The Tech

Protean’s corner module concept includes motor, suspension and 360-degree steering

In-wheel motor pioneer Protean Electric has introduced a new ‘corner module’ concept that integrates a vehicle’s powertrain, steering and suspension within a single product. The new Protean360+ module offers a limitless 360-degree steering capability combined with suspension, pneumatic ride-height control, and a ProteanDrive in-wheel electric motor. The 360-degree steering capability is made possible by a… Read more »

Hyperdrive opens new battery manufacturing facility in UK

UK-based battery maker Hyperdrive Innovation has opened the doors to HYVE, a new battery manufacturing facility at the company’s Sunderland UK home base. Hyperdrive says the new facility will allow it to produce up to 30,000 battery packs annually. Since moving to Sunderland in 2014, the company has invested £7 million in its manufacturing capabilities…. Read more »

Volvo and Samsung SDI partner on battery packs for electric trucks

Volvo and Samsung SDI have partnered to develop battery packs for Volvo’s electric trucks. Samsung SDI will provide battery cells and modules. In December, Volvo announced plans to demonstrate its VNR electric regional-haul truck in 2019. The company has eyed commercialization in 2020. Volvo President and CEO Martin Lundstedt said, “With electromobility, the increasing needs… Read more »

Continental’s new power module is designed for electric SUVs

Automotive supply giant Continental has launched a third-generation power module designed for a broad range of EVs, including electric SUVs and race cars. The new generation delivers six times the performance of the company’s first-generation power electronics and a reduction in weight from 12 kilograms to 8 kilograms. Continental produces its new power electronics using… Read more »

Hyundai’s Active Shift Control reduces shifting time for hybrids

Hyundai has developed a new feature called Active Shift Control (ASC) for its electric motors. By monitoring gearing shifts 500 times per second and adjusting the transmission rotation speed, ASC reduces gear-shift times by 30 percent, which should improve fuel economy. In order to improve fuel economy, conventional hybrids lack torque converters. This results in… Read more »

Tesla’s new wiring architecture could greatly reduce vehicle build time

Tesla has devised a new wiring architecture for its vehicles that could greatly streamline production. The new wiring system is designed to allow robots to handle more of the assembly process. One of the main reasons for the highly-publicized delays in early production of Model 3 was that Tesla tried to introduce too much automation,… Read more »

Amada Miyachi develops new TIG welding torch for safe, quick battery pack R&D

Welder equipment manufacturer Amada Miyachi has developed a new TIG welding technology designed for safer and easier welding of battery cans and tab materials in a bench-top R&D environment. The system is suitable for R&D on battery pack concepts and assembly, as well as low to medium volume battery pack manufacturing and battery pack repair/rework… Read more »