• News aggregator on electric cars and electric vehicles (cars, motorcycles, boats, planes).

First Frauscher/Porsche eFantom ready for launch


Porsche and Frauscher Shipyard have presented the first production model of their electric 850 Fantom Air.
Equipped with powertrain technology from the forthcoming all-electric Porsche Macan, it uses components of the Premium Platform Electric on which the Macan is based. This includes a permanently excited synchronous electric motor, whose peak power for the eFantom has been limited to 400 kW, and the associated power electronics. More…

Comau announces automated production system for NIO e-drive systems


Comau has implemented a turnkey solution to automate the manufacturing of NIO’s next-generation e-drive systems. The company says it ensures fast and reliable co-line production for the EV manufacturer’s third-gen induction and permanent magnet motors.
The solution includes primary lines such as e-motor assembly lines, gearbox manufacturing and inverter assembly lines, as well as end-of-line testing processes. More…

Dieseko Woltman pile-driller/driver


Peter Donaldson reports on how this zero-emissions version of a diesel piling rig has been designed and developed Drilling piles into the ground has been a crucial task in building for thousands of years. Whether they’re made from timber, reinforced concrete, steel or aluminium – and whether in column or sheet form – they help to stabilise the ground and make it more able to support heavy structures. More…

Additive manufacturing advance in stator production


Researchers in the US and UK have used additive manufacturing (AM) to develop a 3D-printed motor with materials previously considered too brittle to use (writes Nick Flaherty).
The researchers, at the University of Sheffield in the UK and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, have developed a 10 kW prototype motor that they are scaling up to 40 kW for e-mobility applications. More…

Battery welding


Welding experts give Peter Donaldson their views on how the technology is keeping abreast of developments in the EV batteries industry Welding is a vitally important family of joining techniques for EV battery systems. A large battery might need thousands of individual connections, joining the positive and negative terminals of cells together in combinations of parallel and series blocks to form modules and packs of the required voltage and capacity. More…

Cell proves its worth for eVTOLs


About:Energy has characterised the P45B high-power battery cell from Molicel being used in several eVTOL designs (writes Nick Flaherty).
The P45B has a 10C pulse discharge capability and a 3C charge capability but can still provide a 242 Wh/kg nominal specific energy. Its low DC internal resistance is measured by About:Energy at 13.8 mΩ (7.86 mΩ for 0.2 seconds) bodes well for high C-rate use cases, particularly where the thermal management system is constrained. More…

Europe’s meeting place for technical foam professionals in the automotive industry


Foam Expo Europe is a free-to-attend trade fair and conference, taking place on 5-7 December 2023 in the manufacturing hub and car capital of Stuttgart, Germany. It’s co-located with Adhesives & Bonding Expo Europe and Thermal Management Expo Europe, plus your free pass includes access to Automotive Interiors Expo Europe, our event partner. More…

Vitesco Technologies develops innovative power module


Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, is developing a power module which will be manufactured using transfer molding process.
During this process the power electronics are sealed under a dielectric material that protects the components extremely well. The result is a very robust, cost effective and reliable electronic. The power module consists of three overmolded half-bridges and forms the core of an inverter system, which controls both the drive energy and the energy recovery (recuperation) in high-voltage electric vehicles. More…

Nyobolt EV


Despite the pace at which sales of electric passenger vehicles are growing, and the promise they hold for lowering worldwide carbon emissions, there is a major conflict between the way EV designs are evolving and how that threatens to create serious problems for the sustainability of automotive supply chains.
Historically, the primary deterrent to consumers adopting EVs has been range anxiety, given the comparatively lower MPGe of battery packs versus fuel tanks in IC-engined cars, and the far lower availability of charging points relative to fuelling stations. In response, automotive OEMs are building EVs with ever-larger batteries, with a view to enabling EVs to complete their day-to-day journeys and make it back home without needing to recharge. More…

Helix announces success of aerospace electric propulsion demonstrator project


Motors and inverters manufacturer Helix has announced the completion of its direct drive scalable aerospace electric propulsion demonstrator technology project.
Known internally as the XBS, the project ran in partnership with the UK’s Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) and the Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) project between the MAA and the University of Nottingham. Helix developed the XBS project within its X-Division. More…

Forsee Power launches ZEN LFP battery system for heavy vehicles


Forsee Power is launching a new high-energy battery system, ZEN LFP, to provide full-day operations to electric buses, trucks, and off-highway vehicles.
The ZEN LFP battery system – available in 36 kWh and 55 kWh modules– has been developed by Forsee Power’s R&D engineers and will be manufactured in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. More…

StoreDot warns industry over extreme fast charging battery technology


Extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology developer StoreDot is reiterating its policy of supplying chemistries that ensure minimal battery degradation over an EV’s lifetime.
Its announcement is in response to recent industry claims touting fast charge times and extended ranges, which it says often overlook the potential long-term impact on battery health and the resulting degradation in vehicle driving range. More…