6 traits of non-spill connectors for liquid cooling applications

Sponsored by CPC Whether thermal management liquid cooling loops are located at the EV charging station inverters, cable, or in association with the onboard infotainment systems or battery packs, these systems all need non-spill fluid connectors for serviceability and/or ease of use or manufacture. This tech guide outlines features of...

Tritium opens fast charger factory in Tennessee

Charger manufacturer Tritium (Nasdaq: DCFC) has opened its first US-based charger manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Tennessee. The facility is expected to create over 500 jobs over the next five years. Tritium’s Tennessee facility will initially produce the company’s RTM fast charger, and is expected to start producing the PKM150 early...

KACO’s second-gen structured mechanical seals for internal rotor cooling

Sealing technology firm KACO has introduced the second generation of its structured mechanical seals for internal rotor cooling. “Following the successful market launch of the first generation of mechanical seals for internal rotor cooling, KACO has significantly improved these systems by consistently optimizing the microstructures in terms of occurring power...

Fleet operator Ferguson partners with Holman and Electrada for electrification-as-a-service pilot

Ferguson, a North American distributor of plumbing and HVAC supplies, plans to conduct a fleet electrification pilot in partnership with Holman, a global automotive services organization, and Electrada, an electric fuel solutions company. The project will deliver a turnkey fleet management and electrification solution. In the first phase, Ferguson will...

Kenworth pursues both BEVs and FCEVs

For heavy-duty truck manufacturer Kenworth, adoption of zero-emission trucks is seen as inevitable—the shift is being driven by both regulatory requirements and economic benefits. Speaking at a recent press event, Kenworth executives outlined the company’s electrification strategy, which includes investigating both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. As Fleet Owner...

Axial-flux motor firm Magnax closes $20-million funding round

Magnax has closed a €20-million ($19.97 million) funding round. The company says it plans to use the funds “to accelerate product development, grow the engineering team and expand support for customers and partners.” Magnax has patented a single-stator, dual-rotor axial-flux motor that directly cools the windings. According to the company,...

DOE makes loan to Syrah Technologies to expand active anode material processing facility

The DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) closed a $102.1-million loan to Syrah Technologies to increase the production capacity of an active anode material processing facility. The Syrah Vidalia facility in Louisiana produces graphite-based active anode material. According to the DOE, the facility is “the only vertically integrated, large-scale AAM manufacturer...

Ford cuts 3,000 jobs, citing shift to EVs

Many have predicted that the shift to EVs will lead to job losses in the automotive industries, as EVs are simpler to assemble than legacy vehicles. The latest news from Ford appears to bear out this inconvenient truth—the automaker has announced that it will cut a total of 3,000 salaried...

Duke Energy tests EV batteries as grid resource in Florida lab

Florida utility Duke Energy is testing the V2G features of the new Ford F-150 Lightning at the company’s Energy Wise Lab in St Petersburg, Florida (the home of Charged). The R&D pilot will evaluate the viability of the Lightning’s high-capacity batteries and two-way charging capability as a way to power...

EvoCharge’s new concealed pedestals for EV charging stations

EvoCharge, a provider of EVSE and cable management solutions, has launched a new addition to its family of accessories for charging station mounting and cable management. The EvoCharge Concealed Pedestal can be used for mounting EV chargers in public spaces, parking areas and other locations. A concealed raceway keeps wiring...

WAFIOS’s bending machine produces the complex geometries of busbars

Wire and tube-working machine manufacturer WAFIOS is offering a bending machine for producing the complex geometries of profiled parts and busbars. “The intention was to establish a more economic and more flexible production method for busbars on the market,” says the company. The BMF 60 is CNC-controlled, and is capable...

Global Emerging Markets to invest $450 million in EnergyX for lithium production

Lithium and battery technology startup Energy Exploration Technologies (EnergyX) has announced investment of $450 million from investment firm Global Emerging Markets. The proceeds will be used to further the company’s commercialization efforts. EnergyX offers a proprietary Lithium Ion Transport and Separation (LiTAS) technology that uses membranes, membrane modules and electrodialysis...

Mercedes-Benz Trucks charging park allows customers to test charging solutions

Mercedes-Benz Trucks, along with project partner Netze BW, has opened a charging park for customers in Wörth am Rhein, Germany. At the eTruck Charging Park, electric truck customers can test charging stations and charging concepts from various manufacturers, and work with on-site experts from Mercedes-Benz to develop tailor-made charging solutions....

SEMIKRON merging with Danfoss Silicon Power

Power electronics manufacturer SEMIKRON is merging with Danfoss Silicon Power. “The newly formed Semikron Danfoss joint business will be owned by the current owner-families of SEMIKRON and the Danfoss Group, [and Danfoss will be] the majority owner,” says Semikron Danfoss. “Semikron Danfoss will invest significantly in innovation, technology, and capacity...

Electronics assembly challenges and solutions for the evolving e-mobility landscape

Sponsored by Indium Corporation The e-Mobility Landscape Multiple new EV-only automakers have emerged in recent years—due in part to lower cost of entry, climate change, and environmental government policies—creating a demand to launch new competitive EVs that didn’t exist within the legacy original equipment manufacturer (OEM) marketplace. In this rapidly...

SK On secures $2 billion in investment for Hungary battery plant

SK On, a battery company and subsidiary of SK innovation, has secured $2 billion in investment resources from export credit agencies, which it plans to devote to an under-construction battery plant in Iváncsa, Hungary. “Euler Hermes and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation will provide insurance worth $800 million and $700 million...

Switch Mobility unveils electric double-decker bus for Indian market

Electric bus and commercial vehicle builder Switch Mobility has unveiled a new electric double-decker, air-conditioned bus designed, developed and manufactured in India specifically for the Indian market. Switch says its EiV 22 is equipped with “the latest technology, ultra-modern design, highest safety and best-in-class comfort features.” It can carry 65...

The road to a 10-minute recharge (Webinar)

This webinar, brought to you by TE Connectivity, is focused on the technical considerations for efficient and reliable EV charging. With vehicle electrification on the rise, there is a strong demand to safely deliver more charging power in less time. This brings technical challenges, like more heat and component stress...

Dodge to retire gas-powered Challenger and Charger

What will be the “EV tipping point” that marks the beginning of the end of the Oil Age? Of course, there won’t be any one dramatic tipping point, but rather a long series of milestones, and some of the most visible of these will be the end of production of...

Researchers find less than 1% volume expansion in pouch cells with E-magy’s silicon-dominant anodes

Researchers from the German research institute ZSW and the Dutch battery company E-magy have studied cell expansion in lithium-ion pouch cells with silicon-dominant anodes. The research assessed volume expansion in cells with NMC cathodes and E-magy’s nano-porous silicon anodes through 100 cycles. “E-magy has developed a nano-porous silicon which absorbs...

Schuler Group acquires battery testing equipment maker Bitrode

Battery testing equipment manufacturer Bitrode Corporation has been acquired by metalforming firm the Schuler Group. Schuler says the purchase of the St Louis company and its Italian parent company Sovema Group will provide the capabilities needed to equip gigafactories for the mass production of lithium-ion batteries. Schuler offers customer-specific technology...