CoolMag Thermo Conductive: A new disruptive solution for thermal management in power electronics

Sponsored by Coolmag CoolMag TC is a young customer-centric organization that offers passive solutions in thermal management for EV Power Electronics. Manufacturing resins and thermoplastic compounds that offer the following advantages: Thermally conductive materialsElectric isolationMechanical protectionFlame and fire protection (retardant and extinction) Top applications for CoolMag Thermo Conductive are power...

Nissan and Wallbox offer one-stop home charging solution

Nissan is working with EVSE provider Wallbox (NYSE:WBX) to offer Nissan EV owners “a seamless one-stop shop solution for their home charging needs.” Nissan EV owners in the US can now purchase Wallbox’s Pulsar Plus Level 2 home charger and schedule installation through the NissanUSA.com web site, and receive a...

CATL subsidiary launches modular battery swapping system

Does battery swapping have a future? One of China’s largest battery suppliers thinks so. Contemporary Amperex Energy Service (CAES), a subsidiary of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), has rolled out a modular battery swap solution called EVOGO, which is comprised of battery blocks, fast battery swap stations and an app. Designed...

Ford to assemble next-gen EVs at plant in Valencia, Spain

Ford has chosen its plant in Valencia, Spain, as the site where it will assemble vehicles based on a next-generation EV platform. The company says production could begin “later this decade.” Ford is also moving forward with a $2-billion conversion of its Cologne Electrification Centre in Germany, which is scheduled...

Toyota and Redwood Materials collaborate on closed-loop battery ecosystem

Toyota may be a latecomer to the electrification game, but the company is gradually assembling the components of a circular EV supply chain. Now it has partnered with Redwood Materials, the battery recycling concern headed by JB Straubel, to “explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery...

Schneider Electric acquires EV Connect

Charging solution provider EV Connect has been acquired by energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric. Along with the current management team, CEO and founder Jordan Ramer will continue to lead EV Connect’s operations as a distinct subsidiary. EV Connect was established in 2010, and currently serves customers across 41...

Hyundai and Michelin to develop next-gen tires for EVs

Hyundai and Michelin have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop next-generation tires optimized for EVs. The agreement is a follow-up to a five-year partnership the companies formed in 2017 to jointly develop an exclusive tire for Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 and to carry out experiments related to tires. Over the...

BASF introduces new color-stable plastic for EVs

BASF has introduced a new PA66 engineering plastic, which is designed for EVs. It’s part of the Ultramid product line. Ultramid A3U44G6 DC OR features high electrical insulation, flame retardancy and color stability. “High-voltage components are usually exposed to significant temperature fluctuations,” said BASF Manager of Product Development Tina Weller. “This...

UK home charging company EVIOS secures £5.8 million investment

EVIOS, a British provider of residential charging, has secured significant new external investment within weeks of launching. The company has now raised some £5.8 million. EVIOS is the brainchild of David Martell, founder and former CEO of Chargemaster, which was sold to bp for £132 million in 2018. Of the...

Nidec to build EV component plant in China

Japanese motor company Nidec has announced plans to build an EV component plant in the Chinese city of Pinghu. Construction is scheduled to begin in October of 2022. The EV-dedicated plant will have 109,600 square meters (1,180,000 square feet) of production area floor space for producing and assembling gears, inverters...

Easelink tests automated taxi stand charging in Austria

One of the provisions of Austria’s Energy and Climate Plan calls for all taxis to be emission-free by 2025, and this is driving innovation. Authorities in the cities of Vienna and Graz have found that the best option is to provide charging infrastructure directly at taxi stands. This allows every...

NIO selects onsemi’s VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-gen EVs

Power and sensor technology company onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) has announced that NIO selected its VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-generation EVs. The SiC VE-Trac Direct is a 900 V power module with integrated single-side direct cooling that incorporates onsemi’s second-generation SiC MOSFET technology. onsemi says “An integrated...

Learn more about EV architecture design

Sponsored by TTI Electric Vehicle Architecture Design The pace of acceleration in the electric vehicle market has taken consumers and manufacturers alike by surprise. That is largely due to innovative companies and pioneers who have worked relentlessly to mitigate many if not all of the current consumer concerns evolving electric...

Eaton launches new battery disconnect unit for EVs

Eaton has introduced a new battery disconnect unit (BDU) for EVs that acts as an on/off switch to the battery for different EV operating modes such as charging and driving. The BDU can be linked to Eaton’s Breaktor circuit protection technology, which provides current switching and resettable bidirectional short-circuit protection....

Five technical challenges for battery pack end-of-line test stations

Sponsored by Chroma The emerging growth of the EV market has created significant challenges to battery manufacturers on how they test and validate the functionality of battery modules and packs effectively and efficiently, especially during high voltage tests. It is also critical while manufacturing to adhere to associated test standards...

The KATEK Group’s ghostONE white-label wallbox charger

The KATEK Group, a European electronics company, has introduced a new white-label wallbox charging station. The ghostONE is a 22 kW Level 2 charger that companies can customize with their own brand identities. “With ghostONE, KATEK’s subsidiary eSystems is targeting the European market for wallboxes in the residential and semi-public...

Volta’s Charging for All initiative aims to deliver affordable access to EV charging

Volta Charging has launched a new initiative called Charging for All, a multimillion-dollar commitment over the next few years to advance the Biden Administration’s EV infrastructure goals, specifically delivering affordable, equitable access to EV charging.  Volta’s Charging for All initiative encompasses three key efforts: PredictEV, Volta’s infrastructure planning software, will...

Amsterdam orders 84 next-generation VDL Citea electric buses

Amsterdam public transport agency GVB will expand its electric fleet with the purchase of 84 new-generation VDL Citeas from VDL Bus & Coach. The agency will begin deploying the new electric buses in 2023. VDL will deliver 30 articulated VDL Citeas of type LF-181 and 54 VDL Citeas LF-122. VDL...

New research looks at the economics of aluminum for EVs

Research commissioned and funded by The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group has studied the content and economics of aluminum in EVs. In a White Paper, authors from FEV Consulting, Novelis and Constellium found that current BEVs have a higher aluminum content than comparable ICE vehicles and that aluminum content rises...

Continental launches new sensor systems for EV battery protection

Parts supplier Continental will offer two new sensor systems for protecting EV batteries. The Current Sensor Module (CSM) is designed to protect batteries from over-currents by monitoring current and temperature. The ASIL D-compliant module also assists in calculating range by monitoring the current consumed and aids in finding mechanical malfunctions....

Eaton introduces new line of DC-DC converters for commercial vehicles

Eaton has introduced a new line of DC-DC converters designed for the electrical systems of commercial vehicles. “DC-DC converters are an essential part of our eMobility product portfolio and are used in a variety of vehicle applications,” said Director of Technology Development for Eaton’s eMobility business Ben Karrer. “Many commercial...