Jul 1, 2021 - 11:44 am
Torqeedo lays foundation for new HQ
Torqeedo, a company specialising in electric boat drives, has celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for its new headquarters and production facilities. Like the previous buildings, the new building is being constructed in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Jun 30, 2021 - 02:24 pm
Renault plans to cover the entire BEV value chain
Renault is accelerating its electric strategy and has presented a comprehensive strategy package under the name ‘Renault Eways Electropop’. This not only includes new sales targets, but also further details on the French company’s platform and technology strategy.
May 8, 2021 - 03:46 pm
Ree to cooperate with AAM for new electric drive system
The Israeli start-up Ree Automotive has entered into development cooperation with automotive supplier American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM). Together, the partners want to design a new electric drive system for Ree’s modular EV platform.
May 7, 2021 - 01:50 pm
EVR Motors presents new e-motor architecture
EVR Motors presents an electric motor based on a new patented architecture. It is supposed to be less than half the size of conventional radial flux motors with similar performance and tens of percent lighter. The Israeli company is aiming for series production this year.
May 6, 2021 - 04:07 pm
Mahle announces electric motor free from magnets
Mahle has announced the development of a new type of magnet-free electric motor that does not require rare earth materials and is suitable for use in all vehicle classes. In addition, the motor is said to be particularly efficient in most driving conditions.
May 6, 2021 - 03:08 pm
Ford & RWTH Aachen to advance electric motor manufacturing
Together with two institutions at RWTH Aachen University and other industrial partners, Ford wants to develop flexible and sustainable production of electric motor components along a single production line. In addition, production is to become cheaper.
May 5, 2021 - 01:10 pm
Ballard & Linamar cooperate on fuel cells for light trucks
Ballard Power Systems and Canadian automotive supplier Linamar Corporation have agreed to a strategic alliance to develop and sell fuel cell powertrains and components for light-duty vehicles. Their chosen markets will be in North America and Europe.
May 4, 2021 - 01:01 pm
Fraunhofer SiCeffizient project to boost EV ranges
Together with Porsche and Bosch, a Fraunhofer team is developing new inverters for electric cars that will convert energy between the battery and motor more efficiently than before. The ‘SiCeffizent’ project’s focus is on cooling silicon carbide semiconductors.
May 3, 2021 - 05:14 pm
Infineon Technologies launches new power module
Infineon Technologies is launching a new power module with CoolSiC MOSFET technology for automotive applications. The use of silicon carbide instead of silicon ensures higher efficiency in converters in electric vehicles.
May 2, 2021 - 12:24 pm
Horiba expands vehicle testing capacities with electric vehicles
The Japanese development service provider Horiba is expanding its range to include testing solutions for electrified vehicles. The eMobility service spectrum is to be available for the entire range of vehicle types; from passenger cars and heavy commercial vehicles to machines and equipment.
Apr 30, 2021 - 11:58 am
GM invests one billion to expand Mexican plant
General Motors has announced that it will invest one billion US dollars in the expansion of its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Initially, battery packs and electric motors will be assembled there, followed by electric cars starting in 2023.
Apr 27, 2021 - 12:55 pm
Tesla considers recycling facility in Shanghai
Tesla is planning to expand its Gigafactory Shanghai with recycling facilities for electric car components, according to a media report. This will involve not only batteries, but also electric motors and other important components.
Apr 22, 2021 - 02:24 pm
CAR study finds no major automotive job loss
According to a new study by Ferdinand Dudenhöffer’s CAR Research Institute in Duisburg, the tightening of the EU’s CO2 requirements and the shift to electromobility will not be a job killer.
Apr 22, 2021 - 12:53 pm
Mahle opens development centre in China
Automotive supplier Mahle has opened an electronics and mechatronics development centre in Changshu, China. Among other things, work is being done on electric powertrains, charging solutions and thermal management applications for alternative drives.
Apr 19, 2021 - 02:52 pm
Schaeffler signs fuel cell cooperation with Refire
At Auto Shanghai, Schaeffler signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Refire, a Chinese supplier of fuel cell technology. The duo aims to push the development of FC components such as bipolar plates or thermal management systems.
Apr 9, 2021 - 05:32 pm
Nidec is gearing up its electric motor business in Europe
Japan’s Nidec Corporation just opened new offices in Serbia and is setting up two new factories in the city of Novi Sad. These are just part of a wider network that is to bring Nidec to the forefront of the global electric car market. This is according to this latest strategy briefing.
Apr 6, 2021 - 04:24 pm
ZeroAvia scores further funding for hydrogen aircraft development
Electric aircraft propulsion specialist ZeroAvia announces having raised $24.3 million (€20.5Mn) in a new round of funding for hydrogen plane development. The fresh capital comes from new investor British Airways as well as several existing financiers, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Shell.
Mar 23, 2021 - 02:11 pm
Foxconn to use Nidec drives for MIH platform
The Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, who is known for working for Apple, has joined forces with Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec via its automotive offshoot Foxconn. The duo aims to develop electric drives for Foxconn’s MIH electric car platform, which will be unveiled in autumn.
Mar 22, 2021 - 01:03 pm
VW brand to halt combustion engine development
Following Audi’s lead, the Volkswagen brand VW no longer intends to develop new combustion engines. Further developments of the existing units would suffice, according to CEO Ralf Brandstätter, before VW is to become mostly electric.
Mar 16, 2021 - 11:43 am
Audi abandons combustion engine development
Audi has stopped the development of new combustion engines. In an interview, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann justified the decision with the EU plans for a stricter Euro 7 emissions standard.
Mar 9, 2021 - 01:40 pm
ZF announces serial production of of 800-volt components
Automotive supplier ZF is going into series production with 800-volt technology for electric vehicles and is preparing corresponding series start-ups in China and Europe. The ZF components are to be launched on the market this year “in several vehicles in upscale segments”.
Mar 8, 2021 - 06:29 pm
Deep Blue: Torqeedo electrifies inland waterway ferries
Torqeedo and Poseidon announce a commercial-grade electric drive system for ferries with typically up to 200 passengers. Both specialist companies will combine existing components to form the novel zero-emission propulsion powered by BMW batteries.
Mar 8, 2021 - 01:28 pm
Sweden: Emobility testbed SEEL to become even bigger
The ‘Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory’ or SEEL for short, designed to make the country a hotbed for e-mobility, will grow larger than planned. The partners, which include Volvo and Scania as well as Chalmers University of Technology and RISE, now designated three sites.
Mar 7, 2021 - 09:02 pm
Daimler to produce lithium-ion cells near Stuttgart
A dispute over the electric campus at Mercedes seems to have been settled and Daimler has now announced that it will build the ‘Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus’ in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. The main plant is to be focussed on electric vehicles, which included the production of lithium-ion cells.
Mar 5, 2021 - 01:07 pm
Magna presents new battery-electric and hybrid drives
Automotive supplier Magna has unveiled two new drive systems – one for plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. In developing them, the company says it has placed emphasis on efficiency and aims to increase ranges – or in the case of the PHEV, reduce emissions.
Mar 5, 2021 - 01:02 pm
Mercedes-AMG is building an EV test centre
Mercedes-AMG is building a modern test centre for the development of electrified high-performance drives and electrical components at its headquarters in Affalterbach. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new ‘Technikum’ took place on Thursday.