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Power Integrations releases InnoSwitch3 flyback switcher IC for EVs

Power Integrations has announced the production release of the InnoSwitch3-AQ, an AEC-Q100-qualified flyback switcher with integrated 750 V MOSFET and secondary-side sensing. The newly qualified device family targets EV applications such as traction inverters, OBC (on-board chargers), EMS (energy management DC/DC bus converters) and BMS (battery management systems). The InnoSwitch3-AQ uses the company’s high-speed FluxLink… Read more »

TE Connectivity introduces high-voltage terminal and connector kits for EVs

TE Connectivity’s new EV solutions kits contain all of the company’s high-voltage terminals and connectors needed to create an assembly, now in a single package. Kits are available for AMP+ HVA 280, AMP+ HVA 630, AMP+ HVP 800, AMP+ HVP 1100, and AMP+ IPT solutions designed for high-voltage EV applications. “To make ordering and assembly… Read more »

Market report: EV batteries and battery materials in the first half of 2020 (free webcast)

Adamas Intelligence—the developer of a web-based platform that helps users track monthly deployment of battery materials, battery capacity, battery chemistries and cell suppliers—will provide an informative overview of the EV battery market in the past half-year at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering. In a new webcast session announced this week, Alla Kolesnikova, Head… Read more »

BMW expands E-drive production capacity

At its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing, Germany, BMW recently opened the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production. Having produced electric powertrain components in Dingolfing since 2013, the BMW Group is now expanding its capacity. Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder and Chairman of the Board Oliver Zipse symbolically launched the production of the new, highly integrated… Read more »

Tesla files patent for new type of stator

The diversity of electric motors used in today’s EVs is quite striking. Motor-makers have a huge range of choices, from materials to rotor and stator designs, and they’ve explored many different possibilities. In April, teardown specialist Sandy Munro analyzed 10 leading EV motors and developed a comprehensive side-by-side comparison report. Designing a motor involves trade-offs… Read more »

Evaluating the effects of automation on range and battery life

A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) used a vehicle dynamics model to evaluate the effects of automated driving on EV range and battery longevity. They compared autonomous vehicles (SAE levels 4 and 5) with human-driven EVs by calculating the additional energy required to power the automated driving components, as well as the… Read more »

Tesla’s inverter technology versus other BEVs: watch the free webcast

Motor technology is meaningless if the inverter that controls all functions is not designed properly. In a new webcast session announced this week at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Engineering, Munro & Associates’ CEO Sandy Munro will discuss what has Tesla done to take control of its own destiny. The webcast will include the… Read more »

Infineon to supply Danfoss with power semiconductors for EVs

Danfoss and Infineon Technologies have signed a multi-year volume supply agreement. Infineon will supply chipsets of IGBTs and diodes to Danfoss Silicon Power, to be used in power modules for inverters that control EV motors. “The market for electromobility is picking up noticeably, and the supply industry is getting ready for this,” said Claus Petersen,… Read more »

Lightning Systems triples size of Colorado EV facility

Commercial EV supplier Lightning Systems is tripling the size of its facility in Loveland, Colorado. Lightning moved its headquarters, manufacturing and R&D into the former Hewlett-Packard/Agilent campus in southwest Loveland three years ago. The company recently took over the entire building, expanding its square footage from 45,000 to 142,000. “Our mission is to provide commercial… Read more »