Posts By: Ryan Austin

VisIC publishes reference design for its GaN on-board charger

Israel-based VisIC Technologies, a manufacturer of gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor devices for the auto, data center and industrial markets, has published a reference design aimed at the EV industry for its on-board charger (OBC) that uses its GaN technology. The 6.7 kW OBC has a volume of 2.3 liters and weighs 4.5 kg, providing… Read more »

ABB and Volvo to deploy six electric buses at UK’s Birmingham Airport

ABB is partnering with Volvo Bus and Birmingham Airport in the UK to launch a passenger transport service in and around the airport beginning in November 2019. The service will include six Volvo 7900e electric single-deck buses. The buses will be in operation 24/7, and each will be recharged en route using ABB’s OppCharge, an… Read more »

Phillips & Temro acquires EVoCharge

Phillips & Temro Industries, a US-based company that manufactures heating and cooling systems for trucks, EVs, and other vehicles, has acquired a majority stake in EVoCharge, a manufacturer of charging equipment and the EVoReel cable management system. EVoCharge CEO Josh Kiewic said, “Consumers and fleets evaluating new electric and hybrid technologies will have the benefit… Read more »

Munich Re offers insurance for grid battery performance, says EV batteries are next

German reinsurance company Munich Re is now offering insurance that covers battery performance. It is primarily aimed at large projects, such as utility systems designed to ensure grid stability or cover peak demand periods. In a second phase, Munich Re plans to introduce the product into the mobility market, including for EVs. US battery manufacturer… Read more »

DOE researchers identify cause of cathode degradation in nickel-rich materials

A team of scientists that includes researchers at the DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab and SLAC National Accelerator Lab has identified the causes of degradation in nickel-rich materials for lithium-ion battery cathodes, as well as possible remedies. Researchers at Brookhaven are part of a DOE-sponsored consortium called Battery500, a group that is working to triple the… Read more »

Kia teams with Amazon to sell chargers and installation services

Kia has partnered with Amazon to provide EV and PHEV customers a one-stop shop for home chargers and installation services. On its website, Amazon will highlight Level 2 chargers selected by Kia and provide pricing for electrical services. Customers will be able to schedule installations directly via Amazon. Kia Executive Director Orth Hedrick said, “Being… Read more »

Williams Advanced Engineering creates cheaper carbon composites

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a UK-based tech and engineering firm, says it is working on new carbon composites that offer comparable performance to existing options, but at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. WAE says carbon fiber reinforced polymer’s (CFRP) high strength-to-weight ratio, stiffness, and resistance to fatigue and its environment… Read more »

Rice University adds red phosphorus to separators to foil dendrites

Rice University scientists have found that adding a layer of red phosphorus to separators in lithium metal batteries can signal when damaging dendrites threaten to create a short circuit. Rice University chemist James Tour made lithium metal test cells with a coat of red phosphorus on the separator, which keeps the anode and cathode electrodes… Read more »

ALD’s six-channel printed circuit board automatically balances any size supercapacitor

Advanced Linear Devices (ALD), a California manufacturer of analog technology, has created a six-channel supercapacitor automatic balancing (SAB) printed circuit board (PCB). ALD says the board, known as SABMB6, can balance any size supercapacitor with zero added power dissipation. Each PCB can balance up to six supercapacitors stacked in a series, ranging from six to… Read more »

Researchers add MXene to silicon anodes, improving charge life

Researchers at Drexel University and Trinity College have found that using silicon fortified with a special type of materials called MXene in Li-ion anodes could improve charge-to-charge life of batteries. The group reports in Nature Communications that the latest Li-ion batteries on the market are likely to extend the charge-to-charge life of phones and EVs… Read more »