Posts By: Ryan Austin

Pierburg creates modular AC compressor for EVs with integrated motor and electronics

Pierburg, a subsidiary of German parts maker Rheinmetall Automotive, has developed an AC compressor for EVs that integrates the compressor, electric motor and power electronics into one modular, compact unit. In ICE vehicles, the AC compressor is typically driven by a pulley and V-belt. EVs lack this mechanism, so the AC compressor is driven by… Read more »

SK Innovation to build second EV battery plant in China

According to a recent article in Business Korea, SK Innovation – a subsidiary of Korea’s giant SK conglomerate – is planning to invest $1.05 billion USD to build an EV battery manufacturing plant in Yancheng, China. The new plant will join the company’s pre-existing battery plant in Changzhou. SK Innovation’s plans for the new plant… Read more »

E-truck maker Tevva adds lease and purchase options to subscription service

After positive feedback at London’s 2019 Freight of the City Expo, Tevva Motors has confirmed that in addition to its six-month rental scheme, it will now support vehicle leases and direct purchases of its e-truck. Series production is set to begin in 2020. Through its Electrify initiative, Tevva offers urban distribution companies a six-month rental… Read more »

VW to manufacture Continental servers for its ID family of EVs

Volkswagen will begin manufacturing a server developed by parts supplier Continental for its upcoming ID family of EVs. VW will use the technology as an in-car application server that will allow wireless updates in the future. The new server forms just one part of the more comprehensive ICAS1 processor, one of three central processors that… Read more »

NCM 811 cathodes quickly grow to 18% market share in China

In September 2019, sales of new passenger EVs with NCM 811 battery cells accounted for 18% of all passenger EV battery capacity deployed in China and 7% of all capacity deployed globally, according to Adamas Intelligence’s latest EV Battery Capacity Monthly report. For the second month in a row, NCM 811 was second only to… Read more »

VW hires EV West to retrofit e-Golf powertrain to Type 2 Bus

VW of America recently commissioned California-based EV conversion specialist EV West to construct an electrified VW Type 2 Bus to showcase the company’s e-Golf powertrain. The stock powertrain and 35.8 kWh battery system from the donor 2017 e-Golf gives the e-Bus an approximate range of 125 miles. The powertrain will reside in the rear compartment… Read more »

Hitachi starts mass production of 800-volt EV inverter

Hitachi Automotive Systems is starting mass production of its 800-volt, high-output EV inverter. The company says that, thanks to its strong cooling performance, the new inverter delivers twice the voltage and 2.7 times the power density of previous generations. Most EVs are based on a 400-volt system, so in order to increase driving range, additional… Read more »

Fraunhofer developing die-cast aluminum coils for e-motors

Researchers at Germany’s esteemed Fraunhofer research organization have developed a casting technique to produce lightweight aluminum windings with a higher groove fill factor than conventional copper wire. The coils are composed of cast aluminum, and are based on a flat conductor arrangement, which leads to a higher slot fill factor and thus better use of… Read more »

Magna wins DOE grant to develop cheaper EV motor with 8x more power density

The US DOE has awarded a grant to Canadian parts supplier Magna to develop e-motor technologies for next-generation propulsion systems that are both cheaper and more powerful than today’s technology. The supplier has partnered with the Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Madison for the initiative. The organizations aim to develop an e-motor that… Read more »

Kinemetrix develops automated manufacturing with 3D-guided welding for EV components

Kentucky-based Kinemetrix, a manufacturer of automated assembly equipment, has developed new scalable, modular EV manufacturing technologies that use 3D vision-guided welding and robotics. The company’s new Agile3D CopperWeld is a process technology that combines 3D vision and TIG welding for joining small copper leads in EV components. Machine vision finds the leads in 3D space,… Read more »