The Tech

Group14 secures funding to scale Li-ion battery production

Group14 Technologies, a global provider of silicon-carbon composite materials for lithium-ion markets, has secured $17 million in a Series B funding round led by SK materials, a manufacturer of special gases and industrial gases. Group14 will leverage this operating capital to scale production to meet the increasing demand for its flagship product, SCC55, which it… Read more »

FREYR and 24M to collaborate on battery cell production

FREYR and 24M have signed an agreement to use 24M’s SemiSolid lithium-ion battery platform technology in FREYR’s planned facilities in Norway. FREYR is targeting a production capacity of over 40 GWh of scalable, modular battery cells via partnership-based strategies in both grid and electric mobility markets. “24M has fundamentally redesigned the traditional LIB cell technology… Read more »

Webinar: Selecting safe and reliable components for high-voltage EVs

With high-performance electric vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan in production, and several manufacturers slated to release EVs with 800 V battery systems in 2021, using high-voltage battery systems in EVs is no longer just theoretical. The advent of higher-voltage vehicles means the decisions EV designers and OEMs must make when selecting the components used… Read more »

Compact EV-specific transmission supports niche OEMs as they shift to electric

Following the recent release of its HPD E crate motors and associated kit to electrify the classic Mini, Swindon Powertrain is now extending its electrification range with a new standalone E-Transmission for EVs. Swindon says the single-speed gearbox is an affordable plug-and-play solution to purchasing a transmission to work with existing electric motors. With two… Read more »

LG and Magna enter agreement to expand powertrain electrification

LG and Magna have announced a joint venture to manufacture e-motors, inverters, onboard chargers and related e-drive systems. The new company, tentatively called LG Magna e-Powertrain, combines Magna’s experience in automotive manufacturing with LG’s expertise in component development for e-motors and inverters. LG has plenty of experience in developing electric vehicle components, most notably for… Read more »

REE and Iochpe-Maxion to develop modular EV wheel and chassis designs

REE Automotive and Iochpe-Maxion have announced a partnership to co-develop and manufacture an exclusive wheel design and chassis solution for REE’s corner modules and EV platform. The REEcorner integrates all drivetrain, powertrain, suspension and steering components into the arch of the wheel, facilitating the REEboard, a flat and modular electric chassis. The REE platform provides… Read more »

Discoveries highlight new possibilities for magnesium batteries

Magnesium batteries have long been considered a potentially safer and less expensive alternative to lithium-ion batteries, but previous versions have been severely limited in the amount of power they delivered. Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) reported in Nature Energy that they have developed a new… Read more »

Bel Power Solutions announces bi-directional on-board charger

Bel Power Solutions has introduced the BCL25-700-8, a 22/25 kW bi-directional liquid-cooled on-board inverter battery charger with export functionality. Up to 4 BCL25-700-8 charging units can be connected in parallel, with efficiency near 94%. Bel Power says it’s possible to connect this charger to a charging station or directly to the grid (190-264 VAC single-phase… Read more »

Nexperia’s new AEC-Q101 MOSFETs tested to 1 billion cycles

Semiconductor manufacturer Nexperia has launched a new AEC-Q101-qualified Repetitive Avalanche Application-Specific FET (ASFET) portfolio focused on powertrain applications. The company says the devices have been tested to 1 billion avalanche cycles, and can be used to control automotive inductive loads such as solenoids and actuators. In addition to providing a faster turn-off time (up to… Read more »

New heating concept increases EV range and enhances passenger comfort

Heating an EV passenger compartment requires additional energy, which sometimes reduces the vehicle’s range. Engineering specialist IAV teamed up with Louisenthal, a manufacturer of banknote substrates, security papers and security foils, to develop an energy-efficient heating concept that requires considerably less energy while increasing comfort for drivers and passengers.  At the heart of the heating… Read more »