Freudenberg’s new quick-release valves for EV batteries

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has introduced a new generation of DIAvent valves, which allow reaction gases to escape from damaged lithium-ion batteries. The valves also maintain the continuous pressure compensation required for normal battery operation.  If a battery gets damaged, liquid electrolytes can escape into the battery housing as hot gases....

Omni introduces parallel-shaft EV gearboxes

Omni Powertrain has introduced a new series of parallel-shaft gearboxes that address cost, performance and packaging needs for off-highway applications, including turf equipment, mobile elevating work platforms, material handling and general construction equipment.  The new gearboxes provide continuous torque output from 200 Nm to 3,000 Nm and reduction ratios from...

Proterra and Komatsu collaborate to develop all-electric construction equipment

Commercial EV manufacturer Proterra has announced a partnership with construction equipment builder Komatsu to develop a battery-electric middle-class hydraulic excavator. The collaboration represents Proterra’s entry into the off-road vehicle market, and the company’s first Proterra Powered construction equipment. Komatsu will use Proterra’s battery systems to develop a proof-of-concept electric excavator...

Extreme E off-road racer inspired by GMC Hummer EV

GMC has announced a multiyear sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing for the team’s venture in the inaugural season of the Extreme E off-road racing series. CGR’s 550-horsepower electric SUV was inspired by the GMC Hummer EV. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV, which is expected to go into production this fall,...

Setting a new standard for battery leak testing

Defective cells can shorten battery life, decrease range, and lead to safety issues. A leaky cell housing, one common failure mode for Li-ion batteries, can allow ambient humidity to come in contact with the electrolyte, triggering an exothermic (heat-releasing) chemical reaction.  Currently, the common practice in the battery manufacturing industry...

Global plug-in vehicle sales surpassed 3.2 million in 2020

2020 may have been a bummer of a year by most measures, but it was a banner year for plug-in vehicles. Global sales of EVs and PHEVs reached 3.24 million (as reported by EV-Volumes), compared to 2.26 million in 2019. That’s an increase of some 43%, which is all the...

Battery test simulation tech helps OEM overcome fast-charge challenge

D2H Advanced Technologies has delivered a project that solves a known charging issue with a production EV. The company deployed its battery simulation and correlation capability to enhance battery thermal management in a fast-charge scenario, accelerating the development process to reduce excess noise from high pumping power and help the...

Moscow manufacturer introduces electric bus powertrain

Moscow-based NPP ITELMA, a developer and manufacturer of vehicle electronics, has introduced a full powertrain system for electric buses. The system will make it possible to convert any modern bus to electric drive, the company said. The company says its system can reduce EV energy consumption by 25% and increase...

Versinetic launches Charging Blox modular EVSE solution

Versinetic has introduced a new suite of EV charging solutions for the UK and EU markets. The suite includes product and service modules that allow manufacturers to build custom EV charging solutions to meet their own specifications: MantaRay Smart Charge Point Communications Controller manages charging stations and all aspects of...

Octillion Power Systems to supply batteries for Lightning and ABC electric buses

Tier 1 battery supplier Octillion Power Systems will provide battery packs for electric motorcoaches and city transit buses offered by ABC Companies and Lightning eMotors. Lightning will provide its electric powertrains, including Octillion’s batteries, to convert popular models including Van Hool T2145e highline touring coaches and TD double-deck coaches. The...

KAUST team assesses deployment of dynamic wireless charging in cities

By applying statistical geometry to analyze urban road networks, KAUST researchers have advanced their understanding of how dynamic wireless charging systems might influence driver behavior and city planning in a future dominated by EVs. The study, published in the IEEE Open Journal on Vehicular Technology, used tools from stochastic geometry...

Volta Charging raises $125 million in Series D financing

San Francisco-based charging network operator Volta Charging has raised $125 million in a Series D financing round. The new funding brings the company’s total equity financing to over $200 million. Volta will use the new capital to increase its investment in product, engineering and network infrastructure, and to begin its...

TE Connectivity’s new HC-STAK high-voltage interconnection system

Sponsored by TE Connectivity Since the advent of electric mobility, there has been a need for compact, robust, and reliable high-performance connection interfaces to transfer power in the most efficient manner from the charger through the battery pack to the inverter and drive motors. However, the transmission of this critical...

Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

Most automakers may have rejected hydrogen as an energy storage medium for passenger vehicles (Toyota is the notable exception), but the technology may yet find applications for industrial processes, and in other forms of transportation such as aviation and shipping. Some envision the lightest element as a medium to store...

BNSF Railway and Wabtec begin battery-electric locomotive pilot in California

BNSF Railway and Wabtec, a provider of equipment, systems and services for freight and transit rail, have collaborated to develop a battery-electric locomotive. Now they have begun testing the technology in revenue service between Barstow and Stockton, California. The battery-powered locomotive will be situated in a consist [a sequence of...

Volkswagen brand triples deliveries of pure EVs in 2020

EV sales soared in Europe in 2020, and at least two legacy automakers, Daimler and Volkswagen, appear on track to meet the EU’s stringent emissions targets for the year. For the Volkswagen brand (part of the larger Volkswagen Group, which also includes Audi and Porsche), 2020 was “a turning point...

Hong Kong researchers propose novel cathode design for Li-S batteries

A team led by Professor Zhao Tianshou of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has proposed a novel cathode design concept for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Li-S batteries are regarded as attractive alternatives to Li-ion batteries. They are known for their high energy density, while their major component, sulfur,...

AAM and Inovance to collaborate on integrated EV drivetrains 

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) and Suzhou Inovance Automotive have announced a technology development agreement that will accelerate the development and delivery of scalable, next-generation 3-in-1 electric drive systems, which integrate an inverter, electric motor and gearbox. The companies will focus on enhancing the power density, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of...