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Nexperia’s new compact automotive power MOSFET package

Nexperia is offering its automotive power MOSFETs in a new thermally-enhanced, loss-free package with a footprint that it says is 80% smaller than industry-standard devices. LFPAK33 MOSFETs enable the infrastructure that powers contemporary automotive subsystems such as radar and ADAS technology. In the industry, pressure is growing to reduce the size of modules in the… Read more »

All-Tesla racing championship begins in Europe in November

A new all-Tesla racing championship is scheduled to kick off this November at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The calendar will continue with a race every month or so in Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain. The Electric GT Championship will offer “motorsport for the 21st century, that presents our… Read more »

Plugless chargers pass a milestone: one million hours of charging

Evatran Group has announced that its installed base of Plugless wireless chargers has logged one million hours of charging time. Evatran field-tested its Plugless inductive charging systems from 2012 to 2014 with partners including Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz. In 2014 it began selling 3.3 kW wireless chargers for the Volt and the LEAF. Since… Read more »

New fluorinated sulfone electrolytes enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have synthesized a new class of fluorinated sulfone electrolytes to enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries. In “Oxidatively Stable Fluorinated Sulfone Electrolytes for 5-V Lithium-ion Battery,” published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science, Chi-Cheung Su and colleagues explain how they evaluated the physical and electrochemical properties of the new… Read more »

New report recommends best utility rate structures to support growth of fast charging

Network operator EVgo and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have released a report regarding the future of utility rates for DC fast chargers. The new report, “EVgo Fleet and Tariff Analysis,” finds that public fast-charging infrastructure is critical to EV deployment; however, California state legislators and regulators must make adjustments to allow for more cost-effective… Read more »

Novelis to provide aluminum for NIO EVs

Aluminum supplier Novelis has agreed to provide aluminum for NextEV’s line of NIO EVs. NIO will use Novelis Advanz aluminum alloys to create a range of structural components and parts for its electric SUV models, which it plans to launch over the next five years. The aluminum for NIO will come from Novelis’s new $100-million… Read more »

Hybrid Kinetic shows H600 microturbine PHEV in Geneva

China-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG), together with its design and engineering partner Pininfarina, unveiled a plug-in sedan concept that uses a microturbine at the recent Geneva Auto Salon. The H600 concept features an aluminum chassis, all-wheel torque vectoring and vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-grid capabilities. It offers combined power of over 600 kW, and accelerates from 0-60… Read more »

European Fastned charging stations reach break-even point

Netherlands-based charging network operator Fastned has announced that its first two stations reached the break-even point in March. Revenues generated at the two stations outpaced operating expenses, which include the purchase of power, grid connection fees, license costs, land leasing, cleaning and maintenance. Fastned expects more stations to pass the break-even point in the coming… Read more »

Grafoid’s ion-selective graphene polymer membrane protects electrodes

Canadian graphene specialist Grafoid has introduced its GPURE Graphene Polymer nano-porous membrane, intended for next generation Li-ion battery applications. The GPURE GPM product is a chemically inert, freestanding membrane that uses graphene composites to test ion selectivity using both monovalent and divalent ions. Ion selectivity is a key requirement for a semi-permeable membrane in a… Read more »