How to license NASA technology for EVs


NASA holds a slew of patents on EV-related technology, including battery management systems, ultracapacitors, modular robotic vehicles, composite materials and more. Examples include: Solid-State Ultracapacitor for Improved Energy Storage Battery Charge Equalizer System Battery Management System Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) Internal Short Circuit Testing Device to Improve Battery Designs Li-ion Cell Calorimeter Model-Based Prognostics for… Read more »

KACO Sealing’s new EV battery venting solution for quick deflation


If a malfunction occurs in an EV battery, rapid venting is required in order to reduce the pressure in the affected battery segment. KACO Sealing Systems has developed a quick deflation solution for EV battery modules, centered around a piston that tightly seals the exhaust port after venting. KACO’s Quick Deflation is designed so that… Read more »

dSPACE offers a complete solution for developing and testing new charging tech


The dSPACE DS5366 Smart Charging Solution offers auto manufacturers and providers of charging stations a complete solution for developing and testing technologies for smart charging. The solution adheres to international standards, guarantees interoperability, and supports developers of on-board chargers, charging columns, and, in the future, inductive charging systems, by offering a range of test options… Read more »

6K ENERGY uses new plasma system to produce battery materials


6K has formally entered the energy storage market with a new division called 6K ENERGY. The move follows three years of development supported by commercial customers and the US DOE. The company’s UniMelt plasma system produces NMC cathode materials in a volume process. “We have built an extremely talented team of energy material experts that… Read more »

New electrolyte could lead to safer high-voltage batteries


Researchers from The University of Tokyo claim to have successfully increased a lithium-ion battery’s voltage and its ability to suppress dangerous conditions that affect today’s batteries. Their paper is published in Nature Energy. “A battery’s voltage is limited by its electrolyte material. The electrolyte solvent in lithium-ion batteries is the same now as it was when… Read more »

MDL releases v13 of its Motor-CAD design software


Motor Design Limited (MDL) has released version 13 of its Motor-CAD software, a design tool for fast multiphysics simulation. Motor-CAD enables engineers to evaluate motor topologies and concepts across the full torque-speed operating range, to produce designs that are optimized for performance, efficiency, and size.  There are more than 25 new or enhanced features in… Read more »

Cree’s 650 V SiC MOSFETs designed for onboard EV charging


Cree recently released the Wolfspeed 650 V silicon carbide MOSFET series, designed for the next generation of onboard EV chargers, data centers and renewable energy systems. “Cree is leading the global transition from silicon to silicon carbide, and our new 650 V MOSFET family is the next step in delivering a high-powered solution to a… Read more »

Heraeus’s Pennsylvania plant receives certification for automotive quality


Heraeus Electronics has received IATF-16949 certification from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) for its site in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. IATF-16949 is the International Standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems. “In a highly competitive environment like the automotive industry, a high level of efficiency and quality must be guaranteed,” says Heraeus President Klemens Brunner.  At… Read more »

Sion Power demonstrates EV performance requirements of its lithium-metal battery technology


Sion Power has demonstrated its new Licerion EV technology, which focuses on high energy density, increased cycle life, and fast charging ability. The company projects that its Licerion EV cells will offer 420 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L when scaled to commercial design. Sion tested 1.8 Ah cells, which resulted in 800 full depth of discharge… Read more »

MAHLE opens battery module testing and development facility


MAHLE Powertrain has opened a new facility for the extensive testing of EV battery modules. The facility, based at the company’s Northampton technical center, enables the strip-down and disassembly of modules and compact vehicle batteries for post-test assessment, and provides a climate-controlled environment to carry out real-world simulated testing with the aim of streamlining the… Read more »