Nidec invests billions aiming lead in e-drive market
The Japanese supplier Nidec has announced that it will invest up to ten billion US dollars in the automotive electric motor business over the next five years. According to the CEO, the company intends to “dominate the market for electric vehicle engines”. Weiterlesen
Renault presents two second-life battery projects
Renault is putting two new projects for the second-life use of batteries from electric vehicles in the spotlight. Both ‘Advanced Battery Storage’ in France and ‘SmartHubs’ in the UK are aimed at helping to balance power grids as the share of renewable energy increases. Weiterlesen
Nidec introduces two new electric axle drives
Nidec announced the expansion of its range of drive systems for electric vehicles by two new versions: The new versions are to be launched in the 50 kW and 200 kW power ratings. Series production is scheduled to begin in 2022 (50 kW) and 2023 (200 kW). Weiterlesen
Nidec develops hybrid power system for yacht
Nidec ASI has developed and put into operation a power management system for the yacht Wider 165. The system organizes the energy consumption on the ship and supplies the cabins, the propulsion system and recharges the batteries. Weiterlesen
Nidec & GAC found electric drive joint venture
The Japanese electric motor specialist Nidec and the Chinese vehicle manufacturer GAC have agreed to set up a joint venture for traction motors. The drives will initially be installed in GAC’s electric cars, but will later also be used by other manufacturers. Weiterlesen
Nidec presents smaller versions of e-axle
Electric motor maker Nidec of Japan has presented two new versions of its e-axle. In addition to the 150 kW version from 2018, variants with 100 and 70 kW are now being added. Both the newer and previous versions combine electric motor, gearbox and inverter. Weiterlesen
Nidec to double China production capacity
Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec plans to double its production capacity in China. In addition to a factory under construction in Zhejiang Province, Nidec will invest 20 to 30 billion yen (160 to 240 million euros) in the construction of a second production facility for traction motors. Weiterlesen
JV for electric motors of PSA and Nidec complete
French PSA Group and Japan’s Nidec have finalised their planned joint venture. Together they will develop and sell motors for all-electric as well as hybrid vehicles. The new company called Nidec PSA emotors that both own 50 per cent of is based at Carrières-sous-Poissy close to Paris. Weiterlesen
Nidec to invest in new e-motor factory in China
The Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec is planning to invest about 274 million dollars into a manufacturing facility in China. The new factory in Pinghu near Shanghai is supposed to begin serial production of traction motors for electrified vehicles in 2019. Weiterlesen
Nidec develops E-Axle for compacts to SUVs
The Japanese electric motor manufacturer Nidec has announced the successful development of a new electric axle motor system, which consists of an electric motor, transmission and converter. This new system was developed to deal with the rising demand from the e-mobility sector. Weiterlesen
CATL, GKN, Nidec, Tesla.
CATL to start Gigafactory: The Chinese supplier wants to enter the battery market as early as January 2018 when a new facility in Liyang will take up its work. The first phase already aims at an annual capacity of 10 GWh. This shall increase gradually until output reaches 36 GWh, just like Tesla’s Gigafactory. The cells will be assembled by cooperation partner SAIC that could soon supply enough packs for up to 300,000 EVs a year. CATL, that also delivers cells for the BMW i3, was the world’s third largest battery maker in 2016 with an output of 6.8 GWh.
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Electric drive: GKN Driveline is about to construct a new manufacturing facility in Tokoname City, Japan. It will replace an older plant, and has become necessary to meet increasing demand for AWD and eDrive systems. GKN will break ground this month and targets completion by mid-2018.
Another e-drive from Japan is presented by Nidec that has developed a lightweight motor system for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It combines a gearbox, an inverter and a motor with a proprietary cooling system and has an output of 40 to 150 kW to cater for various vehicles.
Lonesome ranger: 400,000 miles driven with almost no battery degradation. What sounds like one of those Tesla milestones has actually been hit by a single Chevy Volt driven by a GM employee. Note though that the electric miles count 141,795 only.