Posts By: Paul Beck

Cable sizing and selection for EV systems

Why Champlain Cable backs irradiation cross-linking for high-voltage EV cable insulation When you think of what makes up an EV, cables and wires probably aren’t the first components that come to mind. But these conduits comprise the electrical cardiovascular system that makes a vehicle function – from the battery to the motor and all the… Read more »

AC Fast Charging: The right fit for medium-duty EVs

What’s the largest mass transit system in the United States? Is it the public transit network? Nope. Commercial airlines? Guess again. Passenger rail? Not even close. Here’s a hint: the vehicles are colored yellow. Give up? It’s school buses, and in terms of sheer numbers this fleet is 2.5 times larger than all other forms… Read more »

Pre-Switch promises to add 5-12% more EV range by eliminating switching loses

How would you like it if your EV could go ten percent farther with the same size battery? You’d love it, of course, and so would every EV manufacturer out there. Range is one of the most important parameters in the EV industry, as many potential EV drivers are apprehensive about lower range ratings. Manufacturers… Read more »

Easelink wants to set a new standard for EV charging: Automatic and conductive

On average, you park your EV once every nine miles. Imagine if every one of those times, your car could quickly recharge without any intervention on your part. This is the vision of Easelink, an EV charging company based in Graz, Austria. Easelink wants to put its Matrix Charging technology in parking spots far and… Read more »

Battery testing start-up Novonix has spun off PUREgraphite to manufacture anode material in the US

Batteries are ubiquitous in our modern lives. Take a look around you and count how many items need be plugged in and recharged. If you’re at your desk, the answer might be four or five. If you’re out for a run, perhaps two or three. If you’re in a garage, there may only be one,… Read more »

Cree joins Volkswagen’s FAST program to provide silicon carbide

Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen Group has selected Cree as the exclusive provider of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors for its Future Automotive Supply Tracks (FAST) program. Founded in 2015, FAST aims to optimize the collaboration between Volkswagen and its suppliers. According to Cree, the use of SiC semiconductors makes EVs more efficient, allowing for reduced costs, quicker… Read more »

The Wallbox Copper proves EV chargers can be beautiful too

The Spanish charging station company Wallbox is growing quickly and winning awards. The Red Dot Product Design award is given every year to consumer products with exceptional design, from luxury watches to elegant furniture to stunning sports cars. You might not expect an EV charger to share that stage, but among the 2019 Red Dot… Read more »

Kraft Heinz adopts electric terminal trucks at Ohio distribution center

Food company Kraft Heinz has replaced five diesel terminal trucks with EVs at its distribution centre in Groveport, Ohio. The Orange EV T-Series electric terminal trucks will be operated by Firefly Transportation Services. “This decision by Kraft Heinz demonstrates thoughtful mitigation of the extremely high operational, economic, and environmental costs of using diesel trucks,” said… Read more »

Tritium’s 350 kW DC charger introduced in Australia

EV charging equipment manufacturer Tritium has introduced its Veefil-PK 350 kW DC charger to Australia. Two Veefil-PK chargers are installed at the Toombul Shopping Center in Brisbane, operated by charging network provider Chargefox. The Veefil-PK can charge two EVs simultaneously and is equipped with CCS2 plug types. According to Tritium, the charger can add up… Read more »

Mullen Technologies’ Qiantu K50 EV to be built in Spokane facility

EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent with the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA) to build a new manufacturing facility in Spokane County, Washington. The 1.3 million square foot facility will produce Mullen’s Qiantu K50 sports coupe EV. The facility will be built by the PDA and leased to… Read more »