The Tech

Elaphe Propulsion Technologies to provide in-wheel motors to HFM’s Motionboard EV platform

Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a manufacturer of in-wheel electric propulsion systems, and HFM, a developer of mechatronics systems for electric and autonomous vehicles, have announced a new partnership. HFM’s autonomous EV platform Motionboard will now incorporate Elaphe’s in-wheel motor technology. Motionboard is a modular and scalable platform that’s used as a base for building autonomous EVs…. Read more »

Infinitum Electric secures $1.8 million in funding for efficient HVAC motor technology

Infinitum Electric, a developer of electric motors, has closed a $1.8 million Series A financing round, bringing its total funding to $2.7 million. The company says it will use the funding to launch an HVAC-specific, fully-integrated motor and increase research and development efforts for applications in the EVs and Oil and Gas markets. Infinitum credits… Read more »

Higher crystallinity results in better solid-state batteries

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have been working on solid-state batteries, which are theoretically safer, more stable, and have higher energy densities than conventional Li-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. They have recently made progress towards overcoming a major limitation of solid-state batteries: high resistance at the interface between the electrodes and the electrolytes… Read more »

Sepion receives CEC grant for composite battery membranes

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $450,000 in grant funding to Sepion Technologies, an Emeryville, California company that’s developing a composite battery membrane designed to replace ceramic components. Sepion’s composite membranes  provide high-flux and ion-selective transport, and the company says they can be processed in large-area formats at a fraction of the cost of ceramics. The project’s… Read more »

UQM Technologies to be acquired by Danfoss

UQM Technologies, a manufacturer of electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors for commercial vehicles, has entered into a merger agreement with Danfoss Power Solutions, a subsidiary of privately-owned Danish conglomerate Danfoss, which manufactures hydraulic systems, drives, motors, and components for the automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Danfoss will acquire UQM in… Read more »

Maxwell Technologies sells high-voltage product line, shifts focus to EV energy storage

Maxwell Technologies, a manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery technology, has sold its high-voltage product line to Renaissance Investment Foundation for $55.1 million in cash and up to $15 million in future payments. Included in the deal were Maxwell’s Swiss subsidiary, Maxwell Technologies SA, and its CONDIS line of high-voltage capacitors. Maxwell will now… Read more »

Tesla offers a free Model 3 to anyone who can hack its system

Cars are becoming computers, and Tesla has always been at the forefront of that trend. For years, the company has worked with the “white hat” hacker community to pro-actively identify and fix security flaws in its vehicle software. Electrek reports that, over the past few years, Tesla’s bug bounty program has paid out serious money… Read more »

Wolfspeed introduces next-gen SiC diode for renewable energy and EV applications

Wolfspeed (a Cree company), has introduced its 5th-generation SiC Schottky diode, which is optimized for renewable energy, industrial power and EV applications. The 1,700 V C5D is commercially available in both bare die and package formats. It joins the current line of 1,700 V MOSFETs, which feature an optimized TO-247-4 Plus package that provides extra… Read more »

Johnson Controls and Toshiba partner to pair Li-ion and lead-acid in dual-battery systems

Johnson Controls and Toshiba have partnered to develop low-voltage lithium-ion batteries, which they’ll pair with existing lead-acid batteries for dual-battery systems. Paired systems require fewer powertrain alterations than other electrified powertrains, and achieve up to eight percent better fuel efficiency than conventional systems, according to Johnson Controls. Global information provider IHS Markit forecasts that dual-battery… Read more »

Amada Miyachi Europe provides welding equipment for new LIGHT Battery

Manufacturing batteries for EVs requires specialized equipment, and battery makers require different systems depending on battery type, tab material and thickness, and production volume. Amada Miyachi Europe is a company that provides a range of resistance and laser welding equipment for just this purpose. Most recently, the company provided resistance welding equipment to German battery… Read more »