EV powertrain test systems solution brief

Sponsored by NI EV powertrain components and systems are rapidly evolving, and test teams must keep pace. NI offers solutions that you can use across the product development process to accelerate test development and expand test coverage. Learn more about application requirements and solution briefs for signal-level inverter testing, EV...

City of Boulder saves $270 per month from Fermata Energy’s V2X application

Fermata Energy’s mission is to use its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) software and hardware platform to turn EVs into energy-storage assets. The city of Boulder, Colorado has partnered with Fermata Energy on a vehicle-to-building (V2B) pilot that began in December 2020. Fermata says the project has demonstrated how V2B can deliver savings...

Vestaro launches new generation of EV battery packs

Germany-based Vestaro, a joint venture of specialty chemical provider Evonik and Forward Engineering, has launched a new generation of its EV battery packs. The new Pure Performance Battery pack is composed of a composite housing made with sheet molding compound (SMC) technology, a semi-integral modular design and LION Smart’s LIGHT...

The power surge: an EV roundtable (Webinar)

As the electric vehicle industry continues to boom, manufacturers are tasked with navigating a challenging innovation and supply chain landscape. Product developers are moving as quickly as possible to launch new technologies, and supply chains are quickly scaling to meet production demand that is projected to sharply grow through 2025...

Ford and GM test bidirectional charging with PG&E

Some may toss the term “game-changing” around a little too casually, but bidirectional charging, and the V2X applications it enables, truly have the potential to change the automotive game, by transforming vehicles from wasting assets (aka money pits) into sources of revenue. Both GM and Ford have recently announced collaborations...

Textron to acquire electric aircraft pioneer Pipistrel

Textron (NYSE: TXT), home to the Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bell aviation brands, has agreed to purchase Pipistrel, a developer of electric aircraft based in Slovenia and Italy. Textron plans to form a new business segment, Textron eAviation, focused on the development of sustainable aircraft, which will include Pipistrel. Pipistrel founder...

Porsche hopes to make 80% of new vehicle sales electric by 2030

Last year, almost 40% of all new Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe sported plugs. In 2025, the company expects half its global sales to be plug-in vehicles (EVs and PHEVs), Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board said recently. He added that by 2030, more than 80% of the brand’s...

DOE announces $5 million to launch battery workforce initiative

The US Department of Energy (DOE), in coordination with the Department of Labor and the AFL-CIO, has announced the launch of a national workforce development strategy for lithium-ion battery manufacturing. As part of a $5-million investment, DOE will support up to five pilot training programs in energy and automotive communities,...

Toyota and ChargePoint partner to offer home and public charging

In preparation for the launch of its new bZ4X electric SUV later this year, Toyota has announced that it will work with ChargePoint (NYSE: CHPT) to offer customers home and public EV charging solutions. For home charging, bZ4X customers will have the option to purchase a ChargePoint Home Flex Level...

Controlling thermal conditions for DC fast charging reliability (application challenges)

Sponsored by Henkel Market Situation Consumers are embracing EVs as a proactive investment in environmental responsibility and CO2 emission reduction. Though EV sales are on the rise, significant infrastructure hurdles remain.While single-phase charging is readily available, continued EV sales growth and consumer confidence (driven by convenience and reliability) will require broad...

US demand for VW’s ID. Buzz is “through the roof”

The VW van is one of the most beloved vehicles of all time, and the company has been talking about electrifying it for a decade. So, it’s not surprising that the looming launch of the VW ID. Buzz has created beaucoup buzz. The 2023 ID. Buzz is expected to go...

dSPACE launches modular BMS test system

Simulation and validation technology firm dSPACE is launching a modular test system composed of its cell voltage emulation board, SCALEXIO products and ASM Electric Components software. The system is designed to test the battery management systems (BMS) of EVs and power grids. The cell voltage emulation board can simulate a...

Retriev Technologies buys Li-ion recycler Battery Solutions

Lithium battery recycling company Retriev Technologies has purchased battery recycling management firm Battery Solutions. According to Retriev, the acquisition makes the expanded company “the first and only comprehensive battery management solution in North America.” “Our combined assets and talented team enable us to be the only player in the industry...

EVs and smart manufacturing: a metamorphic automotive shift (Whitepaper)

Sponsored by Rockwell Automation Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the major North American vehicle manufacturers had been slowly embracing the move to electric vehicles and had been selective in embracing Industry 4.0/smart manufacturing. The impact of the pandemic on supply chains, as well as consumers’ rapidly shifting expectations around sustainability,...

Jaguar Formula E team uses second-life I-PACE batteries for energy storage

Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with portable-generator specialist Pramac to develop an energy storage unit powered by second-life Jaguar I-Pace batteries. The Off Grid Energy Storage System uses cells from one-and-a-half I-Pace battery packs to provide a mobile source of power in locations where grid electricity may not be available—such...

C-Therm teams up with Rigaku to bring thermal analysis instruments to US

Thermal-conductivity instrumentation company C-Therm Technologies is partnering with analytical and industrial instrumentation firm Rigaku to bring Rigaku’s thermal analysis product line to the US. Rigaku instruments include instruments for Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and Thermogravimetry and Differential Thermal Analysis/Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (TG-DTA/STA). C-Therm provides thermal-conductivity instruments for R&D, production and...