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Mercedes-Benz will build a battery factory in Poland. There will be nine battery factories in the world.By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
According to foreign media reports, Mercedes-Benz has decided to build a battery factory in Poland in view of increasing investment in electric vehicles in the next decade.
Mercedes-Benz said in its statement that its parent company, Daimler, has invested more than 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) in global battery production networks, including factories in Europe, the United States, China and Thailand.
The Polish plant will be located near its Jawor engine plant, 100 kilometers from the German border. Engine factories will start production this year, including four-cylinder engines for hybrid cars and traditional drive vehicles. Avon Engine Factory will be put into operation in 2019 and will supply Mercedes-Benz factories in Europe and around the world. Together with the battery factory being built, 300 jobs will be added in the future. Battery assembly will use cutting-edge technology, and EQ brand car battery production will begin after 2020.
Mercedes-Benz revealed that Daimler will buy more than 20 billion euros of battery batteries by 2030 in preparation for mass production of hybrid and electric vehicles. Before 2022, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands will release at least 10 pure electric vehicles, starting with Mercedes-Benz EQC pure electric SUV, which will start production later this year.
By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
According to foreign media reports, the German car companies represented by BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have been working hard to develop electric vehicles and self driving cars, but the pressure is still relatively large. In North America, China and Europe, the world's largest automobile market, all automobile manufacturers have joined a new wave of competition. However, the German automobile industry has obvious disadvantages.
Automobile electronics is the trend of the times, and digitalization is also the future direction of automobile development, including automatic driving. This means that in addition to the traditional automobile manufacturers, technology companies will continue to enter the competition in the future automobile market.
From another point of view, for German auto companies, the opening of the era of electric vehicles is also more difficult. First, from the profit point of view, the profit of electric vehicles in the early stage of development is obviously less than that of traditional energy vehicles. For example, Toyota and Volkswagen, the traditional car giants, have annual operating profits ranging from 15 billion to 20 billion euros, while high-tech companies such as Apple make about three times their annual profits.
Pressure bears the power, because Feilong Jiangli's parent company, Xipu, is supporting German brands such as Volkswagen and Daimler, we are full of expectations and confidence for the development of German brand automobile enterprises.
With much of the nation in the clutches of an extended blast of Arctic cold, vehicle batteries are top of mind for motorists – or at least they should be.
Parts stores are reporting brisk battery sales, and auto clubs report that a dead or weak battery is the No. 1 reason for roadside service calls.
Battery performance can take a 35-percent hit when temperatures hit freezing, and an even bigger hit when the temps go lower, according to CTEK, a Swedish manufacturer of battery chargers.
While a battery’s capacity is reduced in freezing temperatures, the power needed to start the vehicle’s engine increases substantially – creating a perfect storm for batteries that aren’t in top shape.
Here’s the good news: Proper battery maintenance can help motorists avoid problems in extreme cold weather.
CTEK offers these tips to avoid being stranded in frigid winter weather:
Check your battery. Perform a preventive maintenance check on the battery and cables. Look for corrosion on the terminals. Remove and clean the terminal connections if necessary. Be sensitive to changes. Be aware of any changes in the way your car starts, or the operation of the electrical system in general. Do the lights dim considerably when you try to start the car? Does the starter seem to be turning slower than normal? Any changes can indicate a weak battery or problems in the electrical system. CTEK offers a Bluetooth-enabled battery monitor that gathers data on battery voltage, battery temperature and battery charge status, the company notes. The stored data is available instantly on a free, downloadable iPhone or Android app.
Charge your battery regularly. In addition to the stress that extreme hot and cold weather places on a battery, today’s vehicles require much more from the electrical system than in the past. Navigation systems, entertainment systems and the plethora of electronic control units drain power from the battery that the alternator cannot completely replace. And that drain continues even when the car isn’t running.
“In addition to the stress from extreme weather, today’s automotive electrical system is designed to kill batteries,” said Bobbie DuMelle of CTEK. “It puts tremendous demands on the battery, and then does not properly restore it to its full capacity. That’s why CTEK advocates the regular use of a microprocessor-controlled smart charger to achieve maximum battery service life.”
Regular use of smart chargers such as the new CTEK MXS 5.0 can help prevent dead batteries in cold weather, and can double or triple battery life, according to DuMelle.
By following these steps, car owners can reduce the chances that they will be left out in the cold due to a dead battery when the temperatures drop. And, they also will help extend the service life of their vehicle’s battery.
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Millimeter Wave Sensor Achieves Intelligent Detection and Tracking Function of Intelligent Transportation SystemBy Erica Zhu Feilong Jiangli
Feilong Jiangli in Chongqing recently found a very interesting innovation when browsing information, that is, millimeter wave technology. It is a wireless sensor solution for traffic monitoring. It has the ability to measure distance, speed and location information to determine the distance between vehicles and intersections, speed and lane occupancy.
Just as we use sensing technology to measure individual breathing and heart rate, cities actually benefit from the same technology. A key element of an intelligent city is an intelligent transportation system equipped with sensors that can monitor the city's "health" - tracking traffic data and parking time to implement law enforcement, traffic light priorities and event management. As the core of intelligent transportation system, intelligent sensors can track traffic congestion and keep traffic smooth, especially at intersections and expressways.
As the largest automobile pump manufacturer in China, Chongqing Feilong Jiangli adheres to excellent quality, pays attention to customer experience, pays attention to product safety performance, and constantly innovates and develops new products.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”
"It's great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing," said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. "Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC (“Transformco”), for $200 million utilizing cash on hand.
“We are excited to acquire global ownership of an iconic American brand. DieHard will help differentiate Advance, drive increased DIY customer traffic and build a unique value proposition for our Professional customers and Independent Carquest partners. DieHard has the highest brand awareness and regard of any automotive battery brand in North America and will enable Advance to build a leadership position within the critical battery category,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO, Advance Auto Parts. “DieHard stands for durability and reliability and we will strengthen and leverage the brand in other battery categories, such as marine and recreational vehicles. We also see opportunities to extend DieHard in other automotive categories. We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and excellent service. The addition of DieHard to our industry leading assortment of national brands, OE parts and owned brands will enable us to differentiate Advance and drive significant long-term shareholder value.”
AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Synthetic Blend
AmazonBasics high-mileage synthetic-blend motor oil offers an enhanced level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles. Its synthetic blend combines conventional oil with synthetic for cost efficiency with some of the benefits of a full synthetic. An important part of routine maintenance, the motor oil works well for anything from topping off levels to complete oil changes. Whether it’s a beloved older vehicle or one with an uncertain maintenance history, help protect its engine with AmazonBasics high-mileage, synthetic-blend motor oil.
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.
You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive.
The factory-recommended replacement intervals for filters can vary quite a bit depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, as well as how it is driven. As a rule, older vehicles (those more than 15 to 20 years old) typically have more frequent service intervals than newer vehicles. Why? Because late-model vehicles require less maintenance, thanks to improvements in motor oils, transmission fluids, engine design and filter media.
Many long-life air and oil filters use synthetic fiber media or a blend of cellulose and synthetic fibers to extend filter life.
Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles was standard practice decades ago. But it’s no longer necessary because most multi-viscosity oils today are a synthetic blend or a full synthetic that resist viscosity breakdown and oxidation for a much longer period of time. Late-model fuel-injected engines also run much cleaner than their carbureted ancestors, which reduces oil contamination in the crankcase.
Having my Ford Fairlane repaired this weekend, and the shop has asked me to find a drag link bushing for them. Looked around the internet and the image provided is the best I’ve found. It’s for the left side control arm. Wondering if it is the correct part.
By 袁春凤 (Tiffany)
Faced with the great change of technology and innovation application, GM "laid off" employees
The automotive industry, which has a history of 100 years, is in a period of great changes in various technologies and innovative applications. Traditional automotive giants have begun to adopt different strategies to adapt to this change, such as Toyota restructuring senior management, while GM plans to tailor employees.
In response to the wave of automotive change, GM has chosen large-scale layoffs. According to the plan, GM will close five factories and lay off 15,000 workers in 2019.
Through these measures, GM hopes to save $6 billion by the end of 2020 in order to speed up the company's transformation and cope with the wave of electrification and automation. GM expects to double its investment in electric vehicles and automatic driving in the next two years.
GM's layoffs have been welcomed by Wall Street, but apart from that, workers' associations and the government have been fiercely attacked.
Terry Dittes, head of General Motors at the American Federation of Automobile Workers, said it was a ruthless decision to cut or close factories operating in the United States. The Canadian trade union said GM Canadian workers would fight GM.
S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel all subsidies to General Motors in response to the company's closure of U.S. factories and job cuts.
In a push to add alternative-fuel vehicles to its global product offerings, General Motors Co. announced on Tuesday that it will be using 3D-printed parts to achieve its goals, according to Reuters.
GM's 3D Auto Parts Initiative
The leading U.S.-based automobile manufacturer said it is working closely with the leading design software company Autodesk Inc. to print lightweight auto parts using 3D printing technology. This week, company executives demonstrated a 3D-printed seat bracket made of stainless steel and developed with the Autodesk technology. Using regular manufacturing methods, the seat bracket would need around eight different components and several suppliers. When designed with the help of the new technology, it consisted of a single part. It also turned out to be 20 percent stronger and 40 percent lighter. It looked like “a mix between abstract art and science fiction movie.” Along with reducing tooling cost and material waste, it will also help reduce the number of suppliers required by GM.
GM has used 3D printers for prototyping parts for last many years. Over the next year, it believes that the new 3D-printed parts will appear in high-end motorsports applications, and over the next five years it plans to scale up to produce “tens of thousands of parts at scale as the technology improves,” Kevin Quinn, the automaker’s director of additive design and manufacturing, told Reuters.
The 3D-printing based manufacturing industry is working toward mass production and trying to address issues with “repeatability and robustness,” said Bob Yancey, Autodesk’s director of manufacturing. Autodesk has expertise in exploring different variations of a part design using the cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithms.
The leading automaker announced last year it plans to launch 20 new electric and fuel cell models globally by the year 2023. Though electric and battery operated vehicles have seen increasing interest, their mass adoption has been restricted due to their limited range. Lightweight parts could help keep the vehicles lighter and thereby more fuel efficient.
Promising 3D Printing Technology
3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, works by piling up only the required amount of liquefied material, tier by tier. It helps in drastically reducing waste as only the required amount is added, and is in contrast with the conventional subtractive approach where the process involves starting with a large block of material and chipping it away till required shape and size is achieved. (See also, How the 3D-Printing Industry Evolved in 2016.)
GM is not alone in adapting to the promising technology initiative. Earlier, General Electric Co said it would increase the use of 3D printers in its manufacturing processes, while Ford Motor Co. has been testing the 3D printing technology since last year. (For more, see Ford Tests 3D Printing for Parts.)
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