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Wiesmann reveals world’s first all-electric convertible roadster

Luxury sportscar marque Wiesmann has revealed further details of its all-electric convertible roadster, codenamed Project Thunderball.   The two-seat, rear-wheel-drive EV has twin electric rear mid-mounted motors delivering up to 500 kW (680 bhp) and 1100 Nm of torque, for a targeted 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) and an acceleration time of 2.9 seconds.   The […]

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Electrogenic announces more EV conversion kits for classic cars

British EV technology company Electrogenic has revealed details of its newly expanded range of ‘drop-in’ EV conversion kits for some of the world’s automotive icons.  The kits, for the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 911, will be offered by UK-based Electrogenic’s ‘Powered by Electrogenic’ arm. They will be offered globally through an international […]

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HVS unveils hydrogen-electric heavy goods vehicle

Hydrogen-powered commercial vehicle manufacturer Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has announced a hydrogen-electric commercial vehicle that has been produced from a clean-sheet design.  The Scottish company is showcasing its hydrogen powertrain in the form of a 5.5 t technology demonstrator, intended as a nod to its planned 40 t zero-emissions HGV (heavy goods vehicle) and with […]

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User interfaces

Display on demand Peter Donaldson explains the essential characteristics for an EV’s user interface to be accessible, effective and intuitive. While governments’ plans to phase out IC-engined vehicles on short timelines is pushing individuals and companies towards EVs, they remain a small proportion of vehicles on the road globally. Most drivers will be new to […]

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EV battery supply chain problems not all doom and gloom

Although global demand for new EVs is strong, the whole industry is still being disrupted by factors including the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains, sanctions in response to the war in Ukraine, and inflation (writes Peter Donaldson). At September’s Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, LMC Automotive’s senior manager, powertrain forecasting, Kevin Riddell, […]

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Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 design takes inspiration from cars, aircraft and nature

Hyundai Motor Company says its Ioniq 6 EV has a drag coefficient of 0.21 and an all-electric range of 614 km (WLTP-rated) on a single charge, thanks to lessons learned from some of the most streamlined shapes in automotive and aircraft history, as well as in nature. From the automotive realm, it cites the 1947 […]

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Tembo announces deal to supply EV conversion kits for 4×4 EVs

VivoPower International has announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tembo e-LV, have entered into a definitive agreement with Energy Trading Company Mauritius (ETC Mauritius) to sell, distribute and market Tembo electrification conversion kits for Toyota 4×4 second-hand vehicles in the Republic of Kenya. Under the deal, ETC Mauritius has committed to sell a minimum […]

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Automated battery manufacturing

Just push the button Cutting-edge research and prototype factories are helping to advance the automation of EV component manufacturing, writes Nick Flaherty Some car makers have had fully automated assembly of vehicles for many years, and EV makers are looking to achieve this ‘lights out’ approach, but with added issues for the assembly of lithium-ion […]


Bespoke chips for drivetrains

STMicroelectronics has launched a family of microcontroller chips designed specifically for electrified drivetrains (writes Nick Flaherty). The Stellar P microcontrollers are automotive qualified and combine the CAN-XL in-car comms standard to handle the demand for more real-time data with actuation functions. The controllers are built on a 28 nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD SOI) process. […]

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Thomas de Lange

As many readers know, competitive engineering of e-mobility systems takes more than just high-quality electric parts: there is far more to an EV than its battery, motor and inverter. Many of the most cutting-edge and game-changing electric road, off-road, sea and air vehicles simply would not exist without innovations in non-electric components. When it comes to maximising actual kilometres per kilowatt, attention has to be paid to subsystems such as transmissions, suspensions, tyres and lightweight materials.