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Kinemetrix develops automated manufacturing with 3D-guided welding for EV components

Kentucky-based Kinemetrix, a manufacturer of automated assembly equipment, has developed new scalable, modular EV manufacturing technologies that use 3D vision-guided welding and robotics. The company’s new Agile3D CopperWeld is a process technology that combines 3D vision and TIG welding for joining small copper leads in EV components. Machine vision finds the leads in 3D space,… Read more »

Webasto launches modular battery system, thermal management, and charging stations

Automotive supplier Webasto showcased its modular battery system, thermal management system, and charging station at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas. The CV standard battery system is available in 400 V and 800 V versions. Each battery features 35 kWh of energy. Up to 10 packs can be used for a combined 350 kWh…. Read more »

Dutch startup LeydenJar to open pilot plant for Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

Dutch startup LeydenJar is opening a pilot plant to manufacture new-generation batteries that utilize pure silicon anodes, which the company says can store 50% more energy than conventional lithium batteries. LeydenJar and its development partners hope to use the pilot plant to demonstrate that batteries with silicon anodes can be manufactured for the same price… Read more »

Kratzer Automation launches new battery test and simulation device

Kratzer Automation has developed the VES4.1-c, a new battery test and simulation device. The VES4.1-c features an increased rated current and overload capability, as well as Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) interface. The device has a maximum current of 1,000 amps and maximum electrical output of up to 300 kW. Dirk Stübener, Product Manager… Read more »

Chinese EV maker to use BorgWarner’s iDM e-axle in upcoming vehicle

Michigan-based parts supplier BorgWarner has announced a partnership with an unnamed Chinese EV maker to supply its fully-integrated e-axle, the iDM, for an upcoming EV. This partnership is BorgWarner’s first iDM project in China. The automaker expects the EV to go into mass production in 2021. BorgWarner’s e-axle system integrates the power electronics, transmission, and… Read more »

Cree to supply SiC semiconductors to ZF for electric drives

Cree, a US maker of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, has partnered with German parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen to supply SiC semiconductors for electric drives. ZF will initially use Cree’s technology to fulfill pre-existing orders from several auto manufacturers for silicon carbide-based electric drives, but ZF hopes to make silicon carbide electric drivelines available to the… Read more »

BorgWarner’s new dual-clutch system enables torque vectoring with a single motor

BorgWarner has developed a system that can enable EVs to use torque vectoring with just one electric motor instead of the traditional two. The Michigan-based parts supplier says its solution is cost-effective, light and compact. The company will start producing the system in the first half of 2022 for an unnamed auto manufacturer. Traditional torque-vectoring… Read more »

Maersk to pilot 600 kWh maritime battery system

In December, Danish maritime transportation company Maersk will add a 600 kWh battery system on board the container ship Maersk Cape Town in a trial run to improve vessel performance and reliability while also reducing CO2 emissions. Maersk warns that powering vessels with battery power alone is still years away from being a technologically and… Read more »