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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

BMW to open facility for demonstrating and analyzing Li-ion cell production

BMW plans to open a Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CCMC) in the fall of 2022 to demonstrate and study lithium-ion cell production. Located in Parsdorf, Germany, the CCMC will develop a pilot line for battery cell production in stages. At the beginning, systems for electrode production will be installed and run, graphite and nickel oxides… Read more »

BASF introduces new color-stable plastic for EVs

BASF has introduced a new PA66 engineering plastic, which is designed for EVs. It’s part of the Ultramid product line. Ultramid A3U44G6 DC OR features high electrical insulation, flame retardancy and color stability. “High-voltage components are usually exposed to significant temperature fluctuations,” said BASF Manager of Product Development Tina Weller. “This repeatedly leads to strong discoloration… Read more »

NIO selects onsemi’s VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-gen EVs

Power and sensor technology company onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) has announced that NIO selected its VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-generation EVs. The SiC VE-Trac Direct is a 900 V power module with integrated single-side direct cooling that incorporates onsemi’s second-generation SiC MOSFET technology. onsemi says “An integrated pin fin baseplate enables direct… Read more »

Nidec to build EV component plant in China

Japanese motor company Nidec has announced plans to build an EV component plant in the Chinese city of Pinghu. Construction is scheduled to begin in October of 2022. The EV-dedicated plant will have 109,600 square meters (1,180,000 square feet) of production area floor space for producing and assembling gears, inverters and the company’s E-Axle traction… Read more »

Eaton launches new battery disconnect unit for EVs

Eaton has introduced a new battery disconnect unit (BDU) for EVs that acts as an on/off switch to the battery for different EV operating modes such as charging and driving. The BDU can be linked to Eaton’s Breaktor circuit protection technology, which provides current switching and resettable bidirectional short-circuit protection. The company says, “Eaton’s Breaktor… Read more »

Livent to boost ownership of lithium hydroxide development project in Canada

Lithium supplier Livent has announced an agreement to boost its ownership of a lithium hydroxide development project called Nemaska Lithium to 50%. Livent says it expects the site in Quebec, Canada to begin production in 2025. “We believe that Nemaska, as a large and low-cost integrated lithium hydroxide project, will be an important part of… Read more »

Qorvo says its new SiC FET product line has best-in-class figures of merit for on-resistance

Radio frequency technology company Qorvo (formerly UnitedSiC) has announced a new SiC Field Effect Transistor (FET) product line, which it says has best-in-class figures of merit for on-resistance. The FET is designed for the 800 V bus architectures in the onboard chargers of EVs as well as industrial battery chargers, industrial power supplies, DC/DC solar… Read more »

New research looks at the economics of aluminum for EVs

Research commissioned and funded by The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group has studied the content and economics of aluminum in EVs. In a White Paper, authors from FEV Consulting, Novelis and Constellium found that current BEVs have a higher aluminum content than comparable ICE vehicles and that aluminum content rises as EV size and performance… Read more »

Eaton introduces new line of DC-DC converters for commercial vehicles

Eaton has introduced a new line of DC-DC converters designed for the electrical systems of commercial vehicles. “DC-DC converters are an essential part of our eMobility product portfolio and are used in a variety of vehicle applications,” said Director of Technology Development for Eaton’s eMobility business Ben Karrer. “Many commercial vehicle manufacturers are transitioning to… Read more »

Continental launches new sensor systems for EV battery protection

Parts supplier Continental will offer two new sensor systems for protecting EV batteries. The Current Sensor Module (CSM) is designed to protect batteries from over-currents by monitoring current and temperature. The ASIL D-compliant module also assists in calculating range by monitoring the current consumed and aids in finding mechanical malfunctions. The company says, “To support… Read more »