Automotive

Digest

Electrogenic E-type conversion

Peter Donaldson reports on an electric powertrain developer that undertakes bespoke conversions for classic cars. Electrogenic is a leading developer of electric powertrains for niche vehicle manufacturers. It also carries out bespoke conversions of classics, such as the E-type Jaguar, to electric power and produces conversion kits.

Dossier

H2D2 snow groomer

A unique project plans to electrify the niche market of snow groomers, reports Rory Jackson More than 300 ski resorts decorate the five mountain ranges of France, and these are home to some vehicles that are quite unlike those found at any other kind of sporting retreat.

In Conversation

In conversation: Dr Richard Ahlfeld, Ph.D.

Monolith’s CEO tells Rory Jackson how AI can help improve and shorten vehicle and powertrain development For much of the 21st century, automotive applications of big data have been limited to some attempts at predictive maintenance in vehicles and powertrains.

Grid

Electron beams offer faster, more precise welding

Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE) is working with Ford on automating electron-beam welding, writes Nick Flaherty. The EB-eDrive project will examine how to scale up electron-beam welding for joining copper and aluminium components in electric motors.

Web exclusive

StoreDot and Polestar demo 10-min charge with Si-dominant cells

StoreDot, a manufacturer of extreme fast-charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), and Polestar, an electric performance car brand, have charged an EV in just 10 minutes. A 77 kWh battery pack, powered by StoreDot’s XFC high energy (300 Wh/kg) silicon-dominant battery cells, installed in a Polestar 5 prototype, was charged from 10% to 80% in less than 10 minutes.

Web exclusive

Powered by Everrati reveals growth for luxury vehicle business

The ‘Powered by Everrati’ business-to-business (B2B) division has announced significant growth with the signing of multiple electrification agreements with global specialist and luxury vehicle brands. The brand enables B2B clients to bring almost any type of specialist electric vehicle (EV) to life quickly.

Web exclusive

All-new Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ Technology possesses uncompromising off-road capabilities

The all-new Mercedes-Benz G 580 with EQ Technology (combined energy consumption: 30.3-27.7 kWh/100 km | combined CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km | CO₂ class: A | UK figures may vary)1 is fully in keeping with the tradition of the model series established in 1979. Like the conventionally powered models, it is based on a ladder-frame concept, a selectable LOW RANGE off-road gear reduction system, independent front suspension and a rigid axle at the rear.

Web exclusive

Rimac Technology to provide high-voltage batteries for BMW

As part of its ongoing mission to push the boundaries of EV technology, Rimac Technology is embarking on the next stage of development by delivering greater volumes of advanced battery systems. This collaboration with BMW Group marks a significant milestone for Rimac Technology, as it represents the largest and most ambitious project the company has undertaken to-date.

Web exclusive

Sector coupling potential demands secure communications

Beyond reductions in local air pollution and fossil fuel consumption, EVs could also make an important contribution to societal energy efficiency through participation in sector coupling. This is the integration and coordination of different energy sectors – such as electricity, heating, cooling and transport – with the goal of optimising the use of renewable energy sources and improving overall energy efficiency across all of those sectors.

Grid

NASA tech lands for brake systems

Orbis Brakes in the US has licensed a NASA-patented technology for lightweight braking systems in electric vehicles, writes Nick Flaherty. The revolutionary brake disc design is at least 42% lighter than conventional cast-iron rotors, with performance comparable to much more expensive carbon-ceramic models.

ONLINE PARTNERS