The Tech

Microchip releases new AEC-Q101-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC SBDs

Microchip Technology is introducing its newly-qualified 700 V and 1,200 V SiC Schottky Barrier Diode (SBD) power devices, providing EV system designers with solutions that meet AEC-Q101 quality standards across a wide range of voltage, current and package options. Microchip says the SBD family’s avalanche performance allows designers to reduce the need for external protection… Read more »

Report highlights the potential for lithium recovery from California’s geothermal industry

Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California could help anchor a multi-billion-dollar domestic EV battery supply chain, according to a report from New Energy Nexus. The report details the potential to recover lithium as a by-product from the Salton Sea geothermal resource area. “The world is in a race to dominate the EV market—the… Read more »

KEB introduces apps for its T6 Auxiliary Inverter

KEB has released an Embedded App Pool for its T6 Auxiliary Inverter. KEB’s embedded applications are pre-programmed function blocks that give OEMs options such as motor torque/speed control and CAN J1939 communications.  “KEB’s T6 Auxiliary Inverter has an embedded controller inside, which makes it easy to implement advanced control functionality, even when managing multiple motor… Read more »

Amphenol’s new sensor tech detects thermal runaway

Amphenol Advanced Sensors’ new sensor technology platform, Robust Early Detection of Thermal Runaway (REDTR), is designed to detect battery cell faults that result in battery venting (see the recent Charged webinar on this topic). Stressed Li-ion batteries can undergo failure through a variety of factors. Failure can result in an internal reaction that generates heat… Read more »

VW: German auto industry push to subsidize hydrogen is “nonsensical”

The latest battle in the War of the Energy Storage Media has broken out in Germany, where the Volkswagen Group and an auto industry lobbying group (the German Association of the Automotive Industry, or VDA) are at daggers drawn over the government’s proposed plan to implement the EU’s renewable energy directive. Germany’s Federal Ministry of… Read more »

Researchers claim their graphene “SuperBattery” achieves a 15-second charging time

Skeleton Technologies and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they have developed a graphene-based battery with a 15-second charging time, as well as charging cycles counted in the hundreds of thousands. The so-called SuperBattery’s key component is Skeleton’s patented Curved Graphene carbon material, which enables the high power and long lifetime of ultracapacitors to… Read more »

HORIBA launches new driving robot to increase test cycle efficiency

HORIBA has introduced an automatic driving system for vehicle testing. The company says its ADS EVO robotic driver improves vehicle testing efficiency by reducing the number of repeat tests, laboratory operating costs, overall test time and human errors.  The ADS EVO addresses changing industry needs for testing EVs, and complies with new emissions regulations such… Read more »

EIT InnoEnergy invests in in-wheel-drive maker Elaphe

EIT InnoEnergy has announced a €4.2-million investment in Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a maker of EV in-wheel-drive technology. EIT InnoEnergy’s investment will serve as a springboard to secure further growth while giving Elaphe access to EIT’s sustainable energy and mobility innovation networks.  Elaphe says its fully modular platform combines the in-wheel powertrain with software capable of… Read more »

Report predicts shortages of rare earth materials in coming decades

A report by Adamas Intelligence suggests that over the next two decades, the supply side of the rare earth industry may not be able to keep up with rapidly growing demand for magnet rare earths such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium.  The report also predicts that, if the global industry continues its present trend… Read more »

Hexagon’s 100% EV initiative aims to accelerate EV development

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched a new strategic initiative to drive EV innovation.  The 100% EV initiative aims to enable rapid innovation by unifying fragmented development processes, bringing together previously siloed disciplines in order to unlock innovation and enable widespread adoption of EV technologies ahead of regulatory deadlines.  Hexagon says its design, engineering and manufacturing… Read more »