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Mercedes Lands 1,800-EV Order from Amazon

Mercedes Lands 1,800-EV Order from Amazon

Daimler has landed its biggest electric-vehicle order ever: a deal to supply 1,800 battery-powered delivery vans to Amazon.

Green Pledge

Separately, Daimler has joined The Climate Pledge co-founded by Amazon to become carbon-neutral by 2040—a decade sooner than the targets set in the Paris Agreement.

The pledge complements the Ambition2039 initiative Daimler announced last year. The program hopes to achieve carbon dioxide neutrality through its entire supply chain by 2030. Within the company, Mercedes targets carbon-neutral factories, vans and passenger cars worldwide by 2022.

Two-Model Deal

The Amazon supply deal calls for 600 midsize Mercedes-Benz compact eVito vans and more than 1,200 bigger eSprinter panel vans. Deliveries are to begin later this year, with all vehicles ...READ MORE

Eaton Accelerates Use of Industry 4.0 Tech in Wake of COVID-19

Like most manufacturing companies, Eaton’s Vehicle Group implemented a variety of safety protocols as it reopened its facilities after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. The effort, which was led by a global task force of senior executives, included post-lockdown staples such as temperature scanning, masks, intensive cleaning, optimized logistics and social distancing.

But Eaton also used the situation to evaluate several new technologies to see how they could best be used to bolster safety and improve efficiencies. As a result, the company has accelerated and refined the use of:

  • Augmented reality tools
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Cobots
  • Data sharing and analysis
  • Digital simulation
Safety First

Safety was the primary driver, stresses Joao Faria, the Vehicle Group’s ...READ MORE

Bollinger Adds Delivery Van to EV Plans

Electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors’ ambitious rollout plans now include delivery vans.

The Oak Park, Mich.-based company aims to launch a production version of its Deliver-E concept vehicle in 2022. The company released design renderings and some tech details about the planned models this week.

Flexible Options

Built on a dedicated platform, the front-wheel-drive vans will be available in various wheelbases that can accommodate Class 2B, 3, 4 and 5 trucks. A wide selection of battery packs also will be available, including 70-, 105-, 140-, 175- and 210-kWh systems.

The various combinations will allow fleet customers to specify models that best meet their requirements in terms of cargo space, driving range and price, the carmaker notes. Whatever the configuration, ...READ MORE

FCA to Build Future Small Car on PSA’s Platform

The next-generation small cars Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes will ride on a chassis developed by future merger partner PSA Group.

FCA will adopt PSA’s CMP (common modular platform) for its B-segment models, Automotive News Europe reports, citing a letter from the company to its suppliers. The letter advises vendors to halt all product development and tooling work related to the company’s current lineup of small cars.

ANE notes that FCA told suppliers in March to stop further work on five small models for its Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Lancia brands. The company blamed the suspension on disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scale and Flexibility

Sharing highly adaptable platforms should cut development costs and boost production economies of scale. In December, ...READ MORE

Look Up in the Sky, it’s a Toyota!

Toyota’s future mobility plans are up in he air. Literally.

This week the carmaker’s SkyDrive affiliate demonstrated its SD-03 flying car.

Separately, Toyota announced the name of the vehicle it’s developing to drive on the moon for an international space mission planned for late this decade.

Air Taxi

The single-seat SD-03 circled the carmaker’s Toyota City test field for about four minutes during the tests, which are said to be the first such demonstrations in Japan. SkyDrive, which was formed in 2012 by a group of Toyota employees (Toyota invested $350,000 in the company in 2017), aims to get approval for testing outside of the proving grounds by year-end.

Similar to other flying cars under development, the SD-03 is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ...READ MORE

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