Automotive giant Ford on Thursday outlined its latest progress in delivering over-the-air (OTA) software updates to its connected vehicle lineup, as well as a new strategic partnership with Amazon to further embed hands-free Alexa capabilities in its vehicles.
Ford began sending OTA updates to software modules in F-150 and Mustang Mach-E vehicles in North America in March, and the company said it plans to produce 30 million OTA-capable Fords by 2028.
The automaker said it has built a new fully networked, second-generation electrical architecture and advanced tech stack to serve as the foundation of the Ford Power-Up software updates.
A number of OEMs are seriously looking into solid-state batteries
The investment is the second the two companies have made in Solid Power following a $20 million investment in 2018. Solid Power has already sent hundreds of 2Ah cells for validation by the OEMs and will use the investment to ramp up its production facilities to build a pilot line to produce 100Ah test cells from 2022.
Solid Power’s cells can be made on existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment but, unlike current cells, do not need to undergo the electrolyte filling and cycling phase. The company says these processes account
Genesis has added a BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class rival to its lineup for 2021. Called the GV80, the luxurious mid-size crossover appeals with good looks, superb build quality, and non-intimidating tech.
Ford knows future Bronco owners will be keen to add accessories to their vehicle. That’s why the automaker added pre-wired switches, meaning no drilling and feeding wires through tight spaces is required to add popular powered accessories.
A prototype for an updated version of the Porsche Cayenne has been spotted. It looks like the popular performance crossover is about to take on a whole new look.
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On May 3, 2021, solid-state electric vehicle battery manufacturer Solid Power announced a new $130 million investment led by BMW, Ford, and Volta Energy Technologies.
According to Solid Power, the investment will help produce automotive-scale, sulfide-based solid-state batteries. The money will also help increase material output and ramp up in-house production capabilities. Solid Power hopes to have the pilot production
The cost to buy a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has gone up by as much as $600, according to a dealer order guide and confirmation from a Ford spokesperson. Fortunately, the price increase will result in the addition of Ford BlueCruise hands-free technology in the brand’s newest EV.
While the entry-level Mach-E Select continues to start at $43,995 including destination, a closer look finds that the MSRP for just about every other Mach-E has increased by $600.
Here’s a look at the changes, which took effect last Monday:
Mach-E Premium Standard Range (RWD): $48,700 (up from $48,100)
By Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company
There’s a new frontier in innovation, one that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but that exists, nonetheless. Everywhere you look, cities, companies and entire countries are pouring significant resources into connectivity, linking up all kinds of things so they can communicate with each other. This connected world will enable capabilities that start bringing to life visions of future transportation only seen before in sci-fi movies.
At Ford, we’ve taken bold steps in this direction, equipping our new vehicles with factory-fitted onboard modems since 2019. We’ve now put more
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