Electrification Highlights, Labor ComplaintsBy Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 05/20/2021 - 12:50
This week the founders of E-DRIVE, the leading company in installing charging infrastructure in the country, shared key insights on the industry's transformation toward electrified vehicles. Meanwhile, take a closer look at the electric twin and digital twin concepts and how both are advancing EV manufacturing.
In other news, chip shortages continue to disrupt market performance and USTR has filled the first labor complaint against GM facility in Silao, Guanajuato. Mobility trends also point out to an increase in private car use.
Also, take a sneak peek of Mexico Business Review 2021 by reading our analysis on how the pandemic disrupted the logistics chain. Don't forget to sign up for Mexico Business Forum!
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E-DRIVE: Leveling Up Mexico’s Charging Infrastructure
Co-founders of E-DRIVE explain the influence of the pandemic in the EV market and the evolution of electric mobility in the country. The company has installed eight out of every 10 chargers in Mexico and has forged partnerships with virtually all OEMs deploying charging infrastructure in the country.
“Electric Twin” Strategy to Advance Electrification in Mexico
As electrification continues to disrupt the sector, automakers are now manufacturing "electric twins," which in broad terms refers to the same model being offered both as a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle or with an electrified powertrain.
Digital Twins Helping EV Development
Powertrain electrification brings additional challenges to manufacturing operations. But digital twins can help companies identify and address numerous issues faster and at smaller costs.
USTR First USMCA Labor Complaint in Detail
US Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai formally asked Mexico to review whether workers at a GM facility in Silao, Guanajuato, are being denied their labor rights, particularly the ones related to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
The Prolonged Effects of Semiconductor Shortages in Mexico
The semiconductor shortage is still taking a toll on the global automotive industry. The pandemic surged demand for electric devices, such as laptops and other gadgets that use these chips, causing a global supply shortage. In Mexico, over the course of 2021 the shortage caused automakers to stop manufacturing 135,845 vehicles.
Private Car Use Increased by 11 Percent in Mexico
Mexico has undergone many mobility ups and downs since its first pandemic lockdown. In Mexico City, mobility fell by a whopping 82 percent in the first month of confinement, according to Waze’s COVID-19 Mobility Report. While the use of public transport fell by 50 percent in Mexico due to the pandemic, transportation by private car has increased by 11 percent, indicates Moovit.
How the Pandemic Disrupted Logistics Chains
COVID-19 exposed the fragility of global supply chains and accelerated the trend toward regionalization, or nearshoring, say industry leaders. As companies pursue economic recovery, technological innovation is also helping to optimize operations via data analysis capabilities.
Highlights from Qualcomm 5G Summit
Qualcomm announced the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G M.2 Reference Design to accelerate 5G adoption in new segments
Qualcomm also introduced new features in its snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System to expand global 5G
Finally, the company announced the new Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform