October 5, 2022
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Japan, South Korea and the EU say the Inflation Reduction Act is discriminatory and violates rules of the World Trade Organization. The law gives tax credits for electric vehicles made in North America, a provision that foreign trade representatives say hurts international trade.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (10/4) 
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News & Trends
Digital dashboards embedded in sidewalks collect data used by Uncharted to create a city's digital twin. The data helps cities make decisions about their infrastructure and find more sustainable solutions to transportation and other infrastructure needs.
Full Story: GreenBiz (10/5) 
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Aerospace
NASA is pursuing multiple research projects to support the development of advanced air mobility in the US, and research released by the Aerospace Industries Association and Deloitte, meanwhile, predicts massive growth for AAM over the next decade.
Full Story: Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (9/30) 
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General Atomics is developing a hybrid-electric propulsion system that executive Dave Alexander says is "a completely disruptive technology" for military drones. The company's MQ-Next design will have 60 hours of flight time.
Full Story: Breaking Defense (10/4) 
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Automotive
Manufacturers of engine parts face a daunting transition to electric vehicles while continuing to produce parts for internal combustion engines, experts say. "Engine parts makers are ground zero for the most amount of pain in this transition because they have the least amount of portability into the EV world," said Mark Wakefield of AlixPartners' automotive and industrial practice.
Full Story: Reuters (10/5) 
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EV startups weathering fresh headwinds
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Electric-vehicle startups are facing increased competition from incumbent auto manufacturers, as well as a decline in funding for the space. Innovative products being built by EV companies such as Arrival also mean the companies have to create processes and to handle particular challenges.
Full Story: Axios (10/3) 
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Heavy Duty / Commercial Vehicle
German car rental company orders over 100K BYD EVs
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Sixt, a car rental company based in Germany, signed an agreement to purchase more than 100,000 electric vehicles from China's BYD. The company said the EVs will be deployed in the fourth quarter in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and the deal is part of Sixt's goal of electrifying up to 90% of its fleet in Europe by 2030.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (10/4) 
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Smart Cities
Chicago seeks lower carbon emissions with building code
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Building code changes going into effect next month for new construction in Chicago will require new structures to align with the city's goals for decarbonization. The changes passed by Chicago City Council last month address factors such as energy-efficient lighting, roofs suitable for solar panels, provision for electric appliances and smart, grid-linked HVAC and water appliances.
Full Story: Smart Cities Dive (9/29) 
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Workforce Development & Leadership
An Illinois school district is planning to open a new career and technical education center to train students in automotive work, welding and woodworking. A groundbreaking ceremony recently was held for the center, which is expected to enroll 45 students.
Full Story: KWQC-TV (Davenport, Iowa) (10/3) 
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Cross-Market Collaboration
Grubhub and grocery delivery platform Gopuff have teamed up to offer more grocery products and other household essentials to the Grubhub app. The pilot program launched in select areas of Austin, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City this week.
Full Story: Reuters (10/4) 
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Learn Latest on AS13100 at the AESQ Supplier Forums
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Participate in AESQ's Supplier Forums offered Oct. 6 in Indianapolis, Ind., and Oct. 21 in Massy, France. Learn about AS13100 Deployment Plans including Implementation Process Case Studies and hear from OEMs including Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, GE Aviation and Safran. Plus ask pertinent questions during the AS13100 FAQ Panel Session. Visit the AESQ website and register today to learn the latest and ask pertinent questions.
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