Posts By: Paul Beck

Jaguar Land Rover installs 166 charging stations at Gaydon facility

Jaguar Land Rover has installed 166 EV charging stations at its engineering facility in Gaydon, UK, for use by employees. The automaker claims the charging installation is the largest of its kind in the UK, and also plans to install charging stations in the visitor parking lot. The 7 kW AC charging stations were supplied… Read more »

Tokyo researchers improve battery performance with nanodots

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Okayama University have demonstrated a way to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries by coating the LiCoO2 cathode in BaTiO3 nanodots. The research could lead to EV batteries that charge quicker and last longer. The researchers fabricated three LiCoO2 cathodes: one bare, one coated with a planar… Read more »

LORD expands CoolTherm facility with €14-million investment

Automotive supplier LORD has announced plans to expand its facility in Hückelhoven, Germany, with a €14-million investment. The Hückelhoven facility produces thermal management products for EVs and other industries, including gap fillers, potting and encapsulants, and thermal adhesives, under the CoolTherm brand. LORD expects the expansion to add over twenty employees to the seventy currently… Read more »

Study shows gallium oxide could enable cheaper power electronics

Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have modeled the wafer cost of gallium oxide (Ga2O3) semiconductors, and determined the cost could be three times lower than that of silicon carbide (SiC). The finding could lead to lower costs for power electronics such as those used in EVs. The researchers created a bottom-up cost model… Read more »

UECC orders two hybrid battery/LNG car carrying ships

Shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract to construct two new Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTC) with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group. The vessels will be powered by a hybrid battery/liquefied natural gas (LNG) solution, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021. Each vessel will have… Read more »

93% of EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet traction motors

Research firm Adamas Intelligence has reported that 93 percent of all passenger EVs sold in 2018 used permanent magnet (PM) traction motors, an increase of 1 percent from 2017. PM traction motors use neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets in the rotor, which spin the rotor in response to a rotating magnet field produced in… Read more »

New Flyer introduces Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell bus

Bus manufacturer New Flyer has announced the Xcelsior CHARGE H2, a new hydrogen fuel cell heavy-duty bus. The bus comes in 40-foot and 60-foot models, both of which have completed the Federal Transit Administration’s Model Bus Testing program in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The CHARGE H2 will have a range of up to 300 miles, with a… Read more »

Lion launches Class 8 urban electric truck

Québec-based EV manufacturer The Lion Electric Company has launched an electric Class 8 urban truck, the Lion8. The truck, funded in part by the Québec government’s Climate Change Action Plan, will be commercialized this fall. The Lion8 will have a range of 250 miles, and was designed for North American weather and road conditions. The… Read more »

Top circuit protection considerations for DC fast chargers, a new class of high-voltage consumer electronics

DC fast charging isn’t just a godsend for EV drivers looking for a quick charge. It’s also an entirely new level of consumer electronics. “You and I, as members of the general public, have previously never had access to anything higher in voltage than what we see at home in our wall socket,” Tim Patel, Global… Read more »

Hubject connects over 70,000 chargers in 26 countries, and it’s bringing that expertise stateside

Easier EV charging interoperability en route to North America When your EV is running low on range, the last thing you want to do is waste time hunting down a spot to charge it. When driving an ICE vehicle, you can pull up to any gas station and fill your tank. With an EV, it’s not… Read more »