Hyundai’s upcoming IONIQ 5 features 800 V system, bidirectional charging


Hyundai officially launched its upcoming IONIQ 5 midsize CUV at a virtual press event. The IONIQ 5 will be the first model built on Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It’s based on the previously-unveiled Concept 45 vehicle. The IONIQ 5 will be available with two battery pack options—the Standard Range model will have a… Read more »

Schaeffler starts mass production of electric motors for hybrids and EVs


Schaeffler, a manufacturer of electric drivetrain technology, will begin mass production of hybrid modules, hybrid drive units and all-electric axle transmissions.  Along with a series of mass production orders for electric motors in the passenger car sector, Schaeffler has recently entered the heavy-duty applications segment for commercial vehicles. The company has announced a mass production… Read more »

Lucid Motors goes public in long-awaited SPAC deal


Lucid Motors has confirmed that it is going public through a merger with Churchill Capital IV (CCIV). The deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, is said to be the largest to date between a SPAC and an EV startup. The transaction values Lucid at an initial pro-forma equity value of about… Read more »

Another benefit of electric trucks: they’re easier on drivers’ knees


Numerous studies have found that electrifying transportation will deliver major health benefits by reducing air pollution. During a recent webinar (as reported by Transport Dive), Duane Hughes, the CEO of electric truck maker Workhorse, offered another potential benefit: regenerative braking can reduce commercial drivers’ need for work-related knee surgeries, saving money for fleet operators. “It… Read more »

Spanish charging station uses second-life batteries from EV-maker Irizar


An EV charging station that uses energy storage based on second-life batteries from Irizar e-mobility is up and running at a Repsol service station in the Spanish city of Tolosa. This 50 kW DC fast charger, developed by Repsol and charging provider Ibil, is said to be the first one in Spain to employ second… Read more »

Silicon Labs and Wolfspeed partner to deliver power module solution


Silicon Labs has introduced the new Si823Hx Gate Driver Board, an all-in-one isolation solution designed for the recently launched Wolfspeed WolfPACK power module. Wolfspeed power modules are used across numerous power applications, including EV chargers and motor drives. The board features the Si823Hx isolated gate driver and Si88xx digital isolator with an integrated DC-DC converter…. Read more »

Electric tanker ship to be powered by a 3.5 MWh battery pack


Cargo ships, powered by heavy fuel oil with a high sulfur content, are some of the largest and most polluting vehicles on the planet, so electrifying them could be very cost-effective in terms of reducing air pollution. Last year, a consortium of Japanese companies announced a collaboration to develop an all-electric oil tanker. Now Asahi… Read more »

Laser applications for structural components of EV battery pack (whitepaper)


Sponsored by TRUMPF This whitepaper provides guidelines to select laser welding and cleaning equipment, as well as process control, in the context of battery box manufacturing for battery electric vehicles (BEV) in mass production. The battery box, as an integral part of the chassis of a BEV, not only protects the battery and BMS, but… Read more »

GAC Group’s novel graphene-based battery tech will debut in a vehicle this year


Graphene, a crystalline allotrope of carbon, is reported to be a better electricity conductor than copper, 200 times stronger than steel, and six times lighter. Metal oxides can be attached to its surface to improve its energy storage functions. Now China’s GAC Group has announced “breakthrough progress” with a graphene-based super-fast-charging battery, which the company… Read more »