Friday, October 15, 2021

Category: Automotive

Volvo unveils new leather-free car upholstery

Some fashion houses such as Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham have long refrained from using animal derivatives in their products, while some car manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, and Land Rover, and Tesla have the option for their customers to choose cars that feature leather-free upholstery and are made from sustainable materials.

To this day, Volvo is one of the very few brands that have announced that they will completely refrain from offering any cars that use leather, not even as an option, in any of their vehicles.

“vegan leather”
Currently, electric truck maker Rivian offers vegan “leather” seats in its R1T pick-up trucks, without any option of leather seats or inserts.

Volvo is set to begin implementing this transformation next year with the C40 Recharge, a rechargeable SUV with a range of more than 200 miles per charge.

The company will continue to do so until 2030 when all Volvo electric vehicles will be skin-free.

In an exclusive video interview announcing the changes, Volvo executives told Bloomberg that the decision stemmed from studies and expectations about market trends as much as it was about concern about the ethical treatment of animals.

“We are seeing that our customers’ expectations have changed,” said Robin Page, Head of Design at Volvo. “They are changing their fashion habits and the products they buy. They want to know more about materials and their sourcing, and where they come from, people are becoming more aware of the change. climate, and its impact on the planet.

According to a report issued by the research company “Infinium Global Research”, which was based on the Director of International Sustainability at Volvo, Stewart Templar; The vegan leather market is expected to reach 73 billion euros ($85 billion) by 2025. By that time, a quarter of the materials used in new Volvo cars will be made from recycled, organic components, Page says.

Also, all direct suppliers of the company, together with suppliers of materials, will use 100% renewable energy.

“Consumers are no longer focused just on the end product, but also how it is produced, and that includes getting it responsibly,” Page said.

In this context, Volvo will offer a new blend of wool, made by authorized suppliers, as the company strives to provide full traceability and ensure the welfare of animals in its supply chain.

It will also use Microtek, a type of suede-like fabric made from recycled polyester, as well as using ingredients made from environmentally sustainable linen.

Aston Martin is on track to achieve the highest annual sales percentage in 2021 after years of pitfalls

A triple-digit sales increase this year didn’t save Aston Martin from a multi-million dollar profit loss, but the company is seeing a marked improvement, for the first time in a long time.

On August 24, the financial regulator announced that it had found no irregularities, following allegations of insider trading between Aston Martin Lagonda and Daimler AG. The investigation conducted by the German Federal Ministry of Finance, known as (BaFin), examined the purchase of a stake in “Aston Martin” by the head of “Formula 1” of Mercedes-Benz, as the relationship between the two brands caused a lot of suspicion in the sector, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, also owns a minority stake in Aston Martin.

This was a new victory for the prestigious British car manufacturer in the recent period, which comes after a long list of repeated failures, as the company has a long history of mismanagement over its 108-year history, which in turn led to 7 bankruptcies, the last of which was in 1974, and asked to close in 2014.

Also, a few years ago, the company’s products were just boring and flashy, one example being the 2018 DB11 Volante Carica. Also, we can’t forget the bad IPO, in which shares fell 6.5% on the first day, It fell 75% soon after.

few sales
To this day, the company’s association with James Bond continues, and Aston Martin sells less than 5,000 cars worldwide annually, a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands sold by Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. In 2020, Aston Martin sold 4,150 cars around the world, decreasing its sales by 32% compared to 2019.

But this year already looks better for the company, as Aston announced in July that its sales increased by 224% in the first half of 2021. The company sold 2,901 cars around the world in the first half of 2021, and more than half of its sales were Model D DBX sports utility vehicles, valued at $189,000. Aston Martin says it is on track to sell 6,000 vehicles by the end of 2021.

will flying cars ever turn into reality soon?

Audiences were stunned when they witnessed James Bond fly his AMC Matador Coupe in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun. To them, a flying car was a futuristic idea that they would never see in their lifetime. Well, now it’s finally here, in ours…

We all thought, “a flying car! in your dreams!”

AirCar, a combined transportation vehicle that can drive and fly, took an important step earlier this week towards pioneering a new form of mobility. For the first time ever, the flying car made a flight between two cities.

The AirCar, piloted by founder Štefan Klein, took off from Nitra’s small airport and arrived at Bratislava’s international airport 35 minutes later. He covered a distance of 66 kilometers this way. In a video ( shown below), shared by the manufacturer, it is easy to see how the flight went and how the plane transforms itself into a car for two people after the flight.

The first prototype must complete the mandatory 50 hours of test flights. Klein is planning to build a second prototype with a new design and more powerful propulsion, which will allow a substantial increase in cruising speed. The vehicle will require an international certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

A second prototype is also under development. AirCar Prototype 2, as the model is called for now, will be equipped with a 300 hp engine and is expected to have a cruising speed of 300 kilometers per hour and a range of 1,000 kilometers. The intention is for the model to receive aircraft certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Dutch driver De Vries takes the lead in Formula E before the last two races

Mercedes’s Dutch driver Nick de Vries took the lead in the Formula E world championship before the final two races of the season on Sunday, with De Vries taking second place while Mahindra’s Alex Lane scored his first home win in London.

This is the second race to be held in the British capital after British driver Jake Dennis Andretti won the first race on Saturday.

Briton Lynn was declared the winner of the race today after leader Lucas di Grassi was disqualified for a foul, eventually finishing eighth after being penalized.

De Vries leads the overall standings by 6 points over fellow Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijn, while Briton Sam Bird dropped from first to third, 14 points off the lead after failing to finish both races yesterday and today.

STREETS OF LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 25: Nyck de Vries (NLD), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02, battles with Alex Lynn (GBR), Mahindra Racing, M7Electro during the London E-Prix II at Streets of London on Sunday July 25, 2021, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)

In the team list, Envision leads the standings, 7 points ahead of Mercedes. The last two races of the season will be held in Berlin on August 14 and 15.

Tesla launches an electric car cheaper than the “Model Y” in China

US electric car maker Tesla launched a cheaper version of its Model Y on Thursday in China, facing increased scrutiny from regulators and growing competition from local rivals.

The price of the launched Model Y vehicles is 276,000 yuan (42,588 dollars). The China Passenger Car Association said Tesla’s sales of cars made in China fell in June from the previous month.

The company, which makes Model 3 sedans and Model Y sports utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 33,155 cars made in China, including those for export, compared with 33,463 in May.

The price reduction allows benefiting from the support obtained by new electric cars whose price is less than 300,000 yuan, which is why the latest version of the “Model Y” is convenient to take advantage of at its new price.

Como funciona o catalisador

Todos os veículos com motores de combustão interna estão equipados com um conversor catalítico. Esta parte foi concebida para reduzir o impacto dos gases de escape sobre o ambiente. O tipo e funcionalidade do dispositivo depende da marca, modelo e ano de fabrico do automóvel. Mas o seu princípio de funcionamento é semelhante, e as próprias peças tornam-se inutilizáveis após um certo período de utilização.

Se o diagnóstico tiver demonstrado que a peça não pode ser reparada, há sempre uma oportunidade de a vender com lucro. AutoCatalystMarket Brasil vende velhos conversores catalíticos. Contacte o seu representante para uma estimativa do custo do seu conversor catalítico.


Como funciona o conversor catalítico?

O elemento principal do catalisador é um favo de mel cerâmico revestido com uma fina camada de metais caros. O lítio, platina e ródio são utilizados para revestir os favos de mel. O conversor catalítico limpo os gases de escape por pré-oxidação.

Para realizar este processo, existe um sensor em frente ao conversor catalítico que detecta o nível de oxigénio nos gases de escape. Devido aos valores registados, o sistema ajusta o funcionamento do motor de modo a que haja oxigénio suficiente no escape para neutralizar os elementos nocivos no conversor catalítico.

Um segundo sensor (sonda lambda) também é instalado na maioria dos veículos e mede o nível de oxigénio na saída do conversor catalítico. Monitoriza a forma como decorreu o processo de limpeza de emissões.



Substituir ou apagar?

Quando um catalisador se avaria, os proprietários de automóveis são confrontados com a questão: substituir a peça gasta ou simplesmente cortá-la? E esta questão não é irrazoável, uma vez que a peça custa muito dinheiro.

Consequências da remoção do conversor catalítico:

  • mais substâncias nocivas serão libertadas para o ambiente;
  • o nível de ruído do motor irá aumentar;
  • tornar-se-á impossível passar num teste técnico porque o desempenho ambiental do motor não estará à altura das normas;
  • se a garantia da máquina ou do motor ainda não tiver expirado, o documento tornar-se-á inválido.

Estes factores podem fazer os proprietários de carros mais caros pensar duas vezes. Mas o custo da peça em carros baratos e mais antigos faz com que os seus proprietários se recusem a substituir o conversor catalítico. A sua remoção parece ser uma solução mais viável.

Embora esta opção seja adequada para motores Euro-2, a remoção do conversor catalítico em modelos mais recentes pode ter consequências indesejáveis. O sistema de escape de alguns veículos é mesmo composto por vários conversores catalíticos. Isto aumenta ainda mais o custo da sua substituição.

Os conversores catalíticos modernos estão normalmente equipados com sensores de oxigénio. A sua ausência irá afetar o funcionamento do motor ou impedi-lo de arrancar de todo. Por conseguinte, ao remover o catalisador, é aconselhável utilizar os serviços de especialistas. Cortar este elemento por si só pode danificar o veículo. Além disso, a sua remoção pode exigir a instalação de uma sonda lambda como para-choques.


Hamilton wins the Grand Prix of Spain

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton imposed himself on the Barcelona circuit after his team succeeded in the strategy game ahead of Red Bull and Dutch driver Max Verstappen in the Spanish Grand Prix, the third stage of the Formula One World Championship on Sunday.

Hamilton won his 98th victory in his career, the third this season and the sixth in the Spanish circuit, including five in a row, equal to German record holder Michael Schumacher.

His Finnish colleague Valtteri Bottas came third, while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc arrived from Monaco fourth.

Hamilton strengthened his lead in the drivers’ standings with 94 points and is 14 points ahead of Verstappen, who scored second-place points, one point for the fastest lap after entering the podiums to be fitted with smooth tires after losing his lead.

Challenges and Opportunities Faced in Automotive Industry

There is no single industry in this world that doesn’t face problems or obstacles in its path to success. Once a wise man said that
” Where there are problems there are opportunities” keeping this thing in mind the automotive industry has been doing a lot of progress in its manufacturing sector as well as the R&D region. The EV tech is one of the most recent and innovative creations that the industry has given us, but there are also many challenges present in the automotive industry such as the rate of recall, the recycling issue, shortage of items, and so on.
Some of these challenges and opportunities are Been listed in this blog in a short and sweet explanatory manner.

1. Chip Shortage And Hike in their Price.

As the production of cars is increasing day by day one of the major issue faced by the automotive sector is the shortage of semiconductors and this particular thing has to lead to a slightly bigger problem that is the increase in the pricing of chips.
The Indian auto OEM has been getting requests from chip manufacturers to increase the respective prices of chips – this particular thing has been approved and said by 3 companies in particular to date and the number is likely to increase in the near future. The combined impact of the supply shortage and accompanied by the surge g demand has put pressure on prices. The hike may be up to 3-6% up to 2021. This problem caused not only the car sector but also the semiconductor industry is looking for other alternatives.

2. EV batteries and the economy.

The used or retired electric vehicle batteries of the old vehicles have the major problem that they are unable to store or produce the required energy as compared to the new one which is a fact. Due to this, the cost of maintenance and repair of the battery costs too high. So these batteries are sold and been recycled in a very innovative manner which stores energy.
“Relectric” An Australian technology developer Is building and selling units of repurposed expired or outdated Nissan Motor Co.Leaf batteries to create products capable of storing renewable power at the manufacturing facilities, Big farms, and also old mines. These are also called second-life battery systems harnessing the remaining life of the used EV batteries or packs.

3.) Hyundai’s Recall

The recall is nothing but the right of the customer of the vehicle to replace or repair any part of his/her vehicle (a condition that it should be original ) by the company or the local manufacturer/dealer of that company. A similar recall chain has hit the Hyundai company where it has recall 82,000 electric vehicles globally to replace their batteries after 15 reports of fires involving the vehicles have come forward. This is one of the most expensive recalls in history. This signals to us that how electric car defects could create
such high cost for the automakers.
Replacing an entire battery is a very hectic process that requires a similar amount of hard work and expense as replacing a complete engine of a traditional IC-powered car.

4.) Driverless Electric Buses.

Driverless Electric Buses is definitely a milestone of changing technology. This bus adapts the machine learning mechanism and learns all the things while operating and observing the process in detail. It also interacts with the traffic signal and works and drives accordingly. The stops and routes are programmed with the help of machine learning and this bus uses its own AI to learn and understand new concepts. It is majorly operating in a city named Malaga in Spain. It runs at 8 km ( Five miles) loop it does six times a day. It is also capable of using its intelligence and improving its decision based on data processed along the route.

Fiat 500 EV … a car that combines elegance and luxury

Fiat 500 EV … a car that combines elegance and luxury

In early March, the Italian company Fiat revealed that the third generation of its 500 will be an “EV” – the first Fiat Chrysler car “FCA” it has ever produced in a full production chain; The Fiat 500 EV has two battery options: 24 kWh and 42 kWh.

Fast charging at 50 kW is standard with the option of charging at higher power at 85 kW available to everyone except for the base model.

Leading Fiat has divided the new 500 EV lineup into three trim levels called Action, Passion and Icon; The base model with Action Badge comes standard with 15-inch wheels, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, and lane-keeping assist, and inside buyers get a 7-inch digital kit and smartphone holder instead of the traditional infotainment system. The 500 will also be offered in three body styles: hatchback and cabriolet, and a new 3 + 1 configuration that includes an oyster shell rear passenger doors that open to the rear.

The Fiat 500 EV
The mid-range 500 Passion starts at £ 23,495 and adds 15-inch two-tone wheels, LED daytime running lights, along with a choice of two finishes for the interior upholstery, and buyers also get the latest 7-inch infotainment system from FCA, which is It offers support for natural language commands, in addition to the usual Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

According to the flagship Fiat, the entry-level Fiat 500 EV is equipped with a 23.8 kWh battery pack and a 118 hp electric motor, which offers a 0-62 mph time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 84 mph. The powertrain has a WLTP range of 115 miles, although Fiat says that number will swell to 150 miles under city driving conditions.

Toyota introduces 15 new electric cars by 2025

Toyota announced the launch of 15 models of battery-powered electric cars worldwide by 2025, to expand the company’s electric vehicle lineup to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050.

The company said it would increase the number of its electric models to about 70 from the 55 currently on the market.

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. indicated a shift in its stance on climate change on Monday, saying it would review its pressure and be more transparent about the steps it is taking, as it faces increasing pressure from environmental activists and investors.
The automaker came under scrutiny after siding with the Trump administration in 2019 in an effort to stop California from setting its own fuel-efficiency rules. “We will review the public policy participation activities through our company and industry associations to ensure that they are in line with the long-term goals of the Paris climate agreement,” Toyota said in a statement, adding that the measures will be announced by the end of this year.

The automaker also confirmed that it “will strive to provide more information so that stakeholders can understand its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.”

Four funds with asset management are pressuring about $ 235 billion on Toyota ahead of its annual shareholder meeting in June to support international efforts to prevent global warming.
“This move should not be a PR exercise, but rather it signals a clear end to its role in the negative climate pressure that has given it a backward status,” CEO of the Danish Pension Fund AkademikerPension told Reuters.

A Danish pension fund spokesman, Troels Boreleld, said AkademikerPension will consider preparing a shareholder resolution to present at next year’s annual general meeting if “Toyota fails to fulfill its obligations”. The fund will consider selling its Toyota holdings if there is no change, but the spokesman said the fund officials did not think it would reach this point.

Munch Holst noted that “thus far, the company has repeatedly undermined climate action, from opposing the UK government’s ban on internal combustion engines by 2030 to opposing auto fuel economy standards in the United States.”

A Toyota spokeswoman told Reuters it would need more time to respond to Munch Holst’s comments. Other investors are the Church of England Pensions Board, Swedish AP7, and Norwegian Storebrand (STB.OL).

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