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  • Foxconn keen on EVs

    May 27, 10:00
    Foxconn aims to build a platform for EV development
    Foxconn's third-stage business transformation - dubbed Foxconn 3.0 - focuses on stepping into the electric vehicles (EVs), digital health care and robotics sectors, plus development of AI, semiconductor and 5G/6G technologies, according to company chairman Liu Young-way.
  • China plans to spend big on infrastructure construction in the next five years
    China's National Development and Reform Commission has disclosed the scope of new infrastructure construction intended to facilitate digital transformation, smart upgrading and integration of innovative services, covering 5G infrastructure, ultra-high-voltage power grids, inter-city railways and high-speed...
  • Demand for diodes from the IT sector has been strong
    Taiwan's diode suppliers have seen demand for IT devices pick up amid the coronavirus pandemic but that for green energy applications continue shrinking, according to industry sources.
  • Central and Eastern Europe sees growing car output
    The proportion of car output from Central and Eastern Europe among the EU is increasing due to lower labor cost, according to Digitimes Research.
  • An electric bus chassis (front) made by Tron-e Technology
    Electric bus maker Tron-e Technology will begin to ship electric bus chassis to Indonesia at the end of May 2020 and then India after the country lifts lockdown restrictions, according to the company.
  • Micro-grid development gaining momentum in Taiwan
    Encouraged by government promotion of PV and wind power generation as well as electric vehicles (EV), development of micro-grids in Taiwan is taking off, according to local makers.
  • China's new energy car sector was weak in April
    China-based makers produced 80,000 new energy vehicles and sold 72,000 units in April 2020, decreasing 22.1% and 26.5% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • Tesla's factory in China did not restart work after the Labor Day holidays
    Tesla reportedly stopped production at its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, eastern China, during May 6-9, possibly due to short supply of main components from abroad, according to industry sources.
  • Demand for EV-use batteries is expected to rise
    Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research and Taiwan Battery Association (TBA) have formed an R&D and Application Alliance for Key Materials of Batteries Used in Electric Vehicles, aiming to establish a circular economy-based ecosystem for recycling batteries used in electric vehicles (EV), according...
  • China has decided to cut subsidies for the next three years
    China has decided to downward adjust subsidizations for purchases of new energy vehicles successively by 10% in 2020, 20% in 2021, and 30% in 2022, which is expected to limit the total number of subsidized new energy cars to two million units a year, according to industry sources.
  • EV sales in China plunged in March
    China-based makers produced 50,000 new energy vehicles and sold 53,000 units in March 2020, decreasing 56.9% and 53.2% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • Kymco Capital general manager and managing partner Gary Ding
    China-based Kymco Private Equity Management (Kymco Capital), a managing company for private equity investment funds and privately offered funds, focuses investment in enterprises in the ecosystem of providing mobility services, according to company general manager and managing partner Gary Ding.
  • BYD unveils blade cells
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) and EV-use battery pack maker BYD has unveiled in-house-developed blade LFP (lithium iron phosphate) battery cells that can be directly assembled into battery packs without having to form them into modules first to increase utilization of the room of battery packs...
  • The coronavirus pandemic is weakening demand for batteries
    China-based lithium-ion battery makers are expected to delay shipments to clients in Europe and the US originally scheduled for second-quarter 2020, mostly in April and May, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry sources.
  • Battery demand from the TWS device segment remains significant
    Lithium-ion battery and lithium-ion polymer battery maker Synergy ScienTech has disclosed it will begin production of button batteries mainly for use in TWS devices at its factory in Kunshan, eastern China, in third-quarter 2020.
  • EV sales in China fell sharply in February
    China-based makers produced 9,951 new energy vehicles and sold 12,908 units in February 2020, decreasing 82.9% and 75.2% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • Tesla has resumed production at its Shanghai plant
    Tesla has suspended electric vehicle (EV) production at its two US facilities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but may expand the capacity at its Gaigafactory 3 in Shanghai, eastern China, according to media reports from China.
  • EV-use power charging piles
    China's move to build more electric vehicle (EV)-use power charging piles and stations is likely to bring business opportunities for Taiwan-based makers of components used in such power charging facilities, according to industry sources.
  • Magnesium fabric-based flexible chargeable batteries
    A research team in Taiwan has disclosed it has developed flexible (bendable) chargeable batteries based on magnesium fabric.
  • China is building more charging piles
    The largest China-based lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and China-based Fujian Baicheng New Energy Science and Technology will establish a joint venture specifically for deploying electric vehicle (EV)-use power charging piles in China, with respective stakes of 49% and...
  • SiC power devices are efficient in EV power charging
    SiC power devices used in AC/DC converters for OBCs (on board chargers) - a bridge between PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) or BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and general power outlets or power-charging piles, are better than Si-based ones in terms of performance and efficiency in power charging,...
  • The Netherlands will sponsor a talent-training program for Taiwan's wind power development
    The Netherlands government will fund a cooperative talent-training program to help Taiwan develop offshore wind power farms, focusing on marine engineering, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms, according to the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) in Taiwan.
  • Aleees chairman and president Chang Sheng-shih
    Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Aleees), a Taiwan-based maker of cathode materials of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries, is likely to benefit from cooperation on LFP batteries between Tesla and China-based battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), as only Aleees and Japan-based...
  • EV platforms to help makers reduce R&D cost and time
    EV (electric vehicle) platforms, through sharing of basic design, are expected to reduce cost and time spent by individual makers on R&D of new EV models, shorten time to market and thereby enhance their competitiveness, according to industry sources.
  • China is moving to facilitate new energy car production
    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has published draft amendments to current regulations concerning automakers and automobiles in a bid to facilitate production of new energy cars, according to China-based media reports.

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