Innovative approaches to electrified propulsion system development

Sponsored by AVL There are many ways to develop an e-drive system, or a vehicle with an e-drive system as the source of propulsion. Traditional development methods, while effective for some applications, also present some major challenges—especially when it comes to scalability. Technical and non-technical issues challenge developers and manufacturers...

NXP introduces new series of microcontrollers for EV control applications

NXP Semiconductors has introduced its S32K39 series of automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) for EV control applications. The company says these MCUs include networking, security and functional safety capabilities beyond those of traditional automotive MCUs.  The S32K39 MCUs are designed for the intelligent and high-precision control of traction inverters that convert the...

SK On signs 5-year lithium hydroxide supply deal with SQM

Battery manufacturer SK On has signed a lithium hydroxide supply deal with Chile’s SQM. The terms of the agreement will enable SK On to purchase up to 57,000 tons of lithium hydroxide over the course of five years starting in 2023—enough to produce batteries for approximately 1.2 million EVs. Obtaining...

Geely to license its EV platform to ElectroMobility Poland

Chinese automaker Geely has signed an agreement to license its Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) EV platform to ElectroMobility Poland (EMP), an EV manufacturer backed by the Polish government.  EMP says it plans to use Geely’s SEA to develop several models for its Izera brand, starting with a compact SUV. It...

Volvo Cars divests its holding in Aurobay to Geely Holding

Volvo Cars will divest its 33% stake in engine supplier Aurobay to Geely Holding, in order to put itself in a position to achieve a fully electric lineup of vehicles by 2030. Aurobay was formed as a stand-alone business in 2021 when Volvo Cars’ subsidiary Powertrain Engineering Sweden, was carved...

Rheinmetall introduces modular curb chargers

When all or most cars are EVs, cities will need massive numbers of on-street chargers, and innovative designs will be required to minimize intrusion into already-cluttered public spaces. Düsseldorf-based technology group Rheinmetall presented a novel curb charging system at a recent e-mobility conference in Germany. The new charger integrates charging...

Fluorinated boosters: Enhancements for dielectric fluids in EV batteries

In the near future, the number of electric vehicles on roads across the globe will increase dramatically.  This growth is being driven by new regulations, increased public demand for greener transportation and, ultimately, the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  In fact, according to the UN Climate Change Conference, the...

Li-ion battery pack prices rise for first time, to $151/kWh

Lithium-ion battery prices have been dropping for so long that industry players and pundits tend to factor ever-cheaper cells into their predictions, and many have made (dubious) comparisons to Moore’s Law, one of the core tenets of the computer industry. Now, thanks to rising raw material and battery component prices,...

The benefits of 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...

Volta Trucks and Cake to develop electric last-mile delivery service

Commercial EV manufacturer Volta Trucks is planning to collaborate with Cake, a Swedish maker of lightweight electric motorcycles, to create a zero-emission last-mile delivery service that uses a combination of electric trucks and electric motorcycles. The first trial is planned for the first quarter of 2023 in Paris, with deliveries...

Cavotec implements Megawatt Charging System for industrial EVs

Cavotec has implemented the Megawatt Charging System (MCS), a DC charging standard that provides up to 3 MW of power from a single connector. MCS, which was officially launched in October at the Bauma construction machinery trade fair, was designed for use with heavy-duty vehicles in a variety of sectors,...

Fraunhofer ILT and 6K Additive partner to create a life-cycle assessment for additive manufacturing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and 6K Additive, the developer of a proprietary microwave plasma production system, have partnered to create a complete life-cycle assessment (LCA) for additive manufacturing. The study will use 6K Additive’s Ni718 powder for an industrial component manufactured on Fraunhofer ILT’s laser powder bed...

Monarch Tractor secures $3-million grant to demonstrate V2X tech for electric farm equipment

Monarch Tractor and its partners in the Farm Electrification Consortium, which also includes Gridtractor, Rhombus Energy Solutions, Current Ways and Polaris Energy Services, have received a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the electrification of agricultural equipment and the development of battery capability in farm equipment to...

Improving speed to market: Navigating EV assembly challenges

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution gains more momentum every day, driving change to automotive manufacturing in unprecedented ways. With rapidly growing demand comes the need to rapidly scale assembly operations — and that can create significant challenges.  Vehicle manufacturers constantly seek new, more productive automation technologies to boost their quality...

Maersk opens EV battery warehouse in Czech Republic

Maersk has opened a 14,000-square-foot warehouse for EV batteries in Teplice, Czech Republic, which will provide battery repacking, charging and in-depth quality controls, as well as other value-adding services. Batteries will be delivered by train from the ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Koper and Rijeka, and can be distributed from...

LG Chem to build major cathode plant in Tennessee

LG Chem has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a new cathode manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. Manufacturing plants for batteries and other EV components are popping up all over the country these days, and the announcements invariably mention President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which offers incentives for companies...

CharIN responds to Tesla’s release of its charging standard

Tesla’s recent announcement that it will make its charging connector design available to colleagues and competitors has been getting mixed reviews. Some pundits poo-pooed Tesla’s announcement—one commenter wrote, “This is not the way standards are developed.”   However, we saw it as a step in the direction of a more...

EVBox launches new Troniq Modular Compact fast charger

EVBox introduced its Troniq Modular DC fast charging platform in the European market last year. Now the company has launched the EVBox Troniq Modular Compact, a more compact (2.03 m high) solution designed for sites such as underground parking garages or city center locations, where station footprint or height might...

ev.energy’s new Pando is a cloud-based EV charging management platform

British EV software specialist ev.energy has launched a new cloud-based EV charging tool for business. Pando is designed to enable charger manufacturers, distributors and installers to be fully compliant with UK Smart Charging Regulations. It provides load management, compliance testing and charger sharing as standard features. Following months of testing with...

Rimac Nevera takes title of world’s fastest production EV

Croatia is not exactly known as a center of the auto industry, but Rimac Automobili (which Charged has been covering since 2013) has achieved some impressive things. In 2021, the Rimac Nevera (which is named for an unexpected Mediterranean summer storm) did a quarter-mile in 8.582 seconds to set a...