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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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Torque sensing

Twists in the tale Ryan Maughan explains the pros and cons of the various ways to measure motor torque As the market for electrified vehicle powertrains develops, so the quest to deliver improved efficiency and performance in electric drive systems continues. Maximising vehicle range for a given battery capacity is a key target of every […]

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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 […]


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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Magna’s 48 V hybrid transmission system adopted by Stellantis

Magna’s 48 V hybrid transmission has been fitted to the Jeep Renegade, Compass e-Hybrid, Fiat 500 X and Tipo, the first models from Stellantis to be equipped with the system. The transmission is said to offer improved driving dynamics due to electric torque vectoring and traction support. Magna says the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission provides a […]

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OLEA APP inverter software gains ISO 26262 certification

Silicon Mobility has announced that its OLEA APP-T222 motor control application for traction inverters is now certified to ISO 26262 ASIL-C. The company says this makes it the first to offer an ISO 26262-certified full-stack automotive solution, which includes the ASIL-D OLEA T222 FPCU chip, the OLEA Composer development framework and the OLEA LIB libraries […]

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Equipmake’s ZED system for buses set to enter service

Developing heavy-duty powertrains for integrating into electric passenger buses is fundamentally different from other EV applications, owing to their unique drive cycles and weight-carrying considerations, and their dramatically different HVAC requirements (writes Rory Jackson). Unlike other EVs, an electric bus can expend as much energy on heating and cooling its cabin interior as it does […]

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Coherent announces integration of laser welding head vision system for EV battery and motor manufacturing

Coherent has unveiled HIGHvision, a machine vision system for laser-welding heads that it says greatly improves the efficiency of manufacturing EV batteries and motors. HIGHvision is a turnkey system consisting of machine vision hardware and software that enables laser welding heads to align to software-defined features on the workpiece in milliseconds and with high accuracy. […]

Show Report

Battery Show Europe 2022

Reading materials Advances in coating and materials were some of the key takeaways from one of Europe’s largest battery trade fairs, reports Peter Donaldson Held in Stuttgart as June became July, the Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo had many highlights, including an advanced battery concept that boosts energy density using a […]


Cool approach to efficient air liners

GKN Aerospace has been working on cryogenic technology to boost the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells and electric motors for aircraft (writes Nick Flaherty). The ‘hyperconducting’ systems proposed by the company use the liquid hydrogen stored in the aircraft as fuel as a heat sink, cooling the electrical conductors to temperatures below -200 ºC to […]