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Rockwell Automation opens EV innovation centre in Silicon Valley

US-based industrial technology company, Rockwell Automation, has opened the ‘Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Center’ in San Jose, California, within its Information Solutions development facility.

The centre will reportedly provide live manufacturing demonstrations, hands-on trials utilising new technology and events showcasing collaboration with industry experts and Rockwell Automation partners.

The EV Innovation Center, according to Rockwell Automation, is set to provide automotive start-ups and established manufacturers an environment to learn new technologies and standards, enabling the delivery of electric vehicles to market faster, with less risk and at lower cost.

“With growing global consumer demand, electric vehicle companies are challenged to meet aggressive production timelines,” said Rockwell Automation Vice President – Automotive and Tire Industries, John Kacsur.

“We established the Electric Vehicle Innovation Center to expand their possibilities and get their products to consumers quickly and at the lowest possible cost, while operating more efficiently.

“It’s an immersive experience that helps customers develop and realise The Connected Enterprise — our vision for smart manufacturing that enables customers to leverage data and achieve positive business outcomes.

“With over 4,000 successfully designed, installed and commissioned automotive manufacturing projects, Rockwell Automation knows how to help EV manufacturers get to market faster and better manage enterprise risks,” he said.

Kacsur noted that the EV Center supports digitalisation efforts not only for auto and tyre customers but for customers in all industries.

Rockwell Automation expects that 54 per cent of new vehicle sales will be EVs, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Batteries currently represent a third of the cost of an EV. As battery costs continue to fall, demand for EVs is expected to rise, with up to 40 million new EV batteries needed annually to power new vehicles.

In April, the Australian Logistics Council said that EV policy would present opportunities for the freight sector.

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