SI Newswire Press Releases Latest Press Releases from SI Newswire Industry Veteran Joins EV Charger Pioneer <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> Norwalk, Connecticut, August 4, 2019 – Randy Etman, a pioneer in the electric vehicle infrastructure business, has joined Juice Bar EV as head of its Southeastern sales division, according to a company announcement. Juice Bar EV (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>) is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of EV charging stations and a pioneer in the space as it enters its second decade of production.</p><p>Etman joins the company after six years at SemaConnect where he served as Territory Sales Manager as well as a National Sales Manager for electric vehicle charger sales. Prior to entering the EV industry, Etman spent many years with international companies including IKON and Danwood America (now Apogee), providing printing and networking solutions for commercial offices.</p><p>In his new role, Etman will run sales and service from Texas to Florida and north to the Carolinas. He will report to another SemaConnect veteran, Don MacNeil who joined Juice Bar EV in August as Chief National Sales Officer.</p><p>“In a young industry like ours we are honored that Randy chose to join our growing national sales team,” said Paul Vosper, CEO of Oasis Charger Corporation which does business in the United States as Juice Bar EV. “He will help us fulfill our goal to provide the highest standard of customer service to commercial customers throughout the country.”</p><p>Vosper added, “With his 12 years of experience meeting the needs of commercial building owners not to mention a wealth of experience in EV infrastructure needs, Randy can be an advocate for his customers to make sure that we deliver the quality, reliability, and cost-effective solutions that they demand.”</p><p>Juice Bar EV chargers have been installed in commercial properties in 81 cities and towns in the US and Canada. The company’s signature design can be found at real estate managed by Gerald Hines, Tishman Speyer, Brookfield, Cushman Wakefield and JLL; universities including Harvard, MIT and Stamford; hospitals like Mt. Sinai; corporations including Google, American Express and Linkedin; retail venues like Newman’s Own; destinations like the Oakland Coliseum, Golden Gate and other national parks; and dozens of towns and cities around the country.</p><p>“After a decade of evolution,” Etman said, “the EV business has now entered a more mature phase where customers have multiple choices among charger solutions. I joined Juice Bar EV after I learned of its commitment to provide the sturdiest, most reliable and most advance chargers available in the US.”</p><p>Etman recalled that at an industry gathering last year, Juice Bar EV CEO Vosper said, “The question for property owners is no longer whether to install an EV charger but rather how to choose among the options and find the charger that meets their needs.”</p><p>“Building owners with inactive chargers taking up space in their garages and parking lots have learned that you can’t compromise on quality and customer service,” Etman said.</p><p>Etman will be based in Kissimmee, Florida with periodic trips to the Juice Bar EV’s laboratory in East Hartford, Connecticut. Juice Bar EV’s parent company Oasis is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.</p><p># # #</p><p>About Oasis Charger Corporation</p><p>Oasis Charger Corporation was formed in 2018 to acquire the assets of Garage Juice Bar LLC, a pioneer in the EV charging business founded in 2009. Oasis continues to market under the Juice Bar EV brand, manufacturing and distributing Level 2 and Level 3 chargers throughout the United States and Canada. Oasis has also introduced the Green Garage Oasis, an amenity center that includes charger, vacuum, tire inflator, and other ancillary products. Oasis products can be purchased or leased. In high traffic areas the company will provide chargers free of charge in exchange for charging revenues. Juice Bar EV products are “Made in USA” and assembled in Massachusetts.</p><p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:</p><p>For further information, call Jeffrey Mayer Chairman (203) 979-8851 or Irene Moser Juice Bar Chief of Staff (203) 939-9124</p><p> </p> Automotive Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:52:22 -0500 Amy Purdy to Pace Daytona 500 In Bold, New Toyota Camry <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc. and Daytona International Speedway today announced that ‘Dancing With the Stars’ finalist and Paralympics bronze medalist Amy Purdy will serve as the official pace car driver for the 2015 Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22.<br /> <br />Purdy, a top-ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., will pace ‘The Great American Race’ in the bold, new Toyota Camry that was redesigned for 2015.<br /> <br />“Another exciting moment in my relationship with Toyota,” said Purdy. “As a race fan, I’m thrilled to be invited to be the Honorary Pace Car driver at the biggest race of the NASCAR season – the Daytona 500. This is another opportunity to try something new and be bold in my own life. I can’t wait to visit my fellow Toyota athletes and step into their world by getting behind the wheel of the Camry pace car.”<br /> <br />Purdy had a typical childhood until losing her legs at the age of 19 as a result of meningitis, which led to an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. The Las Vegas native is a three-time World Cup Para-Snowboard winner, founded the non-profit Adaptive Action Sports organization and appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2014 where she competed in the finals.<br /> <br />Purdy recently appeared in a Toyota television commercial during the 2015 Super Bowl that featured Purdy snowboarding and dancing to a voiceover of Muhammad Ali’s ‘How Great I Am’ speech.<br /> <br />“Amy is a tremendous athlete and she is an amazing ambassador for Toyota,” said Ed Laukes, vice president marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. “It’s great that she’s going to join us in Daytona and serve as the official pace car driver for ‘The Great American Race.’ Amy’s story is very American – one of hard work, determination and overcoming incredible odds – so it made sense to give her the opportunity to pace the Daytona 500 to start our season behind the wheel of the American made Toyota Camry.”<br /> <br />This year’s Daytona 500 will mark the second time the Toyota Camry has paced ‘The Great American Race’ (2012, 2015). Camry drivers have combined for five wins in Daytona – one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and four in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – but Toyota is yet to win the Daytona 500.<br /> <br />In addition to the Camry victories, Toyota Tundra drivers have won eight-straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Daytona dating back to 2007.<br /> <br />Toyota is an official partner of Daytona International Speedway and is working closely with the track and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation, to enhance the fan experience at the famed facility. Toyota became the first founding partner of the track’s ‘Daytona Rising’ redevelopment project when they signed an 11-year agreement for the naming rights to one of the track’s new fan injectors, which will serve as primary entry points into the 2.5-mile speedway.<br /> <br />The Toyota fan injector at Daytona will include over 20,000 square feet of Toyota engagement and fan experience that will vertically span four concourse levels.<br /> <br />Prior to the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, the official Toyota Camry pace car will be on display in the Toyota Pit Pass display area in the vendor midway outside of Daytona International Speedway’s Turn Four.<br /> <br />About Toyota <br />Toyota (NYSE: TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. <br />Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do well. For more information about Toyota, visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> <br /> </p> Automotive Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:45:04 -0500 IHS Automotive Forecasts 20 Percent Growth in Automotive HMI Components <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> (SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN) – A recent IHS Automotive analysis of user interfaces in future automotive infotainment systems finds increased global commonality and complexity. Technologies and features developed by automakers and suppliers have heavily focused on designing interfaces that users can understand quickly and operate efficiently. The Multi-Modal Interface Concept is a major growth driver in building new and innovative HMI (human-machine interface) platforms, according to the analysis by IHS Automotive, part of IHS (NYSE: IHS).</p><p>The concept is simple. All interactions with a device should be fully accessible by all available input technologies and via all available output technologies. This main concept is driving growth for all types of automotive HMI technologies across regions, brands and vehicle segments -- through innovation and attention to usability.</p><p>Because of this, IHS Automotive is forecasting growth across all HMI input and output categories, with the exception of a few technologies that may eventually become obsolete due to a competing replacement (e.g., resistive touch screens vs. capacitive touch screens).</p><p>In the all-new <a target="_blank" href="">IHS Automotive User Interfaces Report – 2014</a>, several automotive HMI technologies are forecasted to have 20 percent or greater compound annual growth rates on global sales. Such technologies include touch screens, touchpads, head-up displays, haptic feedback, proximity sensing and gesture recognition.</p><p>“Most of these technologies have such significant compound annual growth rates for two reasons – first, they are relatively new to the automotive industry,” said Mark Boyadjis, senior analyst and manager, infotainment and HMI at IHS Automotive. “Also, they provide unique and valuable usability characteristics that make driving and operating infotainment systems easier on consumers.”</p><p><strong>Touch technology revived with advent of personal electronics </strong></p><p>Touch screens are different in that they have been around for a longer period of time. In fact, some of the first navigation systems available in cars offered touch screen inputs back in the 1990’s. However, with the amplified growth of touch screen smartphones and tablets, IHS Automotive estimates sales of vehicles with touch screen interfaces will grow from 16.7 million units in 2015 to more than 61 million units in 2021.</p><p>Meanwhile, center stack display systems are forecasted to surpass 54 million unit sales in 2018, according to IHS, while an increasing number of vehicles will have two or more unique displays in their center stack -- for infotainment, HVAC, rear cameras, vehicle diagnostics and more.</p><p><strong>Speech recognition to reach all-time highs</strong></p><p>IHS Automotive has also tracked the future growth of speech recognition, another HMI component that has been around for many years, and anticipates it will continue to grow through the end of the decade. Sales will reach all-time highs, as emerging markets like Brazil, China and Eastern Europe sell more vehicles with supporting local languages. In addition, while overall sales of vehicles with speech recognition grow, an increasing amount of the speech recognition technology in cars will be located in the cloud. IHS Automotive estimates about 50 percent of all vehicles with speech recognition globally also will offer off-board speech recognition in 2021.</p><p>Overall, IHS Automotive anticipates automotive user Interfaces have considerable growth prospects as automakers work to deploy solutions to meet the expectations of their buyers, while keeping them focused on the road at the same time. </p><p>Multi-modal HMI design will continue to influence the growth of individual HMI components, giving an even greater opportunity for OEMs to differentiate their products from the competition. Meanwhile, HMI component suppliers are well positioned to profit from this trend and build on industry momentum.</p><p>###</p><p>About IHS Automotive (<a target="_blank" href=""></a>)<br />IHS Automotive, part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), offers clients the most comprehensive content and deepest expertise and insight on the automotive industry available anywhere in the world today. With last year’s addition of Polk, IHS Automotive now provides expertise and predictive insight across the entire automotive value chain from product inception—across design and production—to the sales and marketing efforts used to maximize potential in the marketplace. No other source provides a more complete picture of the global automotive industry. IHS is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs about 8,800 people in 32 countries around the world. </p> Automotive Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:24:37 -0500 FPX Announces New Industry Specific Solutions <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> MINNEAPOLIS, MN. – October 15, 2014 – FPX, a pioneer of cloud-based sales enablement solutions, today unveiled a quartet of new Industry Solutions as part of its dynamic industry vertical strategy. Each of the four FPX industry-specific solutions incorporate FPX’s integrated suite of Predictive Applications™, which provide industry experts and Value Added Resellers (VARs) an enhanced application platform to build industry specific solutions.</p><p>“FPX has been a top-tier ISV partner of since 2004, bringing the first multi-tenant Configure-Price-Quote® application to market on the Salesforce AppExchange,” said Dave Batt, chief executive officer of FPX. “We continue our track record of innovation with the release of four industry solutions built with FPX’s Predictive Applications. The new FPX Industry Solutions further strengthens FPX’s strategic alliance with by building on their vision to transform how companies among key industries connect with their customers.”</p><p>Stemming from the recent release of FPX’s Version 8.0 product family, an integrated application platform that supports any straight-through business process between CRM and ERP systems, FPX demonstrates its continuous innovation by now serving four specific industry domains, including:<br /></p><p>Health Care Insurance: The first and only application for Payor Organizations using that automates and governs tailored plan construction, quoting, contracting and renewal across all health plans and their associated distribution channels.</p><p>Manufacturing – Auto/Transportation: Transforming existing sales force automation systems into dealer management and supplier management systems.</p><p>Manufacturing – High Tech: Establishing global standards with local relevance for product catalogs, price books and business rule definitions so manufacturers can provide 100% accurate quote-to-order automation for direct and indirect sales channels.</p><p>Manufacturing – Medical & Life Sciences: An FDA-ready application, which establishes global standards with local relevance for product catalogs, price books and business rule definitions so manufacturers can provide 100% accurate quote-to-order automation for sales and provider eCommerce systems.</p><p>About FPX</p><p>FPX is the pioneer and industry leading application vendor for Predictive Applications. FPX Predictive Applications transform any business process that span between CRM systems and ERP systems. FPX Predictive Applications, comprised of Configure-Price-Quote® (CPQ), Contract Management, Order Automation, Renewal/Retention Management and Predictive Analytics, enable companies of any size to better manage and transform complex and sophisticated business processes in The Cloud. FPX is headquartered in Dallas with offices in the greater Minneapolis area, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London and Paris.</p><p>Predictive Applications is a trademark of FPX. Configure-Price-Quote and CPQ OnDemand are registered trademarks of FPX.</p><p>, AppExchange and others are trademarks of, inc. and are used here with permission.</p><p>Contact</p><p>Luke Roth Marketing Communications Manager (952) 215.3442</p> Automotive Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:28:17 -0400 Is it a Car or an iPad? (SI Newswire) <p>El SEGUNDO, Calif., (Oct. 14, 2014) -- Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers.</p><p>However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body. In fact, the company’s unconventional approach extends all the way down to the electronics behind the car’s infotainment and instrumentation systems, according to the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).</p><p>A physical dissection of the Model S reveals that in terms of design, components and manufacturing, these user-oriented subsystems have more in common with a tablet or smartphone than they do with a conventional automobile.</p><p>“The cost structure of the electronics, the use of large displays in the cabin, the touch-screen-based controls, the mobile microchips—everything in this design makes the Tesla experience more like a media tablet or high-end smartphone than a traditional automobile,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director for materials and cost benchmarking at IHS. “It’s like looking at the components from the latest mobile device from an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy product. When it comes to the user-facing segment of the Model S’s electronics, the company has radically departed from business-as-usual in the automotive market.”</p><p><strong>The Tesla teardown</strong></p><p>IHS is in the process of conducting a complete teardown of a Model S, dissecting and analyzing each subsystem, from the air-conditioning controls, to the safety systems, to the powertrain. The initial analysis focuses on the car’s two most electronics-intensive segments: the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit—aka the head unit—which is the main center stack and touch-screen panel.</p><p>The analysis has generated a list of outstanding features and superlative attributes, including:</p><ul><li>A huge 17-inch display and touch screen, which is much larger than the average automotive infotainment interface.</li><li>The use of an NVIDIA Corp. Tegra 3, 1.4-gigahertz quad-core processor, providing computing power in the same league with recent smartphone and tablet designs.</li><li>The most complex automotive head unit design ever seen by the IHS Teardown Analysis Service, with more than 5,000 discrete components—1,000 more than the highest-end infotainment unit previously analyzed.</li><li>A bill of materials (BOM) for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit that is roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS.</li></ul><p><strong>A display of audacity</strong></p><p>The cost structure of the Model S’s premium media control unit closely resembles that of a smartphone or tablet because the display and touch screen are the two most expensive subsystems, the same as for an iPhone or iPad. The high cost is due to the sheer scale and size of the display and touchscreen.</p><p>“The mobile device-like approach to the Model S’s user interface represents a very deliberate choice by Tesla,” Rassweiler said. “The company really wanted to do things differently and employed virtual controls—rather than physical knobs and buttons—to take over the user experience. This approach required a major investment in big displays and touch panels, similar to the approach Apple took when designing the iPhone and iPad.”</p><p>The Model S display is some 10 inches larger than the typical screen sizes seen in many automotive head units. The resolution of the display is 1,920 x 1,200, again exceeding the norm for cars.</p><p>Significantly, the touch screen is made by TPK Holdings, which also was the first touch-screen supplier to Apple for the initial models of the iPhone.</p><p><strong>Designed by Tesla</strong></p><p>In another sign of Tesla’s unconventional approach, the company has conducted its own design and engineering activity for the electronics: multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs) in the Model S’s head unit and instrument cluster bear the Tesla moniker.</p><p>Automakers typically delegate the electronic design of items such as head units to major automotive suppliers, such as Alpine, Harman, Panasonic and others. By conducting its own design in this area, Tesla not only can deliver a highly differentiated solution, but also has much more control over the costs and sourcing of parts.</p><p>Tesla likely turns over its designs to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, which then conducts the assembly of the subsystems. IHS understands that in some cases, Tesla is employing EMS providers to build these electronic assemblies.</p><p>With this model, Tesla once again is behaving more like a smartphone or tablet seller than a normal carmaker. Apple, for example, keeps tight control over its iPad and iPhone designs, while outsourcing the assembly to EMS companies such as Foxconn.</p><p>An example of how Tesla performs its own custom engineering can be found in the Model S’s touch-screen controller. The large size of the touch screen requires additional electronics, when compared with smaller touchscreens. The IHS teardown indicates that Tesla apparently has developed its own touch-controller PCB to manage this task. With smaller smartphone and tablet touchscreens, in many cases the touch control subsystem will be provided as part of a turnkey solution from the touchscreen vendor.</p><p><strong>Module multiplicity</strong></p><p>The Premium Media Control Unit also employs an unusual modular approach that leverages solutions from semiconductor makers and other suppliers.</p><p>These modules include the Visual Computing Module, featuring the company’s powerful Tegra 3 processor; a Sierra Wireless HSPA wireless module, featuring a Qualcomm solution; an audio amplifier module from S1NN; a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module from Parrot.</p><p><strong>Virtual reality</strong></p><p>Virtual instrument clusters replace the traditional array of dials with a liquid-crystal display (LCD), giving automotive designers more options.</p><p>While still uncommon, the Model S is not the first car torn down by IHS that features a virtual instrument cluster. Just before the Model S, the IHS Teardown Analysis Service conducted a teardown of a Cadillac instrument cluster. </p><p>Tesla’s virtual instrument cluster is centered on a 12.3-inch diagonal 1280 x 480-resolution LCD from Japan Display Inc., one of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus suppliers. This is the center/core of the design and—just as in the head unit—it is the single largest cost driver. The Cadillac system has the same display size and resolution display, but from another vendor.</p><p><strong>Computing muscle car</strong></p><p>The virtual instrument cluster features the NVIDIA Visual Computing Module, an unexpected and impressive show of computing power that features a Tegra 2 processor. Considering there is also an NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Premium Media Control Unit, this is a notable array of computing horsepower in a single automobile.</p><p>While some other automakers are using the Tegra 2 in their head units, Tesla is bringing the prodigious chip to bear on the instrument cluster, a less demanding application.</p><p><strong>NVIDIA inside</strong></p><p>NVIDIA controls one of the largest shares of the value of electronic components throughout the Model S. The two Tegra processors within turnkey embedded modules command a sizable price tag. The NVIDIA visual computing module with Tegra 3 processor on board, in particular—the first time IHS has detected this part in a car—represents a high-value portion of the design.</p><p>Attached to this press release is a table listing major component suppliers throughout the entire Tesla S.</p><p><strong>Comprehensive teardown</strong></p><p>Beyond the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit, IHS is conducting a teardown of all major subsystems within the Tesla Model S, including the following:</p><ul><li>Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controller</li><li>Thermal controller</li><li>Park brake controller</li><li>Power lift gate module</li><li>Body control unit</li><li>Sunroof control unit</li><li>Lift gate taillight</li><li>Passive safety restraints controller</li><li>Charger</li><li>High-voltage junction box</li><li>Electric vehicle inlet assembly and trim</li><li>Battery packs</li><li>Battery management PCB</li><li>Motor drive/inverter</li></ul><p>About IHS (</p><p>IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.</p> Automotive Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:26:17 -0400