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Ferrari’s CEO Quits Suddenly

Ferrari’s CEO Quits Suddenly

Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has resigned, effective immediately, citing personal reasons. He also is relinquishing his board seat.

Camilleri was recently hospitalized with COVID-19 and continues to recover from home. Ferrari says that is not the primary reason for his abrupt retirement.

Marchionne Successor

The 64-year-old joined Ferrari’s board in 2015. He was chosen to take over as CEO in July 2018 upon the unexpected death of Sergio Marchionne.

Under Camilleri’s leadership, Ferrari bolstered revenue and raised its annual unit sales to a record 10,000 supercars. Both goals were achieved through Camilleri’s strategy of expanding Ferrari’s model lineup and broadening the upscale appeal of its luxury apparel, eyewear and watches.

Ferrari Chairman John Elkann ...READ MORE

LMC Automotive
Rating EV Charging Stations

“Not every charging attempt is successful, and important details, like how to begin a charging session, how much it will cost, and if stations are available or out of order, are often not made clear to users.”

That’s one of the sobering assessments of a new study conducted by Charged EVs and German consulting and benchmarking specialist umlaut on the current state of the current electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Best-in-Test

Umlaut’s field team evaluated top charging networks worldwide on authentication methods, interoperability, prices, transparency, functionality and availability.

It wasn’t all bad news, but the big takeaway was “there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

In the U.S., umlaut put five charging networks to the ...READ MORE

Mayflower Consulting
GM Adds Some Vroom to 3D Printing

General Motors is putting additive manufacturing on the fast track (figuratively, at least) with the upcoming Blackwing variants of Cadillac’s CT4-V and CT5-V sports sedans.

Due to hit the streets next summer, the high-performance models will feature the carmaker’s first applications of functional 3D-printed parts in the form of HVAC ducts and wiring harness brackets.

They also will sport a 3D-printed medallion (pictured below) on top of the gear shift knob for cars equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Test Case

The low-volume Blackwings will be an important learning experience as GM starts to expand its use of 3D printing from prototype parts to production vehicles.

This includes working with several different materials, processes and suppliers. The HVAC ducts, ...READ MORE

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Startup to Test Solid-State EV Cells in 2022

Solid Power, a Colorado-based startup backed by BMW, Ford and Hyundai says it will begin testing its next-generation solid-state cell design for electric cars about 15 months from now.

Assuming all goes well, commercial production isn’t likely to begin until 2027. But there’s much ground to cover by then to prove the technology’s feasibility.

50% Greater Energy Density

Solid Power says the experimental cells it began making earlier this year offer 15%-20% more energy capacity than today’s lithium-ion devices, CEO Doug Campbell tells Bloomberg News.

The company has predicted that its high-capacity lithium metal anode design eventually will result in lithium batteries with 50% greater energy density. BMW has agreed to shepherd the technology through the ...READ MORE

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