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CATL subsidiary launches modular battery swapping system

Does battery swapping have a future? One of China’s largest battery suppliers thinks so. Contemporary Amperex Energy Service (CAES), a subsidiary of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), has rolled out a modular battery swap solution called EVOGO, which is comprised of battery blocks, fast battery swap stations and an app. Designed to look like a bar of chocolate, Choco-SEB (swapping electric block) is a battery specially developed for swapping. It features cell-to-pack technology (which dispenses with the usual battery modules) and wireless BMS technology, and boasts energy density of 325 Wh/l. CAES says a single block can provide a driving range...

Schneider Electric acquires EV Connect

Charging solution provider EV Connect has been acquired by energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric. Along with the current management team, CEO and founder Jordan Ramer will continue to lead EV Connect’s operations as a distinct subsidiary. EV Connect was established in 2010, and currently serves customers across 41 US states. “At Schneider Electric, we believe that electric and digital are the recipe for a more sustainable and more resilient world,” said Nadege Petit, Chief Innovation Officer at Schneider Electric. “EV Connect has a very similar vision.” ” Schneider Electric not only supports our strategic goals, but fully embraces...

Toyota and Redwood Materials collaborate on closed-loop battery ecosystem

Toyota may be a latecomer to the electrification game, but the company is gradually assembling the components of a circular EV supply chain. Now it has partnered with Redwood Materials, the battery recycling concern headed by JB Straubel, to “explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem.” Initially, the collaboration will focus on the collection, testing and recycling of batteries from Toyota’s hybrid vehicles. The companies plan to “investigate ways to seamlessly incorporate battery recycling through domestic battery materials manufacturing into Toyota’s battery production strategy, beginning with North America.” Redwood Materials offers large-scale sources of anode...

Ford to assemble next-gen EVs at plant in Valencia, Spain

Ford has chosen its plant in Valencia, Spain, as the site where it will assemble vehicles based on a next-generation EV platform. The company says production could begin “later this decade.” Ford is also moving forward with a $2-billion conversion of its Cologne Electrification Centre in Germany, which is scheduled to begin producing electric passenger vehicles starting in 2023. “Ford is investing heavily in electric vehicle manufacturing operations in Germany, and we are committed to the country as our headquarters location in Europe,” said Ford of Europe Chair Stuart Rowley. “To secure new product in Europe we need winning product...

NHEV safety recommendation.

The National Highways for Electric Vehicles (NHEV safety recommendation) has recently modified and added a few safety recommendations related to battery swapping and charging infrastructure. Suggestions include identifying battery failure and well as monitor problems regarding battery fires through identification devices. NHEV safety recommendation to know about what they are buying, driving, and risk associated and there should be higher transparency to EV batteries and their components information and third party coverage. Identifying the battery failures, volatile thermal behavior, and associated risk shall be explored and battery monitoring systems. The NHEV meeting was attended by a Niti Aayog Member and...

ABB E-mobility opens its largest DC fast charger production facility in Italy

ABB E-mobility has opened the company’s largest DC fast charger production site to date. The 16,000-square-meter E-mobility Centre of Excellence in Valdarno, Tuscany has an annual production capacity of more than 10,000 DC chargers. The company has invested some $30 million at the new site, where it will produce the full range of ABB DC charging solutions. ABB says the new plant will be capable of producing one DC fast charger every 20 minutes, thanks to its 7 production lines. There are also 15 testing facilities, which are able to simulate over 400 charging sessions per day. The facility will...

Learn more about EV architecture design

Sponsored by TTI Electric Vehicle Architecture Design The pace of acceleration in the electric vehicle market has taken consumers and manufacturers alike by surprise. That is largely due to innovative companies and pioneers who have worked relentlessly to mitigate many if not all of the current consumer concerns evolving electric vehicles. These concerns represent some significant engineering challenges, such as extending driving range, increasing vehicle performance, reliable acceleration and decreasing charging time. These challenges all represent higher energy demands and thermal challenges that require innovative solution without negatively impacting safety, reliability and affordability.  A key design element to ensure the...

NIO selects onsemi’s VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-gen EVs

Power and sensor technology company onsemi (formerly ON Semiconductor) has announced that NIO selected its VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules for its next-generation EVs. The SiC VE-Trac Direct is a 900 V power module with integrated single-side direct cooling that incorporates onsemi’s second-generation SiC MOSFET technology. onsemi says “An integrated pin fin baseplate enables direct liquid cooling and easy assembly, which allows maximum power output and more efficient thermal dissipation.” “From all the solutions we considered, the VE-Trac Direct SiC traction power modules offered the best efficiency during testing, allowing us to extend our NEDC range by 4% compared to...

Easelink tests automated taxi stand charging in Austria

One of the provisions of Austria’s Energy and Climate Plan calls for all taxis to be emission-free by 2025, and this is driving innovation. Authorities in the cities of Vienna and Graz have found that the best option is to provide charging infrastructure directly at taxi stands. This allows every minute between trips to be used for charging the vehicle. Electric utility Wien Energie and Austrian charging provider Easelink are working together on a pilot project called eTaxi Austria, which will test automated charging options installed at taxi stands. On the grounds of the Simmering power plant, the companies created...

Nidec to build EV component plant in China

Japanese motor company Nidec has announced plans to build an EV component plant in the Chinese city of Pinghu. Construction is scheduled to begin in October of 2022. The EV-dedicated plant will have 109,600 square meters (1,180,000 square feet) of production area floor space for producing and assembling gears, inverters and the company’s E-Axle traction motor system. Production is to begin in October of 2023, and the company says the plant will have an annual production capacity of 1 million E-Axles by fiscal year 2024. Aiming at a 10 trillion-yen (about $74 billion) sales goal for 2030, Nidec says it...

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