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“Portugal needs to make itself known with car manufacturers” – ECO

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"Portugal needs to make itself known with car manufacturers" - ECO

The automotive industry accounts for 7.4% of Portugal’s GDP and employs 90,000 workers. However, the ecological transition may create inconveniences for this cluster.

On September 5 and 6, the future of the automotive industry will be discussed at a conference organized by Mobinov. The association, which brings together car factories, parts and trade, is concerned about the results of the energy, digital and demographic transition. and doesn’t want Portugal to be left behind.

In an IVF interview President Mobinov asks the state to help companies attract new investments For the country. Jorge Rosa also highlights the need to develop a sector that directly employs 90,000 people, accounts for 7.4% of GDP and generates an annual turnover of 15 billion euros, “of which 99% is exported.”

He recently said that “in the short and medium term, we will have the sector that the state allows us.” think that cluster Is the car well received in Portugal?

All in all, the automotive sector has received a lot of attention from the Portuguese government and was heard whenever he asked. Of course, the sector wanted more: it needs to scale and another dynamic. Of course, requires state and government support. That’s why we always pay more attention to lenders.

What kind of automotive sector can we have with and without state financial support? What will be the main differences?

Problems aheadwith the energy, digital, environmental and demographic transition, in addition to the need to have people in quality and quantity huge and require special attention from the state. Our industry needs this support.

In addition to financial support, which is very important in a number of areas, I would say that there is promotion of the sector outside and among the main automakers. The role of the state is also very important here. Portugal needs to make itself known with car manufacturers and it should be part of the sourcing strategy that is rethinking the entire value chain today in the face of the challenges that the recent disruption of war has brought to the sector. Portugal sees in this, in our opinion, an excellent opportunity, being located in Europe, being a country relatively close to the center of the continent and next to the second European car manufacturer (Spain). Approval abroad relies heavily on companies to present themselves to manufacturers, but it also lacks government support.

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This is, for example, what has already been done this year at the trade fair in Hannover., where there were many producers and where the Portuguese government has clearly shown support for the sector. These kinds of actions and others even more powerful can promote our industry abroad to scale up domestically.

Portugal must assert itself with car manufacturers and must be part of the brand supply strategies that are today rethinking the entire value chain in the face of the challenges that the recent disruption of the war has brought to the sector.

George Rose

Chairman of the Mobinov Automotive Cluster

Did the presence of Portugal influence Hannover Messe?

The reactions we have received from participating companies are very pleasing because they have been approached many times. But we still don’t have concrete data on already closed deals.

The emergence of a new car plant is also always an industry ambition. and here the government plays a fundamental role in attracting new investment. However, installed capacity in Europe exceeds demand. These are considerations that must be taken into account by manufacturers.

The lithium cycle is also important to us: Batteries are a fundamental component and will be critical to the future of the automotive industry in the short term.. After the installation of lithium, a discussion arose about the lithium cycle and the possibility of extracting it, as well as the possibility of producing elements in Portugal for supply to strong markets such as Spain, which would be a very important factor for the development of a new area in which we will inevitably have to deal.

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We are approaching the end of 2022 and there are no plans to mass-produce an electric car in Portugal yet. Are we in danger of falling behind in the automotive industry?

The risk naturally exists. AT cluster we do not have information about every car factory in Portugal, but we know that everyone is working to get electric models in Portugal and I believe it will. Each of the installed plants will have an electrical solution in the very near future, I have no doubt about this, although this has not been officially reported.

With the transition of the automotive industry, are there conditions for the creation of new jobs, or is it a priority to preserve existing ones?

The main priority is to keep jobs, but we want it to be able to grow. Having about 8% of Portugal’s GDP would be very important.

Batteries are a fundamental component and will be critical to the future of the automotive industry in the short term. After the installation of lithium, a discussion arose about the lithium cycle and the possibility of extracting it, as well as the possibility of producing elements in Portugal for supply to strong markets such as Spain, which would be a very important factor for the development of a new field in which we will inevitably have to deal with

George Rose

Chairman of the Mobinov Automotive Cluster

Is it possible to save a job if fewer parts are required to produce new cars?

This is true, but there are other possibilities, such as the lithium cycle. But a car will always have tires, a chassis, stamped parts, upholstery… we are all naturally concerned, but transitions are both a risk and an opportunity. We must be able to seize opportunities, and I am sure that we are working in this direction.

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What will be the role of the car in the future of society, given, for example, restrictions on access to cities?

Clearly, cars, which account for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions, are always targeted. The attempt to reduce the number of cars worries everyone who runs large cities. Of course there is a risk of reduction [de produção] because mobility in cities will increasingly be carried out using public transport. But so far there is no research showing a massive reduction in the number of cars in cities. If yes, then the main reduction in the number of cars will be in Europe.

Can hydrogen be used in modern internal combustion vehicles while reusing existing fleets?

There are studies in this direction and there are technical possibilities, although there is still little maturity. Hydrogen as a fuel is ideal for long-distance transportation. and there will be the next passage on the tram.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

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OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”

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The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

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Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.


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To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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