The Tech

First Model Y megacasting produced at Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas

Tesla has taken a major step towards implementing an innovative new chassis design—the first Model Y megacasting has come out of the enormous Idra “gigapress” at Gigafactory Texas. Front and rear megacastings will be combined with the company’s new structural battery pack to form the underbody of Model Y. Current automobile chassis are made up… Read more »

Allison Transmission to supply Emergency One with electric axles

Allison Transmission and Emergency One have agreed to integrate the Allison eGen Power 100D electric axle into Emergency One’s fire rescue and emergency vehicle platform. This builds on a successful current relationship, under which 90% of the units Emergency One sells are equipped with an Allison automatic transmission. The eGen Power 100D electric axle, the… Read more »

EconCore develops new honeycomb core panels for battery protection and EV applications

EconCore has developed new honeycomb cores for laminated sandwich panels made with SABIC’s NORYL GTX resin. The new honeycomb core is designed to provide higher heat performance, better dimensional stability and lower water absorption compared to honeycomb structures made with traditional thermoplastics. SABIC says the new core material can be used in EV applications and,… Read more »

SVOLT to scale production of batteries with Soteria’s safety tech

SVOLT will begin commercialization of lithium-ion batteries using safety technology from Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), which, the company says, eliminates the root cause of thermal runaway and improves battery safety.      SVOLT’s new portfolio, which will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2021, uses thin metalized film current collectors that improve energy density… Read more »

Wevo potting compounds used in supercapacitors

WIMA, a maker of film capacitors, employs Wevo potting compounds in its supercapacitor PowerBlock—a cascaded, double-layer capacitor module whose capacitance, rated voltage and dimensions can be individually adapted to a desired application. This allows a range of mobility applications, such as engine starter modules in large construction and agricultural machinery, ships, locomotives, trams and buses,… Read more »

Purdue researchers demonstrate liquid-to-vapor phase change cooling for EV charging cables

Faster EV charging will necessitate a significant increase in the current passing through the charging cable, which causes an increase in heat. Researchers at Purdue University may have developed a way to dissipate that heat. Their solution employs a liquid-to-vapor phase change. With traditional liquid cooling, the cooling fluid captures the heat and is routed… Read more »

TWAICE raises $26 million in Series B funding for battery analytics software

TWAICE, a provider of battery analytics software, has raised $26 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s total financing to $45 million. The funds will be used to expand the company’s analytics platform and to fuel international expansion. “We have heavily invested in our battery analytics software to address the challenges in the battery… Read more »

Li-Cycle and Ultium Cells partner to recycle battery manufacturing scrap

Li-Cycle, the developer of a novel battery recycling system, has announced an agreement with Ultium Cells, a joint venture of GM and LG Energy Solution, to recycle up to 100% of the scrap generated by battery cell manufacturing at Ultium’s Lordstown, Ohio mega-factory. Using its patented Spoke & Hub Technologies at facilities in the US,… Read more »

Silicon Labs expands isolated gate driver product family with Si828x version 2

Silicon Labs has announced the addition of the Si828x version 2 to its isolated gate driver product family. This update allows the product family to drive silicon carbide (SiC) FET gates, addressing the growing market for half- and full-bridge inverters and power supplies that require improved power density, cooler operation and reduced switching losses. “The… Read more »

NH Research launches Enerlab 2.0 for remote battery testing

NH Research, a provider of battery test solutions for the EV and renewable energy markets, has launched Enerlab 2.0, a new battery test lab management solution. Enerlab 2.0, which uses the Enerchron test executive, has a new design that includes a GUI focused on improving the user experience and productivity.  Enerchron is a battery test… Read more »