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Toshiba, Sojitz and CBMM Unveil an Ultra-Fast Charging Electric Bus Prototype Powered by Next-Generation Li-ion Batteries With Niobium Titanium Oxide Anodes

Toshiba Corporation and Sojitz Corporation of Japan, and Brazil’s CBMM, the world’s leading producer of niobium, have completed development of a next-generation lithium-ion battery that uses niobium titanium oxide (NTO) in the anode. (Earlier post.) They unveiled a prototype E-bus powered with the new battery (SCiB Nb), which realizes an…

BMW

BMW Group Plant Regensburg Press Plant Using Autonomous Electric Transport Vehicle for Press Tools and Steel Blanks

With the introduction of an autonomous transport vehicle at its press plant, BMW Group Plant Regensburg is moving forward with digitalization and automation of its manufacturing processes, thereby taking a further step towards the digital and intelligently connected BMW iFACTORY. The driverless platform truck, with its electric drive train, will…

Toyota

Toyota Texas Investing $531M To Expand Drivetrain Parts Production

Toyota Texas is expanding its footprint with a $531-million investment that will bring more than 400 new, high-quality jobs to San Antonio. The new on-site 500,000-square-foot facility will be dedicated to drivetrain parts production, further affirming Toyota’s commitment to reinvesting profits in its US operations. For nearly two decades, Toyota…

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Kia Adds Hybrid Powertrain to the Carnival MPV Lineup

Kia is adding an optional turbo-hybrid powertrain to the 2025 Carnival MPV lineup, highlighting its versatile multi-purpose capabilities. The new Carnival Hybrid variant starts at $40,500; the standard 2025 Kia Carnival has a starting MSRP of $36,500. The newly added Carnival Hybrid gets a 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid engine paired with a…

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BMW Manufacturing Opens First Press Shop in North America

BMW Manufacturing opened its new press shop at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant as it prepares to assemble the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (earlier post). The press shop will stamp sheet metal parts for the new BMW X3, which made its North American debut during the ceremony. These…

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BMW Launches 4th Generation X3 With New Plug-in Hybrid Model

BMW launched the fourth-genetation of its X3 featuring major improvements in efficiency and dynamic performance with the wide-ranging model line-up. The portfolio of powertrains comprises not just highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but also a latest-generation plug-in hybrid system that enables the new BMW X3 30e xDrive (consumption, weighted…

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Kia Unveils EV3

Kia a{unveiled} the new Kia EV3, the company’s dedicated compact EV SUV. The EV3 measures 4,300mm long, 1,850mm wide, 1,560mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,680mm. It features a front-wheel drive electric powertrain based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), utilizing Kia’s fourth-generation battery technology. The EV3 Standard…

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