Posts By: Ryan Austin

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 »

PREMO launches high-efficiency secondary coils for wireless charging

PREMO, a Spanish manufacturer of inductive components for the automotive market, has announced a new series of compact secondary coils for wireless charging, the WC-RX-Series, that boast high efficiency and durability. In Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) systems for EVs, the secondary coils (also known as the receiver antenna) are installed on the vehicle, while the… Read more »

Audi orders bdtronic impregnation machines for e-motor production

Audi will install e-motor manufacturing equipment from bdtronic, a German mechanical engineering company, for its Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture in the coming years. bdtronic manufacturers impregnation equipment, which closes and seals the cavities in windings and coils within hybrid and electric motors to provide better insulation and vibration resistance. Bdtronic CEO Patrick Vandenrhijn said,… Read more »

EV Connect secures $12 million to scale cloud-based charging network software

EV Connect, which builds cloud-based software for managing charging networks, has closed a $12-million Series B funding round, led by Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. This funding round brings the total capital raised by EV Connect to over $25 million. EV Connect is based on international open standards, so customers can… Read more »

Magment partners with EDAG to develop wireless concrete chargers

Munich-based startup Magment has partnered with EDAG, a development partner for automotive products and production, to develop wireless charging solutions for Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS). Magment is focused on developing and manufacturing wireless chargers using magnetized concrete. In the partnership, EDAG will focus on developing wireless charging products that use Magment’s magnetic materials for… Read more »

Argonne develops electrolyte for next-gen lithium battery with silicon anodes

Researchers at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new electrolyte mixture and a simple additive that could have a place in the next generation of lithium-ion batteries that feature silicon anodes. The report findings were published in July in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Scientists have long seen the silicon anode… Read more »

Motiv secures $60 million to scale EPIC electric chassis, establish Detroit plant

Motiv Power Systems, maker of the EPIC all-electric chassis for buses and trucks, has secured $60 million in equity funding, led by investors GMAG Holdings and Winnebago. The funds will support the overall growth of Motiv, which includes opening a new engineering and manufacturing facility in Detroit and facilitating further growth in the large-fleet customer… Read more »

New DOE program to bring promising battery tech to commercialization

The US DOE has created a new program to help bring promising battery technologies that have been demonstrated at lab scale up to the level of maturity that can lead towards commercialization. The Lab Investment Incubator Activity is designed to attract “funds-in” investment from the private sector to overcome the technology and engineering challenges that… Read more »

Webasto starts battery production, prepares to enter China

German automotive supplier Webasto has begun producing EV batteries at the company’s manufacturing plant in Schierling, Germany. The first battery packs will go to an unnamed European bus maker. Three years ago, Webasto decided to branch out of its core business of roofs and heaters and expand into electromobility, with charging solutions and battery systems…. Read more »

Proterra’s new multi-dispenser charging system for heavy-duty EV fleets

Proterra has added a useful new offering to its charging solutions – a multi-dispenser system that enables Proterra stations to have up to four low-profile charging dispensers paired to a single Power Control System (PCS). The solution enables automated, sequential vehicle charging, which allows multiple vehicles to charge one after the other automatically and at… Read more »