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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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Ampaire flies first hybrid-electric regional aircraft

Ampaire’s Eco Caravan, a nine-seat regional aircraft, has made its first flight on an integrated hybrid-electric propulsion system. Ampaire expects it to be the first electrified regional aircraft to enter commercial service and the first in a series of larger Ampaire hybrid-electric aircraft. Fully electric aircraft are range-limited because of the weight and energy capacity […]

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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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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 […]


Modified anodes boost cell cycling

Researchers in South Korea have developed a new method of modifying conventional anodes to improve the cycling performance of a battery cell (writes Nick Flaherty). The team, at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, used a layer of graphene oxide – a single atomic layer of carbon – on a silicon anode to prevent […]

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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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Partners unveil automated battery pack assembly line

Adhesive tape manufacturer tesa, bonding machinery manufacturer Vulkan Technic, and construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr have announced a partnership to develop a fully automated assembly line for battery packs. Tesa is contributing its ACX 76730 Box Seal adhesive application, Vulkan Technic is delivering the appropriate application concept, and Liebherr is responsible for implementing the production process. […]