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Wednesday 14 April 2021
ITRI to help form car components ecosystem in southern Taiwan
Government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will in 2021 begin a project aiming to form an ecosystem in southern Taiwan for compound semiconductor-based automotive power electronics, according to Wu Cheng-wen, senior vice president for ITRI.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Teco invests in ZEPT
Teco Electric & Machinery has acquired a 25% stake in ZEPT, a Taiwan-based startup that develops powertrain modules used in electric vehicles (EVs), for cooperation in developing EV-use power systems and tapping corresponding markets.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Taiwan starts self-driving open road test
Taiwan has started testing self-driving vehicles on open roads, accrding to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
Tuesday 13 April 2021
SYNergy to expand production capacity
Lithium-ion polymer battery maker SYNergy ScienTech has disclosed it will expand monthly production capacity for soft-package batteries by 25% to 4.77 million units, and button cells from 150,000 to 450,000 units in third-quarter 2021.
Tuesday 6 April 2021
EV charging pile suppliers to benefit from US infrastructure project
Taiwan-based suppliers of charging piles see huge opportunities from the US government's latest US$2 trillion infrastructure expansion that includes the electric vehicle (EV) sector.
Tuesday 6 April 2021
Taiwan promoting electric buses in public transport
Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has set aside a budget of NT$8.5 billion (US$299 million) for 2021-2024 to promote development and production of electric buses, and use of such buses in public transportation.
Wednesday 31 March 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC chair cautions US, Europe against expanding fab capacity
The current short supply of semiconductor fab capacity is not normal, as the overall capacity should be more than enough to satisfy all demand in normal times, according TSMC chairman Mark Liu, who describes as "economically unrealistic" attempts by the US and Europe to expand their own fab capacity to satisfy all of their needs. But the short supply has been sending foundry quotes rising, with UMC and PSMC set to adjust upward their quotes by 10-20% starting April for rush orders. The eletric vehicle (EV) industry has seen fast development with rosy long-term outlook, thanks to government policy support, according to industry experts speaking at a forum on future cars held in Taipei.
Wednesday 31 March 2021
EV industry bracing for long-term growth
Despite the pandemic-induced impacts, global electric vehicle (EV) shipments reached as high as 2.5 million units in 2020 - an achievement that has encouraged governments in advanced economies to accelerate policy formation that will be favorable to the advancement of the EV industry, according to industry experts.
Monday 29 March 2021
Foxconn developing EV-use batteries
Foxconn Electronics is developing LFP (lithium iron phosphate) and solid-state batteries for use in electric vehicles (EVs), according to industry sources.
Monday 29 March 2021
US to reportedly subsidize domestic production of battery cells
The US government will reportedly subsidize production of lithium battery cells, LFP (lithium iron phosphate) and ternary ones, in the US, a bid to strengthen self-sufficiency for battery packs used in energy storage systems and new energy cars, according to industry sources.
Friday 26 March 2021
MIH Alliance members gather for first time
The MIH Alliance gathered together about 200 members to attend the first meeting in Taipei on March 25 since the Foxconn-founded electric vehicle development platform was launched in October 2020.
Thursday 25 March 2021
China car sales forecast at 26.3 million units in 2021
There will be 26.3 million cars sold in China in 2021, growing 3.8% on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Foxtron cooperates with Nidec via MIH
Foxtron Vehicle Technologies has signed a MoU with Japan-based motor maker Nidec for cooperation to facilitate development of electric vehicles (EVs) via MIH, an open hardware/software-integrated platform for developing EVs, according to Foxtron president Andy Lee.
Monday 22 March 2021
Orsted starts construction on offshore wind farms in Taiwan
Denmark-based Orsted has started construction on two offshore wind farms 35-60km from the shore of Taiwan's Changhua County, with completion scheduled for 2022.
Friday 19 March 2021
The Canadian EV vision: Q&A with APMA SVP of innovation Warren Ali
Canada is the fourth largest vehicle exporting country in the world, making 2.1 million cars a year. And the country is keen to take its car industry to a new level. Last year, Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) launched Project Arrow - an initiative for developing electric vehicles (EV).
Friday 19 March 2021
Delta Electronics to make EV components, says chairman
Power supply and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has been engaged in production of car-use electronic components for years, and is well prepared to make components for electric vehicles (EV), according to company chairman Yancey Hai.
Thursday 18 March 2021
Delta Electronics joins RE100
Delta, a supplier of power and thermal management solutions, has announced it has joined RE100, a global initiative bringing together the businesses commiting to 100% renewable energy use and carbon neutrality in their operations.
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Highlights of the day: Mature nodes in demand
Taiwan-based foundry houses are running at full capacity for their 28nm and more mature processes, and are said to have already reached agreements with their clients for supply in 2022. The supply of 28nm and more mature processes has already fallen short of demand, which is expected to grow further in 2022 and worsen the shortage. Canada is devoting efforts to promote an ecological transition in transportation. Digitimes recently talked to Propulsion Quebec CEO Sarah Houde to find out how the Canadian province is building its EV value chain.
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Pegatron chair upbeat about Taiwan EV industry
Pegatron chairman TH Tung has expressed optimism about the development of Taiwan's electric vehicle (EV) industry supply chain, which is expected to gain a foothold in the worldwide market.
Tuesday 16 March 2021
Darfon constructing two factories in Vietnam
Taiwan-based Darfon Electronics is building a factory for making keyboards in northern Vietnam and another for manufacturing electric bicycles (e-bikes) in southern Vietnam, with both to be completed in second-half 2022, according to company chairman Andy Su.
Tuesday 16 March 2021
China new energy car output, sales rise in February
China-based makers produced 124,000 new energy vehicles and sold 110,000 units in February 2021, soaring 7.2 times and 5.8 times respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Friday 12 March 2021
China battery makers not hiking prices despite rising material costs
China-based LFP and ternary battery makers have kept product prices stable despite rising material costs, according to Chinese media reports.
Thursday 11 March 2021
Eaton helps power users double UPS as energy storage systems
Eaton has helped industiral power users adjust their UPS to double as energy storage systems, according to Howard Kung, the company's Taiwan country manager.
Thursday 4 March 2021
ProLogium to set up JV in Vietnam
Solid-state lithium ceramic battery (LCB) maker ProLogium Technology will set up a joint venture in Vietnam with local car vendor VinFast for making EV-use batteries, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 2 March 2021
Tesla still needs components supply outside China for Gigafactory 3
Tesla originally planned to have supply chain makers in China completely support its electric vehicle (EVs) production at its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai by year-end 2020, but currently it still has to rely on supply outside China, according the industry sources.