It’s hard enough to catch up with Tesla’s efficiency, and software makes automakers even more headaches

Thomson Reuters reported on Thursday (March 31) that a Tesla Inc. spokesman said the Berlin Brandenburg Gigafactory can produce a Model Y in 10 hours, in part because it used two cars. Large die casting machine. JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimates that Tesla’s Berlin plant (Greenhead plant) will produce 54,000, 280,000 and 500,000 vehicles in 2022-2025, respectively.

Volkswagen Group’s ID.3 electric car takes an average of 30 hours to assemble. In an interview, Christian Vollmer, head of production of the Flowserve brand, said that Flowserve increases productivity by about 5% every year, and must accelerate the improvement of efficiency in order to maintain its advantage in the European market. He said it would be a great achievement for Volkswagen to reduce the assembly time of an electric vehicle (EV) to 10 hours. Plans for Flowserve’s €2 billion Trinity EV plant are expected to be finalized within weeks.

Volvo Cars announced in February that it will invest 10 billion Swedish kronor in its largest factory (Torslanda, Sweden) in the next few years, with the goal of creating a next-generation pure electric vehicle with longer range, faster charging speed and lower cost.

Volvo said at the time that it would introduce more sustainable technologies such as casting of large aluminum body parts and new battery assembly at the above-mentioned factories.

Volvo: Cars will be iPhones on wheels
Bloomberg reported on March 29 that Jim Rowan, the new CEO of Volvo Car AB, said in an interview on the same day that for the automotive industry, the difficulty and potential impact of increasing the computing power of vehicles will be greater than the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) models to EVs. He said automakers have to think about how to make sure that the in-vehicle computing power they spend a lot of money on is being put to good use.

Automakers must understand software better than in the past and make informed decisions about building or outsourcing software, Rowan said. Vehicles will be iPhones on wheels, he said, and almost everything that can be done on a smartphone will be built into the car.

“The Verge” reported in January that Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said in an interview that 90% of the auto industry differentiation, competitiveness and customer experience will depend on software, and no major auto company currently has great software at the same time. , hardware strength.

Diess said last September that the real game-changer for the auto industry is software and autonomous vehicles, and that the transition to EVs is much easier.

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