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Gap fillers for thermal management in EVs—one-component (1K) or two-component (2K)

With a noticeable rise in interest in reducing the manufacturing complexity of 2K gap fillers, we have developed a new isocyanate-free and non-silicone one-component (1K) gap filler to address that need. These new 1K gap fillers help EV OEMs by reducing manufacturing and operational complexity. In this webinar, we share our comparative analysis between 1K and 2K  gap fillers, the advantages and trade-offs of using 1K over 2K, and which option is right for you. The webinar, hosted by Charged on August 24, 2022, at 11:00 AM EDT, will include a live Q&A session. Register now – IT’S FREE!

New high voltage technologies for e-mobility

Sponsored by Preh More than ten years ago, the HMI-Specialist Preh Group ventured into a completely new product segment. With flexible development procedures, the supplier has established a good reputation for EV components. The business unit aims to account for half of the company’s sales by 2030. Today, Preh supplies far more than battery management systems to the automotive industry—like the on-board chargers at different power levels. The mid-size supplier also did pioneering work once again—this time with 800V technology for Porsche. For the Taycan model, they developed the so-called “booster” and the “DC/DC converter”

Cuberg’s next-gen lithium metal cells show increased cycle life and specific energy

Battery company Cuberg has announced some results from Mobile Power Solutions’s independent testing of its lithium metal pouch cells. According to Cuberg, “Through continued development of its cell technology, Cuberg has achieved a near-doubling of cycle life of its cells alongside improvement in energy and power.” “Cuberg’s first generation of cell technology was validated by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2020 and reached 370 cycles with 80% capacity retention with a C/2 charging rate (2-hour charge) in a 5 Ah cell,” says the company. “The latest results reach 672 cycles with the same charging rate and 80% capacity retention...

Iberdrola invests in solid-state startup Basquevolt

Iberdrola, a Spanish electric utility, plans to invest in the solid-state battery startup Basquevolt via its start-up program PERSEO. “Through PERSEO, Iberdrola carries out more than 25 real tests of technologies per year, which serve as a first step towards establishing a commercial relationship or partnership with startups,” says Iberdrola. Basquevolt plans to establish technological support and a research team at the Alava Technology Park in Spain, and to develop prototype cells and a pilot production line in 2025. The company’s long-term goals are to start producing battery cells in 2027 and to achieve a 10 GWh annual capacity. Basquevolt...

EvoCharge chargers to incorporate AmpUp’s charging management software

EvoCharge, a supplier of EVSE and cable management solutions, has formed a preferred network partnership with software provider AmpUp. AmpUp’s software is designed to allow EV owners to manage their charging infrastructure to simplify charging schedules and optimize energy consumption. AmpUp’s products are used by several Fortune 500 companies. EvoCharge and AmpUp’s preconfigured charging stations provide customers with a turn-key solution that offers real-time analytics, monthly reporting, user management and payment controls. EvoCharge Level 2 charging stations with AmpUp software are available through EvoCharge and electrical distributors nationwide. The solution is certified for various utility and state rebate programs. “The...

Volvo and partners plan California Electrified Charging Corridor for medium- and heavy-duty EVs

Volvo Trucks is joining up with Shell and three truck dealerships to develop a public medium- and heavy-duty EV charging network that connects several of California’s largest metropolitan areas. The Electrified Charging Corridor Project has scored $2 million in funding from the California Energy Commission, and is expected to get underway in 2022. All five stations should be online by the end of 2023. “This project will open the door to a truly electrified freight future in which zero-tailpipe emission medium- and heavy-duty trucks are no longer limited to short-mileage, return-to-base operations, and can reach far and wide across the...

Daimler tests new eActros truck-and-trailer combo in the Black Forest

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a new phase of practical tests for the eActros, which has now approved as a truck-and-trailer combination with a total weight of 40 tons. The combination has been handed over to transport firm Logistik Schmitt in the northern Black Forest for endurance testing. The vehicle is already available to order for customers in this configuration. “Starting an intensive exchange with customers at an early stage is an integral part of our vehicles’ development,” said Steffen Maier, Head of Customer Testing, Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “For this reason, our team has been supporting the practical stage of eActros testing...

Mercedes-Benz to begins production of eEconic, an electric truck for specialty municipal applications

An oft-cited obstacle to the electrification of municipal vehicle fleets is that electric versions of specialty vehicles such as refuse trucks and fire trucks are not available. Now Daimler Truck has taken a step toward filling this niche with the launch of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic, a new e-truck designed for municipal use. The key technical specifications of the eEconic are largely identical to those of the eActros urban delivery truck, which went into series production last October. The eEconic has been undergoing real-world trials with customers since May, and it will soon go into series production at the company’s Wörth...

Tomorrow’s Webinar: How scalable is your battery test lab?

As EV adoption grows, time-to-market shrinks, and customer expectations increase, the need to scale up test operations is becoming one of the most significant challenges EV engineers need to overcome. Quickly adding test capacity, managing distributed assets, avoiding unnecessary test re-runs, and getting actionable insights from battery test data are a must-have. To effectively achieve the scale needed to produce millions of battery modules and packs, engineers, test facilities, and the test itself need to perform at their best.  This session will discuss how NI’s approach to battery test helps you achieve scale by increasing the performance of: ​ Engineering teams:...

bp opens its first electric truck charging facility in Germany

For better or for worse, oil giant bp has become one of the major players in Europe’s public charging industry. Now the company’s Aral pulse brand has opened its first fast charging facilities aimed at the medium- and heavy-duty electric truck market. Aral’s retail site at Schwegenheim, Germany now has two 300 kW chargers for electric trucks, and the company says they’re powered by 100% renewable energy. “Situated on the B9 major road, the Schwegenheim site provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300 kW could increase its remaining range...

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