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Schaeffler shows 800-volt power electronics and thermal management system

At the upcoming IAA Mobility 2021 trade show in Germany, automotive supplier Schaeffler will present an 800-volt power electronics system for electric axle applications in high-performance vehicles. The system enables continuous outputs of up to 330 kW and short-term peak outputs of up to 500 kW. The achievable power density can reach 70 kW per… Read more »

US seeks to build a domestic supply chain for critical minerals, Australia touts its mineral resources

EV fans may be frustrated with the US government’s lukewarm support for electrification, but at least it can be said that the administration understands the importance of establishing a domestic supply chain for batteries and critical minerals. As Reuters reports, the DOE is channeling funds into R&D spanning the materials spectrum, from primary processing to… Read more »

New sessions announced for Fall 2021 Charged Virtual Conference EV Engineering

The next free-to-attend Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering will be broadcast October 18 – 21, 2021, and the first batch of session topics is out now. The conference content will span the EV engineering supply chain and ecosystem including motor and power electronics design and manufacturing, cell development, battery systems, testing, powertrains, thermal management,… Read more »

Magnax builds a new pilot line for axial flux motors

Magnax is expanding its prototyping and testing capabilities at its headquarters in Kortrijk, Belgium. The pilot line expansion will  accelerate the development, manufacturing, and testing of yokeless axial flux motors and power electronics prototypes. New equipment installation and existing equipment relocation is anticipated to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021. The company expects… Read more »

FREYR building Customer Qualification Plant to produce battery cells in Norway

FREYR Battery will proceed with the construction of its Customer Qualification Plant (CQP) and first battery cell production line in Mo i Rana, Norway. Preparatory work on the facility is already ongoing, and operations are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2022. The CQP production line is based on 24M Technologies SemiSolid lithium-ion… Read more »

Today’s Webinar: Simplified EV battery and fuel cell testing with regenerative DC loads

Simplified, cost-effective testing of EV batteries and fuel cells with regenerative DC electronic loads, and bidirectional DC power supplies that incorporate them, can return up to 96% of the energy absorbed by the load to the power grid. This energy-conscious approach to test saves utility costs and HVAC costs, reduces cooling fan size and noise,… Read more »

Oil giant Phillips 66 makes strategic investment in battery material supplier Novonix

Multinational oil giants are beginning to invest in companies in several different sectors of the EV industry. Phillips 66 has announced plans to acquire a 16% stake in Novonix, a supplier of materials, equipment and services for the battery industry. Phillips 66 will reportedly pay a total purchase price of $150 million, and will nominate… Read more »

Proterra and LG Energy Solution sign long-term battery cell supply agreement

Commercial EV innovator Proterra (NASDAQ: PTRA) has formed a new agreement with LG Energy Solution to provide a long-term supply of cylindrical battery cells, to be manufactured at a new LG Energy Solution plant in the US. LG will deliver cells to Proterra’s factories for the manufacture of the company’s commercial EV battery systems. Proterra… Read more »