Posts By: Ryan Austin

Protean’s corner module concept includes motor, suspension and 360-degree steering

In-wheel motor pioneer Protean Electric has introduced a new ‘corner module’ concept that integrates a vehicle’s powertrain, steering and suspension within a single product. The new Protean360+ module offers a limitless 360-degree steering capability combined with suspension, pneumatic ride-height control, and a ProteanDrive in-wheel electric motor. The 360-degree steering capability is made possible by a… Read more »

Hyperdrive opens new battery manufacturing facility in UK

UK-based battery maker Hyperdrive Innovation has opened the doors to HYVE, a new battery manufacturing facility at the company’s Sunderland UK home base. Hyperdrive says the new facility will allow it to produce up to 30,000 battery packs annually. Since moving to Sunderland in 2014, the company has invested £7 million in its manufacturing capabilities…. Read more »

Amada Miyachi develops new TIG welding torch for safe, quick battery pack R&D

Welder equipment manufacturer Amada Miyachi has developed a new TIG welding technology designed for safer and easier welding of battery cans and tab materials in a bench-top R&D environment. The system is suitable for R&D on battery pack concepts and assembly, as well as low to medium volume battery pack manufacturing and battery pack repair/rework… Read more »

Thyssenkrupp expands footprint in Hungary with new EV motor parts plant

Thyssenkrupp plans to build a new production plant in Pécs, Hungary that will make electric motor components and valve train parts for efficient IC engines. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, and the start of production is planned for the end of 2020. The company plans to invest around 50 million euros in the… Read more »

Electrify America to offer 2 years of free charging to Harley-Davidson LiveWire owners

Charging network operator Electrify America has partnered with Harley-Davidson to provide owners of its first all-electric motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, with the per-minute equivalent of 500 kWh of complimentary charging over two years. Harley first teased an all-electric motorcycle in 2014 and the company plans to begin deliveries of the LiveWire in August 2019. “At… Read more »

NCM cathodes making headway in EV market

In April 2019, 6.7 GWh of battery capacity was deployed globally in newly-sold passenger BEVs, PHEVs and hybrids – an increase of 69% year-over-year, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. Among the NCM cathode family, NCM 622 saw a surge in deployment (in GWh) year-over-year, up 247% in April 2019… Read more »

Continental showcases full hybrid with 48-volt drive system

Continental has introduced a 30 kW, 48-volt high-power drive system for full hybrid vehicles, which it says is cheaper than the high-voltage systems used up to now. Until now, manufacturers have typically used 48-volt systems in “mild hybrid” vehicles, in which the electric motor doesn’t drive the vehicle directly, but only assists the ICE. Full… Read more »