The Tech

Teardown expert Sandy Munro compares 10 leading EV motors in new video

Auto manufacturing expert Sandy Munro knows what makes cars tick. For years, he and his company have performed teardowns, taking new cars apart and analyzing every little bracket and screw—what it’s made of, who made it, and how much it cost. This week at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering, Sandy compared an assortment… Read more »

Oxis Energy’s ultralight Li-sulfur batteries are aimed at aviation

Oxfordshire-based Oxis Energy has been working on lithium-sulfur battery technology since 2004 (Charged has reported on the company several times over the years). In a recent article in  IEEE Spectrum, the company’s Head of Battery Development and Integration, Mark Crittenden, explains why lithium-sulfur tech is uniquely suited to electric aviation. Weight is a critical constraint… Read more »

Over 60 webcasts on EV Engineering at this week’s Charged Virtual Conference

Charged is hosting a virtual conference on EV engineering this week that’s free to attend. The conference includes live webinar sessions with interactive Q&As and on-demand webinars. Just like the content Charged brings you every day, conference topics will span the entire EV engineering supply chain and ecosystem including motor and power electronics design and… Read more »

New anode material could lead to safer batteries with long cycle life

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jilin University have investigated a promising anode material for future high-performance batteries: lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO). As the team reported in Nature Communications, LLTO can improve battery energy density, power density, charging rate, safety and cycle life without requiring a particle… Read more »

Mercedes and CATL team up on future battery technology

Mercedes-Benz and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) are collaborating to create new battery technology for the high-volume electrification of Mercedes vehicles. The carmaker is accelerating its Electric First strategy, and plans to use carbon-neutral battery cells, modules and systems supplied by CATL. The agreement covers the full range of battery technologies, from cells to modules for… Read more »

EnergyX and ProfMOF partner on lithium-ion nanotechnology

Energy Exploration Technologies (EnergyX) and ProfMOF have announced a partnership to promote the use of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a relatively new class of nanotechnology materials suitable for applications in the renewable energy and battery storage fields. Capable of separating, transporting and isolating specific elements at the ionic level, MOFs are dense and malleable materials made… Read more »

Vitesco to supply drive control units for Volkswagen EVs

Vitesco Technologies, a maker of electric powertrains, will provide drive control units for the Volkswagen ID.3.  “This product makes us part of Volkswagen’s electrification ecosystem, which is proof of our strong system and electronics expertise across the entire vehicle propulsion system and beyond,” said Vitesco VP Wolfgang Breuer. Vitesco developed the drive control unit for… Read more »

BorgWarner to build integrated drive module for Ford Mustang Mach-E

BorgWarner has announced that it is building an Integrated Drive Module (iDM) for Ford’s new all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. The iDM comes complete with a BorgWarner thermal-management system and a gearbox integrated with a motor and power electronics from other suppliers.  “Our knowledge of system integration, paired with our gearing proficiency, allows us to design… Read more »

Octillion celebrates 100,000 EVs on the road with its batteries, 2 billion km driven

Octillion Power Systems, a Tier 1 supplier of energy storage systems for electric cars, trucks, and buses, has operations in the US, India and China. In India, the company has shipped more than 600 buses worth of batteries. In the US, Octillion supplies batteries to commercial fleet powertrain manufacturer Lightning Systems and other commercial OEMs…. Read more »