Posts By: Tom Lombardo

EU releases study on demand and supply security of nickel for EV batteries

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a report by Roskill that analyzes the EU’s nickel requirements for EV batteries within the context of the global market over a twenty-year forecast horizon to 2040. Against this demand backdrop, Roskill critically assessed the EU’s internal supply capabilities and identified the risk of future shortages…. Read more »

Silicon Mobility releases new EV powertrain control software

Silicon Mobility has announced the release of OLEA APP INVERTER, a software application platform for control of inverters and electric motors.  The application is based on the OLEA T222 FPCUs parallel architecture, which allows real-time control of power electronics and motors. It provides torque and speed control using Field Oriented Control (FoC) and variable Space… Read more »

Schaeffler starts mass production of electric motors for hybrids and EVs

Schaeffler, a manufacturer of electric drivetrain technology, will begin mass production of hybrid modules, hybrid drive units and all-electric axle transmissions.  Along with a series of mass production orders for electric motors in the passenger car sector, Schaeffler has recently entered the heavy-duty applications segment for commercial vehicles. The company has announced a mass production… Read more »

Silicon Labs and Wolfspeed partner to deliver power module solution

Silicon Labs has introduced the new Si823Hx Gate Driver Board, an all-in-one isolation solution designed for the recently launched Wolfspeed WolfPACK power module. Wolfspeed power modules are used across numerous power applications, including EV chargers and motor drives. The board features the Si823Hx isolated gate driver and Si88xx digital isolator with an integrated DC-DC converter…. Read more »

BorgWarner to acquire AKASOL

BorgWarner and AKASOL have signed an agreement to position BorgWarner to expand its commercial vehicle electrification capabilities. As part of the agreement, a subsidiary of BorgWarner will pay €120 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of AKASOL. Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, AKASOL designs and manufactures customizable battery packs for buses, commercial vehicles, rail… Read more »

Silicon anode nanostructure could increase battery capacity and lifespan

Image caption: In the first stage, the silicon film exists as a rigid but wobbly columnar structure. In the second stage, the columns touch at the top, forming a vaulted structure, which is strong due to arch action. In the third stage, further deposition of silicon atoms results in a sponge-like structure. The red dashed… Read more »

BorgWarner launches 800-volt electric motor for commercial vehicles

BorgWarner’s latest High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) electric motor, the HVH 320, is designed to power a variety of commercial EVs. Production of the HVH 320, which is equipped with 800-volt capabilities and is available in four variants, is expected to kick off in 2024. Its multifaceted platform will deliver over 400 kW of power at… Read more »

Zenlabs says its silicon anode cells are ready for commercialization after 1,000-cycle testing

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has successfully tested over 1,000 charge-discharge cycles using high-energy silicon anode pouch cells made by Zenlabs Energy.  Zenlabs received a $4.8-million, 50% cost-share development contract from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop low-cost, fast-charge EV batteries.  As a part of the USABC program, Zenlabs delivered its 12 Ah… Read more »

Nidec to acquire Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool to support EV drive manufacturing

Nidec, a producer of motor application products based on “everything that spins and moves,” plans to acquire Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool. Nidec has been engaged in the manufacture of reduction gearboxes and pressing machines through its subsidiary Nidec-Shimpo. After completion of the acquisition, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool will become Nidec-Shimpo’s third main business…. Read more »