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Posts By: Dyllan Furness

Sono Motors logs 10,000 preorders for Sion solar EV

Over a year before the vehicle’s production is scheduled to begin, German startup Sono Motors says it has received 10,000 preorders for its Sion SEV (solar electric vehicle). Most of the reservations have been made by private individuals, around 87 percent of them from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Sion features a liquid-cooled 35 kWh… Read more »

Elaphe begins production of new in-wheel hub motor

In-wheel electric motor manufacturer Elaphe Propulsion Technologies will begin low-volume production of the L1500, a new gearless in-wheel powertrain system, in the fourth quarter of 2019. The system features high torque, low weight, and a compact packaging fitted around standard knuckles and friction braking systems. The L1500 generates 1.500 Nm of torque and 110 kW… Read more »

Gore’s new battery pack evacuation vent combines a flexible membrane and waterproof design

Gore launched its new Low Pressure Evacuation Vent at a recent battery show. The company says the vent will help reduce the volume, weight, and cost of next-generation battery packs for EVs and hybrids. The vent combines a flexible membrane and waterproof design, which Gore said has benefits that include: A low opening pressure Management… Read more »

Cree to invest $1 billion to expand silicon carbide capacity

LED and semiconductor manufacturer Cree will invest up to $1 billion to expand its silicon carbide materials capability and wafer fabrication capacity. Slated for completion in 2024, the expansion will entail the development of an automated 200 mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials factory in Durham, North Carolina. The plan includes the buildout… Read more »

Dow’s new conductive adhesive provides electromagnetic shielding

Dow’s new DOWSIL EC-6601 Electrically Conductive Adhesive is a silicone adhesive that’s designed for electromagnetic compatibility. It combines shielding against electromagnetic interference across a range of frequencies with durable mechanical and conductive properties over time. Dow showcased the new adhesive at a recent battery expo, along with the company’s EA-4700 CV Adhesive, which bonds metals… Read more »

Meritor to acquire AxleTech for $175 million

Automobile component manufacturer Meritor will acquire drivetrain company AxleTech for $175 million in an effort to expand its off-highway, defense, and aftermarket segments. AxelTech’s offerings include a line of independent suspensions, axles, braking solutions, and drivetrain components. The company recently launched a new line of electric powertrain systems for off-highway applications. Jay Craig, Meritor’s CEO… Read more »

XING Mobility launches new modularized EV battery pack

Electric battery and powertrain technology company XING Mobility has launched a new EV battery pack. The Immersion Cooled Modular Battery Pack System is modularized and fully integrated, according to the company. Equipped with stackable micro-modules, the system can be configured into distinct sizes and shapes, including triangular, T-shaped, and U-shaped packs. To manage thermal challenges,… Read more »

Xtalic develops new nanostructured alloys for EV applications

Nanostructure specialist Xtalic has created new nanostructured metal alloys and coatings for EV applications, including: • Extending the life of charging connectors • Producing stable components for high-temperature environments • Lightweighting • Improving corrosion resistance Equipped with Xtalic’s nanostructured allows, XTRONIC and LUNA, charging connectors achieve more than 10,000 charge cycles in real-world conditions, according… Read more »

BYD launches next-generation electric yard truck

Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD has launched a new generation of its 8Y-battery electric yard trucks. The company’s first delivery will include 14 second-generation electric yard trucks to two facilities operated by BNSF Railway in Southern California, where a demonstration project began with six of BYD’s first-generation electric yard trucks in 2018. The demonstration project is… Read more »

EVgo charging stations to provide 100% renewable energy

Charging network operator EVgo has contracted with its energy suppliers to provide 100 percent renewable energy. The company is purchasing Green-e certified wind and solar energy across the US. Last year, EVgo powered more than 75 million electric miles, according to the company, boasting 88 percent growth from 2017. Light-duty EV fleets and ride-share drivers… Read more »