Posts By: Ryan Austin

Renesas’s new battery management IC maximizes range for hybrids and EVs

Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has announced its fourth-generation Li-ion battery management integrated circuit (IC). The company says its new ISL78714 IC provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, cell balancing, and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs, all while maximizing drive time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles. The ISL78714… Read more »

The most powerful Porsche Cayenne is a plug-in hybrid

The PHEV variants of the new Porsche Cayenne, the Turbo S E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé, are the most powerful versions of the luxury automaker’s popular SUV. The PHEVs draw 500 kW from a four-liter V8 engine coupled with an electric motor that is integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Both the standard… Read more »

New coating process allows faster production of battery electrodes

Researchers at Germany’s prestigious Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created a new coating process that produces electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record speed. The researchers say the new process also improves the quality of electrodes and reduces production costs. When manufacturing battery electrodes, a thin paste of electrode material is applied to a copper… Read more »

Proterra launches program to help OEMs build EVs for commercial fleets

California-based electric bus maker Proterra has launched a new program, Proterra Powered, to help automakers manufacture their own electric fleet vehicles. Proterra designs and manufactures battery systems, electric drivetrain technology, and standardized, heavy-duty charging systems for commercial vehicle applications. As part of Proterra Powered, Proterra will provide OEMs with the electrification hardware as well as… Read more »

InstaVolt begins deploying next-generation 125 kW chargers across UK

UK charging network operator InstaVolt is now installing the new ChargePoint Express 250 high-powered chargers, which boast a 125 kW charging capacity. The first charger is now in the ground in Hampshire and new stations will follow across the UK throughout the summer. InstaVolt says its existing network of 50 kW rapid charging stations will… Read more »

MIT researchers demonstrate new way to make thin-film lithium-rich ceramic electrolytes

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new pulsed laser deposition technique to make thinner lithium electrolytes using less heat, which they say promises faster charging and potentially higher-voltage solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Key to the new technique for processing the solid-state battery electrolyte is alternating layers of the active electrolyte lithium garnet component (LLZO)… Read more »

UCLouvain discovers new solid-state material with high lithium diffusion coefficient

As research into solid-state lithium batteries continues, researchers at Belgium’s Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) say they’ve found a new solid material, LTPS, in which lithium can travel more easily than in any other solid electrolyte. The results are published in the scientific journal Chem from Cell Press. Lithium ions are much less mobile in… Read more »

Researchers create air-stable, waterproof wax coating for lithium metal anodes

Lithium metal is a promising new material for battery electrodes, thanks to its high specific capacity and low voltage, but safety issues caused by dendrite growth and instability in air caused by its high chemical activity limit its large-scale use as an electrode material. However, a simple and efficient solution could be on the way… Read more »

Lightning Systems receives OK to sell its all-electric Ford F-59 in California

Colorado-based Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission drivetrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its Ford F-59 platform, commonly used in food truck and delivery van applications. The Executive Order confirms that Lightning System’s F-59 has met emissions and efficiency standards and can be legally… Read more »

InstaVolt installs 400th rapid charger in the UK

InstaVolt has begun construction of its 400th rapid charger, making it the UK’s largest owner-operated network of rapid chargers in the UK. It expects to have 600 rapid chargers in service by next spring. InstaVolt installs its chargers at no cost to the location owners, and takes care of the entire process, from planning to… Read more »