Posts By: Ryan Austin

Lightning Systems introduces new Ford Transit powertrain with 20% more range than predecessor

Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based developer of electric drivetrains for commercial fleets, has introduced a Generation 2 model of its Lightning Electric system for the Ford Transit with 20% greater range and a higher top speed. The Lightning Electric Ford Transit is a battery-electric drivetrain for the Ford Transit 350HD. Thanks to new thermally-managed lithium nickel… Read more »

Proterra works with Michelin to develop low rolling resistance tire for e-buses

Proterra, a manufacturer of heavy-duty electric vehicles, is collaborating with Michelin to develop the MICHELIN X InCity Energy Z tire, a low rolling resistance tire designed and optimized for electric buses in urban environments. Proterra says the tire will be the standard tire offered for its Proterra Catalyst buses. Michelin designed the X InCity Energy… Read more »

High-capacity EVs push global battery capacity up 94% from last year

In March 2019, 9.76 GWh of passenger EV battery capacity was deployed globally, an increase of 94% year-over-year, according to Adamas Intelligence’s monthly report “EV Battery Capacity Monthly.” Adamas says this increase in battery capacity is especially remarkable considering that global EV sales increased by a mere 25% over the same period, showing that a… Read more »

Anaheim Transportation Network orders 40 BYD e-buses for area around Disneyland

Anaheim Transportation Network, a non-profit that operates shuttles around Disneyland and other local tourist sites in Anaheim, has ordered 40 additional e-buses from BYD, which has a manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. Half of the order will be for 40-foot BYD K9M buses. The remainder of the buses will range in size from 30 feet… Read more »

Volta adopts new visual design for its ad-funded chargers

Volta, which operates a network of free EV chargers funded via sponsored content, has given its charging stations a new look. The new design includes lighting that communicates charging status and, like previous Volta chargers, the station incorporates 55-inch displays to present advertisements. Volta expects to begin installing the new chargers by the end of… Read more »

ROHM introduces 1,200 V IGBTs for compressors and heater circuits

Electronic parts maker ROHM has announced four new automotive-grade 1,200 V-rated insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for inverters used in electronics compressors and for switching circuits used in positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters. The IGBTs feature a short-circuit resistance of 10 μsec (Tj=25° C). ROHM says the devices’ unique structure reduces VCE(sat) to 1.70 V, which… Read more »

Argonne’s new PEDOT cathode coating increases battery safety and stability

Scientists at the DOE’s Argonne National Lab have developed a new cathode coating by using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition technique that can help keep the cathode electrically and ionically conductive, ensure safety after many cycles, and help with other challenges as well. The findings are reported in the May online edition of Nature Energy…. Read more »

Essex creates high-temp winding insulation for EV motors that can withstand 265° C

Magnet wire manufacturer Essex, supplier of motor wiring for EVs like the Nissan LEAF, has introduced a high-temperature insulation for the windings of traction motors used in hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs. Essex’s EnduroTemp 260+ is a thin-film insulation with a 265° C thermal endurance. It’s designed to extend the life of traction motors by, in… Read more »