NI survey: EV battery test data is a massively underutilized asset

Engineering firm NI has been significantly expanding its EV battery testing capabilities over the past few years. The company and its customers are accumulating vast amounts of battery test data, and there’s a growing recognition that this data is an underutilized asset. During a recent interview, NI CEO Eric Starkloff told Charged that companies in… Read more »

WattEV to host CharIN event to test ISO 15118 EV charging standard

The Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) is an organization that works to promote standards in the EV charging industry, and one of its roles is bring stakeholders together to test new charging equipment and standards. Now CharIN plans to bring together some 50 manufacturers for a major EV testing event. The Vehicle Interoperability Testing Symposium (VOLTS)… Read more »

Unico launches new Quantum Drive battery testing platform enables multi-channel AC and DC testing

EV testing specialist Unico is launching a new EV battery testing platform. The Quantum Drive Platform is on display at the International Battery Seminar in Orlando, Florida. The Unico Quantum Drive Platform allows multiple pack, module, and cell test channels to be used in a single system for back-to-back battery testing. The discharge energy from… Read more »

Aqua Metals recovers high-purity nickel from battery black mass

Battery recycling innovator Aqua Metals says it has successfully recovered high-purity nickel from lithium battery black mass, using its proprietary Li AquaRefining process. Aqua also recently announced the recovery of high-purity lithium hydroxide and copper from black mass at its pilot facility located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. Aqua’s Li AquaRefining technology recovers nickel and… Read more »

Tesla says “No, thanks” to California subsidies for Supercharger projects

Tesla has backed out of a deal under which the company would have received up to $6.4 million in subsidies for four huge Supercharger stations in California, due to a requirement that the chargers incorporate credit/debit card readers. Tesla was awarded the funding last September through the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program Rural Electric… Read more »

Scania delivers unique 66-ton electric truck to quarry in Norway

In the rapidly-growing EV market, it’s good to be skeptical of superlative claims. It’s anybody’s guess how long the electric truck that Scania recently delivered to the Verdalskalk limestone quarry in Norway will hold the title of the country’s largest, but this is definitely a pretty darn big truck. This 66-tonne monster has 3 axles,… Read more »

Improve EV charging ROI and customer experience by choosing the right fast chargers

Q&A with Tritium Chief Sales Officer David Nicholl. In any industry, savvy manufacturers know that success depends on more than just delivering hardware. The best companies work closely with their customers to help them choose the most cost-effective hardware for their specific needs. The EVSE industry is still young, and charger manufacturers and charge point… Read more »

TwinTorq says its electric/hydraulic motor extends EV range and battery life

EV motor and drivetrain manufacturer KersTech has developed a new motor for commercial EVs that combines electric and hydraulic functions, with the aim of maximizing efficiency and extending vehicle range and battery life. According to KersTech, hydraulic motors are three times more energy-efficient than electric motors for launch acceleration and brake energy regeneration at lower… Read more »

Continental and Infineon cooperate on server-based vehicle architectures

Automotive supplier Continental is collaborating with semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies to develop server-based vehicle architectures. The goal is to create an efficient electrics/electronics (E/E) architecture in which central high-performance computers (HPCs) and a few Zone Control Units (ZCUs) replace the hundred or more individual control units used in current vehicles. Continental is using Infineon’s AURIX… Read more »

Comemso’s new testing solution for EV battery management systems

Comemso Electronics has announced a modular system for testing battery management systems (BMS), combined with a comprehensive new graphical interface for parameterization and visualization of the BMS test process. The BMS is a vital component of an EV—it continuously monitors and measures the battery pack, including state of health and state of charge. BMS designs… Read more »