The Tech

SVOLT launches cobalt-free batteries for Great Wall EVs

Chinese automotive battery company SVOLT, a Great Wall Motors spin-off, has officially launched two cobalt-free batteries. In 2019, the company unveiled both the cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cells (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cells (NCMA). At the product launch livestream event, SVOLT President Yang Hongxin said that the NMx battery cell rivals the NCM811 cell in… Read more »

Nexperia’s next-gen 650 V gallium nitride (GaN) technology

Nexperia has announced a new range of GaN FETs featuring next-generation high-voltage GaN HEMT H2 technology. The devices will be available in both TO-247 and the company’s proprietary CCPAK surface-mount packaging. Nexperia says its devices achieve superior switching FOMs and on-state performance with improved stability, and simplify application designs. Because the parts are configured as… Read more »

Sensata Technologies’ new GV210 series contactors for EVs

Sensata Technologies has announced the availability of its new GV210 series of hermetically sealed, gas-filled contactors for applications carrying up to 150 A at 12 to 900 VDC. The series is the latest addition to Sensata’s GIGAVAC brand product line, and is suitable as the main contactor for applications such as forklifts, home energy storage… Read more »

New ams position sensors for high-speed electric motors

Austrian sensor manufacturer ams is introducing new position sensors to enhance the electrification of safety-critical vehicle functions such as power steering, active damper control and braking. The ams AS5147U is a magnetic rotary position sensor chip for use in electric motors that run at speeds up to 28,000 rpm. The new AS5247U is a dual… Read more »

Vitesco and ROHM cooperate on silicon carbide power solutions

EV powertrain supplier Vitesco Technologies and silicon carbide specialist ROHM Semiconductor have signed a development partnership under which Vitesco will use ROHM’s SiC components to increase the efficiency of its EV power electronics.  “Energy efficiency is of paramount importance in an EV. As the traction battery is the only source of energy in the vehicle,… Read more »

Report: EVs will drive demand for nickel sulfate over the next decade

In a newly-released report on the nickel sulfate industry, Roskill forecasts that the expanding EV industry will become the key driver of growth in nickel demand. In the past, the market for nickel sulfate was largely driven by the plating industry and non-Li-ion battery applications, such as NiMH and NiCd batteries, but year-over-year growth in… Read more »

AMTE Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK battery gigafactory

AMTE Power and Britishvolt have announced plans to collaborate on what they call the UK’s first full-cycle battery cell “GigaPlant.” The parties have signed a memo of understanding (MoU) focused on the companies’ complementary ambitions to create and expand an onshore manufacturing supply chain. The collaboration would enable scalable production of a diverse portfolio of… Read more »