Our Next Energy’s (ONE) innovative strategies in chemistry, manufacturing and sustainability are transforming EV safety. Martin Kahl explores ONE’s innovative approach to EV battery safety. The company’s CEO and founder, Mujeeb Ijaz, discusses manufacturing solutions to eliminate thermal runaway, enhance range, and optimise sustainability
A natural fit: how and why the automotive production industry is turning to bio-materials for sustainable solutions in pursuit of zero emissions and enhanced performance
Bio-based materials like flax, hemp, kenaf, and jute are reshaping automotive production for sustainability. These natural fibres offer durable, lightweight alternatives for several vehicle components, from dashboards to electric vehicle batteries, paving the way for a more eco-friendly and cost-efficient automotive production footprint.
How does Audi build its two most powerful vehicles, one conventionally powered and one pure BEV, on the same line? Martin Kahl talks exclusively to Audi Sport executives about the automaker’s low-volume assembly operation at Böllinger Höfe
They protect the most valuable part of an EV—but what are battery enclosures currently made of? What could they be made of? And what are their key design considerations?
The Future of Work and its Impact on Real Estate and Mobility (free e-book)
It was a pleasure to work with Lukas Neckermann, Catherine Hutt, and Yaël Bennathan developing and writing this book on behalf of Arval Mobility Observatory. The future of work will have a major impact on real estate and mobility, on commuter patterns and public transport, on the work/life balance, and even on the balance of power in the workplace.
Fireside Chat: Creating a New EV portfolio – what do customers want?
Q&A with William Wei, CTO of Foxconn and the architect of MIH and EVKit
The timeline to commercial vehicle electrification: hard stop 2050?
Can the commercial vehicle industry plan for full electrification by 2050? By Martin Kahl
Production suspended: what it means to stop a vehicle assembly line
Car and truck factories are falling silent all around the world. But what does it mean to suspend production—and how easily can assembly be restarted? By Martin Kahl
The clock is ticking for the ‘global automaker’
Despite current challenges, the global automotive industry remains intact, and the term ‘global automaker’ still bears some weight—for now, writes Martin Kahl
COMMENT: To succeed at CASE, automakers first need to succeed at COVID-19
Liquidity is key, and cash is king; as the coronavirus pandemic goes on, automakers will have increasingly difficult decisions to make about future technology investments, writes Martin Kahl
VW says OK to AI
Martin Kahl discusses artificial intelligence and enterprise robotics with Dr Martin Hofmann, Volkswagen Group’s Chief Information Officer
The shape of water: how soil and fluid simulation can save OEMs millions
Martin Kahl talks to Exa about the mucky business of keeping sensors free from dirt and water
Ford on why smart mobility is essential for smart cities
Smart mobility and smart cities are intrinsically linked – each benefits the other, and Ford is working on both. Martin Kahl speaks to the ‘Ford Mobility Company’ about the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanisation
Brazil exemplifies the auto industry’s CASE challenge
Connected, autonomous and electrified mobility solutions are low on the list for most Brazilian customers—but there’s growing potential for mobility as a service. By Martin Kahl
‘We’re going to completely control trucking in America’ – Nikola’s Trevor Milton
Nikola founder tells Martin Kahl the company has its sights set on becoming one of the top truck manufacturers in Europe and the US
Vehicle assembly was falling—and then came COVID-19
Vehicle production was in decline before the pandemic struck; now the coronavirus could plunge global vehicle output in 2020 to levels last seen almost a decade ago, writes Martin Kahl
Electric skateboards and air taxis central to Hyundai’s future strategy
Hyundai wants to become a smart mobility solution provider by mid-decade, but funding such ambitions requires continued success in the mainstream auto industry. By Martin Kahl
COVID and electrification accelerate declining engine production
A global pandemic as the auto industry transitions to electrification has shifted engine production from peak performance to improved efficiency, writes Martin Kahl
What’s behind the tens of thousands of auto industry job cuts?
A decade after the collapse of the global auto industry, auto workers brace for tens of thousands of redundancies. By Martin Kahl
The truck industry awaits the result of its coronavirus test
The truck industry was expecting 2020 to be a bad year, but now its fate lies in the hands of the coronavirus. By Martin Kahl