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Retooling a shuttered factory to build electric trucks: Q&A with Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns

Will Ohio’s Voltage Valley energize a new era for the US auto industry? Big things are happening in the Mahoning Valley area of northeastern Ohio. The region, which centers on the city of Youngstown, was a booming center of steel production until the 1970s. Since then, like many other industrial hubs, the area has suffered… Read more »

Solid-state battery tech: What’s close to commercialization, and what’s still years away?

With a fresh round of funding, Wildcat Discovery Technologies is busy expanding its facilities, building up its battery team and doubling down on promising solid-state research projects. We asked the energy storage experts to help clear up the hype around solid-state batteries. Whenever Charged needs to better understand the complexities of the latest and greatest battery… Read more »

ROCSYS automates charging stations with soft robots

ROCSYS founder Crijn Bouman is no stranger to innovation. A self-described “entrepreneur at heart,” Bouman has led two Netherlands-based startups in cleantech, software, and electronics. When his first EV fast charging equipment company Epyon was acquired by ABB almost a decade ago, he stayed on as Head of Product Management for its charging portfolio for… Read more »

Here’s why Tesla transitioned to a semi-custom power module design in Model 3 inverter

A closer look at semiconductor packaging considerations in EVs One of the most critical decisions to be made at the earliest stage of designing a new power converter concerns the packages used for the semiconductors, as pretty much every other aspect of the design hinges on their physical form. This is especially true for the main… Read more »

Enevate says its silicon-dominant anode technology is ready for EV production

Q&A with Enevate’s Founder and CTO Dr. Benjamin Park Introducing silicon into automotive-grade lithium-ion cells has been a major topic in the EV industry in the past decade. Silicon is widely considered to be the next big thing in anode technology, because it has a theoretical charge capacity ten times higher than that of typical graphite anodes…. Read more »

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: An electric crossover with “the soul of a Mustang”

It’s almost enough to make you think Ford plans to offer electric cars shoppers may actually want to buy.  The extended debut of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV culminated in its formal unveiling in an aircraft hangar last November, just before the start of media days at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  The… Read more »

Q&A with Electrify America’s Chief Operating Officer

It would be understandable to be a bit skeptical about Electrify America—after all, it was founded by decree of a court, as atonement for VW’s diesel-related dirty deeds. However, by all accounts the company is taking its mission to increase EV adoption by building a first-class charging network quite seriously, and is setting a fine… Read more »

A look at BMS validation testing

The battery pack is not only one of the most expensive components in an EV—it’s also incredibly complex, in some cases comprising thousands of individual cells. The tasks of preserving a battery’s efficiency, lifespan, thermal stability and safety rest upon the battery management system (BMS), an embedded controller that regulates the flow and distribution of… Read more »

Ford’s electric SUVs and pickups are on the way

One of the biggest roadblocks to greater EV adoption is a lack of electric offerings in the form factors that are most popular with buyers: namely, SUVs and pickup trucks. The Mach-E could turn out to be a good first step towards filling those gaps in the market. Ford invested $500 million in Rivian last… Read more »

EV motor shaft bearings: One of the few moving parts

CoorsTek argues that ceramic bearings are the best fit for EVs The less moving parts in a machine, the better. That’s one often-heard argument for the superiority of electric powertrains over internal combustion engines (ICEs), in which the number of moving components is dramatic. Sure, EVs have a lot of electrons moving this way and… Read more »