Technology Bulletin

    • NXP Semiconductors To Become A "One-Stop-Shop" Sol...
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • With the acquisition, NXP has become a one-stop-shop for automotive Ethernet, adding high bandwidth Ethernet IP for 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standards, i... View More
      With the acquisition, NXP has become a one-stop-shop for automotive Ethernet, adding high bandwidth Ethernet IP for 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 standards, in its already existing portfolio of Ethernet switches and PHY Transceivers. Ethernet, being a new technology is used only in some premium cars. However, this technology will enter mass-market in the next few years, due to increasing electronic content and growing need for fast communications between vehicle systems. By becoming a one-stop-shop for Ethernet, NXP will be able to address the mass-market in a better way - by maintaining costs, introducing customized products faster and simplifying integration of Ethernet technology in its product portfolio, adding to its competitive advantage. - Aman Madhok (Source: NXP)
    • UK Car Buyers Embrace EVs
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • The market in August is typically quiet in the UK as new registration plates start in September. Nevertheless, car buyers took advantage of attractive offers pu... View More
      The market in August is typically quiet in the UK as new registration plates start in September. Nevertheless, car buyers took advantage of attractive offers pushing the market up by almost a quarter YoY. However the most notable rise was in sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles. These rose by 88% YoY and accounted for 8% of all car sales - the highest level achieved so far. This was partly due to rising fuel prices and a growing mistrust of diesels, but more positively the increasing range and quality of hybrid and electric vehicles is also drawing in both private and fleet buyers. Expect the ratio to continue rising. - Peter Richardson (Source: SMMT)
    • What Do Rifles Aad EVs Have In Common?
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • According to the company’s press office – "This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be... View More
      According to the company’s press office – "This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor". With no distribution and production facilities in the US, Kalashnikov cannot be a serious threat to Tesla, at least in short term. The specifications of the car (90 Kwh, 217 miles) are good but not exceptional. Budget cars such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3 can go more than 217 miles per charge. The acceleration, 0-62 miles per hour in 6 seconds, is not exceptional as well. Lower brand awareness in the EV space will be a major challenge for Kalashnikov to overcome. While the retro design may appeal to some, the car is not in the same league as Tesla models. Aggressive pricing can be the last resort with Kalashnikov to sustain in the market. -Aman Madhok (Source: CNET)
    • eBike And Scooter Rental Is Becoming Popular Acros...
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • Denver Public Works issued licenses for "dock-less scooter and bike services" in the city with permits issued to Lyft, Jump and Zanster. Thi... View More
      Denver Public Works issued licenses for "dock-less scooter and bike services" in the city with permits issued to Lyft, Jump and Zanster. This is going to be a growing trend in tier-1 cities to reduce traffic congestion, travel costs and time. On one hand, consumers are considering two-wheeler options for cheaper and faster mobility and on the other hand, cities want to reduce traffic, pollution and commute time to make cities smarter. However, for some cities like San Francisco, it is already a headache for urban planners with proliferation of two-wheelers, where dedicated bike lanes are still unplanned from driver and pedestrian safety perspective. Nevertheless, as we have highlighted in our research, this is a fast growing mobility segment, especially the adoption of electric two-wheelers or LSEVs - Neil Shah (Source: Tech Crunch)
    • Grab Follows Go-Jek
    • Aug 31, 2018
    • The additional $250 million investment is on the top of $700 million under the ‘Grab 4 Indonesia’ 2020 Master Plan, started in 2017. The investment ... View More
      The additional $250 million investment is on the top of $700 million under the ‘Grab 4 Indonesia’ 2020 Master Plan, started in 2017. The investment comes after Grab’s main rival Go-Jek invested $500 million in 2018, to expand its business in the country. With the exit of Uber, the competition in the Indonesian ride-hailing market is mainly restricted to Grab and Go-Jek. Go-Jek has seen a significant growth in recent years, processing more than 100 million transactions from around 20-25 million users with the inclusion of services such as e-payment and food-delivery. Grab is following Go-Jek to include related mobile dependant businesses – such as food-delivery and courier services in its platform – to serve as a “super-app” for its users fulfilling any service they can think of – from massages to ride-hailing to home cleaning. Including other services (apart from ride-hailing) will help both the companies to optimise vehicle usage and serve as additional revenue streams in the long term. - Aman Madhok (Source: US News)
    • Hyundai Enters India Car Sharing Market
    • Aug 31, 2018
    • Car sharing market in India is at a nascent stage, however, as per industry participants this market is expected to witness a boom over the next decade, with ca... View More
      Car sharing market in India is at a nascent stage, however, as per industry participants this market is expected to witness a boom over the next decade, with car sharing vehicle pool increasing from 15,000 in 2017 to 150,000 by 2022. Automakers are increasingly getting interested to tap the potential of this market considering the young population in the country. In 2018, Mahindra Electric partnered with Zoomcar to offer its EV for car sharing. Retail sales will continue to be dominant in India, due to low passenger car penetration, rising income levels, and status symbol associated with owning a car in the country. However, Hyundai does not want to lose an opportunity in the long term to develop an alternate sales channel for its cars. Both Korea and India are the most important markets for Hyundai, together accounting for considerable share in its revenues. By investing in Revv, Hyundai wants to benefit from the early mover advantage in India to fight future competition. In 2017, Hyundai also partnered with Korean ride sharing start-up, Luxi. - Aman Madhok (Source: Times of India)
    • Kandi Targets Entry Level EV Market in the US
    • Aug 31, 2018
    • With the entry in the US, Chinese OEM Kandi wants to target the cost-sensitive US customer segment looking for entry-level EVs. Kandi has studied the US market ... View More
      With the entry in the US, Chinese OEM Kandi wants to target the cost-sensitive US customer segment looking for entry-level EVs. Kandi has studied the US market for several months to adapt its vehicle to US customers’ preferences. The company will introduce the K22 subcompact and the EX3 compact SUV pure electric cars.K22 will be priced below $20,000 and with subsidy would cost less than $12,500 making it a good value of money. The EX3 SUV is available in China for less than $20,000, after subsidy. Chinese automakers have faced difficulties in the past to comply with the US safety and trade regulations. The company acquired Sportsman Country LLC, a distributor based in Texas, to facilitate its entry in the US market. EV sales in China have been affected by changing regulations and companies such as Kandi and BYD are expanding their operations overseas to compensate for lower than expected domestic sales. The challenge for Kandi would be to build to a strong brand (considering the perception about Chinese brands) in the minds of its target customers in the US. Further, the escalating US-China trade war could also put brakes on this ramp up in the US market. - Aman Madhok (Source: Markets Insider)
    • Toyota Opens Up for Autonomous Vehicles
    • Aug 31, 2018
    • Toyota has lapped its peer automotive companies in the race towards autonomous and electric vehicles. The company launched PHEV Toyota Prius in late 2000s and f... View More
      Toyota has lapped its peer automotive companies in the race towards autonomous and electric vehicles. The company launched PHEV Toyota Prius in late 2000s and focused more on fuel cell vehicles since then, with no BEVs in its portfolio. However, from 2017 the company has increased its focus on BEV technology. Unlike other automakers, such as General Motors and Tesla, which are developing in-house autonomous technology, Toyota will be majorly using Uber’s self-driving technology in its Sienna Minivan. Going forward, Toyota should focus on developing in-house self-driving technology, just like General Motors and Tesla. - Aman Madhok (Source: BBC News)
    • Volkswagen Marches to Catch up with the Rivals
    • Aug 31, 2018
    • Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest automakers, is converting itself from a manufacturer of passenger cars to a “device and a software” com... View More
      Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest automakers, is converting itself from a manufacturer of passenger cars to a “device and a software” company. US$4 billion, to be invested in “We” banner of digital services, which will include a host of apps – We Share, We Park and other connected services for users of Volkswagen branded vehicles. For instance, by 2020, a Volkswagen user can transfer the digital key of his vehicle to another user to enable car sharing. Volkswagen is competing with automotive rivals – Daimler and BMW in ride hailing/sharing services. Moreover, with Daimler and BMW combining their services, and other new start-ups venturing into the digital services space, Volkswagen is concerned with losing its leadership position in the new automotive “digital ecosystem” – which consists of electric vehicles, connected cars and mobility providers. With ride-hailing services, Volkswagen will push its electric car sales in key cities. Volkswagen has been partnering with technology companies such as Nvidia and Didi, and with this investment, it could further try to dominate the “digital ecosystem” with partnerships, investments and acquisition. The next logical step for Volkswagen should be standardize its software in its sub-brands such as Audi and Skoda to increase user base and attain economies of scale.  - Aman Madhok (Source: WARC)
    • China to Replace U.S. as Nissan’s Biggest Market
    • Aug 24, 2018
    • China has become a much better prospective market than the US for many automakers, including Nissan. In 2017, many automakers saw declining sales in the US. Dur... View More
      China has become a much better prospective market than the US for many automakers, including Nissan. In 2017, many automakers saw declining sales in the US. During this period, Nissan sales increased by 1.9% (compared to 2016) in the US, and more than 12% in China. In 2010, Nissan planned to corner 10% market share in the US. The company achieved its target but suffered eroded profit margins due to hefty discounts coupled with increased capex for new model launches. The company now has plans to improve its profitability in the US and increase sales in China to drive overall revenues. To grow in China, Nissan plans to focus on the budget segment – which accounts for the majority of passenger car sales in the country. It will also focus on electric vehicles – which is still a nascent market in China with significant growth opportunities. The conventional vehicle market is fairly consolidated, having clear leaders in the form of General Motors and Volkswagen so presents a more challenging prospect for growth.- Aman Madhok (Source: NASDAQ)

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