Wallner Expac launches Microform expanded metal for batteries and EMI shielding

Expanded metal developer Wallner Expac has added to its product line MicroForm, an expanded metal for applications such as support foils for batteries, EMI/RFI shielding, and microfiltration. MicroForm can be manufactured into light- and heavy-gauge variants. The LWDs (long way of designs) can be expanded from 0.125 inches down to 0.05 inches using materials with… Read more »

JFK Airport Terminal 5 installs 38 charging hubs, will electrify ground equipment

Airport ground support equipment – fuel trucks, tugs, container loaders, catering vehicles, etc – is a prime candidate for electrification, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has taken a major step in this direction. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a switch to electric ground service equipment at JFK’s Terminal 5. The… Read more »

Tesla’s “biggest software update ever” includes Smart Summon feature

Tesla’s Software Version 10.0, which the company calls “our biggest software update ever,” will be rolled out to Tesla owners around the world this week. The star of the show is Smart Summon, which appears to be a major step towards full vehicle autonomy: With Smart Summon, customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or… Read more »

ExxonMobil launches new suite of fluids and greases for electric vehicles

ExxonMobil has launched a new suite of fluids and greases, named Mobil EV, to meet the drivetrain requirements of electric vehicles. ExxonMobil says the Mobil EV suite of products contains molecules carefully selected and blended to help EVs travel farther between charges, extend component life, and operate more safely. The Mobil EV product range includes:… Read more »

Delphi and Cree partner on silicon carbide devices

Delphi Technologies and Cree have partnered to use Cree’s silicon carbide semiconductor technology in Delphi’s electronic systems for EVs. The partnership will combine Cree’s silicon carbide-based metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) with Delphi’s traction drive inverters and DC/DC converters and chargers, aiming to extend driving range and provide faster charging times. To start, Cree’s MOSFETs will… Read more »

DTE Energy installs four Chargepoint fast chargers in downtown Detroit

ChargeD, a collaboration led by local utility DTE Energy with support from the City of Detroit, GM and Blue Energy, has installed four Chargepoint Express 250 fast charging stations at Capitol Park in downtown Detroit, as part of Project Kinetic, a new mobility program. It also plans to install two more public chargers downtown. As… Read more »

South Dakota university to create international center for solid-state batteries

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology plans to establish an international center to develop solid-state batteries. Associate Professor Alevtina Smirnova says the solid-state batteries developed at the new Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS) will be ideal for portable and medical applications, electric grids and the automotive industry. The… Read more »

Kia and Hyundai invest in IONITY, plan to bump up EV systems to 800 volts

Kia and Hyundai have announced investments in IONITY, the European charging network established by BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW. Hyundai Motor Group, which includes both Kia and Hyundai, will obtain equal shares in IONITY as those of founding partners. Starting in 2021, Kia and Hyundai will equip EVs with 800-volt charging systems to accommodate IONITY’s… Read more »