Phoenix Contact’s new high-power charging inlets


The new CHARX charging inlets from Phoenix Contact E-Mobility enable both low- and high-power charging of EVs. The CCS inlets allow continuous charging at up to 250 A, and temporarily up to 500 A and 1,000 V. According to Phoenix, this is the highest charge rating currently available, making it possible to charge a vehicle… Read more »

ZF’s newest brake system to be used in Volkswagen EVs


The latest in ZF brake control solutions will be the standard in Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 EVs, as well as future vehicles built on Volkswagen’s MEB modular e-drive system platform.  ZF says its optimized software interface allows the new braking system to be integrated into the electronic architecture of VW vehicles while supporting driver assistance… Read more »

Capitalize on the value of EV modules with a scalable grading solution


Sponsored by Ametek Growth in adoption of electric vehicles brings new opportunities and challenges.  This is dynamic, especially in today’s climate.  There are, however, some certainties: Consumers worldwide will continue to seek greener options in alignment with emerging policies. The battery pack represents a large portion of the cost associated with the EV and its… Read more »

FEV supports automakers with charging compatibility analysis


FEV’s Mobile Charging Analyzer provides in-depth charging communication and power evaluation as part of vehicle-level benchmark capabilities. The analyzer allows for flexible testing at various locations, and real-time measurement of all signal parameters via Control Pilot and PLC (power line communication), which records the communication between the charging station and the vehicle. Examples of measurement… Read more »

Cree launches new silicon carbide power module portfolio


Cree has announced the launch of its Wolfspeed WolfPACK power modules for a diverse range of industrial power markets, including EV fast charging, renewable energy, energy storage and industrial power applications. The new modules use 1,200 V MOSFET technology, and are designed to deliver maximum efficiency in small packages. “The introduction of the Wolfspeed WolfPACK… Read more »

Green Tesla embraces carbon-intensive bitcoin


Elon Musk is by nature an iconoclast, a disrupter, an upsetter of applecarts and a slayer of sacred cows, so his long-standing interest in bitcoin, which has been described as “a techno-anarchist project” and “a way to separate money from the state,” is not at all surprising. Now Tesla has purchased $1.5 billion worth of… Read more »

Millor will manufacture cobalt-free lithium-ion batteries in Europe


The COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications), a European consortium that aims to develop a new cobalt-free lithium-ion battery technology, has chosen Millor Battery to make the prototypes and first batteries. COBRA and Millor Battery seek to reduce the proportion of critical raw materials in batteries without compromising energy and energy performance. Among these… Read more »

Freightliner electric trucks to use proprietary Detroit ePowertrain


Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that its proprietary Detroit ePowertrain will power the upcoming Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2, as part of Daimler Trucks’ strategy to establish a uniform basic architecture for its global line-up of battery-electric vehicles. Daimler also announced plans to invest $20 million in its subsidiary Detroit’s manufacturing facility located… Read more »

DOE announces additional $47 million for transformational energy technology projects

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The DOE has announced $47 million in new funding for seven projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program. These selections bring total SCALEUP program funding to over $70 million, building on $24 million in previously announced SCALEUP “Fast Track” selections…. Read more »

AKASOL partners with Fraunhofer to develop automated battery recycling


German battery manufacturer AKASOL is has partnered with the Fraunhofer Research Institution to develop automated recycling processes for battery packs. “The rising demand for high-performance battery systems means that more raw materials, such as lithium, cobalt or nickel, are needed to manufacture these energy-storage technologies,” explains AKASOL Head of Product Management Dr. Björn Eberleh. “In… Read more »