Posts By: Michael Alba

ClipperCreek releases new ruggedized versions of its EV chargers

EVSE manufacturer ClipperCreek has released new ruggedized versions of two of its Level 2 charging stations. The ruggedized versions of the 48 Amp HCS-60 and 64 Amp HCS-80 charging stations are intended for heavy-utilization fleets, public parking lots and extreme weather locations. The ruggedized HCS-60 and HCS-80 augment the original charging stations with rubber overmolded… Read more »

NDC Technologies announces new sensors for Li-Ion battery manufacturers

Measurement technology provider NDC Technologies has announced its next generation of sensors for lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers. NDC claims that its four new devices will allow manufacturers to produce more consistent, higher-quality electrode components. The new Photon Sensor measures the weight of coatings applied to anode/cathode copper and aluminum foil substrates. According to NDC, the… Read more »

MAHLE licenses wireless EV charging technology from WiTricity

Automotive supplier MAHLE announced that it has licensed magnetic resonance wireless charging technology from WiTricity. “With the acquisition of licenses for WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology, we’re now progressing to the concrete development stage,” said MAHLE’s Otmar Scharrer. “This will involve our expertise in control electronics, software, and thermal management. In the development of our solution,… Read more »

Voltabox to produce battery systems for electrified trolleybuses

Industrial EV battery provider Voltabox has received a major order for trolleybus battery systems from electrical systems provider Kiepe Electric. Voltabox will provide 80 modular battery systems and the corresponding air conditioning systems. The batteries will equip trolleybuses in four cities in Italy and Switzerland. Delivery will begin in the middle of this year and… Read more »

Researchers explore proton-hopping mechanism to improve EV batteries

Researchers at Oregon State University have shown that a chemical mechanism known as proton-hopping may provide a new method of energy storage for EVs and other high-power applications. “Coming up with Faradaic electrodes that afford batteries energy density and capacitors power with excellent cycle life has been a big challenge. So far, most of the… Read more »

Propel Fuels to launch EV charging network in California

Fuel retailer Propel Fuels has announced plans to launch an EV charging network in California. Propel calls the charging network Propel Power, and plans to begin testing it by the end of 2019, with the aim of performing a broader rollout in 2020. Propel Power will complement Propel Fuels’ existing fueling stations, which Propel will… Read more »

New motor cooling solution could lead to lighter EVs

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new method for cooling electric motors, which could help reduce the weight of EVs. With the new cooling method, motors can be housed in lighter-weight polymer materials, and they also benefit from increased efficiency and power density. The… Read more »

Motiv delivers first of seven electric step vans to USPS

Automotive provider Motiv Power Systems has delivered the first of seven electric step vans to the US Postal Service. The Ford E-450-based vans will serve a year-long pilot program in California’s Central Valley. The first vehicle will serve routes in Fresno, and the rest with be deployed in both Fresno and Stockton. The step vans… Read more »

Formula E announces new off-road electric racing series: Extreme E

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and motorsport veteran Gil de Ferran have launched a new all-electric off-road racing series. Extreme E, which will kick off in January 2021, will see electric SUVs racing off-road in five extreme environments around the globe. The Extreme E races will take place at off-road stages in the Arctic, the… Read more »

Dana acquires SME Group to expand electrified product portfolio

Automotive supplier Dana has announced the acquisition of SME Group, an Italy-based manufacturer of motors, inverters and controls for off-highway electrified vehicle applications. SME’s low-voltage motors and inverters target the electrification of off-highway equipment for applications including agriculture, automated guided vehicles, construction, and material handling. The acquisition will expand Dana’s portfolio of electrified products. “Dana’s… Read more »