Exponential growth in the Electric Vehicle market is forcing significant innovation in the lubes sector. OATS also rounds-up the latest EV news.
This month's stories in the EV/hybrid market include an electric rickshaw in India, Jaguar's new I-Pace, recharging highways in Sweden and Italian designer Pininfarina's entry into the luxury EV market.
OEMS are investing heavily in EVs with Volvo planning to go all-electric, Toyota splitting from Tesla to speed development and SAIC-GM investing billions.
There are differing views on how soon the demand for lubes, oil and fuel will peak.
Discrepancies in subsidies payments may be behind surging demand for electric cars
Toyota will evaluate the performance of new power semi-conductors that use a silicon carbide (SiC) material, fitted to a Camry hybrid saloon prototype and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.
The NDAA 2015 bill now includes bi-fuel natural gas vehicles.
Thatcham Research Future Vehicle Engineer, Andrew Hooker, examines the tensions for automakers in the Chinese market. In particular challenge of low-grade metals and lube recycling on the country's accident repair industry.
Tesla, China Unicom and the government are all planning massive investments in EV infrastructure
China's economic growth has significant bonuses for the lubes and automotive industries but could be constrained by the challenges of pollution and emissions control. Domestic manufacturers could fail in the EV sector against overseas rivals.
A paper from Roland Berger's Bill Downey published after the London ICIS Conference 2013 which examines how changes in the global auto industry will affect the lubricants sector.
China's Wanxiang's planned investment in a US battery maker is good news for A123 Systems, but causes unease over IP.
A UK-based joint project is set to develop the viability of low-cost electric motors for vehicles that reduce the need for expensive elements.
An Electric Rolls Royce concept includes innovative battery and transmission technology.
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