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Omni introduces new electric drive for driven axles

Omni Powertrain has introduced a new electrified drive for driven axles in commercial vehicles, terminal tractors and railcar movers. The system features Omni’s F12L gearbox coupled with its tandem Magelec M27D motors. Gear ratios currently available are 1:1, 2:1, 2.97:1 and 3.94:1. The gearbox is rated for a maximum input torque of 1,200 Nm and… Read more »

Infineon introduces SiC six-pack power module for EV traction inverters

Infineon Technologies has introduced a new automotive power module with CoolSiC MOSFET technology. At this year’s virtual PCIM trade show, Infineon will present the new HybridPACK Drive CoolSiC, a full-bridge module with a 1,200-volt blocking voltage optimized for EV traction inverters. The power module is based on the automotive CoolSiC trench MOSFET technology for high-power… Read more »

Coulomb Solutions to supply CATL battery systems for Workhorse commercial EVs

Commercial EV maker Workhorse has entered into a supply agreement with Coulomb Solutions (CSI), a distributor for Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) batteries, to provide battery systems for Workhorse’s electric delivery vehicles. The CATL battery systems supplied by CSI will power Workhorse’s composite C-650 and C-1000 delivery vans starting in the second quarter of this year. CSI… Read more »

Report: Tesla consumed more lithium than next four EV makers combined in 2020

In 2020, Tesla deployed 18,700 tons of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) in the batteries of its new EVs, more than the next four EV makers (BYD, VW, Renault and Audi) combined, according to the report EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker by Adamas Intelligence. In total, 67% of Tesla’s 2020 lithium consumption was driven… Read more »

German firms plan to exploit massive lithium deposits beneath the Rhine

Geologists have estimated that an area in the Upper Rhine Valley, in the Black Forest area of southwestern Germany, holds enough lithium for more than 400 million electric cars, making it one of the world’s biggest deposits. The trove could reduce the reliance of the German car industry on imported lithium. The European Commission estimates… Read more »

Global plans for 80 new battery Gigafactories won’t be enough says ABB-sponsored report

As demand for EVs escalates, the supply of batteries could become a bottleneck. Global firms are collectively planning to build 80 new battery gigafactories (sorry Tesla, but everyone’s calling them that now). A new report sponsored by ABB Robotics and authored by the automotive intelligence unit of Ultima Media suggests that this won’t be sufficient…. Read more »

KAMAZ opens Moscow center to build electric buses

Russian truck manufacturer KAMAZ has opened a plant to produce electric buses on the property of the Sokolniki Car Repair and Construction Plant (SVARZ) in Moscow. An assembly line designed to produce up to 500 electric buses per year will operate at SVARZ as the first stage. In the second stage, KAMAZ will construct another… Read more »