Jul 17, 2020

Karma Automotive: The Future of Luxury EV Cars

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Leigh Manning
2 min
Karma Automotive - Manufacturing Global
Karma Automotive, the American luxury electric car manufacturer, offering serious competition to the Luxury EV Marketplace...

Following the recent announcement that Karma Automotive raised $100 million, Manufacturing Global takes a look at the company and its future in the EV arena.

The company and its parent company, Wanxiang Group, are seeking a total of $300 million to tap into the surge for the demand for luxury electric cars. 

History

Formed in October 2015, Karma Automotive was formed following the owner, Wanxiang Group purchasing Fisker Automotive for $149.2 million in a bankruptcy auction. The assets purchased included a plug-in hybrid powertrain, design and manufacturing facility located in Delaware, US. 

The purchased assets, however, excluded the Fisker brand and trademarks owned by Henrik Fisker, a former Aston Martin Design Director. 

Revero

Based on the Fisker Karma, using much of the purchased exterior and interior design.

Billed as the ultimate plug-in hybrid, the Revero is a four-seater and powered by two electric motors. In its basic level, this combination produces a total output of 403bhp and 981 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60mph in 4.5 secs. The engine, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder General Motors power plant, acts as the on-board generator. This is soon to change to a BMW 1.5 litre unit for long-range and better fuel efficiency. 

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Pininfarina Karma GT

Karma's first result of the partnership with famed Italian design and engineering house, Pininfarina. A bespoke, Italian-designed, production-ready, two-door coupe infuses next-generation styling, technology and design visions for today's world.

This new offering will produce an output of 528bhp and a 0-60mph of 4.5 sec. The unit will feature a 28kWh battery which should allow a range of around 80 miles of electric-only. 

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SC1 Vision Concept Car

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the SC1 is designed to showcase the firm’s ambitions. A fully electric vehicle highlights the future design direction. A 5G connectivity and other ‘cutting edge’ tech will include touch, voice and eye commands. 

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

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Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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