Newsletter #68 - January 2022
From the Editor:
Hello and welcome to our new Ubimobility Newsletter for 2022.  I am Simon Lelièvre, Head of the Transportation and Mobility division for Business France North America, the Trade Commission of the French Embassy.

Our Ubimobility program, the namesake of this newsletter, is focused on the acceleration of French startups in autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technologies.  Since its inception, the Ubimobility program has launched more than 50 companies onto the North American market; you can read about success stories in our Alumni section of the newsletter as well as several articles on the autonomous and electric vehicle sectors each month. I wish to thank the valuable members of our jury who have assisted us with the execution of the program including Ford Greenfield Labs SV, Valeo North America, Qualcomm, University of Michigan, the Boston Consulting Group, WardsAuto, Magna International, NVIDIA among others.

For 2023, our Ubimobility program in its 8th edition, will host a cohort of French companies focused on electric vehicles and related technologies.  This will be the third time that Ubimobility has alternated programs between startups dedicated to autonomous vehicles and those with electric vehicle expertise.  The 2022 Ubimobility-EV program will be in the Detroit area in late September and early October.  In reading the Newsletter, you will notice the addition of several articles on electric vehicle technologies.  In 2023, the Ubimobility  program will revert back to a focus on autonomous vehicles.

We hope you will enjoy reading this new edition of the Newsletter.  Please share it with your colleagues and others who would enjoy a complimentary subscription. 

In closing, I invite you to  meet our Ubimobility team in the last section of the Newsletter*.  Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have and to learn more about Business France’s services for both French and American companies.   

GM to invest historic $7 billion in 4 facilities across Michigan, creating 4,000 jobs 01/25/2022: Read more

In a big win for Michigan, General Motors will invest $7 billion in four manufacturing facilities, making the state the "hub" of electric vehicle development and manufacturing. GM said Tuesday it will spend $2.6 billion to build a new battery factory in the Lansing area and $4 billion to convert its existing factory in Orion Township to make electric pickups.

ARaymond expands EV capabilities with acquisitions, and more 01/10/2022: Read more

ARaymond, an international automotive fastening and assembly solutions supplier with its North American headquarters in Rochester Hills, has acquired CGA Technologies, an Italian manufacturer of high-performing thermal cooling plates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

U-M: New lithium-sulfur battery could quintuple electric vehicle ranges 01/31/2022: Read more

A new biologically inspired battery membrane, developed by a team at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, has enabled a battery with five times the capacity of the industry-standard lithium-ion design to run for more than 1,000 cycles needed to power an electric car.

2021 EV charging infrastructure benchmark: Electrify America top digital platform, Tesla superchargers top location experience 01/31/2022: Read more

This year, Blink and Tesla Superchargers were added to the list of charging networks tested in 2020: Electrify America, EVgo, ChargePoint, EV Connect and Greenlots. Electrify America earned the top score in the Digital Platform category, as well as the top combined score for both categories.

GM’s BrightDrop ships first EV600s to FedEx 12/17/2021Read more

BrightDrop, an electric commercial delivery and logistics business from General Motors Co. in Detroit, announced the delivery of the first five of 500 EV600 electric light commercial vehicles to FedEx at is Inglewood, Calif. FedEx Express facility.

NACFE: Electric trucks deliver 01/24/2022Read more

According to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, its recently concluded Run On Less Electric vehicle trials proved that commercial electric vehicles are ready to go to work in real-world fleet operations.

Stellantis taps Amazon to bolster software plans, will sell it electric vans 01/05/2022: Read more

Stellantis NV and the e-commerce giant on Wednesday announced multiple global, multi-year agreements. They offer the framework to deploy Amazon software in millions of Stellantis vehicles, to train engineers in the technology and to make Amazon the first commercial customer of the battery-electric Ram ProMaster van when it launches in 2023.

Toyota tops US sales while GM announces EV silverado 01/05/2022: Read more
At CES, GM revealed its own electric pickup truck, priced to compete with Ford's F-150 Lightning. On January 4, Toyota Motors announced it had sold more cars than General Motor in the United States in 2021, marking the first year in almost 90 years since GM was a runner-up. 

Lyft and partners launch autonomous ride-share service in Miami – 01/10/2022: Read more
As part of an industry-first collaboration, Lyft and its partners have launched an autonomous ride-share service in the Floridian city of Miami, with the service set to expand to Austin later in 2022.

Volta Trucks partners with HERE Technologies for advanced navigation 01/04/2022: Read more 
Volta Trucks is a Sweden-based full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider with three Michigan facilities. They recently partnered with HERE Technologies to provide location data and technology for the upcoming Volta Zero.

Assembly of SMUD's Zeus EV work trucks now underway – 01/18/2022:  Read more
Assembly of the first five EV work trucks ordered by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is well underway at the Zeus facility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Unlike their diesel counterparts, these trucks have dramatically fewer parts which simplifies the entire assembly process.

Canadian manufacturer readying electric snowmobiles –   12/29/2021: Read more
While the snowmobiles can be charged with a home electric-vehicle charger or on a public charging network, Taiga says it has begun installing its first off-road charging stations as part of a trail loop through two forested regions in Québec.

CES 2022: Skinetic, the haptic VR vest that takes you into the metaverse – 12/17/2021: Read more

The world's largest trade show dedicated to innovation is back! Among the innovations presented, Actronika’s haptic vest Skinetic promises to be a sensation. Skinetic allows users to experience a new generation of immersive VR by allowing them to feel life-like sensations of every interaction within the virtual world.

Ubimobility-EV 2022 09/26/2022-10/14/2022: Register
Business France created Ubimobility-EV, a unique immersion program for electric vehicle technologies. With the assistance of the automotive, transportation, IT industries and clusters, Business France scouts out the leading French mobility startups with electric vehicle and related technologies.

Journée Véhicule Autonome  02/15/2022: Register
NextMove with its members dSPACE, Intempora and the ALADIN group offer you a day, 100% online, dedicated to professionals and actors of ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles.

INTonomous Canada 01/31/2022-02/04/2022: Register
INTonomous is a project initiated by a consortium of 6 different European clusters with the objective of creating strategic European value chains in the industry of autonomous and connected vehicles. As part of this acceleration program, GoExport has the mission of bringing together innovative European companies to Canada in order to promote the industry and create new collaborations across borders.

Berkeley SkyDeck Batch 13 Global Innovation Showcase  02/08/2022: Register
Named by Forbes as a top accelerator, Berkeley SkyDeck invites you to tune in for our Virtual Global Innovation Showcase. This event allows investors, founders, and SkyDeck advisors and mentors to observe and connect with SkyDeck’s current Innovation Partner Program (IPP) startups.

The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo  09/13/2022-09/15/2022: Register
The Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo is the only trade show and conference dedicated to the drive train and power system EVs and HEVs.

ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo and Conference – 09/07/2022-09/08/2022: Register
Using the hugely successful formula that has been applied to the annual international event held in Europe, UKi Media & Events has announced that ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo & Conference will head to the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA on September 7 & 8, 2022.

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