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 →

Vitesco Technologies, a leading international manufacturer of advanced powertrain technologies and electrification solutions and Cebi Group, a specialist in washer systems, are partnering to develop the Advanced Sensor Cleaning System (ASCS). ASCS is a highly integrated all-in-one solution that can keep more than 10 environmental sensors clean with water pressure... Read more →

Schaeffler has begun series production of a new mechatronic rear-wheel steering system, bringing enhanced agility on bends and superior inner-city maneuverability to the new electric SUV of a well-known vehicle manufacturer. Schaeffler comes of age as a provider of mechatronic steering systems with its first rear-wheel steering solution. Photo: Schaeffler... Read more →

DeepDrive, a Munich-based deep-tech company backed by BMW and Continental (earlier post), will unveil a new central drive unit for electric vehicles as a world premiere at the IAA Mobility 2023 (4 - 10 September). The company says it is actively working with several leading OEMs interested in the DeepDrive... Read more →

Rheinmetall wins three-digit million-euro order to supply structural parts for premium automaker EV

Rheinmetall has won a automobile industry order for structural parts worth a figure in the low three-digit million euro range. Cast in a complex process, the parts will be used in a fully electric vehicle made by a well-known premium automaker. Starting in 2026 and for a period of ten... Read more →

Eaton changes the name of its Vehicle Group and eMobility businesses to the Mobility Group; serving mixed ICE, electrified market

Eaton has renamed its Vehicle Group and eMobility businesses to the Mobility Group. The Mobility Group represents the company’s focus on providing solutions across the propulsion spectrum and meeting the evolving needs of its customers from internal combustion to electrified or a combination of both. Our new name, Mobility Group,... Read more →

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be receiving more than 90 GILLIG electric hybrid buses equipped with Vanner’s Increase Accessory Power 2 (IAP2). IAP2 will provide total accessory electrification, powering air conditioning, air compressor, electric fans and all 12V/24V loads. Vanner’s IAP2 provides 100% of the accessory electrification for... Read more →

In June, BorgWarner announced the next phase of its “Charging Forward” strategy for advancing its position as a technology leader in e-Products, while maximizing its foundational portfolio. In its subsequent Q2 report, BorgWarner listed a number of e-Products wins, including: iDM for Chinese OEM. BorgWarner will supply a new integrated... Read more →

MAHLE engineers have developed a bio-inspired structure for cooling channels in a battery cooling plate that significantly improves the thermodynamic performance and structural-mechanical properties of the cooling plate. As a result, MAHLE was able to increase cooling performance by 10% and reduce pressure loss by 20%. The battery can be... Read more →

This month, Purem by Eberspaecher starts using Circle Green CO2-reduced stainless steel from partner Outokumpu to reduce emissions from the automotive industry. This sustainable stainless steel has an up to 92% lower carbon footprint compared to the industry average of 6.1 tons of CO2 per ton of stainless steel. The... Read more →

Westport awarded additional production supply agreement for Euro 7 LPG fuel systems by global OEM

Westport Fuel Systems has been designated as the supplier of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) systems to a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This is in addition to the previously announced production supply agreement, adding new Euro 7 vehicle platforms planned for production by the OEM. This is forecasted to generate... Read more →

Vehicle occupant protection starts with the occupants in the correct seating position with a properly fitting seat belt. Using the vehicle’s sensors, ZF’s new, networked seat belt can actively shift occupants into a more optimal seating position prior to a potential collision. If the system is alerted to a potentially... Read more →

Magna announced the start of production of a first-to-market, modular eDecoupling unit to support multiple battery electric vehicle (BEV) programs for a German premium OEM. A bolt-on stand-alone solution for BEVs, Magna’s electro-magnetic eDecoupling is a robust, field-proven product technology that is integrated as a complete module. The eDecoupling is... Read more →

Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, is delivering its integrated axle drive EMR3 (3rd generation, Electronics Motor Reducer) to Honda for its new B-segment all-electric SUV. In Europe this vehicle, based on Honda’s new e:N Architecture F, will be marketed under the name... Read more →

Israel-based Weebit Nano Limited, a developer of advanced memory technologies for the global semiconductor industry, has fully qualified its Resistive Random-Access Memory (ReRAM) module up to 125 ˚C, the temperature specified for automotive grade 1 Non-Volatile Memories (NVMs). This achievement demonstrates the suitability of Weebit ReRAM for use in microcontrollers... Read more →

Dymag, a designer and manufacturer of lightweight wheels for the automotive industry, and its strategic partner, composites material specialists Hankuk Carbon, are working with Hyundai on the development of advanced new carbon hybrid wheel technology for the carmaker’s N Performance products. A prototype of a new jointly-developed N Performance carbon... Read more →

MAHLE and the Taiwan-based battery manufacturer ProLogium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for developing and evaluating thermal management solutions for next generation solid-state batteries. Solid-state cells are expected to have significant advantages in the future in terms of safety and energy density, which contribute to higher driving ranges and... Read more →

ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF Group), one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, and Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) (TWSE:2317), the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, announced a 50-50 partnership in passenger car chassis systems, a key move aimed at accelerating and expanding automotive and supply chain opportunities with top-tier customers. In... Read more →

Volvo Group and Westport sign LOI to form JV to advance commercialization and adoption of HPDI

Volvo Group and Westport Fuel Systems signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to establish a joint venture to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s HPDI (High Pressure Direct Injection) fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. Westport’s HPDI fuel system is a high-performance solution supporting significant... Read more →

MAHLE presented a new technology kit for electric motors that combines the advantages of its benchmark SCT (Superior Continuous Torque, earlier post) and MCT (Magnet-free Contactless Transmitter) electric motors. The Superior Continuous Torque (SCT) electric motor is the only electric traction motor available on the market to date which can... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division presented its latest eMobility kit, which now includes all-electric central drives, axle drives and eComponents. Suitable for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and trailers, the integrated, modular e-driveline systems enable quiet and emission-free operation. AxTrax 2, AxTrax 2 dual and the previously launched CeTrax... Read more →

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has provided its Thermal Interface Material (TIM) elastomer for use in high-quantity series production of a EV charging port for a well-known car manufacturer. The elastomer, which is heat conductive and electrically insulating at the same time, was first introduced in 2020 with an eye toward applications... Read more →

TTTech Auto, a leader in automotive safety software, and ZettaScale Technology, a developer of communication technologies and protocols, have launched Zetta Auto. Zetta Auto is a data-centric communication solution focusing on safe, performant, and predictable Serviced-Oriented Architecture (SOA) communication. Extending the scope of the collaboration, Zetta Auto is also paving... Read more →

Volta Trucks announced a long-term agreement with ZF for some of the core systems and components in the all-electric Volta Zero. ZF technologies fitted to the Volta Zero have been designed and configured specifically for commercial vehicle use and form part of the key systems. These systems include the OnGuardACTIVE... Read more →

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. has developed an oil that can be used with e-Axle drive units, electronics and battery systems in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs): E AXLE and Electric Parts Cooling Oil. Including this newly developed oil, Idemitsu now offers a lineup of products in six... Read more →

General Motors acquires battery software startup ALGOLiON

General Motors has acquired substantially all the assets of Israel-based battery software startup ALGOLiON Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was led by the newly formed Technology Acceleration and Commercialization (TAC) organization, a group within GM that works to identify emerging technology that can support GM’s leadership position in... Read more →

At its Global Technology Day in Friedrichshafen, ZF presented the electric concept vehicle EVbeat, which is designed for maximum compactness, low weight, and maximum efficiency in real operation. In this ZF electric vehicle, the components of an e-driveline have been optimized and combined into a holistic system. These include the... Read more →

Rheinmetall wins two more multimillion-euro orders for fuel cell components

Rheinmetall has received two more orders for fuel cell components. Together, the orders (for cathode flaps and shut-off valves) are worth a figure in the mid-two-digit million-euro range. Placed by customers in North America, the orders were booked last month. They bring the aggregate value of Rheinmetall cathode flap orders... Read more →

Rheinmetall now offers a new heat pump as a plug-and-play solution. This compact component comes completely preassembled and filled. Using intelligent thermal management, the new coolant system can increase the range of vehicles and lifespan of materials while simultaneously enhancing passenger comfort. It was developed specifically to enable precision climate... Read more →

British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has successfully completed development of the regenerative braking system on its 7.5t battery-electric truck. Part of this involved working with global Tier 1 supplier ZF to integrate its Electronic Brake System (EBS) for use in zero-emission Tevva electric trucks. The implementation of EBS (Electronic Brake... Read more →

Rheinmetall has won a new order for hundreds of thousands of CWA2000 high-voltage electric coolant pumps. The order is worth a figure in the two-digit million-euro range. Rheinmetall is a Tier 1 supplier of the customer. Production begins in 2026, with deliveries spaced over a six-year period. The customer, one... Read more →

In a recent open-access paper published in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, researchers from the University of York report that alcohols in windshield washer fluid account for a larger fraction of real-world vehicle emissions than previous estimates have suggested. The levels of these non-fuel-derived gases will likely remain unchanged, even... Read more →

Nidec and Renesas collaborate on semiconductor solutions for next-generation e-axles for EVs

Nidec Corporation and Renesas Electronics Corporation agreed to join forces on the development of semiconductor solutions for a next-generation E-Axle (X-in-1 system) that integrates an EV drive motor and power electronics for electric vehicles (EVs). The 3-in-1 unit E-Axle integrates a motor, inverter, and gearbox (reduction gear). To realize high-performance... Read more →

Equipmake, a UK developer and manufacturer of electrification products for battery-electric vehicle drivetrains, will be showcasing its Ampere-220 e-axle system—a compact, lightweight, high-power electric drive system for manufacturers of high-performance EVs—at Battery Show Europe this week. Combining 3D-printed electric motors with all power electronics, including the company’s own silicon carbide... Read more →

Eaton’s eMobility business is now offering specialized high-power lock box (HPLB) power connectors for use in current and future electrified and internal combustion vehicle solutions. The HPLB connectors, a component of eMobility’s Power Connections portfolio, offer a space-saving profile, superior performance, cost savings and reduced manufacturing complexity. The HPLB connectors... Read more →

NXP and TSMC to deliver industry’s first automotive 16 nm FinFET embedded MRAM

NXP Semiconductors is collaborating with TSMC to deliver the industry’s first automotive embedded MRAM (Magnetic Random Access Memory) in 16 nm FinFET technology. As automakers transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs), they need to support multiple generations of software upgrades on a single hardware platform. Bringing together NXP’s high-performance S32 automotive... Read more →

BAE Systems and Eaton collaborate on electric drive solutions for medium-duty trucks

BAE Systems is collaborating with Eaton, to develop electric vehicle (EV) technology solutions. Through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the companies will initially offer a solution for the medium-duty commercial truck platforms market, with a Class-7 pickup and delivery demonstration vehicle in development. As part of the collaboration, BAE Systems... Read more →

Carrier Transicold, a part of Carrier Global Corporation, is spotlighting an expanded portfolio of eCool transport refrigeration products at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in California. Among the developments, Carrier Transicold announced that its Supra eCool truck refrigeration unit rollout will begin with two versatile models and announced collaborations... Read more →

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has introduced a new high-speed electric air compressor for fuel cells. ZF also announced this to be an exclusive development agreement with the Liebherr Group’s Aerospace & Transportation product segment. The partners will develop advanced fuel cell air compressor systems for their respective customer... Read more →

ZF Aftermarket is expanding its range of spare parts for electric cars. The latest product for the independent aftermarket is the Electronic Brake Booster from its TRW brand. This system is an integral part of the braking system in vehicles that don’t have an internal combustion engine or which use... Read more →

TTTech Auto launched the N4 Network Controller, a high-performance Electronic Control Unit (ECU) with advanced networking capabilities. The N4 is designed to play a central role in modern automotive E/E architectures, paving the way to software-defined vehicles. The N4 Network Controller provides all conditions to ensure cybersecurity according to ISO... Read more →

Rheinmetall’s Sensors and Actuators division has won a new order for more than 150,000 HRB 1800 hydrogen recirculation blowers. The contract, worth a figure in the mid-double-digit million-euro range, is from a new customer. For Group subsidiary Pierburg, this is an important milestone in the development of innovative fuel cell... Read more →

Infineon and SCHWEIZER extend cooperation in chip embedding to develop more efficient SiC automotive solutions

Infineon Technologies AG and Schweizer Electronic AG (ETR: SCE) are collaborating on an innovative way to further increase the efficiency of chips based on silicon carbide (SiC). Both partners are developing a solution to embed Infineon’s 1200 V CoolSiC chips directly onto printed circuit boards (PCB). This will increase the... Read more →

SKF and Pagani form technical partnership to develop high-tech bearing solutions

SKF and Pagani S.p.A. formed a technical partnership to develop lightweight, low-friction bearings for Pagani’s hypercar vehicles. The two companies have enjoyed a 25-year automaker-supplier relationship. Pagani S.p.A is an Italian hypercar manufacturer established in 1998 by Horacio Pagani. The company rapidly made its name as a constructor of bespoke... Read more →

BYD reveals DiSus intelligent body control system, exclusively for new energy vehicles

BYD has released the BYD DiSus Intelligent Body Control System (DiSus System). The full stack self-developed BYD DiSus System is exclusively designed for new energy vehicles (NEVs). BYD thus becomes the first Chinese automobile manufacturer to own the intelligent vehicle body control technology throughout. The BYD DiSus System has three... Read more →

Lamborghini’s HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle) hybrid super sports car, codenamed LB744, (earlier post) is based on a new aeronautics-inspired chassis, the monofuselage. As well as a monocoque made entirely of multi-technology carbon fiber, it features a front structure in Forged Composites; a special material made of short carbon fibers... Read more →

ZF has begun delivery of its new cubiX intelligent chassis control software. In the beginning of 2023, the first production vehicles with the new ZF cubiX software have been rolling on the roads: The Lotus Eletre electric SUV from the Geely Group has been delivered to the first customers since... Read more →