Posts By: Charles Morris

Littelfuse introduces new resettable PPTC devices for automotive applications

Circuit protection specialist Littelfuse has introduced three series of PolySwitch AEC-Q200 qualified resettable Polymeric Positive Temperature Coefficient (PPTC) devices. These surface-mount devices are designed for robust overcurrent protection in harsh automotive environments. Unlike fuses, resettable PPTCs do not require replacement after a fault event – they allow a circuit to return to its normal operating… Read more »

Con Edison offers rewards for smart EV charging

EV owners in New York City and Westchester County can earn gift card rewards by participating in a new Con Edison program. The utility has partnered with charging specialist FleetCarma to offer a program called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at off-peak times. The program is open to… Read more »

Taiwanese startup debuts road-legal electric supercar

The EV revolution is helping to spread the automotive industry all around the globe. XING Mobility is a Taipei-based startup that develops EVs technology through racing. The company, which includes some ex-Tesla engineers, released an electric race car prototype in 2015, and has since developed several EV products aimed at the commercial vehicle market. The… Read more »

Using enzymes to inhibit battery aging

Biologists have long considered the excited oxygen molecule singlet oxygen to be the main cause of aging in cells. To counter this, nature uses an enzyme to eliminate superoxide as a free radical. Superoxide also occurs in cell respiration for energy production. Stefan Freunberger of the Graz University of Technology in Austria has found parallels… Read more »

Consumer group predicts plug-in sales will double in 2017

A new analysis of manufacturer sales predictions from the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA) predicts that 2017 plug-in sales will increase by over 100% compared to 2016. The Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt are expected to lead the pack, with the Volt close behind. “With batteries becoming more efficient, an increasing variety of… Read more »

Tritium names first UK distributor for its Veefil fast chargers

Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium is expanding into the UK market, and has signed up the first UK distributor for its Veefil line of fast chargers: Electric World Enterprises (EwE). Tritium’s Veefil fast chargers support both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo standards.  All are liquid-cooled, and feature a stylish, high-visibility design. “The UK is an ideal EV… Read more »

Dukosi’s BMS stores data at the cell level

Battery management specialist Dukosi and electronics provider Swindon Silicon Systems have partnered to bring Dukosi’s semiconductor chip-based battery management solution to market. The companies expect the new product to be available in the second half of 2018. Dukosi has developed a unique approach to battery management that acquires and stores discrete data directly at the… Read more »

London Taxi opens plant to build plug-in taxis

The London Taxi Company (LTC) has opened a new plant to produce what it says is the world’s first purpose-built, mass-market plug-in taxi. LTC, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely, has invested £300 million ($374 million) in the next-generation London taxi, which will be produced at the plant in Ansty, Coventry, and exported around the… Read more »

Atlanta Airport to deploy 102 AeroVironment TurboDock charging stations

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to deploy 102 AeroVironment TurboDock charging stations at its parking facilities. The chargers will be installed at hourly and daily passenger parking lots, as well as an employee lot and a maintenance building. AeroVironment’s TurboDock is designed for commercial applications. It charges at either Level 1 (12 amps/120 volts), or… Read more »