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Infolytica’s new software suite enhances electromagnetic field simulations

Infolytica has released new versions of its MagNet, ElecNet, ThermNet and OptiNet simulation software. Upgrades in version 7.8 include improved nonlinear material treatment in AC/time-harmonic simulations and expanded circuit modeling tools for complex control systems. Infolytica’s suite of computer-aided engineering software is designed to handle the most complex electromagnetic and electric field simulations. Engineers, scientists… Read more »

Eight of the top 10 cars sold in Norway are electrified

If you’re wondering how quickly EVs could take over from legacy vehicles, you might look at early adopter Norway, where plug-ins now represent 33% of all auto sales. Of the top 10 cars sold in the country in May, only two were non-electrified models. The Norwegian plug-in market continued its steady rise in May, growing… Read more »

Tesla talking to other automakers about sharing Supercharger network

Tesla has brought up the idea of opening up its Supercharger network to other automakers several times over the years, but a recent comment by CTO JB Straubel has fueled conjecture that talk may soon evolve into action. Speaking at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s recent Energy Fair in Wisconsin, Straubel said, “For things like… Read more »

Panasonic shifts focus to automotive tech

The coming restructuring of the auto industry will yield winners and losers. New opportunities will open up for battery-makers and copper producers, but the hottest sector of all may be “auto tech,” which includes not only powertrain electronics such as motor controllers, inverters and chargers, but also self-driving hardware and software, and customer-facing components such… Read more »

Honda to lease 2017 Clarity Electric for $269 a month

Honda’s Clarity Electric sedan is scheduled to arrive at select dealerships in California and Oregon in August. The company has announced an introductory 36-month lease offer of $269 a month (plus tax), which includes 20,000 miles per year. The Clarity Electric sports a 161 hp (120 kW) electric motor that produces 221 lb-ft (300 N·m)… Read more »

BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in electric bus company Proterra

Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has closed a Series 6 round of funding, raising $55 million from various investors, including BMW i Ventures. Proterra will use the new money to increase production at its manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and Los Angeles, and to boost R&D efforts at company headquarters in Silicon Valley. For BMW i… Read more »

IAV says its new modular electric drive can boost range 5-10%

IAV’s new modular drive unit, presented at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium, combines an 80 kW (50 kW continuous) motor with a transmission, and can support electrification solutions in vehicle classes A to D. Many of today’s electric drives use a transmission with a fixed gear ratio. This has the advantage of simplicity, but is… Read more »

Chinese automaker Sokon Industry Group establishes US-based EV brand, SF Motors

Chinese manufacturer Sokon Industry Group, which produces multi-purpose vehicles as well as engines and other automotive components, has established a US-based headquarters in Silicon Valley. The company is launching an EV brand called SF Motors, which it promises to unveil in further detail in the coming months. The company has also established an R&D center… Read more »

Copper industry expects EVs to spur ninefold rise in demand for copper by 2027

Big Oil may not be too happy with what’s going on, but Big Copper is all for it. A new report commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) finds that the growing market for EVs will significantly increase demand for copper over the next decade. According to Copper Intensity in the Electrification of Transport and… Read more »