The Tech

Proterra and LG Chem co-develop new battery cell

Electric bus builder Proterra and Korean battery giant LG Chem have partnered to develop a battery cell optimized for the heavy-duty vehicle market.  The cell chemistry has been optimized for maximum energy throughput, charge rate acceptance and energy density. Proterra claims its Catalyst E2 bus, introduced last year, offers the longest range of any electric… Read more »

Xtrac introduces new integrated lightweight EV transmission system

Xtrac has added a new product to its Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) line of transmission systems. The new P1166 is featured in Williams Advanced Engineering’s FW-EVX lightweight EV platform concept, which Williams unveiled at the recent Low Carbon Vehicle Show in Millbrook, UK. The P1166 transmission, fully integrated with a YASA P400 motor-generator, powers… Read more »

GigaCoater increases manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery electrodes

Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC’s new GigaCoater wide-web coating line for lithium-ion battery electrodes is designed to facilitate high-volume production of battery electrodes. The GigaCoater coating platform uses B&W MEGTEC’s simultaneous 2-sided coating system. The dual-coating method, in combination with coating rheology, maximizes production time and delivers in-line quality control. Each GigaCoater can produce up to… Read more »

New Bosch e-axle integrates motor, power electronics, transmission

Bosch has developed a new electric axle drive, or e-axle, that integrates the motor, power electronics, and transmission into one compact unit that directly drives a vehicle’s axle, saving both space and costs. An electric axle delivering 150 kilowatts weighs roughly 90 kg – far less than currently available individual components. Bosch has had electric… Read more »

Williams Advanced Engineering unveils lightweight EV platform concept

Williams Advanced Engineering unveiled a lightweight EV platform concept called the FW-EVX at the recent Low Carbon Vehicle Show in Millbrook, UK. The concept features several innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, all integrated into a single scalable platform. Williams’s engineers developed an automated, near-zero-waste process that creates fiber-reinforced suspension components… Read more »

AxleTech and TM4 partner to produce fully integrated electric axles

AxleTech International has announced a partnership with motor manufacturer TM4 to develop integrated electric axles (e-axles) for heavy-duty vehicles. As part of AxleTech’s Electric Drivetrain Systems product line, the company is developing e-axles with multiple-speed gearboxes that are integrated with electric motors. These integrated drivetrain systems are designed to be compact, light, quiet, and easy… Read more »

LORD Corporation debuts CoolTherm thermal management materials and services

LORD Corporation introduced CoolTherm, a new brand within the company’s leading portfolio of thermal management solutions and technical services. CoolTherm products deliver customized materials that can help electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers worldwide manage heat issues and increase power density. “The evolution of LORD Thermal Management Materials to the CoolTherm brand will better define the… Read more »

TM4’s new bidirectional charger-inverter

Motor and power electronics manufacturer TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has launched a new bidirectional charger-inverter. TM4’s BCI20 functions as both battery charger and inverter for use in a variety of electric and hybrid vehicle applications. It is designed to use the full current range from the AC mains as defined in SAE J1772 for… Read more »

UQM partners with Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer

Motor maker UQM Technologies (NYSE MKT: UQM) has entered into a stock purchase agreement with China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (CNHTC) through its subsidiary Sinotruk. CNHTC will acquire 34% of UQM’s stock, and the two companies will create a joint venture to manufacture and sell electric propulsion systems in China. Sinotruk expects to be… Read more »