Automotive

Proterra Upgrades Safety Of Vehicles With Collision-Avoidance Technology

Proterra, a Greenville-based electric bus manufacturer, will now feature a technology designed to anticipate possible collisions with any roadway obstacle including other vehicles, pedestrians, animals, or debris, according to a release issued by Mobileye Aftermarket, a division of Mobileye N.V. The Mobileye Aftermarket system provides collision prevention…


Commercial Truck OEM Invests in Summerville Facility

The Lowcountry continues to attract automotive related capital investments. Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks, is establishing new  manufacturing operations in Dorchester County.  According to the company, the new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Summerville, S.C. “We…


ITIC Automotive Test Bed Offers Wireless Charging as a Service

The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) is the host site for a new wireless charging R&D test bed for electrified automotive vehicles. The wireless power transfer test bed was developed by Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ITIC,…


Magna International to Invest $50 Million in Expansion

The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC)announced today that Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is expanding its S.C. manufacturing operations with a new exteriors facility in Matrix Park. The $50.8-million investment will go toward a new 165,000-square-foot exteriors facility at Matrix Park that is expected to…


Volvo Selects Firm to Deliver its First U.S. Manufacturing Plant

Volvo Car Group has selected AECOM to deliver a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina – Volvo Cars’ first U.S.-based production plant. In May 2015, Volvo announced the $500 million investment in Berkley County.  The plant is expected to create 2,000 new jobs over the next decade and…


Greenville’s Proterra Expands to West Coast

Already a fixture in the Southeast, Proterra, a Greenville-based electric bus manufacturer, is expanding its national footprint. The company announced Monday that it would open its West Coast headquarters in Silicon Valley. “We now have access to the best of both local markets,” said Proterra CEO, Ryan…


BMW Group Achieves Record Global September Sales

The BMW Group continues to grow its sales, achieving its best ever September result. Deliveries of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles totalled 215,413 for the month, an increase of 7.8% compared with the same period last year. It’s also been the company’s best ever first three…


Proterra Applauds Federal Commitment to Electric Vehicle Research

In light of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent $55 million commitment to electric vehicle research, the Greenville-based electric bus manufacturer, Proterra, believes the DOE’s investment highlights the growing importance of transitioning to a clean energy economy. The investment will allow companies like Proterra to continue…


Volvo Cars Breaks Ground on SC Manufacturing Plant

Volvo Cars has taken the first steps in building its all-new car manufacturing facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The new plant will initially produce the next-generation Volvo S60 sedan, based on Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The company is investing USD500m in the new…


BMW Seeks to Assure Customers on Diesel Engines

After the recent Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal, BMW has released a statement assuring customers that BMW Group is committed to observing the legal requirements and fulfilling all local testing requirements. The announcement from BMW comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused VW of installing sophisticated stealth…