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BASF and Volkswagen seek applications for $56,000 electrochemistry award

Chemical company BASF and Volkswagen are seeking applications for the seventh annual Science Award Electrochemistry, an international competition that aims to highlight academic research into high-efficiency energy storage devices. Scientists and engineers who have made a recent achievement in the following fields are encouraged to apply: Battery materials Cells Battery systems Production Operations  Recycling The… Read more »

MAHLE launches oil management module for EVs

Automotive supplier MAHLE has developed a new oil management module for EVs. The module includes a filter, electric oil pumps, and a thermostat. MAHLE’s new module features a lightweight design, minimal pressure losses and low package constraints. The pressure-side filtration concept offers flexibility in the type, size, and power rating of the pump, reducing the… Read more »

Infineon to acquire Cypress Semiconductor for $10 billion

Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies has acquired Cypress Semiconductor Corporation for $23.85 per share, or about $10.1 billion. The acquisition will add Cypress’s microcontrollers and software and connectivity components, such as NOR flash memories, to Infineon’s portfolio. If approved by Cypress’s shareholders and regulatory agencies, the acquisition is expected to close by early 2020. Reinhard Ploss,… Read more »

NEVS/Evergrande acquires motor maker Protean Electric

Evergrande Health subsidiary National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has acquired in-wheel motor technology company Protean Electric. Founded in 2008, Protean Electric prioritized the development of its ProteanDrive in-wheel motor technology, which combines power electronics and a direct-drive electric motor. The company holds over 160 patents on electric motors and power electronics design, control and production…. Read more »

Miba battery cooler adjusts to the shape of battery cells

Auto parts manufacturer Miba has released the FLEXcooler, a flexible battery cooling system that can adjust its shape to fit various batteries, including prismatic, cylindrical, and pouch battery cells. Miba says its adaptable cooling system attaches closely to battery cells, eliminating the need for gap fillers. As part of EU research project i-HeCoBatt (Intelligent Heating… Read more »

Cree joins Volkswagen’s FAST program to provide silicon carbide

Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen Group has selected Cree as the exclusive provider of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors for its Future Automotive Supply Tracks (FAST) program. Founded in 2015, FAST aims to optimize the collaboration between Volkswagen and its suppliers. According to Cree, the use of SiC semiconductors makes EVs more efficient, allowing for reduced costs, quicker… Read more »

BorgWarner unveils new onboard battery charger

Automotive parts supplier BorgWarner has released a silicon carbide onboard battery charger that is compatible with 400, 600 and 800 V systems. It accepts AC inputs with 7.4 kW, 11 kW, and 22 kW power ratings. Optional DC-to-DC converter rating integration from 2.3 kW to 3.6 kW is available. “Our technical center is dedicated to… Read more »