The new EcoHub app, which works through GM’s OnStar telematics program, will be tested by residents of the Pecan Street project.
The battery contact heat exchangers and battery chillers are designed to maintain temperatures within tight ranges specified by automakers, allowing optimal performance and extended cycle life.
German transmission giant Getrag introduced two new transmissions: the seven-speed dual clutch transmission Powershift 7DCT300; and the Hybrid Drive 7HDT300.
Vision Industries and Balqon Corporation have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to build a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell /electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. The Zero-TT will incorporate a Cargotec Kalmar chassis, Balqon’s electric drivetrain and Vision’s hydrogen fuel cell range extender. It is intended to combine the superior acceleration of a battery-powered EV… Read more »
Motiv’s ePCS is a modular system that fits on a conventional truck chassis, enabling builders to easily add an electric option to their chassis lineups.
BRUSA Elektronik AG, a Swiss maker of power electronics and motors for EVs, has announced a new on-board charging system that operates on three-phase current of up to 22 kW. BRUSA says its NLG6 system will be able to charge a typical EV in only an hour, with no need for an external DC charger…. Read more »
Toyota has released a series of videos about its second-generation RAV4 EV, featuring engineers explaining various technical details of the vehicle, plus plenty of cool on-the-road footage. In this installment, Toyota’s team describes the many steps they took to reduce the RAV4’s Coefficient of Drag (CD). Reducing drag is important for any vehicle, at… Read more »
Yet another exciting advance in battery technology was announced this week. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar, made a sheet of paper from the world’s thinnest material, graphene, then zapped the paper with a laser or camera flash to blemish it with countless cracks, pores, and other imperfections. The result… Read more »
The rush for a better battery is in full swing – every week seems to bring news of a new breakthrough, or at least a promising avenue of research. While most researchers concentrate on increasing energy density, and a few on improving thermal performance, a group of Korean scientists is attacking the issue of charging… Read more »
General Motors has announced that it is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai.