Posts Tagged: Electric Motors

2018 Renault ZOE uses new electric motor

Renault’s 2018 ZOE uses a brand new electric motor. The R110 motor is derived from the R90 motor, to which it is identical in both size and weight, but offers increased output of 80 kW. Renault attributed the extra output to a combination of electrical machine- and power electronics-related innovations, but provided no further details…. Read more »

Toyota develops new magnet cutting the use of rare earth element neodymium in electric motors

Scientists at Toyota have developed a new heat-resistant magnet that uses “significantly less” neodymium, a rare earth element commonly used in magnets for electric motors. Neodymium is critical for maintaining magnetization at high temperatures. The amount of neodymium in Toyota’s magnets has been reduced by up to 50 percent, partially replaced with lower-priced rare earths… Read more »

MDL’s new Motor-CAD v11 motor design software

Motor design software specialist Motor Design Limited (MDL) has released a new version of its Motor-CAD software package. Motor-CAD is aimed at motor designers, and is designed to perform quick and easy electromagnetic and thermal performance tests on electric machine designs. Motor-CAD is composed of three main modules: EMag, Therm, and Lab. The EMag module… Read more »

AVID Technology ships first EVO electric motors, secures £50 million in new orders

UK-based AVID Technology has begun shipping its EVO electric motors. AVID took over the design, manufacture and distribution of EVO motors from GKN Hybrid Power last year, and has now completely transferred production to its plant in Cramlington, Northumberland. Since the start of the year, AVID has secured over £50 million in new orders for… Read more »

Groupe PSA and Nidec form JV for automotive traction motors

Groupe PSA, owner of the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands, and Nidec Leroy-Somer, a French manufacturer of small precision motors, plan to form a joint venture to develop a range of traction motors for electrified vehicles. The 50/50 JV will receive an initial investment of €220 million ($262 million). The main components of… Read more »

Visedo’s SRPM motors for buses claim 10% more power, better cooling

Finnish manufacturer Visedo has unveiled a new electric motor design optimized for the e-bus market. Visedo says its new S-model PowerDRUM has achieved a 10% increase in power output, as well as better cooling. The company has upgraded its entire PowerDRUM line, which includes motors in 4 different sizes, ranging from 50 to 343 kW…. Read more »

Making a motor: Many automakers rely heavily on third party motor-winding experts like Odawara Engineering

Electric motors are everywhere: in household appliances, in hand tools, in buildings, in consumer electronics, and increasingly in automobiles. Motors are used in windshield wipers, power windows, throttle controllers, and, more and more, in the drivetrains of electrified vehicles. Electric motors abound, and Odawara Engineering knows how to make them. Charged spoke with Odawara’s Chris… Read more »

A closer look at rare earth permanent magnets

Rare earth magnets have gotten a lot of coverage in the EV press over the years for being expensive – especially back in 2011 when a supply disruption in China sent the prices up anywhere from fivefold for neodymium to 20-fold for dysprosium over the course of a few months – yet they are still… Read more »

IAV says its new modular electric drive can boost range 5-10%

IAV’s new modular drive unit, presented at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium, combines an 80 kW (50 kW continuous) motor with a transmission, and can support electrification solutions in vehicle classes A to D. Many of today’s electric drives use a transmission with a fixed gear ratio. This has the advantage of simplicity, but is… Read more »

Copper industry expects EVs to spur ninefold rise in demand for copper by 2027

Big Oil may not be too happy with what’s going on, but Big Copper is all for it. A new report commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) finds that the growing market for EVs will significantly increase demand for copper over the next decade. According to Copper Intensity in the Electrification of Transport and… Read more »