Posts By: Tom Lombardo

Unifrax announces first manufacturing line for its silicon fiber anode material

Unifrax, a manufacturer of specialty materials, has announced plans to build its first large-scale SiFAB (silicon fiber anode material) manufacturing line at its north-central Indiana facility. SiFAB is a proprietary silicon anode battery technology designed to enable greater energy density in lithium-ion batteries. The company also expects SiFAB to provide faster charging and longer battery… Read more »

FTEX introduces a GaN-based motor controller for light EVs

FTEX, a maker of motor controllers for small EVs, has introduced the GaNRunner, the company’s first programmable motor controller featuring gallium nitride (GaN) technology.  Built to control brushless DC motors, the GaNRunner works with standard electric motor architectures and includes standard HIGO connectors. It’s available in 750 W (GNRR-750) and 1500 W (GNRR-1500) single- and… Read more »

TE Connectivity launches power bolt high-voltage connector with new shielding design

TE Connectivity, a manufacturer of connectors and sensors, has introduced the new IPT-HD power bolt high-voltage connector. TE’s IPT-HD power bolt high-voltage connector complies with ISO and LV standards. It offers a new shielding design, and provides low-contact resistance and thicker options for conductor cross-sections used in MCU, E-axle and E-motor applications for EVs operating… Read more »

Enevate announces battery production agreement with EnerTech

Battery maker Enevate has announced a new production license agreement with battery cell producer EnerTech International to commercialize Enevate’s silicon-dominant, XFC-Energy battery technology in the transportation, mobility and reserve power markets. The production license agreement with EnerTech is the next milestone in Enevate’s technology roadmap that leads to commercialization scheduled for 2022. Pre-production batteries have… Read more »

BrightLoop leverages EPC’s GaN transistors for EV applications

BrightLoop Converters is teaming up with Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) to deliver the upcoming Value line of high-power DC-DC converters. The Value product line is composed of two converters, M and L, delivering 6 kW/300 A and 12 kW/600 A, respectively. BrightLoop says the power converters have a smaller footprint and lower weight than equivalent… Read more »

Hyzon Motors develops eAxle to improve efficiency of hydrogen and battery trucks

Hyzon Motors, a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, has developed a new patent-pending eAxle design that’s designed to improve the efficiency of 6×4 Class 8 commercial vehicles. Hyzon’s eAxle eliminates right-angle hypoid gears, and uses one motor per wheel, with optimized performances at both low and high speeds. Paired with a virtual differential,… Read more »

OneD unveils new silicon-based battery technology

OneD Battery Sciences has introduced SINANODE, a technology to power the next generation of silicon-based EV batteries. The SINANODE process fuses silicon nanowires onto commercial graphite powders, which the company says triples the energy density of the anode while cutting its cost per kWh in half. The higher energy density increases battery range while nanowires… Read more »

EV supply chain companies pilot blockchain solution for cobalt traceability

Metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, are piloting Re|Source, a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the EV. The pilot will be tested in real operating conditions, from upstream cobalt production facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo… Read more »

New brand-independent battery housing reduces weight and costs

A consortium consisting of Lorenz Kunststofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, LION Smart, Vestaro and Minth has developed a solution to help improve EV efficiency through lightweight battery construction. In late 2019, work started on a brand-independent, low-cost housing. The resulting battery pack is expected to weigh about 10 percent less than a pack made with commonly… Read more »