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Rob Coppinger reports on Alpha Motor Corporation’s digital route to creating a more efficient range of EVs for the global market Alpha Motor Corporation’s latest vehicle, the Saga sedan, is building on the technical standardisation the company is applying across its range of vehicles. Announced in November last year, the Saga is continuing and expanding […]

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BorgWarner’s plans for high-voltage commercial vehicle power systems

Total cost of ownership, long service life and packaging efficiency that frees mass and volume for cargo and passengers are essential requirements for all commercial vehicles (CVs) – and meeting all those needs is a challenge as the sector transitions to electric power, according to Harry Husted, BorgWarner’s vice-president and CTO (writes Peter Donaldson). Speaking […]

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Eaton introduces battery pack vent valve for EVs

Power management company Eaton’s eMobility business has introduced a single-stage vent valve for EV batteries. The valve acts as an over-pressure relief for the vehicle’s pack. The valve’s resealing technology allows customers to specify very low opening pressures and testing for 100% functionality compared with the conventional burst-valve technology commonly used in the market at […]

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Flextem’s PTC heating films for batteries

Heating is as important as cooling in the thermal management of battery packs, since lithium-ion batteries need to be held within the temperature range specified by the cell manufacturer if they are to operate safely and efficiently, and achieve their maximum service life (writes Peter Donaldson). Efficient, self-regulating positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heaters constitute an […]

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RAMPF Group’s battery production materials and processing technologies

To be competitive in global markets, ultra-fast production processes are essential. That is also true for the manufacture of batteries, for which RAMPF Group has developed polymers for sealing, casting and thermal management, as well as dispensing and automation systems. RAMPF uses epoxy, silicone and polyurethane polymers for sealing, casting and thermal management solutions for […]

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Challenge of batteries for heavy-duty EVs

High-voltage batteries are indispensable for the electrification and decarbonisation of vehicles worldwide, but the specific energy and energy density limitations of current battery technology bring challenges to the forefront when optimising different kinds of EVs. Take heavy-duty commercial EVs, for example. Whether electrifying an 18-wheel truck, a coach, a city bus or some similar sort of long-endurance fleet vehicle, hundreds of kilowatt-hours of energy need to be stored onboard.

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ZEEKR becomes first EV maker to adopt CATL’s Qilin battery

ZEEKR, the e-mobility technology brand from Geely Holding Group, and CATL have announced that the former will become the first EV brand to use CATL’s Qilin battery, which uses the third generation of cell-to-pack technology. The ZEEKR 009 luxury MPV will be the first vehicle to use the new battery, with deliveries beginning in the […]

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BorgWarner to start production of Akasol CYC battery modules

Cylindrical cells and central liquid cooling are key architectural characteristics of the new “ultra-high-energy” Akasystem AKM CYC module technology from BorgWarner, which acquired its developer Akasol in February (writes Peter Donaldson). The system is a scalable set of battery modules designed to be built up into packs for heavy vehicles including buses and trucks, along […]

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Green Watt Power launches 48 V, 1500 W EV lithium-ion battery charger

Green Watt Power, a division of Powerland Technology, has announced the EVC-1500 fully potted, ruggedised charger for 48 V batteries for EV applications. It is designed specifically to charge lithium-ion battery systems in motorcycles, scooters, carts, fork lifts and other e-mobility applications.  The charger has universal input voltages and an output voltage range of 28-59 […]

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DAFO Vehicle battery fire protection system

In a thermal runaway, a lithium-ion battery typically releases oxygen from the cathode and volatile hydrocarbons from the electrolyte, generating both oxidiser and fuel to sustain a fire from purely internal sources (writes Peter Donaldson). Reliable detection and early intervention are therefore critical for preventing the worst consequences of battery thermal incidents – fire and […]