Posts By: Ryan Austin

Hawaii EV ownership grew 26% last year, but lack of chargers holding back growth

According to new survey data from Ulupono Initiative, an investment firm focused on sustainability projects, Hawaii’s limited charging infrastructure is holding back the state’s transition from ICEs, despite an upward trend in EV ownership throughout Hawaii. In the white paper “The Extra Mile: Why Electric Vehicles Make Sense for Hawaii’s Economy, Environment and Communities,” Ulupono… Read more »

Johnson Matthey secures site in Poland to produce eLNO battery cathode materials

UK technology company Johnson Matthey (JM) has secured a site in Poland for production of its battery cathode materials. It has also announced a 10-year agreement with Nemaska Lithium to supply lithium hydroxide for the cathode materials, which it calls eLNO. With these two developments, JM says it’s on track to start commercial production in… Read more »

Phihong introduces 7.7 kW charger for the North American market

Phihong, an OEM electronics manufacturer, has introduced a 7.7 kW charger for the North American market. The AC32 7.7 kW AC charger weighs less than 7 kg (15 lbs) and requires a single-phase 220 to 240 Vac input. It can be wall-mounted or free standing. The chargers are outdoor-rated and can withstand operating temperatures between… Read more »

Freudenberg develops lightweight plastic housing to seal against electromagnetic radiation

Researchers at Freudenberg are developing a plastic housing material for EV electronics as an alternative to heavier and more costly aluminum. To protect against electromagnetic waves that can disrupt signal flow in microprocessors and transmitter-receiver systems, EV makers typically encase electrical components in conductive metal housings, usually aluminum. Freudenberg says the additional weight of the… Read more »

MAHLE installs chargeBIG centralized charging system at Stuttgart Airport

Automotive supplier MAHLE is installing its chargeBIG charging system, and 110 charging points, at the Stuttgart Airport. chargeBIG is a centralized, scalable charging infrastructure for short-term parking lots and fleet operators. The system is designed to decrease bottlenecks in the power supply by dynamically managing the electric load. The chargeBIG chargers allow for single-phase AC… Read more »

Volvo adds 415 hp PHEV versions of its XC60 SUV and V60 wagon to 2020 lineup

Volvo, which previously announced plans to offer electric powertrains across its entire model range, now says it will add PHEV variants of the XC60 SUV and new V60 wagon to its 2020 line-up. Both vehicles will be available in summer 2019 and will feature Volvo’s sporty Polestar Engineered trim. The vehicles’ powertrain software has been… Read more »

Fraunhofer and Hitachi Metals create on-board charger with 3.8 kW/l power density

The Fraunhofer Institute and Hitachi Metals say they’ve produced an on-board charger (OBC) prototype that delivers both high power output and compactness by using soft magnetic materials developed by Hitachi. Hitachi says the technology enables the OBC prototype to generate a power density of 3.8 kW/l. Hitachi explains that there is typically a trade-off between… Read more »

Proterra and Mitsui create $200-million credit to scale battery leasing program for electric buses

Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has partnered with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui to create a $200-million credit to scale up Proterra’s battery leasing program. Proterra customers will be able to purchase an electric bus and lease the batteries over the 12-year lifetime of the bus. Through the battery lease, Proterra says the initial capital expense for the… Read more »

Nidec adds 100 kW and 70 kW models to E-Axle lineup

Japanese electric motor company Nidec has developed two smaller versions of its fully-integrated traction motor system, E-Axle. It has also announced a new short-range radar that doubles as a proximity sensor for automatic parking systems. Nidec first introduced the E-Axle system in April 2018 as a 150 kW system, composed of an integrated electric motor,… Read more »

Solid Power receives investment from Ford, says it’s ready for production in Q2 2019

Solid Power, a spin-out company of the University of Colorado, has partnered with Ford to continue development of its all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) for EVs. The partnership will focus on further developing ASSBs towards automotive requirements. The partners will use Solid Power’s fully automated, roll-to-roll production facility, which the company says will be fully operational in… Read more »