Drive System Design presents design methodology for accommodating future uncertainty in EV powertrain design: ePOP

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UK-based automotive engineering specialist Drive System Design (DSD) will present a system-level approach for EV powertrain design in a paper at the 17 th CTI China Symposium in Shanghai from 23-25 September. Electric (Battery

2019 92

Altair adds Sendyne battery system simulation software to support advanced EV battery systems design

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Altair , a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, is adding the CellMod Virtual Battery by Sendyne to the Altair Partner Alliance. The default battery model for CellMod is the Panasonic NCR18650A.

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Novelis creates first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution; flat-rolled, cost-effective design

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has developed the first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers’ needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets. The design incorporates direct feedback from industry partners as well as automotive design engineers. Novelis Inc.

2019 108

Robert Allan Ltd. designs new battery-electric pilot boat

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It features a fully electric twin screw drivetrain and a substantial bank of high energy density batteries that are recharged from shore power. This boat is suited for short run applications of 5 nautical miles (NM) or less and where there is time between jobs to recharge the batteries.

2018 78

ORNL VIBE open-architecture framework for improved EV battery design

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VIBE provides an open architecture framework for pre-experimental design simulation as part of the CAEBAT program. They operate and interact across the porous 3D structure of the electrodes (cathodes and anodes); the solid or liquid electrolyte system; and the other battery components.

2015 113

UK Consortium in £8M project to design EV powertrain for global market

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GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an £8-million (US$10 million) project to design and develop a world-leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market. Electric (Battery) Motors Power Electronics Transmissions

2019 103

NREL develops Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device to help improve Li-ion battery design

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and patented an Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device capable of emulating latent defects that can cause escalating temperatures in lithium-ion batteries and lead to thermal runaway.

2015 124

Volkswagen tests AI-informed design process to cut weight—and flaunt it

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Shoppers want more range, and each extra kilowatt-hour of lithium-ion battery-pack capacity adds as much weight as carrying 2 or 3 gallons of extra gasoline around all the time. Electric vehicle makers face a weight dilemma.

2019 105

Interplex introduces Cell-PLX battery interconnect systems

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Interplex, a leading provider of customized application solutions, has announced availability of the new Cell-PLX custom battery interconnect systems. As battery applications rapidly advance, flexibility and customization is key to success. Batteries

2019 95

Berkeley Lab team designs active polyelectrolyte binder that allows for a doubling in capacity of conventional Li-sulfur battery

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The new polymer binder allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles at high current densities. Without this information, rational design principles for polymer binders remain obscure. Batteries Li-Sulfur

2018 95

Volkswagen introduces near-series design study of the MEB-based flexible quick charging station at Geneva

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The Volkswagen Group Components brand will be showcasing the near-series design study of its flexible quick charging station at the Geneva Motor Show. By contrast, when it is permanently connected to the mains power grid, the battery pack continuously and independently recharges itself.

2019 92

Wärtsilä introducing portfolio of hybrid tug designs

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The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Notably, the enhanced efficiency enables the total installed main engine power to be less than with conventional designs.

2017 78

MIT-led team devises new approach to designing solid ion conductors; implications for high-energy solid-state batteries

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The new approach, described in a paper in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science , could accelerate the development of high-energy solid-state lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells. That’s where the new design principle comes in.

2018 85

ORNL team proposes new electrode design to mitigate risk of battery failure in accidents; inspired by safety glass

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are proposing a new design concept for lithium-ion batteries that introduces slits in the electrodes—a feature which may mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents. Batteries

2017 85

New cathode design and understanding of electrolyte delivers greater efficiency in magnesium-ion batteries

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Researchers have achieved a significant boost in the storage capacity of magnesium-ion batteries through a new design for the cathode and a new understanding of the electrolyte. In an open-access paper in the journal Nature Communications , they report a battery chemistry that utilizes magnesium mono-chloride cations in expanded titanium disulfide. The battery demonstrates the reversible intercalation of 1 and 1.7 That altogether lowers the battery’s efficiency.

2017 76

PNNL, GM team develops design principle for stable silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), with colleagues from General Motors R&D, has developed a design principle for stable high-capacity Li-ion battery silicon (Si) anodes of controlled thickness swelling, and synthesized a porous Si/C-graphite electrode as an example. Experimental data from the porous Si/C-graphite electrode showed excellent agreement with the theoretical design. Batteries

2017 75

Caltech team uses computational topology optimization to design silicon anode structures for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Caltech have used computational topology optimization methods to design optimal multifunctional silicon anode structures for lithium-ion batteries. One method to improve the Li-ion battery performance is to replace the traditional graphite anode with silicon.

2016 78

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop preliminary design study

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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released the preliminary design study for what he call “The Hyperloop”—a new high-speed electric transportation system targeted for the the specific case of high-traffic city pairs (e.g., Electric (Battery) Rail Research Sustainability

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Gogoro introduces VIVA ultralight electric smartscooter; battery swapping

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VIVA leverages Gogoro’s Smartscooter electric powertrain, smartphone connectivity and battery swapping in a lightweight urban design for shorter, quicker trips. VIVA is designed to be compact and easier to handle; at just 80kg it’s optimized to be ridden by anyone.

2019 108

TeraWatt Technology solid-state battery prototype tests showing 432 kWh/kg

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TeraWatt Technology announced that its 4.5Ah prototype solid-state battery design achieved a record-breaking energy density of 432Wh/kg (1122Wh/L) in validation tests conducted by third parties, including TOYO System based in Japan. Batteries Solid-state

2019 160

New pomegranate-inspired design may bring silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries closer to commercialization

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Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, led by Professor Yi Cui, are proposing a new nanoscale design inspired by pomegranates for high energy capacity but large-volume-change lithium battery anodes such as those using silicon.

2014 111

World’s largest electric ferry completes maiden voyage; 4.3MWh Leclanché battery system

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Capable of carrying approximately 30 vehicles and 200 passengers, is powered by a 4.3MWh battery system provided by Leclanché SA. We are very proud to provide specifically designed unique lithium-ion battery system to this ferry, the precursor to a new era in the commercial marine sector.

2019 151

Scania unveils modular battery-electric self-driving urban concept vehicle

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The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilizing otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution. With the low vehicle weight of less than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometers.

2019 152

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Videos Batteries Carbon Fiber plug-in cars youtubeBack in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit.

2015 114

Cummins partners with UCSD on second-life battery development

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has entered a multi-year partnership with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and its battery validation lab to analyze viable business and technical approaches revto reuse and repurpose electric vehicle batteries effectively. Under the agreement, UC San Diego will perform accelerated testing and real-world application testing, and will develop an outdoor second-life demonstration system comprising Cummins battery modules. Batteries Electric (Battery

2019 96

New concept with anthraquinone-based organic cathode advances aluminum battery technology

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The new battery uses an anode made of aluminum and a cathode made of an anthraquinone-based organic material. Additionally, our new battery concept has twice the energy density compared with the aluminum batteries that are ‘state of the art’ today. Batteries

2019 127

TIAX spins out Li-ion Advanced Battery Materials & Design Division to become separate company

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Lab-based technology development company TIAX will spin out its Advanced Battery Materials & Design Division on 1 May to become a separate company— CAMX Power LLC —to be co-located with TIAX and operate as its subsidiary. Batteries

2014 95

Volkswagen Group starts battery cell development and production in Salzgitter

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Volkswagen has opened a pilot line for battery cells at the Volkswagen Group Center of Excellence in Salzgitter. Some 300 experts are involved in developing, testing and piloting innovative manufacturing technologies for the production of lithium-ion batteries. In addition, Volkswagen is investing a further approximately €900 million in joint battery activities with the Swedish battery producer Northvolt. Batteries Manufacturing

2019 94

Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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Researchers led by a team at UC Berkeley have demonstrated high-capacity manganese-rich cathodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries. Batteries

2018 115

technotrans presenting e-battery coolers at Busworld Europe

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technotrans SE will be presenting their e-battery battery coolers at this year’s Busworld Europe in Brussels from 18 to 23 October. The temperature of the lithium-ion batteries installed in e-vehicles is crucial for their performance and service life.

2019 97

SGL Carbon produces prototypes of fully integrated composite battery enclosures for NIO; battery swapping

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In collaboration with SGL Carbon, Chinese automotive manufacturer NIO has developed prototypes for battery enclosures made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for its NIO high performance electric vehicles. The battery enclosure is extremely lightweight, stable and safe.

2019 97

Wärtsilä designing first hybrid propulsion system for fish farming ship

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Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway.

2017 78

NASA electric research plane designated the X-57, nickname: “Maxwell”; SCEPTOR

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NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.” The X-57 features 14 electric motors turning propellers, all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing. Aviation Electric (Battery

2016 85

Mack Trucks unveils battery-electric Mack LR Refuse demonstration model

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Mack Trucks unveiled the Mack LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) at WasteExpo 2019. Four NMC lithium-ion batteries (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) are charged via a 150kW, SAE J1772-compliant charging system. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

2019 153

GM researchers posit simple model to assist in balancing high energy density vs fast charging in EV design

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In a paper published in the Journal of Power Sources, they suggest that their approach is useful in terms of comparing and contrasting battery systems and shedding light on technological tradeoffs. Batteries Electric (Battery

2018 95

Sandia-led team designs feasible hydrogen fuel-cell coastal research vessel; implications for large hydrogen-fueled vessels

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An integrated fuel-cell electric plant supplemented with small lithium-ion bridging batteries provides both propulsion and ship service electrical. Ensuring the ferry could achieve that speed meant adopting a 100-foot, slightly longer than usual catamaran design.

2018 131

PNNL team pinpoints cause of dendrites and whiskers in lithium batteries; ethylene carbonate a culprit

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have uncovered a root cause of the growth of dendrites and whiskers that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire. Both can pierce the separator inside a battery. Batteries

2019 108

Visedo introducing new SRPM motor design for buses; 10% increase in power, better cooling

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Finnish manufacturer Visedo is unveiling a new electric motor design at BusWorld 2017 that is optimized for the bus market and ready for mass manufacture. The new S-model is part of a design upgrade across the entire PowerDRUM line. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Motors

2017 85

Bosch and CATL collaborating on battery cells for 48V hybrids

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Limited (CATL) have concluded a long-term strategic cooperation agreement under which the partners will jointly specify high-performance battery cells. CATL will then design, develop, and manufacture these cells in accordance with Bosch requirements. Bosch 48V battery pack.

2019 97

EV traction battery with thermal storage

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Among the OPTEMUS projects is a traction battery with thermal storage, which the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF has helped to design. Batteries D-I-Y Electric (Battery

2018 116

Electric I-Pace may lead Jaguar design, style into the future

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The sleek, fastback shape, simple rectangular grille with recessed mesh, and swept-back cat's-eye headlights yanked Jaguar design out of its fusty retro-traditional straitjacket and catapulted it into the 21st century. Styling New York Auto Show Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV In January 2007, Jaguar dropped a bombshell, in the form of the C-XF concept sedan it unveiled at that year's Detroit auto show.

2018 70

Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The range extender system uses a turbine to drive a generator which charges the battery pack.

2018 95

Lamborghini presents electric super sports car design concept, developed in collaboration with MIT labs

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Automobili Lamborghini, a member of the Volkswagen Group, unveiled its new design concept for a future Lamborghini electric super sports car: the “Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio”, developed in collaboration with two MIT laboratories. Design. Batteries Electric (Battery

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