GM to deploy 40,000 Ultium-branded Level 2 chargers at community locations

A pair of related announcements from GM indicate that, as the company moves steadily forward with electrification, it understands the critical importance of charging infrastructure. Ultium Chargers GM will introduce its own line of residential and commercial chargers under the Ultium brand. The new family of Ultium Chargers, which GM...

Panasonic reveals its version of the new Tesla 4680 battery cell

Tesla showed off its new 4680 cell—a tabless battery cell with a new chemistry that promises to boost efficiency and reduce costs—at 2020’s Battery Day event. Since then, several of the automaker’s battery suppliers have reportedly been working on production versions of the 4680 cell. Now Panasonic has unveiled its...

Canadian fleet operator orders 1,000 Lion Electric school buses

The Lion Electric Company has received a conditional purchase order for 1,000 all-electric LionC school buses from fleet operator Student Transportation of Canada (a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America). The purchase order is conditioned on STC receiving a grant from Infrastructure Canada’s Zero-Emission Transit Fund. Through the ZETF program,...

Dürr to supply Cellforce with specialized electrode coating process

The Dürr Group will supply German battery manufacturer Cellforce Group, a joint venture between Porsche and battery company Customcells, with electrode coating for high-performance battery cells. Dürr says its process for coating electrodes is unique, because the two sides are not coated one after the other, but simultaneously. This accelerates...

Marposs’s LT400 system performs high-voltage tests with partial discharge measurements

Marposs’s new LT400 test system is designed to perform partial discharge measurements on coils, motors and generators. With the LT400, companies can perform standard high-voltage tests with partial discharge measurements, allowing the discovery of defects not detectable with the standard tests. The LT400 integrates numerous tests, including EN60270 High-Voltage Tests,...

This company is earning money with second-life Nissan LEAF batteries

Second-life EV batteries are being used in pilots around the world to demonstrate their suitability for a wide variety of stationary storage applications. California company B2U Storage Solutions is using repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries in a commercial operation. The company has been bidding into the California power market for over...

Brazilian airline orders 250 eVTOL aircraft

Three major players in the Brazilian air transport industry have announced a partnership to commercialize what they call “an eVTOL ride-sharing platform.” Aircraft leasing company Avolon, Brazilian airline Gol and transport operator Grupo Comporte will collaborate to launch an eVTOL ride-sharing service. As part of the agreement, Gol and Grupo...

Pickering Interfaces launches simulator for BMS validation

Signal switching and simulation company Pickering Interfaces has launched a new family of battery simulator modules for EV battery stack emulation in battery management system test applications. The 41-752A (PXI) and 43-752A (PXIe) modules enable direct voltage and current readback either through programming or using Pickering’s soft panel control. Accuracy...

Buffalo, New York to order up to 150 New Flyer electric buses

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority of Buffalo, New York (NFTA-Metro) has issued a five-year contract to NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America, which includes a firm order for 10 Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty electric transit buses, along with an option to purchase up to 140 more. NFTA-Metro provides bus and rail...

How to improve the EV charging landscape

Sponsored by TTI One key to empowering the all-electric society is through e-mobility. By 2040, studies suggest an estimated 65 percent of new car sales will be electric and 33 percent of the global car fleet will be electric. When it comes to charging stations, the components and output vary...

EVgo to provide a range of infrastructure solutions to Merchants Fleet

Fleet management company Merchants Fleet and charging network operator EVgo have announced a partnership under which EVgo will provide a full range of infrastructure solutions to Merchants Fleet clients. The partnership will enable Merchants Fleet clients to use a combination of depot charging, dedicated charging networks and EVgo’s public network,...

GaN Systems and EPowerlab partner on new DC/DC converter

GaN Systems and engineering services firm EPowerlabs have partnered to develop a high-density DC/DC power converter (DDC48-1K) for a wide range of 48 V mobility applications for consumer, industrial and automotive customers. The companies say the new GaN converter is smaller and lighter than standard converters.  The converter’s input range...

Stellantis shifts production to EVs amid semiconductor shortage

It’s said that a crisis tends to accelerate changes that were already on the way, and we’re hoping that’s the case when it comes to the global semiconductor shortage. Stellantis, the multinational conglomerate made up of no less than 14 American, Italian and French auto brands, is now prioritizing the...

Amprius partners with US Army to develop silicon anode batteries for unmanned aircraft

Amprius Technologies has been awarded a contract with the US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office. The 18-month rapid prototyping contract includes the design, development, and validation of high-energy-density silicon anode lithium-ion batteries to be used in unmanned aircraft system applications. Amprius offers a silicon anode battery with high...

GM teases electric Chevy Equinox and Blazer

GM has promised to launch 30 new EV models by 2025, and the automaker teased a couple of these at the recent From Automaker to Platform Innovator event for investors. GM President Mark Reuss said that Chevrolet will launch an electrified version of the Equinox. “The Chevrolet crossover you see...

Infineon half-bridge power module can reach 50 kW and 230 A

Infineon has released the EasyPACK 2B EDT2, a flexible and scalable half-bridge power module. The 750 V device can reach a maximum power of up to 50 kW and current of 230 A rms. The module is optimized for inverter applications in hybrid and electric vehicles. The main feature of...

Today’s EV engineering webinar schedule: Thursday, October 21

Charged is hosting a virtual conference on EV engineering that’s free to attend this week. The conference includes live webinar sessions with interactive Q&As and on-demand webinars. View the daily session schedule online here. All of the live sessions will be recorded and available to view after the broadcasts. You...

Britishvolt plans to build a 60 GWh battery cell factory in Quebec

Britishvolt, a UK-based manufacturing firm that also has a strong presence in Canada, will soon be building battery cells in Quebec to serve the North American EV industry. Electric Autonomy Canada reports that Britishvolt is close to finalizing plans to build a 60 GWh battery cell factory, an R&D center,...