The technology group Rheinmetall has received a major order for several million electric coolant pumps from a well-known international car manufacturer. The order value is in the low three-digit million euro range. The pumps will be used in the manufacturer’s hybrid-powered vehicles. Production has already started and will continue until... Read more →

Transphorm demonstrates a bidirectional SuperGaN power supply with new reference design for e-mobility and energy/industrial markets

Transphorm has released a new 300 W DC-to-DC GaN reference design for 2- and 3-wheeled electric vehicle battery chargers. The TDDCDC-TPH-IN-BI-LLC-300W-RD design uses TP65H150G4PS 150 mOhm SuperGaN FETs in a TO-220 package to power a high performing, high efficiency energy harvesting and distribution battery charging system. The new board notably... Read more →

Microchip makes it easier to design an on-board charger solution

Microchip Technology announced an On-Board Charger (OBC) solution that uses a selection of its automotive-qualified digital, analog, connectivity and power devices, including the dsPIC33C Digital Signal Controller (DSC), the MCP14C1 isolated SiC gate driver and mSiC MOSFETs in an industry-standard D2PAK-7L XL package. This solution is designed to increase an... Read more →

MAN Cryo has been contracted by Torghatten Nord A/S, the Norwegian ferry company, to work on a project encompassing the design and engineering of two hydrogen-powered newbuild RoPax ferries. The project stems from a Norwegian government initiative for major vessels operating on the challenging mainland-Lofoten Islands crossing to become emission-free.... Read more →

Mitsubishi Electric, AISIN to establish EV parts JV

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Mobility Corporation (collectively “Mitsubishi Electric Group”) and AISIN have reached a basic agreement to establish a joint venture company to handle products for next-generation electric vehicles. The JV will succeed to part of Mitsubishi Electric Mobility’s business, and will develop, produce and sell traction motors,... Read more →

Hexagon Purus to supply Toyota Motor North America for serial production of heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kits

Hexagon Purus will be supplying a full hydrogen storage system and high voltage battery pack to Toyota North America (TMNA) for serial production of its heavy-duty fuel cell electric powertrain kits. Hexagon Purus’s collaboration with Toyota started in 2017 as Toyota began development of the fuel cell electric powertrain kits... Read more →

ENNOVI, a mobility electrification solutions partner, has introduced the new ENNOVI-MB2B multi-row board-to-board (BTB) connector platform featuring a proprietary snap-in biscuit design, allowing multiple connector units to be stacked together without solder. This cost-effective approach enables different pin count requirements to be accommodated via the same basic interconnect platform, without... Read more →

Eaton introduces higher power fuses for electrified commercial vehicles

Eaton is now offering a portfolio of fuses for commercial electrified vehicles (EVs). Eaton Bussmann series fuses can handle up to 1,400 amps and 900 volts and can be tailored to customer specifications. Eaton can increase current capability by either design modifications or paralleling multiple fuses. We have adapted our... Read more →

Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), developed jointly with Porsche, is a key component for the expansion of the global portfolio of all-electric Audi models. For the next generation of electric vehicles from Audi, the company has redeveloped the electric motors, the power electronics, the transmission, as well as the high-voltage... Read more →

Aeonsemi entering automotive market with Nemo multi-gigabit Ethernet chipset

Aeonsemi, a leader in high-speed Ethernet ICs, is entering the automotive market with the introduction of Nemo, a complete IEEE 802.3ch-compliant multi-gigabit Ethernet chipset for In-Vehicle Networking (IVN) applications. Nemo features the first automotive switch with integrated 10GBASE-T1 PHYs and the industry’s lowest power 10GBASE-T1 PHYs for symmetric and asymmetric... Read more →

Eaton has been selected by a leading manufacturer of electrified vehicles to supply a unique ELocker differential system for use on a new plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) SUV. Unlike traditional PHEVs, which use an electric motor and internal combustion engine to power all the drive wheels, the new model leverages... Read more →

Molex has introduced its MX-DaSH family of data-signal hybrid connectors that unify power, signal and high-speed data connectivity in a single connector system. These wire-to-wire and wire-to-board connectors are designed to support the transition to zonal architecture and address the full range of emerging applications requiring reliable data transmission. These... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won two new independent orders for its plug-and-play heat pump solution. The first new order is a major contract in the high single-digit million euro range from an international expert in electric bus conversions, while the second order is from a German expert in off-road electric vehicles and... Read more →

Foxconn acquires 50% of the shares in ZF Chassis Modules GmbH; strategic partnership

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, and Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn), the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, have completed the establishment of their joint venture in the field of passenger car chassis systems on 30 April. The acquisition of a 50% stake in ZF Chassis Modules... Read more →

Eaton has been chosen to supply an electromechanical actuation system (EMAS) that can deliver an early intake valve closing (EIVC) to the China-based automaker Great Wall for use in a line of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV). The Eaton EMAS is a discrete valvetrain-based technology that allows manufacturers to select the intake... Read more →

Hyundai Motor launches first application of Nano Cooling Film

Hyundai Motor Company launched the first application of Nano Cooling Film, a vehicle window tint that offers a significant improvement in interior cooling performance compared to conventional tint films. Nano Cooling Film maximizes heat dissipation by incorporating a nanostructure with excellent heat transfer characteristics. This innovative transparent film is expected... Read more →

MAHLE has secured two major orders for thermal management modules and is thus successfully continuing its course of acquisition in the field of e-mobility. One of the contracts is from an established, globally-present vehicle manufacturer. It marks the largest single order in the company history of the technology group. The... Read more →

Micron’s full suite of automotive-grade solutions qualified for Qualcomm automotive platforms to power AI in vehicles

Micron Technology has qualified a full suite of its automotive-grade memory and storage solutions for Qualcomm Technologies Inc.’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis, a comprehensive set of cloud-connected platforms designed to power data-rich, intelligent automotive services. Micron’s low-power double data rate 5X (LPDDR5X) memory, Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.1, Xccela flash memory... Read more →

ClearMotion, the Boston-based specialist in the development of innovative chassis systems, and Porsche AG signed an agreement to collaborate in the field of advanced chassis systems. The object of the agreement is to increase the high performance of the already very agile and dynamic chassis in Porsche models. Under this... Read more →

BWI Group and thyssenkrupp Steering cooperate in the development of brake-by-wire technology

BWI Group, a global supplier to the automotive industry, and thyssenkrupp Steering, a global partner to the automotive industry for steering solutions, have agreed to cooperate on the development of brake-by-wire technology. The collaboration positions BWI Group and thyssenkrupp’s steering business as a Tier 1 supplier for future chassis architectures... Read more →

Micron Technology is sampling the automotive-grade Micron 4150AT SSD, the world’s first quad-port SSD, capable of interfacing with up to four systems on chips (SoCs) to centralize storage for software-defined intelligent vehicles. The Micron 4150AT SSD combines features such as single-root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV), a PCIe Generation 4 interface and... Read more →

DuPont unveils Pyralux ML laminate series, offering high thermal management for extreme environments

DuPont introduced the DuPont Pyralux ML Series of double-sided metal-clad laminates, a unique addition to its extensive family of Pyralux laminates for flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards (PCBs). Developed for optimal thermal management, these laminates are suited for high-reliability markets such as aerospace, defense, electric vehicles (EV), artificial intelligence... Read more →

ENNOVI introduces a new flexible circuit production process for low voltage connectivity in EV battery cell contacting systems

ENNOVI is introducing flexible die-cut circuit (FDC) technology as a more advanced and sustainable way of producing flexible circuits for low voltage signals in electric vehicle (EV) battery cell contacting systems. While flexible printed circuits (FPC) are often employed in these systems, they are the most expensive component in the... Read more →

High-performance battery electric vehicles (BEVs) pose a number of significant challenges to automotive manufacturers. To give the vehicle useful range, large batteries must be introduced, and the resulting weight can have a negative impact on driving dynamics. In addition, the quiet running of BEV powertrains means that drivers and occupants... Read more →

Volume production of ZF’s CeTrax lite electric drive for light commercial vehicles (earlier post) started in April 2023; ZF has now announced that it has already produced its first thousand units. The ramp-up in volume production was steeper than planned because demand from the customer ISUZU increased. The drive is... Read more →

BASF has broken ground on a methyl glycols (MG) plant at its Verbund site in Zhanjiang, China. The new facility is designed with an annual capacity of 46,000 metric tons and aims to meet the rapidly growing demand for brake fluids in the region. The plant is scheduled to commence... Read more →

ENNOVI, a mobility electrification solutions partner, has introduced ENNOVI-Net, a customizable automotive Ethernet connector solution supporting 10Gbps operation. The ENNOVI-Net connector designs have a standardized USCAR interface. However, what makes them different from existing products using this interface is that ENNOVI-Net has press-fit pins as opposed to through-board solder pins.... Read more →

Eaton has launched its next-generation fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV) for hybrid vehicles. The new FTIV is easier to mount, 27% lighter, 39% smaller and contains 24% fewer components than its predecessor. The gasoline engine in a hybrid vehicle does not operate continuously. As a result, hybrid fuel systems require... Read more →

Alfa Laval has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korean shipyard K Shipbuilding (KSB) for collaboration with respect to entering Alfa Laval OceanGlide Air Lubrication System in KSB’s potential newbuilding projects such as MR and LR1 Tankers. In 2023, Alfa Laval acquired Marine Performance Systems B.V., a Rotterdam-based maritime... Read more →

Schaeffler adding new US plant for automotive electric mobility solutions; electric axles

Schaeffler is expanding operations in the US with the addition of a new manufacturing facility focused on producing automotive electric mobility solutions. This announcement represents the company’s commitment to innovation and growth in the Americas region. Schaeffler is investing more than US$230 million in building the new greenfield manufacturing facility,... Read more →

Following a recent launch of the EV drive development center in Vienna, Austria in 2023, hofer powertrain has announced a forthcoming move to a larger facility due to a growing number of projects. This strategic decision to expand so rapidly in the Austrian capital underscores the imperative to develop advanced... Read more →

Point2 Technology, a provider of ultra-low-power, low-latency mixed-signal SoC solutions for multi-terabit interconnect, announced a $22.6-million Series B extension from Bosch Ventures and Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, with participation from other investors. The boost in funding comes at a time when the use of AI in... Read more →

Volkswagen Group to convert to R744 for all BEVs by 2030

As reported by the CO2 refrigeration marketplace R744, the Volkswagen Group plans to convert all mobile air conditioning heat pumps in its battery electric vehicles (BEV) models to CO2 (R744) by 2030. The Group made the statement in a public comment submitted regarding the European PFAS Restriction Proposal. In 2023,... Read more →

Westport Fuel Systems has been awarded a development program by a global heavy truck manufacturer to adapt Westport’s Next Generation LNG HPDI fuel system to meet the Euro 7 emissions requirements for heavy-duty vehicle applications. The value of the development program is estimated to be US$33 million and will be... Read more →

Lifezone Metals signed a term sheet with a subsidiary of Glencore plc for the two-phased implementation of a recycling joint venture to recover platinum, palladium and rhodium (collectively platinum group metals or PGMs) from spent automotive catalytic converters. The joint venture will be domiciled in the US. The goal of... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won a new order for several hundred thousand CWA 2000 high-voltage electric coolant pumps. The order is worth a figure in the mid-two-digit million-euro range. This is the first order for the manufacturer’s electric truck division, marking a successful widening of the Group’s relationship with the customer, with... Read more →

Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH has released a new photovoltaic output photocoupler with an enhanced open-circuit voltage. The new device is primarily intended for use within solid-state relay (SSR) applications in automotive. However, it can equally be used in industrial applications, such as renewable energy. In recent years, automotive applications have... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have unveiled the Universal Wheel Drive System (Uni Wheel). Uni Wheel is a functionally integrated wheel drive system that improves available space inside an electric vehicle (EV) by moving the main drive system components to the vacant space within the wheel hub. In doing... Read more →

EPFL spin-off Qaptis has developed a mobile carbon capture system that can cut freight trucks’ carbon emissions by up to 90%. The company just installed a prototype of its technology at a freight carrier based in Tolochenaz in order to conduct pilot tests locally. Every year, trucks shipping goods across... Read more →

Vitesco Technologies has opened a new, 2,800 m2 manufacturing space at its Icheon electronics site for its EMR4 (Electronics Motor Reducer) electric axle drive. The first parts from the new line will serve to confirm the original sample products’ robustness by testing series parts. This phase will last for around... Read more →

At its Next Generation Mobility Day in Shanghai, ZF presented a new, purely electro-mechanical brake system for the first time. Braking force is generated at each wheel by an electric motor—i.e. without a hydraulic system and brake fluid. The brake system was developed at ZF’s development centers in China, the... Read more →

Supernal, Hyundai WIA and Mecaer Aviation Group partner to accelerate eVTOL landing gear development

Supernal, Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, Hyundai WIA, a global automotive and aerospace parts manufacturer and Mecaer Aviation Group, an Italy-based global aeronautical company, announced a partnership to design and manufacture landing gear systems for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Hyundai WIA specializes in... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won another major e-mobility order from a European manufacturer of electric tractors. A plug-and-play solution, the component ordered is a new heat pump destined for electrically powered tractors. The order is worth a figure in the lower-two-digit million-euro range. For Rheinmetall, the new order represents a market breakthrough... Read more →

Continental has entered a strategic partnership with Munich-based high-tech company DeepDrive to develop core technologies for electric vehicles. As a first milestone, both companies will jointly develop a combined unit comprising drive and brake components for mounting directly on the vehicle wheel. DeepDrive is a specialist in the development of... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division will showcase its advanced new AxTrax 2 LF electric portal axle for low-floor city buses at Busworld 2023, to be held in Brussels from 7 to 12 October. ZF’s new AxTrax 2 LF low-floor electric axle comes with two stand-alone silicon carbide (SiC) inverters... Read more →

RTX developing innovative solid-state circuit breaker for hybrid-electric aircraft under NASA contract

RTX has successfully demonstrated the operation of a solid-state circuit breaker to support hybrid-electric propulsion systems in future aircraft, a key part of the aviation industry’s efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Much like a circuit breaker in a residential home, a circuit breaker on an aircraft helps... Read more →

BASF broadens monomers portfolio with launch of bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate

BASF is expanding its growing portfolio of 14C bio-based monomers with a proprietary process for production of 2-Octyl Acrylate (2-OA). The new product underlines BASF’s strong commitment to innovation for a sustainable future with 73% 14C-tracable bio-based content according to ISO 16620. Besides the regular 14C bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate, BASF... Read more →

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is launching an impermeable rectangular busbar overmold that seals reliably and helps prevent damage to an electric vehicle’s power electronics. The solution also reduces assembly complexity by combining the busbars, seal and guide in one complete package that is ready for installation on the vehicle assembly line.... Read more →

Japan-based global automotive supplier AISIN said that it will invest ¥500 billion (US$3.4 billion) over the next three years to ramp up its product offerings for battery-electric vehicles and vehicle intelligence. The supplier intends to revamp its product portfolio, and will establish BEV products, safe and comfortable entry, and braking... Read more →

Vanner has begin serial production of its latest 17.1 kW, 600VDC to 24VDC liquid-cooled converter with Silicon Carbide Solid-State Switching (SiC) for ZEV and hybrid vehicles. This technology builds on the 300 ampere 600VDC to 24VDC air-cooled converter. Named the Hybrid Beltless Alternator (HBA), the 300-ampere air-cooled converter has been... Read more →