Led by founding Managing Director Jim Adler, who also serves as
executive advisor at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), Toyota AI
Ventures was founded in July 2017 as a subsidiary of TRI. In less than
two years, Toyota AI Ventures has invested in a diverse portfolio of 19
startups. Fund II brings the firm’s total assets under management to
more than $200 million to invest in and support promising startups
around the world.
At a special ribbon cutting event at the Brookhurst Community Centre, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu joined EVgo, a public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, to celebrate the public launch of EVgo’s “Equal Access Charging Hubs” (EACH) programme, which promotes more sustainable communities through public education and expanded access to EV fast charging.
DeepMap announced that the company has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Amer Akhtar as Chief Revenue Officer. Akhtar is an industry veteran with deep international business and automotive experience.
Electrify America announced collaboration with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across the US. The companies, ranging from popular grocery store chains to retail shopping centers, will help expand the availability of electric vehicle DC fast charging for customers who drive or are considering purchasing a zero-emissions vehicle.
Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has been awarded a patent in China by the National Intellectual Property Administration for the design of its proprietary battery cartridge.
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort
developing an open source platform for connected car technologies, has
announced that CloudBees, Crave.io, FPT Software, and Github have joined
A joint venture between ZapGo Ltd and AS Green Cube Innovation of Norway
will commercialise the world’s first operational storage units to
enable ultra-fast chargers for battery electric vehicles (EVs),
utilising ZapGo’s Carbon-Ion (C-Ion) technology.
In April 2019, PAL-V and Royal NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre) signed
a MoU for a mutual cooperation to develop an autonomous eVTOL flying
car. Both companies are aiming for a market introduction of the flying
car within 10 years.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) announced that it will utilise
HARMAN (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new “ecosystem”
that will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.
As part of the launch of first High Power Charging Stations in Belgium, EUROP-E project announced its financial closing as the largest EU co-funded EV charging infrastructure project to-date. The EUROP-E network will cover main routes across 13 EU countries, enabling electric vehicles to navigate the vast distances from Poland to Portugal and from Sweden to Italy.
Tesla has made changes to Model S and Model X that allow them to travel unprecedented distances without needing to recharge, beating their own record for the longest-range production EVs on the road. The EV maker claims to have accomplished this without increasing the cars’ battery size, proving that expertise in system-level design can make cars dramatically more efficient.
Delivering on its commitment to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure at its facilities, Penske Truck Leasing has opened commercial heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations with 14 high-speed chargers at four of its existing facilities in Southern California.
The eSync Alliance announced that Mobica, a global software services company, has joined to become one of its newest members. Companies in the eSync Alliance include Alpine, Excelfore, Hella, Molex and ZF, amongst others.
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. (“TRI-AD”), Toyota’s automated driving software development company, Maxar Technologies Inc. (“Maxar”), a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, and NTT DATA Corporation (“NTT DATA”), a leading IT services provider, announced that they will collaborate on a proof of concept building automated high-definition (“HD”) maps for autonomous vehicles using high-resolution satellite imagery.