intelligent connected container truck will activate the AEB automatic emergency braking function to realize automatic obstacle avoidance when a pedestrian encounters a pedestrian in front of it during driving.
 
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