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Eaton launches new battery disconnect unit for EVs

Eaton has introduced a new battery disconnect unit (BDU) for EVs that acts as an on/off switch to the battery for different EV operating modes such as charging and driving. The BDU can be linked to Eaton’s Breaktor circuit protection technology, which provides current switching and resettable bidirectional short-circuit protection. The company says, “Eaton’s Breaktor… Read more »

Livent to boost ownership of lithium hydroxide development project in Canada

Lithium supplier Livent has announced an agreement to boost its ownership of a lithium hydroxide development project called Nemaska Lithium to 50%. Livent says it expects the site in Quebec, Canada to begin production in 2025. “We believe that Nemaska, as a large and low-cost integrated lithium hydroxide project, will be an important part of… Read more »

Qorvo says its new SiC FET product line has best-in-class figures of merit for on-resistance

Radio frequency technology company Qorvo (formerly UnitedSiC) has announced a new SiC Field Effect Transistor (FET) product line, which it says has best-in-class figures of merit for on-resistance. The FET is designed for the 800 V bus architectures in the onboard chargers of EVs as well as industrial battery chargers, industrial power supplies, DC/DC solar… Read more »

New research looks at the economics of aluminum for EVs

Research commissioned and funded by The Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group has studied the content and economics of aluminum in EVs. In a White Paper, authors from FEV Consulting, Novelis and Constellium found that current BEVs have a higher aluminum content than comparable ICE vehicles and that aluminum content rises as EV size and performance… Read more »

Eaton introduces new line of DC-DC converters for commercial vehicles

Eaton has introduced a new line of DC-DC converters designed for the electrical systems of commercial vehicles. “DC-DC converters are an essential part of our eMobility product portfolio and are used in a variety of vehicle applications,” said Director of Technology Development for Eaton’s eMobility business Ben Karrer. “Many commercial vehicle manufacturers are transitioning to… Read more »

Continental launches new sensor systems for EV battery protection

Parts supplier Continental will offer two new sensor systems for protecting EV batteries. The Current Sensor Module (CSM) is designed to protect batteries from over-currents by monitoring current and temperature. The ASIL D-compliant module also assists in calculating range by monitoring the current consumed and aids in finding mechanical malfunctions. The company says, “To support… Read more »

Microchip Technology releases new inductive position sensor for EV motor control

Microchip Technology has introduced a new inductive position sensor designed for EV motor control applications. It’s part of a product line of inductive position sensors offered by the company, and is available now. The LX34070 IC uses printed circuit board traces and includes differential outputs and fast sample rates. “Microchip expects its LX34070 IC to… Read more »