Electric Cars

Sponsored by COFICAB COFICAB, worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sales of innovative wires and cables for the automotive industry, presents e-COF POWER+. This newly developed cable is part of the e-COF family brand (high voltage cables), specially designed to fulfill international standards for BEVs and PHEVs vehicles.  e-COF POWER+ uses two different insulation
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LiquidPiston has released a video with Warped Perception demonstrating its X-Engine’s ability to run on hydrogen gas. This is the sixth fuel variation that has been shown to power the engine, along with gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel and jet A fuel. LiquidPiston modified its 4.5-pound X-Engine to run on hydrogen. The engine was then installed
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Revel’s bright blue electric scooters, and now its bright blue Tesla taxis, have become high-visibility features of the New York City streetscape (the rideshare provider also operates in Washington DC, Miami and San Francisco). Now Revel has selected software vendor Ampcontrol and network infrastructure provider EvGateway to supply a software solution to optimize charging at
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Keysight Technologies has announced a new test system for high-voltage battery packs (up to 1,500 volts). The Scienlab SL1700A Series uses silicon carbide (SiC) technology, which Keysight says will boost efficiency and energy recovery.  The system gives users control of the climate chamber, conditioning of the device under test, and the battery management system. Analysis
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Sprint Power, a British firm that specializes in electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems, is leading a UK government-backed project that aims to demonstrate the suitability of wireless charging technology for fleet vehicles. Funding for the wireless charging project has been provided by Innovate UK, a public body designed to drive research and
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Electric utility EDF, in partnership with Nissan, has launched a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in the UK. The V2G technology developed by DREEV, a joint venture between EDF and V2G technology specialist Nuvve, allows bidirectional energy flow in order to recharge an EV’s battery at times of low energy demand and
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When deploying public charging stations, selecting the best sites is critical. Hundreds of chargers around the country sit unused—we’ve all driven by them—and most of these were installed years ago, before planners understood the importance of proper siting. Now researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nationwide modeling tool to help infrastructure planners
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Group14 Technologies has announced a joint venture with SK materials to build a factory for lithium-silicon battery materials in South Korea. SK materials will invest $52 million in the development of the materials manufacturing hub, which is expected to launch in 2022. Group14’s new JV will enable dual sourcing for its lithium-silicon technology both from
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Albemarle Corporation has announced the opening of its new  Battery Materials Innovation Center (BMIC), located at the company’s Kings Mountain, North Carolina site. The BMIC is expected to be fully operational in July 2021, and will support Albemarle’s lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate and advanced energy storage materials growth platforms. It has been equipped to enable
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Virtually every major car manufacturer around the world is shifting its strategy and placing more emphasis on its battery-powered, hybrid, and plug-in-hybrid vehicle product lines. Consumers want their EVs to recharge more quickly, drive longer distances between charges, and last longer. But electrified vehicles and their systems, including high-powered charging (among others), are extremely sophisticated.
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ChargePoint (Nasdaq: CHPT) offers EV drivers access to hundreds of thousands of charging sites in North America and Europe, but the company is more than just a network operator—it’s involved in just about every link in the EVSE value chain. The next addition to ChargePoint’s empire will be the European e-mobility provider has·to·be, which ChargePoint
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Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have increased the lifetime of a lithium metal battery to a record 600 cycles.  The research was done through DOE’s Innovation Center for Battery500 Consortium. The work was published in the journal Nature Energy. The PNNL team found a way to increase the battery’s lifetime using 20-micron-wide
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Faraday Institution researchers working on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham have developed a new method to recover materials from end-of-life EV batteries. The new process uses ultrasonic waves to separate valuable material from the electrodes. The researchers say it delivers a higher purity of recovered materials compared to
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A new paper from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) analyzes the process of extracting lithium from brine. In ​“Energy, Greenhouse Gas, and Water Life Cycle Analysis of Lithium Carbonate and Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate from Brine and Ore Resources and Their Use in Lithium Ion Battery Cathodes and Lithium Ion Batteries,” published in the journal Resources, Conservation
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Rolls-Royce has taken delivery of a generator that will enable what the company calls “the most powerful hybrid-electric aero power and propulsion system in aerospace.” The generator for RR’s 2.5 MW Power Generation System 1 (PGS1), along with its related power electronics, was delivered to the newly-renovated Testbed 108 in Bristol, UK. The generator completed
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Many in the media have been asking two questions about Nissan. As its aging Leaf becomes a byword for EV obsolescence, will the company rejuvenate its once cutting-edge electrical efforts? And, amid the uncertainty following Brexit, will the automaker remain committed to its Nissan Motor Manufacturing plant in Sunderland, England, which employs some 7,500 workers?
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Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) unveiled its newly-developed sodium-ion battery at a recent launch event, together with its AB battery pack solution, which enables the integration of sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack. The sodium-ion battery works on a similar principle to the lithium-ion battery, shuttling sodium ions between the cathode and anode. However,
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Electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation Aircraft has unveiled the design for its Alice all-electric plane. The production configuration, optimized based on real-world lessons learned and customer feedback, will define Alice’s path to its first flight later this year, to be followed by certification and entry into service, which is expected in 2024. Alice, a nine-passenger, two-crew-member
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Enedym, a developer of  electrified powertrains, has secured $15 million in new financing from an international group of investors. The company will use the new investment to accelerate its motor development and increase its footprint in the electric motor market, focusing on OEMs in the automotive, micromobility, wind farm and industrial markets. Enedym builds switched
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