The kei EV concept is a new generation all-electric kei-car (Japanese microcars) with Mitsubishi Motors, founded on safety, security, comfort, and environmental-friendliness. It combines easy handling and practical size of a kei-car with smooth yet powerful road performance of an EV, while offering advanced driver assistance systems and connectivity. The kei EV production model will go on sale in Japan early April 2022.
The Ralliart concept car brings together Mitsubishi Motors' engineering and passion for Monozukuri craftsmanship. With a premium-feel and a strong sense of presence, the styling expresses the company's vision for the new Ralliart.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.launched the i-MiEV, the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle in 2009,
followed by the Outlander PHEV - the world's first plug-in hybrid electric SUV in 2013. MMC announced a three-year business plan in July 2020 to introduce more competitive and cutting-edge models, including the Eclipse Cross PHEV (PHEV model), the all-new Outlander and the all-new Triton/L200.
GWS Tool Group
GWS Tool Group acquires Carbide Tools Mfg. Inc.
The acquisition of Carbide Tools Mfg. Inc (CTMI) strengthens GWS capability and capacity in the arena of custom carbide round tooling. From porting tools and reamers to complex form tools and custom end mills, CTMI’s customer-driven mission marries perfectly with that of GWS.
GWS Tool Group acquired Carbide Tools Mfg. Inc., adding capability and capacity in custom round tools for GWS and expanding the GWS manufacturing footprint in the upper-Midwest region of the United States.
Carbide Tools Manufacturing, Inc., in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, provides carbide round tools with customer service, supported by grinding equipment, in-house PVD coating technology, and a long-tenured team committed to excellence.
Started in 1992 by President Wayne Riekkoff, Carbide Tools began servicing the greater Milwaukee area manufacturing industries with special carbide round tooling. CTMI expanded their products and services nationwide.
“CTMI has a tremendous reputation for service and ingenuity,” says Rick McIntyre, GWS’ CEO. “Their experience with round tools and commitment to quality perfectly mirrors that of the GWS organization and will further enhance our capacity to support the round tool segment of our business,” McIntyre continued.
“I am very excited for Carbide Tools Manufacturing, Inc. to be joining GWS Tool Group,” says Wayne Riekkoff, President of CTMI. “The skill sets of our business could not align more closely with that of GWS. Being able to plug our facility into the GWS engine will undoubtedly increase customer exposure and fuel future growth for years to come.”
Georgia Governor Kemp welcomes Rivian for single-largest economic development project in state history
Rivian Inc. will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles. Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs on just under 2,000 acres located at the site known as the East Atlanta Megasite.
Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Rivian Inc. will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles. Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs on just under 2,000 acres located at the site known as the East Atlanta Megasite, represented by the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton, and Walton counties. Once manufacturing operations are fully ramped up, the Georgia facility will be capable of producing up to 400,000 vehicles per year. Rivian’s manufacturing plant represents the single-largest economic development project in state history.
"We are so proud that Georgia will now be home to Rivian's largest manufacturing facility,"says Governor Kemp. "This single investment - the largest in state history - represents the future of automotive manufacturing and establishes the leading role the Peach State will play in this booming industry for generations to come. In addition to Georgia's long-term focus on logistics, talent, workforce, and responsive government that significantly contributed to today's pivotal announcement, my administration's more recent emphasis on innovation and development in the electric mobility ecosystem has equipped our state with a new tool in the toolbox to deliver big wins for hardworking Georgians."
"In the top state for business, we value our partners in the private sector and the jobs and investment they provide countless communities. Our Georgia Quick Start workforce training resources, world-class higher education institutions, and statewide logistics infrastructure assets are prepared to meet Rivian's production and research and development needs. As one of the world's most dynamic, innovative companies, Rivian's exciting announcement today begins a new chapter for Georgia, and we are honored to welcome them to the Peach State!"
Construction on the facility, located at Stanton Springs North, is expected to begin in summer 2022, and the start of production is slated for 2024. Rivian’s technology centers at the new campus will support the company’s research and development programs. The company is actively working to ensure that both the construction process and future facility meet Rivian’s high standards of conservation and sustainability for a cleaner, wilder future. The entire project will support the expansion of the U.S. electric vehicle industry and will serve to decarbonize the transportation and energy sectors.
Rivian is the latest in Georgia’s push to recruit the entire electric mobility ecosystem to the state. In August, Governor Kemp announced the launch of the Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance, a statewide initiative between government, industries, electric utilities, nonprofits, and other relevant stakeholders focused on growing the electric mobility ecosystem in the state and strengthening Georgia’s position in electrification-related manufacturing and innovation. In addition to bringing new investments to the state, Georgia is committed to ensuring the state’s existing industry and accompanying 55,000 automotive manufacturing jobs receive the support for retraining and expansions needed to transition to meet the new demands of electrified transportation.
“We’re happy to partner with Georgia on our next manufacturing site, which will allow us to meet demand for Rivian products and to scale our business rapidly,"says Rivian Chief People Officer Helen Russell. "Our work together is rooted in collaboration, transparency, fairness, and a strong sense of belonging. We’re excited for Georgians to bring their creativity and ideas to Rivian. We’re confident that, alongside Illinois, Georgia is the place for Rivian to scale and thrive.”
Rivian has developed and vertically integrated a connected electric platform that can be flexibly applied to a range of applications, including the company’s adventure products as well as B2B products such as its last-mile delivery vans, launched in partnership with Amazon. Rivian’s launch products, the R1T and R1S, provide an unmatched combination of performance, off-road capability, and utility. Earlier this week, the Rivian R1T all-electric truck earned the coveted 2022 truck of the year from MotorTrend, calling it “the most remarkable pickup truck we’ve ever driven!”.
“On behalf of the Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs, we are overjoyed with Rivian’s decision to call Stanton Springs home, and we welcome them to the country’s premier joint economic development partnership,” says Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs Chairman Jerry Silvio.“Rivian will now join two revolutionary leaders in their respective fields to make east Atlanta a beacon of technology and employment potential. The Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs began over 25 years ago with the goal of creating high-tech, regional-focused jobs for generations to come. We are thankful for the dedication and steadfast focus from our economic development directors, Shane Short and Serra P. Hall, and our attorney, Andrea Gray, to ensure this vision is met and exceeded. Through the years, the four counties and our utility partners have planned strategically to ensure minimal impact on the local environment. With Rivian’s announcement today, the continued collaboration between the State of Georgia, the JDA, and now Rivian will be unprecedented.”
Rivian’s strategic location on the I-20 corridor will enable the company to access resources and speed its products to market. Offering 1,200 miles of highway and 5,000 miles of rail, Georgia is equipped to move product quickly and efficiently. Further, with investments such as the newly opened Mason Mega Rail Terminal at the Port of Savannah, which is the largest on-terminal rail facility in North America, Rivian will be able to efficiently tap into supply chain needs.
“We are excited to welcome Rivian to the Peach State’s manufacturing community,” says Griff Lynch, Executive Director for the Georgia Ports Authority. “As we expand our facilities for processing containers and finished vehicles, we look forward to the opportunity of providing supply chain solutions to Rivian, a world-class manufacturer of electric vehicles.”
“Georgia’s exceptional multimodal transportation network is foundational for the future of transportation and has led to our state being recognized as a national leader in EV corridor readiness, which is critical for further EV development,” says Russell McMurry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. “We look forward to providing the transportation infrastructure necessary to make this project successful for a company that will transform transportation as we know it and are excited to know that Georgia will be home to such a vital partner.”
Rivian’s just under 2,000-acre parcel will include abundant natural space. Open job postings in Georgia will be immediately available at www.rivian.com/careers. Inquiries about project RFIs, RFPs listing, and supply chain outreach can be directed to email@example.com.
“The Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority is grateful to partner with Rivian and once again the Joint Development Authority of Stanton Springs for a landmark opportunity. We view this venture as a once-in-a-lifetime moment where our most important resource, water, must be managed in a way that it becomes the standard that all future projects aspire to achieve,” says Mike Hopkins, Executive Director of the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority. “The State of Georgia is a beacon of preservation and a steward for water protection. Our water system is uniquely designed to support our citizens, businesses, and natural environment in the Southeast – Rivian’s focus on environmental excellence fits perfectly within our vision here.”
Additionally, Georgia’s strong and diverse talent pool is bolstered by one of the largest state university systems in the country. Eighty-five accredited public and private universities in the state award more than 132,000 degrees and certificates to its graduates annually. A key driver in Georgia’s seamless system of higher education, the Technical College System of Georgia, consists of 22 colleges offering education and training in numerous industries that keep Georgia competitive in the global economy.
“Metro Atlanta is ideally suited for Rivian’s new operations and will allow the company to benefit from our region’s diverse and highly skilled workforce. Access to our unique community of innovative businesses and collaborative higher education institutions will also be a great asset for this significant new facility,” says Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Katie Kirkpatrick. “Congratulations to the team at Rivian and all of the organizations that supported this decision that will bolster the continued growth and prosperity of our region.”
To further assist the company with its workforce requirements, Georgia Quick Start will build and operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing training center that will provide Rivian with a fully customized training program that meets the company’s start-up needs. This will also build capacity and curricula within the Technical College System of Georgia to maintain a long-term pipeline of highly skilled employees who are trained specifically in these operations. In addition, the Georgia Department of Labor will assist the company in identifying and recruiting workers.
Director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Aerospace, Defense, and Advanced Manufacturing team Hank Evans represented GDEcD’s Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with numerous partners across the state. Partners include the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton, and Walton Counties; the Georgia Ports Authority; the Georgia Department of Transportation; Georgia Quick Start; the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and Georgia Power.
“Rivian’s decision to locate in Georgia will have a tremendous impact on the entire state," says Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. "As I have said, we will see more change in the automotive industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the past 100, and with this announcement, Georgia will be home to one of the main drivers of this transformation. For Rivian, sustainability doesn’t stop with just making EVs, it is carried throughout their work, going so far as to carefully plan construction efforts at the site to preserve and protect the beauty and uniqueness of their new home. This is to be applauded and makes us proud to become part of their story. Rivian will be an outstanding corporate citizen and community partner, and we look forward to a strong future together as the jobs and investment they create will change lives and accelerate Georgia’s sustainable and electrified future.”
Georgia is at the center of the rapidly expanding Southeast Automotive Alley, and Rivian’s investment accelerates the evolution of Georgia’s automotive ecosystem. Within the last five years, 78 automotive-related companies have located or expanded operations in Georgia, creating thousands of new jobs. While existing companies in Georgia have expanded their portfolios to include parts for EVs, companies from Korea, Germany, Turkey, and the Netherlands have also recently announced plans to build EV-related facilities in the state.
Georgia’s prime location, extensive infrastructure, skilled workforce, and business-friendly climate has made it an attractive location for a diverse array of rapidly developing industries focused on creating a sustainable future. Through fostering healthy industry practices and encouraging collaboration and innovation, the state is leading in the development and use of emerging technologies for the evolving automotive and mobility industries.
Ford Pro Charging launches to help with electrification
Ford Pro Charging offers enterprise-grade charge management software, hardware, and services to support commercial customers running a fleet of electric vehicles.
Ford Pro launched Ford Pro Charging, a comprehensive solution for commercial electric vehicle charging. While more commercial customers want to switch to electric vehicles to reduce maintenance costs, minimize emissions, and drive down total cost of ownership, the transition from all internal combustion-powered fleets can be complex. Ford Pro Charging will help ease this transition by delivering intuitive software and commercial hardware infrastructure to support charging and energy management.
“Customers are saying, ‘We want the E-Transit and F-150 LightningPro, but how are we going to charge and operate them efficiently once they’re in our fleet?’” says Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro, a separate business within Ford focused on commercial customers of all sizes. “They are depending on us to provide the electric vehicles and the integrated solutions designed for EVs that they need for charging and connectivity. Ford Pro Charging is an industry first solution that is focused on helping our customers plan for, operate and deploy charging solutions so they can reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.”
Commercial vehicles spend extended amounts of time on the road often hauling heavy loads, and the energy use needs to be managed carefully. Understanding fleet operations while balancing demand for energy gets to the bedrock of the Ford Pro Charging advantage. Data streams from today’s connected Ford commercial vehicles have been leveraged to predict and manage the operational needs of electrified fleets.
This is what makes Ford Pro Charging a crucial bridge to the future – the software analyzes how each fleet operates and can precisely orchestrate charging management based on those behaviors. Most importantly, the technology solves meaningful problems for customers, such as determining the optimal times to charge based on energy rates.
“Our current fleet of connected vehicles allow us to learn from existing fleet behaviors so we can build the right infrastructure and the right charge management software,” says Muffi Ghadiali, head of Ford Pro Charging. “Let’s say the customer fleet returns around 10 p.m. planning to go back out starting at 5 a.m. You have a limited window for charging and must make charging decisions in a highly dynamic environment. Does every vehicle need to be fully charged? Can we balance charge power against the available charging window to take advantage of low overnight energy rates? Ford Pro Charging accounts for a multitude of variables and controls each charge station precisely to optimize energy costs and ensure vehicle uptime.”
Ford Pro Charging aims to be part of every fleet customer’s electrification journey. This starts on day one and continues through every step of the electrification process – identifying available incentives, with Ford Pro consulting on the design and construction of optimal charging sites that can scale with fleet operations, while collaborating with local utility partners on energy and infrastructure needs. Ford Pro Charging offers a turnkey solution starting with site review and design consultations to determine the number and type of chargers needed, plus service to manage installation of commercial-grade charging hardware.
Ford Pro expects the depot charging industry to grow to nearly 900,000 full-size trucks and vans in the U.S. by 2030. While some fleets need the control and certainty of depot chargers “behind the fence” on company property, others may not have the business model or desire to make an investment in depot charging infrastructure. Ford Pro Charging has them covered, too. Customers have access to over 70,000 public charging ports, with over 3,200 DC fast charging stations (over 7,300 plugs) and growing on the nationwide Blue Oval Charging Network. For fleet drivers needing to charge overnight at home, Ford Pro offers a complete solution from home charger installation to software capabilities for tracking, reporting, and simplifying driver reimbursement.
Taking an open-standards approach, Ford Pro Charging is designed to interoperate with electric vehicles from a multitude of OEMs and vehicle classes – from forklifts to heavy-duty trucks. The software solution enables remote monitoring and management and can relay charge rate, optimal charge times and service alerts. In conjunction with Ford Pro E-Telematics, exclusive features such as battery pre-conditioning can maximize range and battery performance. Powerful insights and data are integrated in a seamless user experience for fleets, meaning customers can manage their vehicles and fleet operations with a single account that gives them access to the full suite of Ford Pro Charging management and E-Telematics solutions.
Knowing that the transition to EVs will not be immediate, Ford Pro makes it easier to manage by providing a single solution for both ICE and EV fleet management. According to Ford, commercial customers turnover between 10 -15% of their fleet each year so many will manage a mixed fleet of vehicles for a long time. Ford Pro makes it easier for our 125,000 active US customers to operate their whole fleet and upfits as they add electric versions of the Transit and F-150 to their existing fleet. This includes small and medium businesses and local government customers that are often overlooked and underserved.
Ford Pro delivers solutions to commercial customers of all sizes to help increase fleet productivity, improve uptime, and lower operating costs through connected services and work-ready internal combustion and battery electric vehicles.
ESI Automotive achieves 84 % power density increase in EV efficiency
The potential of implementing vehicle efficiency improvements spearheaded by a systems-level approach to vehicle design have been further proven.
The research, carried out by ESI Automotive and engineers of customers, involved a series of real-world electric vehicle (EV) tests. The results demonstrate the efficiency benefits of using silver sintering technology for inverter designs versus a soldered solution.
The findings are pivotal to furthering ESI Automotive’s vision of OEMs generating valuable cost savings and vehicle efficiency improvements by taking a systems-level approach to the entire design and production process.
The analysis focused on power cycling and thermal resistance measurements and ESI Automotive supported customers replacing soldered die attach and wire bonding to a fully sintered top and die attach design. This enabled the inverter to operate at a higher power and temperature, facilitating miniaturization with a smaller cooling system. The new SiC power module approach resulted in an increased power density of 84% and endurance of more than 10 times. A 33.8% reduction in weight was also reported.
Chris Klok, director of vehicle electrification at ESI Automotive says that these results are critical in demonstrating the widespread benefits OEMs can achieve, simply by switching from soldering to silver sintering for some EV designs.
“These latest real-life results are testimony to just how revolutionary silver sintering technology is. Not only can power density and reliability be increased, but silver sintering can also have a positive light weighting effect, which drives further vehicle efficiency improvements,” says Klok. “The results are just a snapshot of what can be achieved now, and the direction cost-and-operationally efficient EV design is heading in the future. By making the move to current SiC die technology, powertrain engineers benefit from numerous significant performance and reliability gains. This forms the foundation for optimizing the traction inverter in the very near future.”
ESI Automotive utilizes ALPHA Argomax sintered silver, which has been successfully deployed in mass produced EV automotive inverter applications.