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EV/AV Report: March 7, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — In today’s EV/AV report, Honda and Sony partner to create more electrically integrated vehicles, charging pads installed across Gothenberg and KIA announces a line-up of 14 battery electric vehicles by 2030.

Tech-driven

With oil prices rising across Canada, the demand for electric vehicles is all but growing, contributing to the birth of a partnership between the makers of the Honda Civic and the PlayStation.

Today, Honda Motor Company announced their partnership with Sony Corporation to “establish the New Company within 2022.” This aims to combine Honda’s vehicular expertise with Sony’s electronic prowess, creating a generation of improved and environmental vehicles.

The New Company is expected to form in 2022 and begin sales in 2025, pending an agreement between the two companies and regulatory approvals.

For more information on the Memorandum of Understanding between Sony and Honda, click here.

Powered parking

Volvo Cars have partnered with and Momentum Dynamics to deploy electric taxis and wireless charging pads across Gothenburg, Sweden.

The fleet, composed of Volvo XC40 Recharge electric cars is expected to drive over 12 hours a day while clocking 100,000 km each year. This program aims to demonstrate the feasibility of electric Volvo vehicles in a zero-emission city transport fleet over a three-year period.

“Gothenburg Green City Zone lets us try exciting new technologies in a real environment and evaluate them over time for a potential future broader introduction,” said Mats Moberg, head of Research and Development at Volvo Cars. “Testing new charging technologies together with selected partners is a good way to evaluate alternative charging options for our future cars.”

Basalt and battery

Earlier this week on Mar. 3, KIA Corporation announced their key targets for sustainable mobility at the company’s 2022 CEO Investor Day event.

These targets include selling 1.2 million battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, and integrate autonomous driving and connected car systems into KIA’s future vehicles.

Starting 2023, KIA plans to release two BEVs per year with a full line-up of 14 BEVs by 2027.

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