VW: German auto industry push to subsidize hydrogen is “nonsensical”


The latest battle in the War of the Energy Storage Media has broken out in Germany, where the Volkswagen Group and an auto industry lobbying group (the German Association of the Automotive Industry, or VDA) are at daggers drawn over the government’s proposed plan to implement the EU’s renewable energy directive. Germany’s Federal Ministry of… Read more »

Researchers claim their graphene “SuperBattery” achieves a 15-second charging time


Skeleton Technologies and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they have developed a graphene-based battery with a 15-second charging time, as well as charging cycles counted in the hundreds of thousands. The so-called SuperBattery’s key component is Skeleton’s patented Curved Graphene carbon material, which enables the high power and long lifetime of ultracapacitors to… Read more »

HORIBA launches new driving robot to increase test cycle efficiency


HORIBA has introduced an automatic driving system for vehicle testing. The company says its ADS EVO robotic driver improves vehicle testing efficiency by reducing the number of repeat tests, laboratory operating costs, overall test time and human errors.  The ADS EVO addresses changing industry needs for testing EVs, and complies with new emissions regulations such… Read more »

Wolfspeed: ready to support a booming EV industry with SiC power and charging solutions


Sponsored by Wolfspeed The electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to jump from 3.2 million units in 2019 to nearly 27 million units by the year 2030. Major players in this industry are expected to invest more than $350 billion in the near future to grow the electric vehicle market. Wolfspeed understands the technological challenges that… Read more »

EIT InnoEnergy invests in in-wheel-drive maker Elaphe


EIT InnoEnergy has announced a €4.2-million investment in Elaphe Propulsion Technologies, a maker of EV in-wheel-drive technology. EIT InnoEnergy’s investment will serve as a springboard to secure further growth while giving Elaphe access to EIT’s sustainable energy and mobility innovation networks.  Elaphe says its fully modular platform combines the in-wheel powertrain with software capable of… Read more »

Report predicts shortages of rare earth materials in coming decades


A report by Adamas Intelligence suggests that over the next two decades, the supply side of the rare earth industry may not be able to keep up with rapidly growing demand for magnet rare earths such as neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium.  The report also predicts that, if the global industry continues its present trend… Read more »

New analytical model from Rice University helps fine-tune battery performance


Rice University engineers have devised a simpler and more efficient way to predict battery performance, which they claim is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques. The analytical model developed by materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Fan Wang of Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering doesn’t require complex numerical simulation to guide the… Read more »

Hexagon’s 100% EV initiative aims to accelerate EV development


Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched a new strategic initiative to drive EV innovation.  The 100% EV initiative aims to enable rapid innovation by unifying fragmented development processes, bringing together previously siloed disciplines in order to unlock innovation and enable widespread adoption of EV technologies ahead of regulatory deadlines.  Hexagon says its design, engineering and manufacturing… Read more »

Continental wins award for connected tire concept


The Journey to Automation award presented by the European Rubber Journal (ERJ) has named Continental the Overall Winner in the award’s six categories, and the winner of the Tire Technology Award. The UK-based trade journal honored Continental for its Conti C.A.R.E. tire concept. Conti C.A.R.E. (Connected. Autonomous. Reliable. Electrification.) is a wheel/tire concept that uses… Read more »

SK Innovation speeds hiring at its first US EV battery plant in Georgia


SK Innovation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 skilled American workers by the end of 2021 as it prepares for initial production at the first of two EV battery plants being built in Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta.  SK Innovation is building two EV battery plants at the Georgia site as… Read more »