The Grid

October 25th 2021

Researchers in Germany have developed a coil with superconducting wires that are capable of transmitting up to 5 kW of power with minimal losses (writes Nick Flaherty). The team, at the Technical University of Munich, worked with Wurth Elektronik eiSos and superconductor coating specialist Theva Dunnschichttechnik on the design of a coil which they believe […]

October 21st 2021

In early October, Terrafame announced a deal with Renault in which the Finnish mining company and battery chemicals producer is to supply the car

October 18th 2021

As the battery pack is the single heaviest and costliest component of an EV drivetrain, weight reductions in the pack pay dividends in terms

October 15th 2021

AVL and Ford have unveiled the FCVGen 1.0, a concept demonstrator for a fuel cell-electric Ford Transit produced through a project partnership between the

October 13th 2021

Balance Batteries, a new Tier 2 supplier of battery modules, recently unveiled its energy storage solutions and spoke with us exclusively to highlight the in-house

Dossier

Dossier

Candela C-7 speedboat

Hydrofoiling gives this serial production boat high speed and long endurance. Rory Jackson examines the engineering decisions behind its design

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Battery Safety

Oct 2021

Condition monitoring

Oct 2021

Power Electronics

Oct 2021

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Irizar Group ie truck

Rory Jackson investigates the development of this electric/hybrid refuse truck, which is already operating in various European countries. Developing heavy EVs for urban applications, where regulations on emissions and noise are the strictest of any operating environment, requires a wealth of research...

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Battery Cooling

Oct 2021

DC-DC converters

Oct 2021

Thermal Management 2020

Oct 2021

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Energica Eva Ribelle

Rory Jackson explores how this e-bike combines the efficiency for urban commuting with the performance for recreational use. Since its founding in 2014, the Energica Motor Company has sought to combine cuttingedge electrical engineering with designs that capture the ergonomics and aesthetics needed to thrive in the world...

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Battery Materials

Oct 2021

Fuel cells

Oct 2021

Measuring methods and equipment

Oct 2021

Dossier

Liebherr ETM Series

Developing these all-electric cement mixer trucks has meant blending the bespoke with the off­-the-shelf. Rory Jackson reports. The conventional cement truck is a diesel-powered vehicle that spends much of each working day at a standstill. However, whether it is having concrete...

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ECUs

Oct 2021

E-axles

Oct 2021

Magnetics

Oct 2021

Dossier

Elaphe L1500 in-wheel motor

The L1500 has been designed to enable it to be used in a wide range of OEM EVs and HEVs. Rory Jackson reports on how it was developed. Slovenian company Elaphe is known in the e-mobility industry for its in-wheel propulsion technology, which is used in a range of automotive applications around the...

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Lightweight materials

Oct 2021

Onboard Chargers

Oct 2021

Radial flux motors

Oct 2021

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Sealing

Oct 2021

Battery Safety

Oct 2021

Condition monitoring

Oct 2021

Power Electronics

Oct 2021

Battery Cooling

Oct 2021

DC-DC converters

Oct 2021

Thermal Management 2020

Oct 2021

Battery Materials

Oct 2021

Fuel cells

Oct 2021

Measuring methods and equipment

Oct 2021

ECUs

Oct 2021

E-axles

Oct 2021

Magnetics

Oct 2021

Lightweight materials

Oct 2021

Special Reports

Deep Insight

ZeroAvia hydrogen-electric aircraft

As detailed in the first issue of this publication (Winter 2018) through our discussions with Pipistrel about its Alpha Electro aircraft, it is just as feasible to develop (and certify) a two-to-four seater plane to run on battery power as it is with a roadcar. While serious optimisation of the battery and overall system weight must be undertaken to make small battery-electric planes flightworthy, it is empirically achievable.

Deep Insight

E-motor materials

The need for low weight and high performance in e-mobility motors is driving a demand for specialist metal alloys and insulating materials that are also thermally conductive. There is a strong focus as well on how they are sourced, particularly with regard to heavy rare earth (HRE) elements. Dysprosium and neodymium for example are used to boost the magnetic field in permanent magnets, but they can be difficult to source and are expensive. Others, such as erbium, are more freely available, so magnet makers are looking at using those instead, as well as reducing the amount of HREs that are required.

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Wireless Charging

With agreement on an SAE standard for wireless charging systems set to herald their wider roll-out, Nick Flaherty reports on developments in the technology. The technology for wireless charging of e-mobility systems has reached a critical point. With the SAE J2954 standard now agreed for consumer EVs...

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Onboard Chargers

Oct 2021

Radial flux motors

Oct 2021

Inverters

Oct 2021

Insulation

Oct 2021

Cables

Oct 2021

Axial flux motors

Oct 2021

Battery management systems

Oct 2021

Testing and simulation systems

Oct 2021

Thermal Management 2018

Oct 2021

Connectors

Jun 2021

New Products

New Product

Eaton announces fuses for high-powered EVs

Power management company Eaton’s e-mobility division has introduced a new line of Bussmann fuses called the EVK series. The company says they meet the requirements for use in the latest high-powered EVs with ratings of up to 1000 VDC and 600 A. The fuses are designed to manage and protect the charging systems of electric commercial, […]

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Heritage Battery Recycling and 6K strike first cathode-grade battery recycling network deal for the North American market

Heritage Battery Recycling and 6K have announced an exclusive joint development agreement to produce new cathode material from recycled batteries. The process combines Heritage’s established network infrastructure for collecting, storing and processing end-of-life batteries with 6K’s plasma technology to manufacture critical cathode-grade battery materials. According to Aaron Bent, CEO of 6K, “This agreement represents the […]

New Product

GM to use US lithium for next-generation EV batteries through closed-loop process

General Motors has agreed to form a strategic investment and commercial collaboration with Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR) to secure local and low-cost lithium. The lithium will be produced using a closed-loop, direct extraction process that results in a smaller physical footprint, no production tailings and lower CO2 emissions than traditional processes such as pit mining […]

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Hyundai and ANRA Technologies launch partnership to develop advanced air traffic operating environment

The Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group has announced a new partnership with ANRA Technologies, a leading provider of end-to-end UAV and traffic management solutions, to begin developing an operating environment for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. This is the first in a series of air traffic management partnerships Hyundai plans to […]

New Product

Sono Motors’ Sion gets more powerful battery with greater range

Munich-based mobility provider Sono Motors has announced it will use a more powerful, 54 kWh, battery for use in its Sion solar EV. The new LFP (lithium iron phosphate) battery extends the vehicle’s total range by up to 305 km and its maximum charging power by up to 75 kW. The additional range provided by […]