The Tech

Ricardo appoints Adrian Schaffer as new President of Automotive and Industrial for North America

Engineering services provider Ricardo has appointed Adrian Schaffer as its new President of Automotive and Industrial for North America. Schaffer’s long career as a transport industry executive spans numerous fields, including manufacturing, electrification, telematics and connectivity, across North America and the globe. As Director of Marketing at Motorola, he worked with GM on the then-new… Read more »

Glencore and Britishvolt sign partnership for long-term supply of cobalt

Global mining giant Glencore has announced a long-term strategic partnership for the supply of responsibly sourced cobalt with battery startup Britishvolt. Glencore has also made an undisclosed investment in Britishvolt.  By securing a supply of a key battery ingredient from Glencore, Britishvolt hopes to significantly derisk its operations. David Brocas, Head Cobalt Trader for Glencore,… Read more »

How to design adaptable Li-ion packs for changing EV safety regulations: Getting ahead of thermal runaway

Increasing global adoption of EVs is putting the spotlight on safety features for these next-generation vehicles. There are some inherent risks involved with the use of lithium-ion batteries, as instability in one cell/battery can increase the temperature of the cell and create an explosion and/or fire, causing irreparable damage. Considering the presence of many cells… Read more »

Comparison of next-generation EV motors: Induction, IPM-SRM, Axial-Flux Air-Core

At the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering October 18-21, 2021 Infinitum Electric will present a comparison of three common EV motor topologies, including induction, IPM-SRM, and axial-flux air-core. Join this session for a deep dive dedicated to: Understanding how each of the three motor topologies functions Explanation of how each motor performs with air… Read more »

Eaton launches new line of differentials for electrified vehicles

The Vehicle Group of power management company Eaton has launched a new lineup of differentials for electrified vehicles that it says offer comparable performance to those of legacy ICE  vehicles. Eaton says its Traction Control family of differentials can provide improved traction in adverse conditions and improved stability while trailering.  The company offers a full… Read more »

Learn about testing EV and EVSE interoperability and conformance

Join this session at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering this Fall to learn more about testing interoperability of EVs and charging infrastructure. EV and EV supply equipment (EVSE) manufacturers and providers are striving to reach that magical tipping point where range, charging time, availability, safety and price come together to help EVs become… Read more »

Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection releases high-current SMD brick fuses

Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection has announced its new 0ACH Series of fast-acting, high-current surface-mount device (SMD) brick fuses. The 0ACH series offers high current ratings and high interrupting ratings within a small package size of 4.5 x 4.5 x 12.3 mm. The 0ACH Series is designed for applications that require a high-current fuse, and that benefit… Read more »

ExOne and Maxxwell Motors develop 3D printing process for copper e-winding components

ExOne, an industrial sand and metal 3D printing company, is collaborating with Tennessee-based startup Maxxwell Motors to develop a copper e-winding design for its axial flux electric motors. The two companies have successfully 3D printed a high-efficiency copper e-winding design for an electric motor without rare earth magnets, eliminating some challenges that come from traditional… Read more »

Sprint Power to lead project to develop ultra-fast charging 800 V battery systems

Sprint Power is leading a new £9.7-million project aimed at developing ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs for EVs and hybrids. Project CELERITAS is backed by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APCUK), as well as a consortium that includes BMW, bp, AMTE Power, Clas-SiC and Eltrium. Sprint Power will design and develop an 800 V… Read more »

NAWA Technologies begins production of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube material

Energy storage system manufacturer NAWA Technologies has begun manufacturing its Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube (VACNT) material. NAWA’s process grows VACNT simultaneously and homogeneously on both sides of a substrate at atmospheric pressure, using a chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) process, in a roll-to-roll manner. The process has demonstrated the ability to grow up to over 200-micrometer-long… Read more »