Spanish city of Zaragoza orders 68 Irizar electric buses

The Spanish city of Zaragoza aspires to be a climate-neutral city, and its City Council recently took the decision that all new urban buses would be electric.  The city currently has 4 zero-emissions buses and 111 hybrids, out of a fleet of about 470 vehicles. As Sustainable Bus reports, transit...

i-charging completes CE certification for blueberry charger

Hardware and software solution provider i-charging has announced that its blueberry line of fast chargers has completed CE certification. This certification, which affirms a product’s conformity with European health, safety and environmental protection standards, is mandatory in many countries, so the third-party tests that i-charging has now completed were essential...

HPQ Silicon: a project for the development of silicon-based anode materials

HPQ Silicon has announced that HPQ, PyroGenesis Canada and the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Centre (ETM) of the Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) have set up a research project focused on the development of silicon-based materials as active anodes for lithium-ion batteries.  HPQ and PyroGenesis will be responsible for the...

HORIBA introduces new solutions for EV development and testing

HORIBA, a provider of analytical and measurement systems, has introduced a range of solutions for the different stages of EV development and evaluation, such as material characterization and component, system and full vehicle testing. Solutions are available for the full range of vehicle types, from light- to heavy-duty vehicles to...

Dow Silicones Help Optimize Reliability and Accuracy of ADAS Sensors

Sponsored by DOW Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to increase vehicle safety and support autonomous driving by acting as extra sets of eyes. These sophisticated electronics help drivers spot obstacles and risks, maneuver and park more easily, take action to avoid or mitigate a collision, and perform many...

bp invests $7 million in EV charging firm IoTecha

bp ventures has invested $7 million in smart charging specialist IoTecha, leading a $13.2-million investment round. This investment is aligned with bp’s stated aim to provide over 70,000 public EV charging points worldwide by 2030. IoTecha will use the new investment to scale its operations through bp’s electrification network. Shaun...

In-Charge Energy announces new fleet-specific EV charging hardware

In-Charge Energy, a provider of turnkey commercial fleet EV infrastructure solutions, has announced its latest hardware offerings for fleet EV charging. “A well-designed charging infrastructure can optimize an entire fleet, reducing the total cost of ownership for fleet managers while increasing reliability,” said Paul Glenney, Executive Director of Customer Success....

AMADA WELD TECH introduces modular resistance welder compacting unit

AMADA WELD TECH has introduced a redesigned wire compacting unit for its line of modular resistance welders that are used for battery power cabling in EVs. Built for stranded wires, the modular compacting unit is designed to provide precise, fast, and reproducible adjustment after electrode exchange.  This new product replaces...

Versatility of thick film materials on display with heating applications in EV automotive market

Sponsored by Heraeus Electronics Thick film technology is well established in the automotive industry for high reliability circuitry, challenging sensor applications, and robust passive component needs.  With the evolution of electric vehicle (EV) and battery management systems (BMS), the needs for thick film materials are expanding once again.  Electronic content...

Greenlots, ChargePoint, EV Connect and FLO expand roaming cooperation

Patrons of public charging have long complained of the inconvenience of using different charging networks. Who needs a pocketful of RFID cards and a clutter of smartphone apps and passwords? Charging providers have heard the complaints, and have been working to establish an inclusive roaming system analogous to those used...

Hexagon adopts Fugaku supercomputer for aircraft and EV simulations

Hexagon has adopted the Fugaku supercomputer to run complex CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations. The company’s Manufacturing Intelligence division is using the supercomputer to explore the performance of next-generation aircraft and EVs.  Hexagon says its Cradle CFD customers will have the opportunity to tap into the ARM-based Fugaku computer architecture...

Novonix expands anode materials business

Novonix has announced its plan for the next phase of growth for Novonix Anode Materials in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Novonix is under contract to purchase a building formerly owned by Alstom, which it plans to retrofit. The 400,000-square-foot plant, the company’s second facility in Chattanooga, will accommodate a planned 8,000-ton-per-year production...

ITECH Electronics introduces a next-gen regenerative grid simulator

ITECH Electronics has introduced the IT7900 regenerative grid simulator, a programmable grid simulator and 4-quadrant AC source.  The IT7900, which is designed to test grid-tied inverters, includes a built-in RLC anti-islanding load, a grid simulator and a power meter in one unit. Users can configure parameters such as RLC, active...

London bus operator orders 195 electric buses from Alexander Dennis and BYD

Five years ago, Alexander Dennis (ADL), a subsidiary of global bus manufacturer NFI Group, formed a partnership with BYD UK to build electric buses, using BYD’s battery-electric driveline technology and ADL’s British-built, customizable bodies. There are now over 400 BYD ADL electric buses operating in London alone, and another 300...

SK becomes third-largest shareholder of battery company SES

SK has invested an additional $35.9 million in SES (formerly SolidEnergy Systems), a developer of lithium-metal batteries. Coupled with its original $26.7 million investment in 2018, SK now becomes the third-largest shareholder of the battery company. SES, which launched in 2012 as an MIT research lab startup, is headquartered in...

UK firms partner to optimize battery technology using carbon nanotubes

Johnson Matthey (JM) has teamed up with CPI and Thomas Swan to explore how to best optimize battery technology. The ICE-Batt project, which receives funding support from the Faraday Battery Challenge, will investigate how carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) can improve battery performance. Ultimately this could lead to...

Brookhaven researchers discover new approach to stabilizing high-nickel cathodes

High-nickel-content cathodes have captured the imagination of scientists, as they could enable much higher energy density. However, the high nickel content causes these cathode materials to degrade more quickly, creating cracks and stability issues as the battery cycles. A team of researchers at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory investigated the...

Unifrax announces first manufacturing line for its silicon fiber anode material

Unifrax, a manufacturer of specialty materials, has announced plans to build its first large-scale SiFAB (silicon fiber anode material) manufacturing line at its north-central Indiana facility. SiFAB is a proprietary silicon anode battery technology designed to enable greater energy density in lithium-ion batteries. The company also expects SiFAB to provide...

Ford acquires fleet charging specialist Electriphi

Charging management for commercial fleets is one of the hottest topics in the EV world today. So, as Ford stakes out a position in the commercial EV market with its new Ford Pro business unit, it’s only logical that it is seeking to deepen its infrastructure expertise by acquiring Electriphi,...

FTEX introduces a GaN-based motor controller for light EVs

FTEX, a maker of motor controllers for small EVs, has introduced the GaNRunner, the company’s first programmable motor controller featuring gallium nitride (GaN) technology.  Built to control brushless DC motors, the GaNRunner works with standard electric motor architectures and includes standard HIGO connectors. It’s available in 750 W (GNRR-750) and...

GM and Ford dealers warily prepare for the EV transition

As the world’s automakers prepare for an electric future, what do the world’s auto dealers have to say about what’s going on? As regular readers of Charged know, dealers have long been considered a major roadblock for EV adoption. (Advocacy group Plug in America, believing that the problem is one...

Smart welding battery packs

Sponsored by Hesse Mechatronics Benefits of Smart Welding There are many types of welding used for the interconnection of battery packs. Laser, resistance, spot, etc. are just a few of the common types. Smart Welding was developed by Hesse Mechatronics to offer an alternative option. Smart Welding is “wire bonding without the...

Bipartisan infrastructure proposal includes a new federal tax on EVs

EV experts have waxed ecstatic about President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which would include up to $174 billion in funding to boost EV adoption. However, given the political situation in the US Senate, it’s becoming apparent that this proposal is unlikely to become law. Now the talk in Washington is...