Jun 7, 2023 - 02:10 pm
ZF presents hybrid marine conversion module
ZF has presented a “plug-and-play” hybrid marine conversion module, which is to simplify the electrification of new and existing ship platforms. The hybrid module was presented at the Nor-Shipping trade fair (June 6-9 in Oslo).
May 31, 2023 - 01:45 pm
ABB presents efficient ship drive system ‘Dynafin’
ABB has presented a new electric drive system concept for significantly more efficient ships under the name Dynafin. The system dispenses with a traditional propeller and is instead designed to mimic the “movements of a whale’s tail”.
May 16, 2023 - 01:13 pm
Sona Comstar signs tech licensing deal with Equipmake
Automotive systems & components manufacturer Sona Comstar signed a technology licensing agreement with UK-based electric drive specialist Equipmake. Sona Comstar will then manufacture and sell the technology in Southeast Asia.
May 11, 2023 - 02:04 pm
University of Michigan to open EV research centre
The University and state of Michigan have finalized a contract for a $130 million Electric Vehicle Center. The centre is designated to be focused on accelerating collaborative research and development, building a skilled workforce and creating a campus that supports both.
May 10, 2023 - 04:12 pm
BorgWarner announces several major orders
The US American automotive supplier BorgWarner has announced several new e-mobility contracts, ranging from supplying drive systems from the US and Europe all the way to China.
May 8, 2023 - 12:20 pm
BAE Systems and Eaton develop electric drives for trucks
Electric drive specialist BAE Systems has teamed up with energy management company Eaton to develop electric drive solutions for commercial vehicles. According to the partners, a US Class 7 demonstration vehicle is already in the works.
May 5, 2023 - 02:03 pm
Major OEM places drive order with Magna
Magna has won a major order for its new electric drive system, eDS Mid. The order, from an unnamed “Europe-based Global Premium OEM”, is to supply the electric drive system for use in sedan and SUV models planned for release in 2027.
May 4, 2023 - 03:11 pm
German research team looks into remanufacturing e-bike drives
Together with partners, a team of researchers from the Fraunhofer IPA was able to show in a study that e-bike motors can be remanufactured in the sense of a modern circular economy. Since the remanufacturing succeeded with almost the same properties, the researchers see great potential in the approach.
May 4, 2023 - 11:26 am
Hofer Powertrain opens location in Vienna
The drive specialist Hofer Powertrain has opened a location for the development of electric drives in Vienna. The new branch, located near the Vienna Exhibition Centre, was officially opened a few weeks ago.
Apr 28, 2023 - 11:58 am
Toyota to supply electric drive systems for Joby
California-based electric aircraft start-up Joby Aviation has signed a long-term agreement with Toyota to supply powertrains and other components for its aircraft. These are Joby-developed parts that Toyota manufactures on a contract basis.
Apr 27, 2023 - 02:00 pm
BMW i Ventures leads investment into rare earth recycling
BMW’s investment arm BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Cyclic Materials, a Canadian company focused on recycling rare earth elements (REE). Regarding e-mobility, Cyclic Materials cooperates with Polestar to recover magnets for electric motors.
Apr 24, 2023 - 11:53 am
Polestar plans development centre at former Saab plant
Polestar wants to set up a European development centre at the former Saab plant in Trollhättan, Sweden. According to German media, the carmaker intends to rent a 15,000-square-metre building from Trollhättan to conduct development and testing activities.
Apr 20, 2023 - 01:49 pm
Research project ‘HEFT’ to develop affordable drive technology
The European research and development project HEFT, launched by Spain’s Mondragon University, aims to develop cost-effective and efficient permanent magnet electric drive systems with higher power density for the mass production of next-generation electric vehicles.
Apr 20, 2023 - 11:41 am
Jaguar Land Rover specifies EV production goals
Jaguar Land Rover will invest £15 billion in its electric future over the next five years. The equivalent of $18.6 billion will be used to launch new electric platforms and prepare plants for (component) production.
Apr 12, 2023 - 03:40 pm
VW reveals first details of new MEB drive system APP550
Volkswagen has unveiled a new generation of drive units for the Modular Electric Building Kit MEB. The rear-axle drive APP550 comprises a completely newly developed power unit – which is supposed to offer more power with improved efficiency at the same time.
Apr 11, 2023 - 04:05 pm
MAN strengthens drive technology research initiative
MAN Truck & Bus is strengthening its cooperation with surrounding scientific institutions at its Nuremberg site. Together they want to research “fossil-free, future-proof drives” and create synergies between science and industry.
Apr 3, 2023 - 03:00 pm
Saietta announces major order from the USA
The British electric drive specialist Saietta is selling 3,000 of its electric drive systems to Ayro, a US manufacturer of so-called ‘low-speed electric vehicles’. The electric drive systems will be used in the new Ayro Vanish model, which will go into production later this year.
Mar 31, 2023 - 09:18 am
ZF will build next-generation inverter in Mexico
The ZF Group will expand manufacturing capabilities in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to serve the growing EV market in North America. In total, the company wants to invest more than $194 million in the facility.
Mar 23, 2023 - 02:26 pm
NextETRUCK project to develop more efficent zero-emission trucks
NextETRUCK is the latest EU Horizon project looking to decarbonise transport. Nineteen partners from eight countries are looking to develop electric trucks with medium freight haulage by the end of 2025. Targets include increased efficiency as well as seamless management.
Mar 23, 2023 - 01:32 pm
Vitesco achieves billion-dollar turnover with EV components
The drive supplier Vitesco Technologies surpassed the one billion euro mark in turnover with electrification products for the first time in 2022. With electric drives and other components, Vitesco turned over around 1.1 billion euros, compared to 0.9 billion euros in 2021.
Mar 21, 2023 - 11:39 am
BMW & Continental invest in DeepDrive
BMW and Continental have become investors in electric drive specialist DeepDrive. The Munich-based start-up has developed a radial flux dual rotor motor including power electronics that can be installed as a central drive as well as a wheel hub drive in production vehicles.
Mar 21, 2023 - 10:42 am
Energica takes to the skies
Energica Motor Company is getting ready for takeoff. The Italian motorbike manufacturer, a subsidiary of the US group Ideanomics, wants to develop “all-electric solutions for ultra-light and light aircraft.”
Mar 17, 2023 - 09:18 am
VW Components opens new EV competence centre in Kassel
Volkswagen Group Components is expanding its plant in Kassel in central Germany, opening a new competence centre for power electronics there. It will bundle all areas relevant to the development of pulse inverters for e-drives. At the same time, the site is preparing to produce the new APP 550 electric drive.
Mar 15, 2023 - 01:53 pm
Honda reveals next steps in US EV manufacturing
Honda has published more details on the conversion of its plants in the US state of Ohio for the future production of electric cars and the components for them. The Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) will begin preparations for the production of electric cars in January 2024.