BMW will begin mass production and sale of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles developed jointly with Toyota Motor as early as 2025. Head of Sales Peter Nota underlined the German automaker’s commitment to producing greener vehicles against the backdrop of increasingly stringent environmental regulations in Europe.
BMW unveiled the hydrogen fuel cell iX5 Hydrogen concept car at the German International Motor Show in September 2021. The iX5 is based on the BMW X5 SUV. The company previously announced that small-scale production of the SUV would begin before the end of 2022.
An FCV can be refueled in three to four minutes – much faster than a battery electric vehicle. While BMW hasn’t revealed the iX5 lineup, the model is equipped with two 6kg tanks to enable long-distance travel.
BMW will also accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. The company is currently aiming for 50% of new sales across the group, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, to be electric vehicles by 2030. Electric vehicles make up a bigger share of sales than expected, so it’s possible the company will reach 50% one to two years ahead of schedule.
We also continue to invest in internal combustion engines. We believe in the importance of different technologies – battery electric vehicles as well as hydrogen and efficient internal combustion engines – because we don’t want to put all of our investments in one area.
Ford Suspended Car Deliveries for an Unusual Reason – Not Enough Logos
Ford is facing an unusual shortage. The auto giant has run out of nameplates, delaying deliveries, according to Carsoops, citing The Wall Street Journal.
According to sources, Ford had to delay deliveries of some car models because the company did not have enough of its logos and model nameplates. The shortage affected some important models for the American manufacturer, including F-series pickups.
Ford management looked for alternative solutions, but finding them turned out to be more difficult than one might think at first. In particular, the manufacturer tested 3D-printed logos as a temporary solution, but in the end, the company abandoned this idea, since such nameplates turned out to be of poor quality.
Tribar Technologies, which supplies exterior trim to Ford and many other manufacturers, was reportedly forced to halt production in August after dumping industrial chemicals into the local sewer system. According to the source, the release did not cause significant harm to the environment and at the moment Tribar is operating at full capacity. However, the suspension of production may well have been the cause of the shortage faced by Ford.
The other day, Ford said that by the end of the quarter, the company will have between 40,000 and 45,000 new vehicles in stock that cannot be shipped to dealers due to a shortage of parts. In addition to the shortage of nameplates, the manufacturer is in dire need of chips and other important components. According to analysts, supply problems may persist until 2024.
Powerful sedan from Geely and Volvo on the Geely Tugella platform with 25 sensors. Lynk & Co 03 entered the Chinese market
The new generation Lynk & Co 03 sedan from Geely and Volvo has gone on sale in the Chinese market. The car received a new exterior, interior and engines.
Lynk & Co 03 is built by two companies on the CMA platform known from Geely Tugella. The first generation of the car was released in 2018. The new generation retained the style, but became sportier thanks to the large grille, bumper and new DRLs. At the rear is a single element of the lanterns. The sports version of the sedan called 03+ received a spoiler, as well as an exhaust system with four tailpipes.
The dimensions of the new car were 4684 x 1843 x 1460 mm with a wheelbase of 2730 mm. It has increased by 27 mm in length and 3 mm in width, while the height has decreased by 12 mm. The screens have become larger, the diagonal of the digital “tidy” is 12.3 inches versus 10.25 for the previous generation. And the diagonal of the main screen is now 12.8 inches.
The car has 25 autonomous driving sensors, including 12 ultrasonic radars and 5 mm radars. Petrol versions lost the 1.5-liter engine, which was replaced by a 2-liter turbo engine with 254 hp. A couple of this motor will be a 7-speed “robot”. And the more productive Lynk & Co 03+ will get a 265 hp engine, all-wheel drive and an 8-speed torque converter.
The hybrid version is based on a 1.5-liter ICE with 150 hp, paired with a 3-speed DHT Pro gearbox. The total power reaches 245 hp. and 545 Nm. The fuel consumption of the system in this case will be 4.5 l / 100 km.
The price of the car starts at $21,700.
Tesla plans to use thousands of Tesla Bot humanoid robots in its factories
Tesla has posted a job listing for its Tesla Bot program, which suggests management plans to use thousands of humanoid robots in factories. They want to use them to perform repetitive and monotonous tasks, which will automate their implementation.
Back in early 2022, Elon Musk said that Tesla this year is prioritizing product development for the Optimus humanoid robot, rather than launching new products that have been postponed to 2023. Musk also noted that the public has not yet seen the value of the Tesla Bot, but this robot can probably completely change the global economy.
The company said the first version of the Tesla Bot will focus on simple, repetitive tasks, making the robot useful in a factory setting. How this will be possible, we will find out very soon, because the first working prototype of the humanoid robot is scheduled to be shown on September 30 at AI Day.
Earlier it was reported that Geely Atlas in Kita will also be assembled by robots, although not humanoid.
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