The Tech

Ricardo opens new power electronics and vehicle laboratories in California

Global engineering firm Ricardo sees Silicon Valley as the emerging capital of automotive technology and innovation, so it is expanding its Santa Clara Technical Center, investing in new power electronics and vehicle build facilities. The Santa Clara facility already serves Ricardo’s customers in California, such as Peloton Technology. “Improved driver safety is one of the… Read more »

alpha-En wins grant to commercialize lithium metal anodes

New York-based alpha-En has won an award of $750,000 from the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition Technology Commercialization Fund. The funding will be used to commercialize Argonne National Laboratory’s proprietary highly conductive solid-state electrolyte coating for alpha-En’s lithium metal anodes. alpha-En says its lithium metal is purer than what is currently available on the market,… Read more »

BorgWarner cabin heater extends driving range for new EV

BorgWarner has announced that it will supply its high-voltage positive temperature coefficient (PTC) cabin heating technology for an unspecified new EV model from a global automaker. BorgWarner’s technology is designed to provide rapid cabin heating while making the most efficient possible use of energy in order to conserve battery power. Unlike legacy vehicles, EVs don’t… Read more »

Littelfuse SiC MOSFET provides fast switching for power electronics

Circuit protection specialist Littelfuse has introduced its first series of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs. In March, Littelfuse made a majority investment in the SiC technology development company Monolith Semiconductor. The LSIC1MO120E0080 Series, with a voltage rating of 1,200 V and ultra-low (80 mΩ) on-resistance, is the first SiC MOSFET to be released by the new… Read more »

A123 invests in solid-state battery tech firm Solid Power

A123 Systems has invested in Solid Power, a developer of solid-state battery technology. Solid Power’s tech combines a high-capacity cathode with a high-capacity lithium metal anode in combination with a high-ionic-conductivity solid separator. The battery materials are 100 percent inorganic, and possess no flammable or volatile components. Solid Power says its batteries provide two to… Read more »

Arnold Schwarzenegger backs Austrian battery startup

Austrian battery startup Kreisel Electric grabbed some attention in the EV media by facing off with a Model S in a converted Porsche Panamera. Now it’s in the spotlight again after announcing the backing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his nephew, Patrick Knapp-Schwarzenegger. The Governator, a longtime EV fan, became familiar with Kreisel when he hired… Read more »

Johnson Matthey to invest $270 million in battery material technology

Specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey plans to invest $270 million to build production capacity for high-energy battery materials. Johnson Matthey first entered the Li-ion battery market in 2012, and is focusing on a broad portfolio of cathode materials to support a range of electrified vehicle applications. It has strategic partnerships with cell manufacturers and automotive… Read more »

GKN Driveline new eTwinsterX offers compactness, efficiency and torque vectoring

GKN Driveline’s eAxles integrate an electric motor and a two-speed transmission in a single compact unit. This not only makes it easier to fit an eDrive unit within a vehicle chassis, but also improves efficiency on vehicle assembly lines. GKN supplies front eAxles for the Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8, as well as rear… Read more »