The Tech

Alvant’s aluminum matrix composites boast 40% weight savings for electric motor rotors

Innovate UK is sponsoring a number of competitions to spur companies to develop emissions-reducing vehicle technologies, with millions of pound in grant money for the winners. One of these is Make it Lighter with Less, which aims to improve the efficiency and performance of electric motors. This project is led by Alvant, a specialist in… Read more »

Chinese battery manufacturer CATL opens first North American base

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), a China-based manufacturer of battery products, has opened its first North American sales and service facility. The new Detroit base is CATL’s fourth international site, following the opening of a Japanese subsidiary in May. CATL already supplies the North American market with core battery technologies for EVs and energy storage applications…. Read more »

Australian company turns mining waste into Li-ion batteries

Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC has figured out how to make Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries, from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mining waste. The proprietary SiLeach process eliminates the need to generate high-purity lithium hydroxide or carbonate, which is one of the most cost-intensive and challenging steps in the manufacture of Li-ion batteries…. Read more »

Dana’s new e-Hub drive for heavy-duty vehicles

Dana, an Ohio-based company that designs propulsion systems for heavy-duty vehicles, introduced the Spicer Electrified with TM4 e-Hub Drive at the recent Bauma construction machinery trade fair in China. The drive is designed for underground mining trucks, large wheel loaders and reach stackers. It features Spicer axles, Brevini planetary drive designs, TM4 electric motors and… Read more »

Freudenberg develops foldable and fireproof battery seals

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a seal for Li-ion batteries that not only resists fire but “folds” to offer extra protections. Here’s how it works: fixed aluminum elements are equipped with a sealing profile on their outer edges to not only provide stability but also integrate mounting points for the clips used to attach the… Read more »

Heraeus optimizes 3D printing of highly conductive copper

German material and manufacturing specialist Heraeus Additive Manufacturing has developed a new way to manufacture highly conductive copper components on a standard 3D printer. The new process produces components with 99.8 percent density of solid copper and conductivity of about 95 percent on the International Annealed Copper Standard scale – according to Heraeus, around 85… Read more »

DENSO invests in Infineon, citing increased importance of semiconductors

Global automotive supplier DENSO has taken a stake In Infineon Technologies, a company that makes in-vehicle semiconductor products, including microcomputers for control applications, semiconductor sensors and other components for electrified vehicles. The Triple Trend of vehicle electrification, autonomy and connectivity is driving increased demand for semiconductor products, so DENSO aims to increase its expertise in… Read more »

KEB’s T6 Auxiliary Inverter can handle multiple electric motors with diverse power ratings

KEB America has released a new inverter for commercial hybrid and electric vehicles in the North American market. The T6 Auxiliary Inverter is a multi-inverter system made for auxiliary motors including compressors, pumps and electric power take-off systems. The T6 can handle up to six electric motors with three different power ratings. It has an… Read more »

Von Roll Institute opens new testing lab for EV motors

The Von Roll Institute for high-voltage insulation in Breitenbach, Switzerland has been testing electrical insulation systems for 100 years. Now it’s continuing the tradition, but with electric motors. The institute recently opened a brand-new eDrive testing lab to meet the high demands placed on drive systems for the next generation of EVs. Von Roll head… Read more »