With the US electric vehicle (EV) sales at just 1.3% of the market in May of 2019, it would be easy to dismiss the impact that battery-powered vehicles have on the auto industry. That would be a mistake.
Despite relatively small numbers, EVs have begun to disrupt the industry in ways that would have been difficult to predict—disruption that ranges from the basics of vehicle design, to the manufacturing floor, and even to corporate boardrooms.
The strategic matchups are however beginning to move outside of China. BMW and Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, announced earlier this year a new partnership to work together on the development of electric next-gen autonomous vehicles.
According to a joint press release, the new partnership between the traditional long-time rivals will focus on “advancing the development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE Level 4).”