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Simplifying EV traction inverters emergency power supply architecture

The low voltage power architecture used in EV traction inverters drives control electronics and provides gate driver power for the main traction IGBTs/MOSFETs. It must also provide redundancy to meet ASIL requirements. This requirement represents a special challenge as it means the Emergency Power Supply (EPS) must operate from low voltage and high voltage sources… Read more »

New MAHLE/Allotrope battery tech combines supercapacitors and lithium-carbon cells

MAHLE Powertrain and Allotrope Energy have unveiled a new battery technology for small EVs that combines supercapacitors with lithium-ion batteries in order to offer ultra-fast charging coupled with good power density. The two companies considered how an electric moped could be powered by an inexpensive, small-capacity battery that could be recharged between stops in as… Read more »

Japanese charging provider e-Mobility Power chooses Driivz charging management platform

Japanese charging provider e-Mobility Power (eMP) has migrated and unified its network of more than 27,000 chargers onto the Driivz end-to-end EV charging and energy management software platform. Driivz’s technology comprises operations management, authentication and billing, a mobile app and web self-service tools. In April 2021, eMP took over the Nippon Charge Service (NCS). Driivz… Read more »

Charge Now for Business offers a turnkey charging solution for European fleets

Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) has teamed up with the EVBox Group and The Mobility House to launch a new fleet charging solution in the DACH region (Germany [D], Austria [A] and Switzerland [CH]—get it?). Charge Now for Business features EVBox’s hardware and intelligent Everon software, as well as The Mobility House’s energy management system. The… Read more »

GM expands its battery tech development at new Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center

General Motors has announced plans to build a new battery development facility on the grounds of its Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center will “significantly expand the company’s battery technology operations and accelerate development and commercialization of longer-range, more affordable electric vehicle batteries.” The facility is named after the… Read more »

Circontrol and Xignux form new company to deploy charging network in Mexico and Latin America

Spanish EVSE manufacturer Circontrol has joined with the Mexican firm Xignux to create a new company called Voltway, which will offer a comprehensive charging service in Mexico and Latin America. Voltway plans to develop, install and maintain a network of charging infrastructure in Mexico. According to the company, there are currently 1,500 charging points in… Read more »

Dow introduces new silicone-based material for PCB conformal coatings

Dow has introduced its DOWSIL CC-2588 Conformal Coating, a tough, abrasion-resistant silicone-based material that protects printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronic components against high humidity and corrosion. The coating is virtually odorless and emits extremely low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). CC-2588 cures at room temperature for reduced energy consumption, supports spraying for higher… Read more »

NHTSA finds no cause to investigate Tesla battery fires

Sorry, Tesla-haters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declined to open a formal investigation into fire risks involving Tesla vehicles, after finding no relevant incidents in the United States in the last two years. In 2019, a California lawyer filed a petition with NHTSA on behalf of a group of Tesla owners, requesting… Read more »

Chevrolet’s electric Silverado pickup to debut at CES 2022

Electric pickups are expected to be the next big thing, and newcomer Rivian stole a march on everyone—Ford’s F-150 Lightning is in pre-production, but deliveries aren’t to start until spring of 2022. Tesla’s Cybertruck is delayed until who-knows-when. GM may be struggling to catch up, but it’s moving forward. The latest news is that Chevrolet’s… Read more »