The Tech

Dana acquires vehicle embedded software developer Pi Innovo

Powertrain manufacturer Dana has acquired Pi Innovo, a maker of embedded software solutions and electronic control units that support the light vehicle, commercial vehicle and off-highway markets. Dana previously held a non-controlling interest. The acquisition of Pi Innovo enables Dana to increase its in-house electrodynamics capabilities and electrification product portfolio by adding a library of… Read more »

Nexperia extends MOSFET line-up with AEC-Q101-qualified half-bridge package

Nexperia has announced a series of half-bridge (high-side and low-side) automotive MOSFETs constructed in the space-saving LFPAK56D package format. The half-bridge configuration of two MOSFETS is a standard building block for many automotive applications, including motor drives and DC/DC converters. The new package provides a half-bridge solution in one device, and occupies a 30% smaller… Read more »

ArcelorMittal invests in electrical steel plant for EV motors

ArcelorMittal is investing €13 million in its plant in Saint Chély d’Apcher, France, which specializes in iCARe electrical steels for the automotive sector.  The company has been undergoing a series of transformations as a supplier for the electromobility market. Its iCARe range of electrical steels for automotive traction motors is a flagship product range. The… Read more »

Oshkosh partners with Microvast to strengthen electrification capabilities

Oshkosh, a maker of specialty trucks and equipment, has announced an investment in Microvast, a provider of battery technologies for commercial and specialty EVs.  Oshkosh will make a $25-million private investment in public equity, or PIPE, in Microvast, which announced a merger with Tuscan Holdings on February 1. Oshkosh and Microvast have also entered into… Read more »

New report assesses the state of the global battery market

In its latest biannual report, Adamas Intelligence provides an overview of the global EV market over the past half-year (2020 H2) and its implications on the battery and battery materials supply chains. Among the findings: In 2020 H2, global passenger EV registrations grew by 58% versus the same period the year prior, amounting to 3.53… Read more »

Battery developer Enevate raises $81 million in Series E funding round

Enevate, a pioneer in silicon-dominant Li-ion battery tech, has secured $81 million in a Series E funding round led by Fidelity Management & Research. Existing investors Mission Ventures and Infinite Potential Technologies also participated. The latest round brings Enevate’s total funding to $191 million. Enevate will use the investment to significantly expand its pre-production line… Read more »

Eaton launches e-drive gearing design services

Eaton has announced that its Vehicle Group is developing EV gearing solutions, drawing on its experience in producing transmissions and contract-manufactured gear sets for passenger and commercial vehicles. The company’s new technology complements its eMobility power electronics portfolio in the EV powertrain market. “We are partnering with OEM customers to leverage our expertise in simulation,… Read more »

Magna’s new Michigan plant to supply battery pack parts for Hummer EV

Magna has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, that will build battery enclosures for the upcoming 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Construction of the 345,000-square-foot facility, named Magna Electric Vehicle Structures, represents an investment of over $70 million. The new plant is expected to bring more than 300 jobs to the… Read more »