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Rio Tinto to buy lithium project in Argentina for $825 million

Mining and metals company Rio Tinto plans to purchase a lithium project in Argentina for $825 million from Rincon Mining in a transaction that’s expected to close in the first half of 2022. The Rincon lithium project is in the Salta province of Argentina, and currently hosts a pilot lithium production plant. After the purchase… Read more »

Today’s webinar: Introduction to measuring power losses in motors and inverters

The battery life of a device is crucial for the adoption of more electric devices. One of the main drivers for improving battery life is minimizing losses in the power conversion. Power losses happen for a variety of reasons in both the motor and inverter. In this presentation, we will review the basic sources of losses in… Read more »

Sensata introduces CAN bus-enabled GXC and MXC Smart-Tactor contactors

Sensor, controller and software firm Sensata has introduced its CAN bus communication-enabled GXC and MXC Smart-Tactor contactors. The contactors are part of the GX and MX product lines, and are available for the military, battery system, energy storage, commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Compared to contactors without CAN bus communication, Sensata says its GXC and… Read more »

Marposs announces non-contact tech for monitoring electrode roll production

Measurement, inspection and test technology company Marposs has announced a new line of non-contact solutions for monitoring roll-to-roll production of cathode and anode foils for EV batteries. Marposs says the solutions provide “high-resolution film thickness and width gauging across the electrode production process, helping to avoid scrap and rework to improve quality and save money.”… Read more »

In-Charge Energy’s new task force will angle for federal fleet electrification funding

Fleet electrification specialist In-Charge Energy has launched a new business unit specifically designed to secure grants and incentives that may be available under the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal). In-Charge says its Invest in America E-Fleet Task Force will help position the company to secure millions in funding… Read more »

German startup HeyCharge facilitates EVSE installation in parking garages

BMW i Ventures, the BMW Group’s venture capital firm, has invested in German startup HeyCharge, which is on a mission to install EV charging stations in locations such as apartment complexes and office buildings. “HeyCharge enables EV charging without an internet connection, which is a key enabler to cover untapped white spots,” said Kasper Sage,… Read more »

CISSOID and Silicon Mobility develop SiC inverter platform

Semiconductor manufacturer CISSOID and digital control developer Silicon Mobility are partnering to develop a new series of SiC inverter products. The modular platform will offer a power module and its gate driver with protections and fault management, an ultra-fast field-programmable control unit (FPCU), and application software optimized for e-motor control. Each of CISSOID’s intelligent power… Read more »

Parkopedia’s Park and Charge system streamlines the public charging experience

Parking services provider Parkopedia has introduced a new system designed to help EV owners easily find, manage and pay for charging sessions from within their vehicles. “Parking and charging are interconnected experiences,” Parkopedia points out. “A car must be parked to charge. Only a solution that successfully combines both services can create the complete user… Read more »

Another Idra Giga Press delivered to Tesla Gigafactory Texas

Everything’s big in Texas, especially Tesla’s Gigafactory and the giant Giga Press casting machines that will be used there to stamp body components for Model Y. Tesla put its first Giga Press into operation at the Fremont factory in 2020. Made by the Italian firm Idra, it has a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000… Read more »