Reinova & Block Harbor Cybersecurity announce official partnership to further vehicle cybersecurity development within automotive

Reinova & Block Harbor Cybersecurity announce official partnership to further vehicle cybersecurity development within automotive

Today marks a special day of overcoming cross border communication barriers within the automotive industry. Reinova, the center of excellence dedicated to the development & validation of components for the electric and hybrid powertrain, comes together with Block Harbor Cybersecurity to launch a partnership to further products & services development in vehicle cybersecurity. Block Harbor is a supplier to major OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers and a proven partner in automotive & vehicle cybersecurity.  

Reinova’s approach is handled through customer centricity, with a focus on R&D, testing and validation services on components and software for vehicles of the future, its modules, and its battery packs. CEO Giuseppe Corcione, immediately defined a need for future concerns of connected vehicle safety and has been on a journey to find solutions for the new generation vehicle.  

Today, Reinova is proud to announce a strategic partnership on new products & service offerings with Block Harbor Cybersecurity, a leading vehicle cybersecurity supplier for OEMs & Tier 1s. The American Company will launch lab activities in Q2 2022, out of REINOVA Laboratories location in the Motor Valley.  

The strong partnership will provide the skills & support to address cybersecurity in automotive and vehicle systems. Being based in the Motor Valley will allow it to serve its community directly through the local REINOVA x Block Harbor Vehicle Cybersecurity Lab.

This year marks a turning point in the mobility and connected car market regarding the alignment of cybersecurity requirements in vehicles for Europe. The European Union approved UNR 155 with initial enforcement starting in June, marking a deadline for cybersecurity regulatory obligations for the automotive industry.  The future of vehicle connectivity, electrification and autonomy alongside the corresponding business models depend on cybersecurity.

Furthermore, Reinova, aware of the utmost importance that the issue of cybersecurity assumes today for the development of electric and autonomous mobility, has decided to invest resources to support both the infrastructure and the training of personnel in the field of IT security, thus creating an Academy specification. 

Thanks to the fundamental support of the Adecco Group, a multinational staffing agency, the Academy will allow both entities to strengthen the theoretical and practical skill-set in cybersecurity to help create solid foundations for mobility of the future. 

The connected vehicle is becoming more complex with the integrations of EV & autonomous systems. Integrations are allowing for more sophisticated testing methods. Block Harbor & Reinova have come together to create a cutting edge continued testing approach to verification and validation in automotive & vehicle cybersecurity.  

Cybersecurity is necessary now more than ever as the vehicle becomes more connected. Vehicles of the future will be tested in the Reinova x Block Harbor Labs with continued research directly within industry.  Reinova x Block Harbor will ensure that the lower carbon emission future of the autonomous EV will be as secure as it can be.

How comfortable is an electric vehicle to drive?

How comfortable is an electric vehicle to drive?

Electric cars are often associated with a reduction in polluting gases, which are harmful for the environment and for climate change. A battery-powered electric vehicle, however, also certainly guarantees a driving experience which is very different from what we are still used to today, with the noises and vibrations generated by petrol engines and even more so by diesel ones.

It has been shown that most of the population has still not yet tried a completely electric battery-powered car. A strong, further acceleration in the spread of electric vehicles is therefore to be expected when many will have personally experienced the comfort and smoothness of these innovative vehicles, especially in the city.

Regenerative electric braking, which recharges the batteries in deceleration, is one of the main characteristics exclusive to electric and hybrid vehicles which limits the consumption of traditional brakes, also significantly. There are already examples of battery-powered cars that have clocked up over 300,000 km without the need for maintenance of the braking system, significantly reducing service costs as well. This innovative technology makes the driving experience even more comfortable for those who, especially in the city, have to frequently slow down and speed up.

There are no alternating motions of pistons, connecting rods and crankshafts in electric cars, moreover, making the vehicles effectively characterized by the absence of disturbing vibrations. It’s true that diesel engine technology has evolved greatly in recent years, but the characteristic vibrations are still clearly perceived on many vehicles of this type, as is also the case with gas and petrol-powered cars.

Electric vehicles, also used for public transport, guarantee, moreover, a clear improvement in the quality of life in the city thanks to the absence of noises and vibrations that too often are also transmitted into homes and other buildings.

Large urban diesel and gas buses for public transport are characterised by automatic gear changes that deliver real blows to the drivers’ body at every acceleration and deceleration, provoking tiredness and occupational illness that are, instead, completely eliminated with electric traction; hearing diseases and disorders are also caused by often very noisy public means of transport with endothermic motors.

For professional use, such as commercial delivery and waste collection vehicles, also at night and at designated times for public peace and quiet, besides guaranteeing the maximum comfort of professional operators, electric mobility should be taken into consideration for all its evident and objective environmental advantages, for the elimination of noises and vibrations, favouring in general an environment enabling a better quality of life for people in cities.

The automotive industry needs to quickly offer modern components in order to meet the growing market demand for electrification in all the different areas of the ecological transition.

Reinova is ready to best serve its customers with appropriate solutions for a more rapid research, development and production of new components necessary for electric mobility.

How fast will the electrification of European mobility be?

How fast will the electrification of European mobility be?

The data on car registrations in Europe give an indication of the effective remarkable speed at which the market is changing, abandoning traditional diesel, gas and petrol engines and shifting towards electrified and electric cars.

9,908,370 automobiles were registered in the EU in the first 9 months of 2019, while only 7,526,613 were registered in 2021. In the first 9 months of 2020, the dramatic year of Covid, 7,058,090 cars were registered. After 2 years, the European market lost one sale out of four in only 9 months; as many as 2,381,757 car registrations, or around 24%, were lost, meaning that on average, 265 thousand European citizens per month refrained from buying a new car compared to 2019.

The market data, therefore, seems to show a strong change already in progress, with the technological transition also clearly evident; modern electric and electrified technology is maturing commercially and is becoming increasingly desired by buyers, opening up the prospect of a further acceleration. Today, European citizens are wary of buying diesel and petrol cars which will rapidly become obsolete before completing their useful life, no longer being able to freely circulate in the city due to legislative restrictions, effectively losing their residual commercial value.

2022 will be the first year in which Euro 5 diesel cars will be banned from circulation in a number of Italian regions during designated emergency days as a result of excessive air pollution. Euro 5 diesel cars were sold from 1 September 2011 to 1 September 2015, when the specifications of the Euro 6 standard became mandatory. Euro 5 diesel cars, which will be banned from circulating in many Italian cities, have engines which until a few months ago were considered as modern and “ecological”, with low emissions of polluting gases.

In Norway, a pioneering electrification nation, sales of endothermic cars will cease already in 2022, that is, decidedly in advance of government programmes. In Europe the ecological transition of the market demand could be similarly rapid, giving rise to a situation similar to that of Norway: an automobile market moving much more quickly than what is anticipated or imposed by regulations.

Until today, registrations of electric vehicles have also been curbed by the meagre product offer, both as a choice and due to the low availability of supplies, making hybrid cars a preferred choice. Although sectorial studies show that the various hybrid solutions are the most expensive, also in terms of total use and possession (Total Cost of Ownership), it remains an intermediate choice, a choice “of convenience”, prompted by recharging worries and the consolidated habits of drivers, but also, in effect, by the insufficient availability of recharging services in certain geographical areas in Europe. A big push in the sales of the various hybrid models has come from their availability and ready delivery compared to their electrical BEV competitors, which are still suffering from low or non-existent stocks caused by the erroneous forecasts of the car manufacturers.  

The car industry must react appropriately to the new demands of the European market, which is proving to be ready for the ecological transition.  Reinova is ready to quickly support the validation and production and development of new components and solutions, also software, intended for the electric and hybrid Power train which is increasingly requested by the market.

The importance of software: Reinova is ready and able to assist its customers

The importance of software: Reinova is ready and able to assist its customers

Today traditional vehicle manufacturers more than ever need to satisfy the needs of the people that will use their vehicles for mobility and serve them in the most effective way possible. Being focused only on the product is, in fact, no longer a winning strategy.Why is Tesla enjoying so much commercial and industrial success as a great innovator? Elon Musk, the famous and eccentric CEO of Tesla, has recently announced that his company will produce “Robo-Taxis” by the end of 2021. Elon Musk has gone beyond the standard definition of “sector” when classifying the field in which a company operates.

When Tesla was listed on the stock exchange almost 10 years ago, it was considered a carmaker. The characteristic feature of Tesla in the auto industry was that of only producing high-range electric vehicles. Tesla’s initial challenge was that up to that time electric cars had been objectively ugly and with poor performances; they were inferior to traditional cars with an endothermic engine.As Tesla gradually established itself and developed its recharging network for the cars it made, it was also classified as a public services operator that needed to develop powerful batteries and a recharging infrastructure to support the growing number of its electric cars in circulation. Did Tesla enter the energy business because if was one of its objectives or did it do so because it’s a service that supports the growth of electric mobility? Neither of the above has been shown to be true. Tesla did what it did because it’s a “software company”.

It’s difficult to imagine that a carmaker like Tesla could compete with companies that don’t produce automobiles, like Uber and Lyft; it becomes easier to understand the similarities considering that they have to deliver the same value to customers: an economic, reliable and safe mode of transport. Just like Uber and Lyft, Tesla operates in the mobility business.

When seeking to develop a business, it’s necessary to think, broaden your points of view and opinions, go beyond the barriers of traditional industrial sectors. It’s important to consider first the problems of customers and then work backwards on how to resolve them. Software is already shaping the future of the automotive industry, from design and production management and to the complete management of vehicle operation and, in the future, as far as also managing autonomous driving.

Reinova offers modern services to its customers and partners for the continuous improvement of their products and services, also through the development of appropriate software, with an open and multi-sectorial approach in seeking solutions to be developed and delivered to satisfy the requirements of customers of every level.

Are electric vehicles safe?

Are electric vehicles safe?

An electric vehicle is not less safe than traditional endothermic ones; the most serious risk is the thermal runaway of the battery pack; during research and development, therefore, it’s necessary to design and develop safety systems that make it increasingly difficult to arrive at the point of “Thermal Runaway”. On electric vehicles, all the components need to work in harmony thanks to an increasingly sophisticated management system involving advanced thermal and software checks that predict every criticality in advance.   

Safety, whether passive or active, has become increasingly important in the last few years in the choice of a car.  Safety is a technical characteristic increasingly considered with attention by users, regardless of the type of motorization, endothermic or electric.

Those most critical of electric mobility often repeat that the batteries are highly inflammable and assisted by high voltage power supply systems, therefore giving grounds for serious concern. In actual fact, electric cars are at least as safe as endothermic ones thanks to the implementation of a serious of technical measures that aim at protecting the occupants, any rescuers, and other road users nearby.

What happens to an electric car in the event of an accident?

All automobiles made and sold today have to meet the same rigid design standards according to the Euro NCAP procedures, including electric and electrified cars. Today’s vehicles have robust bodies and areas designed for safe deformation. Where necessary, numerous airbags are provided that further protect the driver and passengers of the vehicle.

There is always the risk of fire, however, regardless of whether the vehicle is petrol, gas, diesel or electric.

In the event of a serious collision, a phenomenon known as “thermal runaway”, that is, a short-circuit between the cells of the battery, could occur; the inflammable electrolyte inside a damaged battery could heat up until reaching a critical temperature. The thermal runaway could trigger a chain reaction in which the materials of the battery components decompose.

Thermal runaway is an extremely improbable event, particularly in today’s electric vehicles, thanks to the presence of new containment systems that avoid the creation of any short-circuits.

The power supply at 400 or 800 Volt is a further point of common discussion: in the event of an accident, the integrated sensors on the electric car automatically interrupt the high-tension cables. In the latest cars, there’s also a small airbag that detaches the battery, further facilitating the disconnection of the power supply systems.

Recharging while it rains?

It should be pointed out that specific connectors have been developed for recharging that prevent any infiltration of rainwater, humidity or dirt. The recharging of electric vehicles can be carried out in complete safety irrespective of the worst possible weather conditions.  

One of the Reinova’s main objectives is to reduce to a minimum the risks of automobile devices and systems thanks, also, to extremely sophisticated testing and validation machines that simulate in a short time the entire duration of the components or complete assembly.

Reinova develops the best possible systems together with its clients, including dedicated software for making electric vehicles and their integrated parts ever safer.

How much do electric vehicles really cost?

How much do electric vehicles really cost?

Travelling in silence with zero emissions is more economical than doing so burning fossil fuels, thanks also to reduced costs of maintenance, road tax and insurance for an electric car. It is by now well-established that the TCO*, the total cost of use and possession of electric vehicles is less than for similar vehicles with traditional combustion engine. Here we present an in-depth analysis of comparative total costs.  

Spreading the costs over four years of use, with a mileage of around 30,000 km per year, the average fuel-driven car in the D1 segment costs € 946 per month in Italy, while the average completely electric car costs only € 814 per month. A hybrid car is on average the most costly at € 1,040 per month. On average, running a diesel-driven car costs €871, and a petrol-driven one €950. A diesel car in segment D1 costs, on average, € 684 more in Italy per year than a completely electric one.

The country where electric cars cost less is Germany, at only € 592 per month. Greece is still the least costly country for those driving diesel vehicles. Electric cars are already the most competitive throughout Western Europe, while in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, thanks to the low prices of fossil fuels, petrol or diesel-powered cars still remain more competitive. 

Companies attentive also to costs, and not only to environmental impact, should begin to convert their fleets, increasingly using more electric vehicles. The high cost of hybrid cars, among the most requested by the European market, is very surprising.

A historical milestone was reached in September 2021 for electric cars but also for the entire market: the Tesla Model 3 was the most sold car in absolute terms, with 24,600 models registered in only 30 days. The Renault Clio and the Dacia Sandero are positioned in second and third place, albeit with much lower prices compared to the Tesla M3, which has an average price of around € 50,000.

Now that many companies and citizens are opting to buy electric vehicles, also because they are less costly, it is necessary to invest in sufficient recharging stations in order to achieve the targets aiming for zero emissions.

Reinova is a company that offers comprehensive consultancy services, thanks to innovative processes and methods; it is specialised in the training of people and services for electric mobility, and for developing, together with clients, projects supporting the energy transition of companies.

GLOSSARY

TCO* – Total Cost of Ownership is the total cost of the vehicle calculated with scientific and objective methods.

Electric vehicles: some examples of fake news

Electric vehicles: some examples of fake news

They cost too much? False.

Today the purchase price of an electric car is apparently high and is a barrier for many people. The main parameter to consider, however is the TCO, the Total Cost of Ownership, that is, the total cost of possessing and using this type of vehicle. According to studies of Milan Polytechnic, which compare similar vehicles with an annual mileage of 11,000 km for a period of 10 years, the costs have evened out after a year. The lower costs for the acquisition of energy compared to fuel, maintenance and management costs (free road tax for the first 5 years for electric vehicles) need to be taken into consideration. In 10 years, the savings can reach €12,000. Current purchase incentives have not been included in these calculations, and would further increase the savings of those who drive an electric car.

Electric cars pollute more? False.

They are ideal for use in the city because they don’t produce emissions which are dangerous to health, they are not noisy and climate-altering on the road and are one of the solutions for improving the quality of life, contrasting air pollution. With regards the quantity of emissions in a complete cycle, that is, the emission that are produced also by the generation of electricity and the production of the entire vehicle, including the batteries, with the method that analyses the complete life cycle, LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), in Italy, it is estimated that an electric car has carbon dioxide emissions which are always lower than those of similar diesel, petrol or gas-powered vehicles, also thanks to the very high efficiency of both the electric motors and the electricity production and transport cycle. Around 40% of the electricity consumed in Italy is produced from renewable, geothermic, hydroelectric, photovoltaic and wind-power sources.

There are not enough recharging stations in Italy? False.

It is possible to make a journey with an electric vehicle with current technology in Italy, with an average autonomy of around 300 km, without draining the batteries. There are around 20,000 public recharging stations in Italy. Compared to the normal use of a fuel-powered car, it is important to remember that overnight charging is very useful, or during long stops, in order to begin long journeys with completely charged batteries; a 16A socket (the one used for a washing machine) is sufficient. Alternatively, the new ultrarapid recharging stations, combined with the new technology of 850V batteries, can recharge in only 5 minutes for an autonomy of around 100 km, which make it possible to drive an electric car with similar planning as that of a journey with a diesel or petrol-powered car. An important solution will be the widespread distribution of recharging stations in the motorway network, inside normal service stations.

Electric cars are “unexciting”? False.

Right from the start, anyone who tries an electric car recognises its great ease and intuitiveness of use, and its silence; in driving it in the mountains, but also in the city, however, the electric car is a great pleasure to drive, both thanks to its very high dynamism, without noise and vibrations, and comfort. In absolute terms, moreover, electric cars can also be very sporty, having decidedly better acceleration and recovery performances also compared to superior category models with a more powerful internal combustion engine, precisely thanks to the dynamism generated by the driving torque of electric motors, 100% available right from the outset, equal to the total power available. Thanks to the regenerative engine brake, an electric car also permits a unique driving experience with the use of only the accelerator pedal, which makes driving particularly pleasant and comfortable in the city, besides being very ecological, as electricity for recharging the batteries is generated during all decelerations and braking.

Reinova and Social Self Driving sign an agreement for the development of an innovative new Self-Driving and Semi-Self-Driving system

Reinova and Social Self Driving sign an agreement for the development of an innovative new Self-Driving and Semi-Self-Driving system

Reinova, the new hub of excellence dedicated to the development and validation of electric and hybrid powertrain components, and Social Self Driving (www.socialselfdriving.com), an Italian startup established by the engineer Luigi Mazzola, who has revolutionised the concept of driving semi-autonomous and autonomous cars, have entered into a partnership for the development of a system destined to make profound changes to the sector.

Autonomous and semi-autonomous driving are the future, as indicated by numerous, authoritative market studies that forecast, in the years to come, a worldwide spread of these vehicles, also powered by electricity. The partnership between the two companies is a sign that confirms the Motor Valley’s front-line role with regard to projects linked to the electrification of the automotive sector.  

The aim of this joint project by Reinova and Social Self Driving is to develop an advanced technological system able to record the driver’s driving style and replicate it on self-driving and semi-self-driving cars. In this way, driverless vehicles will be able to run with a different style every time, selected by the user, thus replicating both the emotional and the dynamic aspect of the driving experience.

This highly ambitious project derives from the idea of leaving the pleasure of driving intact for the aficionado, running against the grain of popular opinion that self-driving and semi-self-driving “de-personalises” the vehicle. In particular, users will be able to set up a profile corresponding to their own and share it with other users through a cloud platform. All this will be possible because Social Self Driving will be able to learn the driving style of an individual and reproduce it accurately.

Thanks to their respective skills, Reinova and Social Self Driving have begun implementing this innovative autonomous and semi-autonomous driving system, defining the main hardware and software architectures necessary for the success of the project, which will be completed, validated and tested in the coming months before its official presentation.

Regarding this collaboration with Social Self Driving, the engineer Giuseppe Esposito Corcione, Chief Executive Officer of Reinova, commented: This is a project with extraordinary potential, and when the opportunity arose to take part in it, I did not hesitate to offer Reinova’s contribution to Luigi Mazzola, for whom I have the greatest admiration for the successes he has obtained during his career. Autonomous and semi-autonomous driving is an area set to register enormous growth over the coming years, and Social Self Driving, together with Reinova, will really be able to make the difference, carving out a significant slice of the market for themselves. In addition, this partnership is another indication of the central role played by the Motor Valley in this mobility revolution, and its ability to attract talent and cutting-edge projects.”

Engineer Luigi Mazzola is convinced that this synergy will lead to the realisation of the Social Self Driving project, and he commented: “I am very pleased to have reached an agreement with my friend and fellow engineer Giuseppe Corcione, a person of great expertise who is carrying out innovative activities in the world of technology. We are embarking on a thrilling journey, in which our mutual esteem will ensure that the revolutionary idea of Social Self Driving becomes a reality”.

The high volatility of energy costs

The high volatility of energy costs

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned that the transition to clean energy is still too slow for what’s necessary to limit climate change catastrophes. There’s the risk of high volatility of fuel prices and consequently of electricity caused by the lack of investments in renewable energy sources.

The uncertainty of government commitments to invest in renewable energy is creating the conditions for an extremely volatile period regarding fuel prices and consequently inflation, from an increase in the prices of all goods that depend on petroleum, its derivatives and gas for their production and for their transport.

Despite the progress made, current government commitments relating to policies for limiting climate change arrive at less than 20% of the roadmap for zero emissions by 2050. The target should be for current technologies, supported by adequate political choices, to fill this gap by 2030. It should be underlined that it is estimated that over 40% of the actions that limit climate changes are also economically viable, and therefore represent a valid economic investment.

The IEC expects at least three things from COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, organised by the United Kingdom and Italy:

  • 1. that the number of countries committed to climate issues increases, for the target of 20% to become much higher and achieved in a shorter time period;
  • 2. given that it is estimated that 90% of the future growth of emissions of CO2 is attributable to emerging countries, during COP26 it will be necessary to reach agreements to finance the necessary investments supporting renewable energy, precisely in those countries which it is feared will be protagonists in the growth of emissions;
  • 3. the political leaders of the large economies, EU, USA, China and India must commit to a clear message: “if the consumption of resources in the old sectors of “dirty”, non-renewable energy continues, there is the risk of heavy financial losses caused by uncertainty”.

The World Energy Outlook underlines the need for more investments in renewable, clean energy. The current strong turbulence in the financial markets is for the most part generated by a solid post-pandemic recovery which is not clearly sustainable, that is, without adequate investments in renewable energy. It appears, moreover, that in government recovery and resilience plans (similar to Italy’s Recovery and Resilience Plan), insufficient actions have been considered to support renewable energy sources.

The rich and developed countries must lead in the promotion of centres of excellence in the research and development of cutting-edge technologies which are aimed at electrification, as well as mobility, energy efficiency and sustainability in order to limit pollution and climate change.

Reinova and TEC Eurolab together for the new electrification revolution

Reinova and TEC Eurolab together for the new electrification revolution

Reinova (www.reinova.tech), the new centre of excellence dedicated to the development and validation of components for the electric and hybrid  Powertrain, has today formalised an agreement with TEC Eurolab (www.tec-eurolab.com), the centre of excellence for laboratory testing, which has been working on national and international projects for over than thirty years, providing high level technical expertise and technological solutions relating to destructive and non-destructive testing, accompanying customers in the design and validation of materials that meet specific operating needs.

The partnership between the two Emilian companies aims to take the Motor Valley into the world of electrification, becoming a key European centre for the new mobility revolution.

Thanks to their respective expertise, Reinova and TEC Eurolab will support customers in the transition to electric through the use of innovative processes and methods. The companies have set up a collaboration as strategic partners to guarantee an integrated offer, to respond to the demand for innovation in the automotive sector and to facilitate this change with improved quality standards and security.   

TEC Eurolab has worked with some of the biggest names in the automobile industry, including leading Italian companies in the racing world, obtaining, moreover, recognition as the approved supplier of important operators in the aerospace sector, including  GE Aviation, Leonardo Spa, Avio Spa, the Boeing Company and Avio Aero.

Engineer Giuseppe Corcione, Chief Executive Officer of Reinova, with regards to the choice of choosing to collaborate with TEC Eurolab declares: The main reason for which we have decided to initiate this cooperation lies in the scope of the mobility programme that we have sought to carry forward in recent months, that is, the creation of a network of businesses that can contribute to increasing know-how and skills in the territory in the electrification field. The idea was to have access to one of the most innovative technologies that TEC Eurolab offers in the territory – that is, computerized industrial tomography – implementing this technology while exploiting Reinova’s experience: in other words, to bring TEC Eurolab closer to the world of batteries and components and to integrate different areas of expertise with the objective of generating added value in the market in terms of security and reliability. TEC Eurolab’s experience in this field, in fact, combined with our experience in the Powertrain sector can be, precisely, an added value to offer to the market.”

Engineer Marco Moscatti, Chief Executive Officer of TEC Eurolab: TEC Eurolab has always pursued technological evolution and contributes to the development and control of new materials, production processes and technologies. The opportunity and challenge of electrification, towards a new sustainable mobility, must be taken up as an industrial district, bringing together the expertise of each company. We have found an innovative partner in Reinova, with vertical expertise on the electric powertrain, and we are enthusiastic to launch this collaboration contributing both our material analysis skills and specific technologies unique on the market, such as 6 MeV LINAC tomography for non-destructive 3D control of complex assemblies like lithium batteries.”