|• German Five Push Three New EE Standards
Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen are jointly and publicly supporting standards for a 48-volt bus architecture, a partial network architecture and an electric vehicle charging interface. U.S. carmakers are also backing a common EV plug.
• Valeo, The Company Profile
Since our last profile of Valeo, the company has shed some businesses and focused on products that reduce CO2 emissions, and on growing business in China and India.
• Autosar Momentum Is Building
As carmakers implement Autosar more widely in the next few years, the number of unique ECU software platforms will quickly decline. But some carmakers have opted to roll out with Autosar version 3.2, while others have chosen version 4.0. Suppliers will be supporting at least three versions of Autosar for many years to come.
• Roland Berger Assesses Li-Ion Battery Makers
At the Advances in Automotive Electronics conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany, this month, Wolfgang Bernhart of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants looked at current market trends in lithium-ion batteries.
• Roundup: Aisin, Bosch, Denso
Year-end financial results for Bosch Automotive Technology, Aisin and Denso. Bosch's 2010 sales were up 29% over the prior year.
• Electric Vehicle Cost Reduction a Major Challenge
Volkswagen's projection of what percent of the cost of an electric vehicle is related to the battery. Graph shows today, 2014, 2018 and beyond.