Posts Tagged: Electric Motors

UQM Technologies to be acquired by Danfoss

UQM Technologies, a manufacturer of electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors for commercial vehicles, has entered into a merger agreement with Danfoss Power Solutions, a subsidiary of privately-owned Danish conglomerate Danfoss, which manufactures hydraulic systems, drives, motors, and components for the automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Danfoss will acquire UQM in… Read more »

Alvant’s aluminum matrix composites boast 40% weight savings for electric motor rotors

Innovate UK is sponsoring a number of competitions to spur companies to develop emissions-reducing vehicle technologies, with millions of pound in grant money for the winners. One of these is Make it Lighter with Less, which aims to improve the efficiency and performance of electric motors. This project is led by Alvant, a specialist in… Read more »

Von Roll Institute opens new testing lab for EV motors

The Von Roll Institute for high-voltage insulation in Breitenbach, Switzerland has been testing electrical insulation systems for 100 years. Now it’s continuing the tradition, but with electric motors. The institute recently opened a brand-new eDrive testing lab to meet the high demands placed on drive systems for the next generation of EVs. Von Roll head… Read more »

Motor manufacturing: Tempel builds state-of-the-art factories to meet automaker’s requirements

Stamping precision parts for automotive-grade motor manufacturing The demands of the automotive industry are unlike any other. Carmakers require that their suppliers deliver millions of parts with incredibly tight tolerances that will not fail after a decade of daily use. The companies that manufacture parts for ICEs have grown increasingly sophisticated and disciplined in the… Read more »

AVID Technology wins six new power electronics and motor contracts totaling £50 million per year

Power electronics and motor specialist AVID Technology has recently won several new contracts totaling £50 million per year. The largest contract is a £34-million deal to develop an integrated EV system for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Others include a £3.5-million contract to develop and supply customized electric cooling pumps and a 5-year, £5-million deal to provide… Read more »

Regenerative braking: A closer look at the methods and limits of regen

All motors are generators, the old saying goes, with the caveat that few types are equally good at both modes of operation, and some are downright awful as generators (a classic example being the single-phase shaded pole induction type, used in myriad small appliances the world over). Fortunately, both types of AC motor commonly used… Read more »

Ricardo announces 48 V e-motor with improved power density

As per the goals of the European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS (ECOCHAMPS) project, Ricardo Innovations has developed a new 48 V e-motor and inverter combination that it says delivers a 50% power density increase compared to alternatives. ECOCHAMPS brought 25 European commercial and academic partners together to design powertrains with at least… Read more »

Audi Hungaria begins mass production of electric motors for e-tron quattro lanuch

One of Audi’s key manufacturing plants, Audi Hungaria, has officially begun series production of electric motors. Audi’s first all-electric vehicle, the e-tron, will rely heavily on the plant’s electric motor production capacity. The new dedicated 8,500-square-meter floor space uses a modular intelligent-assembly system in order to roll out 400 electric-axle motors per day. Though this number… Read more »

Tecnomatic helps automakers design specialty assembly processes for advanced stator technologies

There seems to be an endless array of electric motor topologies, architectures, and configurations. Among the many design choices that engineers face is the shape of copper wire that is wound in the stator. In a new paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, researchers compared using flat wire hairpin winding and stranded… Read more »

Between the wheels: AxleTech goes electric

Can a company that’s 100 years old be called a startup? Mary Petrovich, Executive Chairman of AxleTech, certainly thinks so. AxleTech was founded in 1919 as Wisconsin Custom Built Axles, and has seen a century’s worth of sales, acquisitions, and rebrandings since then. Petrovich herself brought AxleTech back from the brink of failure not once,… Read more »