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New report: Wide bandgap technology can make power conversion 90% more efficient

Wide Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies are attracting a lot of attention, and research funding. In January, the Obama administration selected a consortium of businesses and universities to lead an innovation institute focused on WBG materials. Japan and the UK are also funding R&D in the field. A new report from Lux Research, Silicon vs. WBG:… Read more »

Kentucky firm to market diesel hybrid conversion kits for Class 8 trucks

Kentucky-based ePower Engine Systems has placed an order with Axion Power International (OTC QB: AXPW) for Axion’s lead­carbon (PbC) batteries and management systems, which will be used to convert ten Class 8 trucks (the largest category of over-the-road trucks) to series diesel hybrids, using ePower’s proprietary technology. Each conversion kit would require 56 PbC batteries… Read more »

The eDart: My 1974 Dodge Dart Swinger electric conversion

Who does not want to relive their youth? Theoretically, driving one of the mid-70s muscle cars is a great idea: lots of leg room, big power, and of course nostalgia. In Ontario, Canada, you even have the advantage that such cars are, by necessity, exempt from the emission tests. Of course, that assumes you do… Read more »

2,100-passenger electric Ro-Pax ferry ship features powertrain from Wärtsilä and batteries from Corvus

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania is building a gigantic new battery-electric ferry. The lightweight catamaran has an overall length of 130 meters and a capacity of 2,100 passengers and 225 vehicles. It is being built for Uruguayan ferry operator Buquebús, which plans to operate the vessel between Argentina and Uruguay. Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will supply… Read more »

Vanner begins serial production of liquid-cooled converter for EVs with SiC solid-state switching

Power conversion specialist Vanner has started serial production of a liquid-cooled converter with silicon carbide (SiC) solid-state switching for hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles. Vanner has designed a 17.1 kW, 600 A converter using its Hybrid Beltless Alternator (HBA), which is a 17.1 kW, 300 A, 600 VDC to 24 VDC air-cooled converter. It… Read more »