The Tech

Siemens sells electric aircraft propulsion business to Rolls-Royce

Siemens is set to sell its eAircraft unit to Rolls-Royce – the companies expect the move to take place in late 2019. Siemens eAircraft develops electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. At locations in Munich and Erlangen in Germany as well as Budapest, Hungary, it cooperates with partners such as Airbus to… Read more »

UK awards £23 million to Jaguar and other firms for battery tech research

The UK government has awarded £23 million ($29 million USD) to numerous companies for investments in EV battery research, as part of a push to help keep the country at the forefront of EV tech development. The awards are part of the Faraday Battery Challenge, a £274 million government investment bringing together academia and businesses… Read more »

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop semi-liquid lithium metal anode to pair with solid ceramic electrolytes

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a semi-liquid lithium metal-based anode that could lead to higher capacity and better safety than typical lithium metal-based batteries that use lithium foil as anodes. The research team published their findings in the June 2019 issue of Joule. “Incorporating a mewtallic lithium anode into lithium-ion batteries has the… Read more »

HELLA develops two new battery systems for mild hybrids

Lighting technology and electronics company HELLA has developed two new battery systems for mild hybrids. The two systems, the Dual Voltage Battery Management System and PowerPack 48 Volt, allow for savings of five to six grams of CO2 per kilometer, according to the company. Designed for compact and mid-range vehicles, the Dual Voltage Battery Management System… Read more »

Fraunhofer’s dry coating process for electrodes could make cell production in Europe economical

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS have developed a new battery cell production process that coats electrodes with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents. The Fraunhofer researchers, with colleagues from Samsung, describe their findings in a new paper, “Overcoming binder… Read more »

ACEINNA expands AMR-based current sensors to support 3.3 volt applications

ACEINNA, a Massachusetts sensor manufacturer, has announced that its MCx1101 family of current sensors now supports 3.3 volt applications commonly found in EV charging stations, inverters, and motor controls. The MCx1101 sensors are fully integrated, bi-directional current sensors. ACEINNA says they offer much higher DC accuracy and dynamic range compared with other solutions. For example,… Read more »

GBatteries says its AI-powered protocol can charge an EV in 5 minutes

GBatteries has launched an AI-powered charging protocol designed to charge conventional Li-ion batteries as quickly as a car can be filled with gasoline. The company says its system can charge a 60 kWh EV pack to 119 miles of range in 5 minutes. Operating at the intersection of artificial intelligence, electrochemistry, signal processing, and high-power… Read more »

Jaguar and BMW collaborate on next-gen electrification tech

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW will partner to develop next generation electric motors. The partnership will include joint investment in R&D, engineering, and procurement. Engineers from both companies will work to develop the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive technology, which contains the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics in a single housing, and does not… Read more »

Champlain launches high-voltage battery cable for EV market

Wire and cable company Champlain has launched a new high-voltage battery cable called the EXRAD ERGO FLEX-2. The cable features a Class D 150° C temperature rating, and 600 V or 1,000 V capability. The EXRAD ERGO FLEX-2 is an irradiation cross-linked polyolefin designed to expand and contract through temperature excursions, while maintaining its connector… Read more »

BASF and Volkswagen seek applications for $56,000 electrochemistry award

Chemical company BASF and Volkswagen are seeking applications for the seventh annual Science Award Electrochemistry, an international competition that aims to highlight academic research into high-efficiency energy storage devices. Scientists and engineers who have made a recent achievement in the following fields are encouraged to apply: Battery materials Cells Battery systems Production Operations  Recycling The… Read more »