Posts By: Ryan Austin

Accell’s new 32-amp AxFAST portable EV charger

California-based electronics maker Accell has introduced a new portable charger, the AxFAST 3202, that doubles the amperage of its previous portable charger. The new device will be available in November. The AxFAST 3202, priced at $549.99, supports 240 V, 32-amp charging, delivering 7.68 kW of power. It weighs just 12 pounds and features a J1772… Read more »

BAE unveils next-gen drive system for transit buses

BAE Systems, a UK-based maker of hybrid and electric drive systems, has unveiled its next-generation electric power and drive system for transit buses. BAE says the new Series-EV system uses fewer, lighter, and more compact components, making it easier to install and reduce the need for future maintenance. The system’s light weight and reduced number… Read more »

PNNL scientists pinpoint cause of dendrites in lithium batteries

Scientists at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Lab have uncovered a “root” cause of the growth of needle-like structures – known as dendrites and whiskers – that plague lithium batteries and can cause short circuit, failure, and even fire. Dendrites are tiny, rigid tree-like structures that can grow inside a lithium battery. Their needle-like projections… Read more »

Public charger deployments encourage EV adoption, says Navigant report

A new report from Navigant Research has found that public charger deployments are positively affecting plug-in vehicle adoption, although the sustainability of the business model is in doubt due to low utilization among early EV adopters, which makes private investment difficult. The report, “Leveraging Charging Infrastructure to Accelerate EV Sales,” analyzes the relationship between public… Read more »

UK supermarket chain plans network of 100 ultra-fast chargers

Supermarket chain Morrisons has plans for what it calls the UK’s largest network of ultra-fast chargers. This week, Morrisons unveiled its first 50 GeniePoint rapid chargers at stores across the UK. It plans to install a further 50 by 2020. Customers must join the organization, which is free, to use the GeniePoint chargers. There is… Read more »

Zero Automotive launches e-truck based on Toyota Landcruiser

Australian startup Zero Automotive has launched an electric pickup truck for commercial use, based on the Landcruiser 79 series. “It’s available in 20 to 120 kWh battery packs, with modular battery packs and a 700 Nm electric motor,” said Zero Automotive co-founder Tim Possingham. “That has more torque than the factory turbo-diesel V8 that’s normally… Read more »

Brugg Cables to launch 850-amp liquid-cooled charging cable

Swiss cable maker Brugg Cables has announced a new high-performance charging cable, the Alligator-HPC, that can deliver DC electricity at 1,000 volts and up to 850 amps. The company plans to launch the cable in early 2020. Today’s conventional cables typically max out at 550 amps, but thanks to an in-wire cooling system, the Alligator-HPC… Read more »

Littelfuse launches new high-speed semiconductor fuses

Circuit protection manufacturer Littelfuse has added 275 new fuses to its line of POWR-SPEED PSR high-speed fuses. The new fuses come in various sizes and amperages, and feature bolted and DIN rail mounting options. Littelfuse designed its PSR series fuses for use in power conversion and conditioning equipment for critical semiconductor devices such as diodes,… Read more »

Circontrol introduces new Raption 150 charger for e-buses

Spanish charging station maker Circontrol introduced a new 150 kW charger for e-buses, called the Raption 150, at the 2019 Busworld bus exhibition. The Raption 150 can charge at 600 volts, a voltage suitable for charging e-buses. Thanks to its modular system, Circontrol says the charger enjoys a high uptime and is scalable from 100… Read more »

Bitrode introduces new high-voltage battery pack testing system

Bitrode, which manufacturers equipment for the charging and testing of batteries, has added a new high-voltage battery testing system to its line of FTF High Power Packing and Testing systems. The new FTF-HV high voltage test system can handle 1,500 volts and 600 amps per channel and boasts a max power capability of 450 kW…. Read more »