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EVs and Vaccines

By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 11/26/2020 - 17:47

Electric vehicles continue to hog the spotlight. Notably, Maserati – part of FCA – announced it will electrify its entire lineup by 2025. In Europe, Transport & Environment group called on governments to end incentives for plug-in hybrid cars as they emit more CO2 than expected. Meanwhile, BMW Group was the only automaker among the leaders in the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Ford announced this week that it has ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store and distribute Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 in the US. In Mexico, Didi launched a special program through which female drivers can accept only female passengers’ requests, a measure that directly addresses gender violence.

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BMW Recognized as a Sustainability Leader

BMW Group was recognized as "the most sustainable automotive company in the world" with a score of 80 over 100 on the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Hyundai and INEOS to Accelerate Hydrogen Economy

Hyundai Motor Company and INEOS announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to explore new opportunities to accelerate the global hydrogen economy. Both companies will research hydrogen production and supply opportunities.

GM's Factory ZERO to Fully Embrace 5G

GM announced that the Factory ZERO facility in Detroit will be the first automotive plant in the US to install a fixed 5G mobile network. The company expects to have "exponential increases" in both bandwidth and speed supporting the ongoing transformation of the plant.

Maserati Will Electrify Its Lineup Within Five Years

Reuters reported Maserati's intentions to fully electrify its lineup in the next five years. This includes fully electric and hybrid vehicles. The upcoming Maserati Grecale will be available in 2021 both in combustion-engine and hybrid configurations.

"DiDi Mujer" to Address Gender Violence

Chinese ride-hailing company DiDi announced it will launch its "DiDi Mujer" (DiDi Woman) program where female drivers can select only female passengers and vice versa. The program includes Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana and it is expected to be extended to other cities.

Ford to Distribute Pfizer's Vaccine

Ford announced this week an order for ultra-cold freezers that will store the vaccine. It is expected that the vaccine will be available to Ford's employees on a "voluntary" basis in the US.

 

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Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst