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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

The high cost of cobalt cathodes and some potential alternatives

According to an article published in Advanced Energy Materials by researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), cobalt is currently the most expensive cathode material used in lithium-ion batteries. The DOE says cobalt accounts for about a quarter of the cost of a typical battery, and was the most expensive cathode material in… Read more »

Benchmark Minerals launches price index for cathode raw materials

Price-reporting and market data company Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has launched an index for tracking the price changes of the raw materials in cathodes. The Lithium-ion Battery Raw Material Price Index displays price changes for blends with both NCM high-nickel and mid-nickel chemistries, and for lithium iron phosphate. It uses IOSCO-accredited lithium, nickel and cobalt prices… Read more »

Toyota bZ4X to use new eAxle from AISIN, BluE Nexus and DENSO

Electric drivetrain manufacturer AISIN has teamed up with BluE Nexus and DENSO to develop an eAxle for the new Toyota bZ4X. Japan-based BluE Nexus is an electric drivetrain module and electric systems company. DENSO is an automotive component supplier that AISIN says has “developed and produced more than 20 million inverters since the launch of… Read more »

Littelfuse launches new fuse for EV on-board chargers and PDUs

Circuit protection manufacturer Littelfuse has launched a new high-voltage cartridge fuse for the on-board chargers and power distribution units (PDUs) of EVs. The new 828 series High-Voltage Cartridge Fuses are AEC-Q200 compliant, and are available in a tray package of 500 for the through-hole version, and 300 for the bolt-down version. The company says “the… Read more »

CSM’s new Split system for measuring current, voltage and power

Measurement technology manufacturer CSM has introduced a new measurement product composed of three modules for the high-frequency measurement of current, voltage and power in high-voltage power cables. The High-Voltage Breakout Module Split (HV BM Split) is comprised of an HV SBM I open module for measuring busbars, an HV SBM I for measuring the power… Read more »

NI to purchase Kratzer’s test systems business

NI (formerly National Instruments) has agreed to purchase the test systems business of Kratzer Automation, and expects the purchase to close in Q2 of 2022. The acquisition will combine NI’s flexible EV hardware and software test platform with Kratzer’s application-specific EV software and integration capabilities. About 200 Kratzer employees will join NI. “The addition of… Read more »

Electreon and partners to demonstrate in-road dynamic wireless charging

Wireless charging specialist Electreon, together with the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center, truck-maker Kenworth and project management firm Kiewit, plan to demonstrate a dynamic wireless charging system.   Electreon’s in-motion dynamic wireless charging technology will be installed at ASPIRE’s research test track in North Logan, Utah in the summer of 2022. Kenworth supplied a Class 8 T680… Read more »

Littelfuse introduces new 1,000 VDC-rated fuse for EVs

The latest circuit protection product from Littelfuse is a new 1,000 VDC-rated fuse designed for protecting the on-board chargers, battery distribution units, battery packs, converters, inverters and auxiliary loads of EVs from overcurrent. The company says the new fuse is “the first automotive-grade fuse with a rating of 1,000 VDC.” The EV1K Series fuses are… Read more »

Marposs introduces non-contact sensor for measuring EV battery cover film

Measurement, inspection and test technology company Marposs has introduced a new non-contact sensor for measuring the film used in EV battery covers. The MPLS-DM sensor is part of the Chromaline product line. It uses STIL chromatic confocal technology to measure objects. The technology uses electronic processing and a multi-lens optical system to split and direct… Read more »

ATC Drivetrain acquires battery recycling and test equipment firm Treharne

Powertrain remanufacturer ATC Drivetrain has acquired the UK-based company Treharne Automotive Engineering and its group companies. Treharne and its group companies specialize in EV battery recycling as well as diagnostic and test equipment for powertrain systems. “ATC continues to build competencies that will support customers’ global needs in the EV and hybrid powertrain areas,” said… Read more »