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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.