Posts By: Charles Morris

Ricardo’s new model-based BMS enables next-generation cell chemistries

UK engineering firm Ricardo has developed a new Battery Management System (BMS) that uses model-based control methods to optimize the performance of both existing and next-generation cell chemistries. According to Ricardo, the more affordable and lighter-weight cell chemistries of the future are likely to require a more intensive level of model-based management and control than… Read more »

Musk tells governors half of new vehicles will be electric within 10 years

Elon Musk had a number of interesting things to say at the recent meeting of the National Governors Association – the video (Musk’s portion, that is) is worth watching in full. By now, most folks understand that vehicles are going electric. The big question is, how quickly will it happen? Musk told the governors that… Read more »

DOE awarding $19 million to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects

The DOE is awarding $19.4 million to 22 new cost-shared research projects in the fields of advanced batteries, lightweight materials, emission control, and energy-efficient mobility systems. Fifteen of these are Phase 1 Battery Seedling projects, aimed at battery materials and approaches that complement the Battery500 Consortium’s research. Promising Phase 1 awardees will be competitively weeded… Read more »

BMW i Ventures announces strategic investment in GaN Systems

BMW i Ventures has announced a strategic investment in semiconductor maker GaN Systems. GaN Systems focusses on power transistors based on Gallium nitride (GaN), a wide band gap semiconductor material that promises higher energy efficiency, smaller form factors and higher performance. “GaN Systems’ power transistors have created new possibilities for engineers to build the power… Read more »

An Airbnb for charging stations?

California owners of charging stations enabled with eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet smart-grid charging technology will soon have the capability to rent out charging time on their stations, using a peer-to-peer (P2P) network powered by MotionWerk’s Share&Charge platform. The Share&Charge mobile app connects EV drivers with available residential and commercial EV charging stations and facilitates blockchain-based payments from… Read more »

Tesla names two new “independent” members to board of directors

Tesla has added two new directors to its board. Linda Johnson Rice is the Chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Media Holdings. She has extensive experience serving on corporate boards across a wide variety of industries, including Bausch & Lomb, Quaker Oats, Dial and Kimberly-Clark. The other new director… Read more »

Electric GT Championship brings a modified Model S to the racetrack

Fans of electric racing have long wished for a chance to see what Tesla’s Model S can do on the track. In a few short months, they will get that chance, when the Electric GT (EGT) Championship kicks off with a double-header at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on November 25-26. The inaugural season is… Read more »