The Tech

Donaldson launches two-stage protective vent for battery packs

Vehicle filter company Donaldson has launched its Dual-Stage Battery Vent, which the company says provides protection from pressure, heat, and contaminants. The battery vent’s first stage equalizes pressure, while providing protection from water, dirt, and automotive fluids. The second-stage venting kicks in if rapid pressure and heat build-up occur. During this stage, the vents fully… Read more »

Thyssenkrupp expands footprint in Hungary with new EV motor parts plant

Thyssenkrupp plans to build a new production plant in Pécs, Hungary that will make electric motor components and valve train parts for efficient IC engines. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, and the start of production is planned for the end of 2020. The company plans to invest around 50 million euros in the… Read more »

NCM cathodes making headway in EV market

In April 2019, 6.7 GWh of battery capacity was deployed globally in newly-sold passenger BEVs, PHEVs and hybrids – an increase of 69% year-over-year, according to Adamas Intelligence’s EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker. Among the NCM cathode family, NCM 622 saw a surge in deployment (in GWh) year-over-year, up 247% in April 2019… Read more »

Continental showcases full hybrid with 48-volt drive system

Continental has introduced a 30 kW, 48-volt high-power drive system for full hybrid vehicles, which it says is cheaper than the high-voltage systems used up to now. Until now, manufacturers have typically used 48-volt systems in “mild hybrid” vehicles, in which the electric motor doesn’t drive the vehicle directly, but only assists the ICE. Full… Read more »

Power Integrations’ new gate-driver system enables paralleling of up to four SiC power modules

Power Integrations, a manufacturer of gate-driver technology for medium- and high-voltage inverter applications, has introduced the SCALE-iFlex gate-driver system for IGBT, hybrid, and silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFET power modules with blocking voltages from 1.7 to 4.5 kV. The system consists of a central Isolated Master Control (IMC) and one to four Module-Adapted Gate Drivers (MAGs). The… Read more »

Survey finds biggest concern in EV battery industry is time to market

Voltaiq, a battery software platform company, has released an industry survey, Preparing for The Electrification Tsunami, that examined many of the challenges battery manufacturers, suppliers, and integrators currently face. Conducted in Q1 2019, the survey polled battery cell producers, battery pack and component developers, academic and national labs, and companies involved in transportation, consumer electronics,… Read more »

M&I Materials’ new dielectric fluids for battery and charger immersion cooling

UK-based M&I Materials has developed a new range of biodegradable dielectric fluids, MIVOLT, to provide immersion cooling for EV batteries and charging points. As non-conductive fluids, MIVOLT fluids can come into direct contact with electronic components, which M&I says is a more effective method of heat removal and a lighter-weight option than designs that rely… Read more »