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.
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
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 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).
On Monday, two people were killed when their Tesla car collided with a tree on the road near the American city of Houston, which caused the car to ignite and the occupants died, and it took the firefighting forces 3 hours to control the fire.
While the investigations continue, initial reports confirmed that the Tesla car battery continued to re-ignite whenever the firefighters extinguished its fire, and the firefighting forces contacted the electric car company to find a quick way to control the ignition of its battery car.
According to KHOU, investigators have determined that there was no person behind the wheel during the accident, and one passenger was in the seat next to the driver’s seat, while the other person was in the back seat.
The initial reports of the investigations indicated that the car was traveling at a high speed, and it failed to turn due to its speed, which led to its departure from the road and colliding directly with a tree.
Initial reports have not yet confirmed whether the AutoPilot automated driving assistant was activated before the accident or not, and this will become clear with the progress of the investigation process.
Tesla did not comment on the incident yet, as it had canceled its public relations sector, which was responsible for communicating with the media.
“Tesla” electric car company returned the money that it had accidentally deducted from credit cards for customers, at the end of last March, and apologized to its affected users, and added 200 dollars to their electronic accounts to be used in the purchase of any of its products through its online store, according to what was published by the site “Engadget”.
CNBC published a report, stating that the users affected by the error expressed their dissatisfaction with Tesla not disclosing the reason behind the problem, stressing that the value of the discounts they got and the value of 200 dollars, is considered much less compared to what they incurred. Of special benefits for their credit cards for a week.
The first race in the history of the “Extreme E” series of electric SUVs, which was hosted by the Kingdom over two days, concluded in the Saudi Al-Ula governorate, on Sunday, with the participation of 9 international teams.
The German “Rosberg X Racing” team, made up of Sweden’s Johan Kristofferson, and Australian Molly Taylor, was crowned the “Extreme E” racing title.
Andretti United, represented by Swedish driver Timmy Hansen and Britain’s Kitty Munning, came second, and X44, represented by French rally champion Sebastian Loeb and Spanish driver Christina Gutierrez, came third.
The race was held over a period of two days, with the participation of 18 riders representing 9 international teams, in the event organized by the Saudi Ministry of Sports in cooperation with the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.
The final round of the race took place amid great competition, starting with the first semi-final round, as the “Rosberg X Racing” and “X44” teams qualified before “Rosenberg” decided their presence in the final, while the “Andretti United” team qualified from the semi-finals. The second final called “The Crazy Race”, in which the “fourth, fifth, and sixth” of the qualifying rounds completed.
“Bentley Motors” revealed some details of its new “Continental GT Speed” car, which is the most dynamic in the history of “Bentley”, which extends over 101 years, and it is the perfect expression of a performance-focused luxury car.
The new third-generation is distinguished by being carefully designed, engineered, developed, and handcrafted in the carbon-neutral Bentley factory for the production of luxury cars. It builds on the long-standing traditions of the various Speed versions and raises them to greater levels.
The famous first-generation Continental GT Speed was introduced in 2007 and was inspired by the 3-Liter Speed models from the 1920s. The latest model from the Continental GT Speed continues to have the same heritage characteristics and embodies the perfect combination of luxury and performance in the design of a high-performance luxury car.
Dr. Mathias Raab, Board Member of Bentley Motors, said: For engineering: The new Continental GT Speed is the pinnacle of luxury, high-performance driving. This new model is the strongest expression of the Continental GT’s values of thrill and high dynamism and is full of unique Speed details to enhance the ownership experience and give customers more control over the car’s personality.
He added: The world’s most luxurious high-performance car is already more capable than ever before, and it has a new sporty feature that will attract drivers interested in high performance. Speed is the latest chapter in the Continental GT story and helps Bentley customers create their own extraordinary rides.
A Chinese electric car snatched the lights from the Tesla Model 3 vehicle to become the best-selling vehicle on the planet in January, for its irresistible price of $ 4,500.
According to the US news site Axios, the success surprised the manufacturer of the car, “CGMW”, a joint venture between “General Motors” Shanghai auto manufacturer and “Woolig Motors” company, as it was expected that the same car “Hong Gong” would be sold. The four-seater is about 3,000 per month, and sales exceeded 36,000 in January. More than 200,000 vehicles have been reported to have been purchased from them since production began last summer.
The source reports that the Chinese electric car is narrow for four people, and it lacks Tesla vehicle’s battery range (105 miles) and performance (top speed 62 mph), but its convenience and low price attract Chinese consumers.
An executive at Wooling Motors told the China Daily that most of the buyers are younger women in small cities, and that may be because it is being marketed not as a car but as design clothes, with fun new colors being introduced to its look.
This is while the company is also planning to unveil co-branded cars, with big names such as “Nike” and “Disney”.
Bahwan has invested $ 10 million in the My Car app to expand its business in the GCC by launching to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain by the end of the year.
The application, which was launched in 2018, allows car owners to remotely reserve their cars for service and maintenance from home or work.
“We are delighted to expand after two years of operations in the UAE,” said the founder of the My Car Maintenance app and CEO Ozir Boda. Since our inception, we have provided our services to more than 10,000 cars and saved thousands of car owners from the costs of maintaining and repairing their cars. We offer a 12-month warranty on parts, labor service and operation.
The app grew by 200% annually. The application contains more than 6 services ranging from car maintenance, repair, roadside assistance, service and detail contracts, and renewal service with the Roads and Transport Authority. Soon, it will launch four-wheel drive car accessories, an oil change service by ordering through a mobile phone, renting a car, insuring a car and changing tires all through an application through a mobile phone.
The service is available for all types and models of cars, and car owners can save up to 80% of the maintenance and repair costs compared to agency prices if they choose replacement parts (after-sales parts), and it also comes with a service for each car, a comprehensive examination of the car with free delivery and delivery.