• 08 Jun
    Insight: our top 5 takeaways from the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika

    Insight: our top 5 takeaways from the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika


    This week, joining over 300 automotive supply chain delegates from OEMs and tier ones, as well as small and medium sized suppliers, Productiv’s product strategy manager Tom Donnelly and head of sales & marketing Peter Needham headed to the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika Birmingham.

    After a number of keynote presentations from senior industry figures, hearing about investment in new automotive technologies in the UK’s automotive supply chain, here are some interesting facts that Tom brought away with him:

    1. Nissan is now using second life batteries for domestic energy storage
    2. Each direct Nissan employee in the UK results in four employees in the supply chain
    3. Alan Draper, Ford Europe’s director of purchasing, told us that in London in 1903 the average speed of traffic was 8mph which is the same as it is today.
    4. Judith Richardson, Nissan Europe’s vice president of purchasing, explained how the company will use an app based on dating software to match drivers to suitable cars in their car sharing scheme in Paris – automotive can learn a great deal from other industries.
    5. This is echoed by the fact that the forum is sponsored by Ricoh; demonstrating how changes in the automotive industry are encouraging non-traditional suppliers to enter the sector.
    By Productiv News Uncategorized
  • 17 May
    Insight: our top 3 takeaways from the Vehicle2Grid conference in Amsterdam

    Insight: our top 3 takeaways from the Vehicle2Grid conference in Amsterdam

    Productiv is at the forefront of technology for the electrification of the automotive powertrain.

    That’s why our product strategy manager, Tom Donnelly, attended a conference in Amsterdam last week on ‘vehicle to grid’; a potential solution to the additional load that will be placed on the national grid when we all start charging our electric cars.

    These are the top three lessons Tom brought away with him:

    1. Chief technology officer for the City of Amsterdam, Ger Baron, explained to delegates that the Netherlands missed the first industrial revolution in the 17th century, which was driven by the steam engine, because the Dutch government was subject to powerful lobbying from the dominant wind power industry at the time. Now, however, it seems the situation has been completely reversed. A Dutch technology investor said that current opposition to wind turbines in the Netherlands means that the growth of wind power is now far behind other European countries such as Sweden, Spain and France.
    2. Vehicle to grid technology is already available in the shape of the Nissan Leaf. Following the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, the Japanese government asked Nissan to develop a vehicle to grid capability that could help power local facilities in an emergency. The result is that the original Leaf, with a battery capacity of 24kWh, can power a house for up to two days.
    3. The electric vehicle industry is giving rise to some unexpected new entrants. When the German post office, Deutsche Post, needed a small delivery van, they couldn’t find one that suited their particular needs. So they decided to build the van themselves! And it’s been so successful that they now sell electric delivery vans to other companies, and are even working on a larger van and an e-bike for mail delivery.

    Read more about the Vehicle2Grid conference here

    By Productiv News Uncategorized