The Tech

Ricardo’s new model-based BMS enables next-generation cell chemistries

UK engineering firm Ricardo has developed a new Battery Management System (BMS) that uses model-based control methods to optimize the performance of both existing and next-generation cell chemistries. According to Ricardo, the more affordable and lighter-weight cell chemistries of the future are likely to require a more intensive level of model-based management and control than… Read more »

DOE awarding $19 million to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects

The DOE is awarding $19.4 million to 22 new cost-shared research projects in the fields of advanced batteries, lightweight materials, emission control, and energy-efficient mobility systems. Fifteen of these are Phase 1 Battery Seedling projects, aimed at battery materials and approaches that complement the Battery500 Consortium’s research. Promising Phase 1 awardees will be competitively weeded… Read more »

BMW i Ventures announces strategic investment in GaN Systems

BMW i Ventures has announced a strategic investment in semiconductor maker GaN Systems. GaN Systems focusses on power transistors based on Gallium nitride (GaN), a wide band gap semiconductor material that promises higher energy efficiency, smaller form factors and higher performance. “GaN Systems’ power transistors have created new possibilities for engineers to build the power… Read more »

Magnet Applications’ online Tech Center and new calculator apps

Magnet Applications, a subsidiary of Bunting Magnetics based in Dubois, Pennsylvania, provides compression-bonded and injection-molded magnets and magnetic assemblies for automotive and other industrial applications. The company has expanded its online Tech Center, which offers a wealth of information about magnets, including articles and presentations on various attractive topics, as well as an in-depth magnetic… Read more »

Argonne NL licenses continuous ALD technology to Forge Nano

Argonne National Laboratory has granted an exclusive license to Colorado-based nano-coating specialist Forge Nano to commercialize Argonne’s patented system for continuous atomic layer deposition. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a process that deposits a uniform, ultrathin encapsulating coating around any material. It can be used to upgrade materials such as powders utilized in lithium-ion batteries,… Read more »

Wuzhoulong’s Chinese e-bus uses UQM drive system

Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors has unveiled a 12-meter bus for the China market, powered by an electric drive system from UQM Technologies (NYSE MKT: UQM). UQM’s PowerPhase DT HD250 propulsion system includes a 2-speed Eaton transmission and delivers peak power of 250 kW and torque of 3050 Nm. Wuzhoulong has delivered nearly 3,000 new energy buses,… Read more »

ZF showcases mSTARS electric axle system for hybrids or EVs

German automotive supplier ZF is using a plug-in concept vehicle called Vision Zero to showcase a number of new safety and zero-emissions technologies. The entire propulsion system is housed in a space-saving modular rear axle system called mSTARS (modular Semi-Trailing Arm Rear Suspension). mSTARS is designed to make it easier to electrify existing production vehicle… Read more »

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Cummins to offer electrified powertrains in 2019

Cummins executives have outlined plans to add hybrid and fully electric powertrains to the company’s range of offerings. The delivery of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid systems, which is to begin in 2019, will be just the first step, they said – the company intends to be the leading provider of electrified powertrains in its commercial… Read more »

Electric school bus drivetrain builder ADOMANI raises $9 million in IPO

ADOMANI, a California-based provider of electric and hybrid drivetrain solutions, has completed a Regulation A common stock offering, and is now listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ADOM. The initial offering yielded proceeds to the company of approximately $9.2 million. The market value of company crossed $1 billion, as its share price jumped 129%… Read more »

Leclanché to supply batteries for Skoda Electric e-buses

Swiss battery-maker Leclanché and Skoda Electric, a maker of electric drives and traction motors for trolley and electric buses, have signed a Joint Development Agreement under which Leclanché will provide Skoda Electric with battery solutions for its electric bus expansion strategy. Leclanché will provide Skoda Electric with high-energy (larger G/ NMC batteries for overnight charging)… Read more »