Posts By: Michael Alba

Study optimizes EV charging stations along Michigan highways

Researchers at the University of Michigan have conducted a study to determine the ideal number and locations of EV charging stations across Michigan highways. The Michigan Energy Office (MEO), which funded the study, will use the results as it allocates $9.9 million over the next three years for public EV charging stations across the state…. Read more »

Transphorm’s latest GaN transistor passes automotive qualification

Semiconductor provider Transphorm has announced that its third-generation high-voltage gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) has passed AEC-Q101 stress tests for automotive-grade discrete semiconductors. The transistor targets EV applications including on-board chargers, DC-DC converters, and DC-AC inverter systems. Transphorm’s new FET, the TP65H035WSQA, performed at 175° C during AEC-Q101 qualification testing, which the company says… Read more »

OXIS Energy to build lithium-sulfur battery plant in Brazil

Battery manufacturer OXIS Energy will establish a plant in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for the mass production of its lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cells to be used for aviation, defense, and EV applications. The construction of the plant was funded by Codemge Participacoes, a public company in Belo Horizonte, for $60 million. The plant will aim to produce… Read more »

BMW seeks new EV battery cooling solutions

BMW is seeking new solutions for EV battery cooling that can provide improved cooling capacity during fast charging as well as a reduction in noise and vibration emissions. BMW will consider both early-stage and mature solutions, and will work to evaluate and develop solutions that meet its criteria. BMW’s key criteria for solutions include an… Read more »

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology establishes hub to help ICE tech companies transition to EVs

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany has established an organization that aims to teach companies experienced in manufacturing combustion engines how to transition their skills to EV technologies. The Transformation Hub Electric Mobility, which will target small to medium-sized companies, has been funded with €2.6 million from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The… Read more »

BorgWarner acquires Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing to form Cascadia Motion supplying specialty EV applications

Automotive supplier BorgWarner has acquired two Oregon-based companies specializing in EV technology: Rinehart Motion Systems and AM Racing. The two newly acquired companies will be merged into a single company called Cascadia Motion. Cascadia Motion will target customers with low-volume, specialty EV applications. Before the acquisition, Rinehart Motion Systems developed propulsion inverters and controls for… Read more »

YASA signs innovation agreement with automotive OEM

Electric motor manufacturer YASA has announced the signing of a long-term joint innovation agreement with an unidentified global automotive OEM. The two companies will collaborate to develop custom electric motor and controller solutions for the OEM’s line of EVs and PHEVs. “This agreement brings together one of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers with YASA, the… Read more »

Koben Systems’ smart breaker panel and battery pack enable large EV charging installations

As the adoption of EVs continues to ramp up, condo complexes and workplaces will need to provide their denizens with adequate EV charging infrastructure. However, this is easier said than done. A few chargers can be added without surpassing the power available to the building, but as more EVs join the fray, and battery sizes… Read more »

State of Washington considers bill mandating EVs in public fleets

A bill now moving through the Washington legislature, HB 1832, would require state and local governments to purchase exclusively EVs for their fleets by 2027. The bill would pertain to state agencies, public colleges and universities, counties, cities, and special-purpose districts. “Washington has had a law on the books since 2007 calling for electric fleet… Read more »

Klaric announces new measurement tool for EV charging

Measurement technology provider Klaric has released the EV-CHARGE-MONITOR, a new device for monitoring the charging process of EVs. The measurement device can be used for charging testing and validation, vehicle emissions certification, winter testing and more. The EV-CHARGE-MONITOR is placed between the EV and charging station, allowing the device to monitor voltage, charge current, effective… Read more »