Featured in this issue:      LiFePO4 Battery Pack  |  GE WattStation™  |  UL Certified Electric Vehicle Fast Charger  |  UL Certified DC Quick Charger for Electric Cars  |  EV Charge Coupling  |  Test Anything That Rolls
 
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Could Fusion Offer Clean, Cheap Charging for EVs?
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Could Fusion Offer Clean, Cheap Charging for EVs?
 
Ideally, electricity from renewable sources is the goal in charging electric vehicles. Add cheap and compact — unlike expensive wind turbines or inefficient solar panels — and that source could prove a winner. If a team at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has its way, compact fusion reactors could be pushing out 100 MW of power apiece to the grid in 10 years time. Lockheed says strong "magnetic mirrors" will prevent reactor particles from escaping.
 
 
 
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GE WattStation™
 
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Electricity will fuel the vehicles of tomorrow. However, in order to see widespread EV adoption, the electrical grid must be modernized and charging stations must be accessible, quick, and easy. GE's electric vehicle charger, the GE WattStation™, is designed to help address these challenges by significantly decreasing the time needed for vehicle charging.
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UL Certified Electric Vehicle Fast Charger
 
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The Terra 51 electric vehicle fast charger from ABB is fully certified and compliant with all of the relevant safety standards, as specified by UL, for the U.S. and Canada, and now is available for delivery to customers.

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Holy Grail Battery Development "On Track"
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Holy Grail Battery Development "On Track"
 
An MIT spinoff, SolidEnergy Systems, says it is developing an EV battery with 3x the energy density at a lot less cost than current energy storage. The key is a lithium-metal rather than graphite anode. While previous electrolytes for such anodes were unstable (prone to fire), the company's biphasic (solid/liquid) electrolyte is said to be stable with good room temperature performance.
 
 
 
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EV Charge Coupling
 
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Built in accordance with all regional EV Standards, this ITT charging connector features ergonomically designed modular coupler handles and a robust contact system with charging options rated to 75 A.

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Test Anything That Rolls
 
Test Anything That Rolls
 

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Dewetron offers a broad selection of test and measurement systems which fulfill specific applications within the world of testing cars, trucks, busses, and motorcycles and their components. From portable models for in-vehicle use, to larger "all-in-one" systems for the test bench, we've got it all.
 
 
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In-wheel Motors Get a Mechanical Upgrade
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In-wheel Motors Get a Mechanical Upgrade
 
In-wheel electrical motors have an inherent efficiency advantage because their power is near where it is applied. However, with electric motors being more efficient at high speeds — rather than slower road wheel speeds — some developers are looking at an integrated planetary gearbox. This would allow motors to run faster with only small transmission losses.
 
 
 
Two-speed Axle Drives BMW EV
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Two-speed Axle Drives BMW EV
 
GKN has developed a two-speed eAxle, whose first application is driving the front wheels on BMW's i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car; conventional six-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels. The electric motor's added gear ratio, says GKN, improves acceleration and electric range (see video). The driveline is also smaller and lighter.
 
 
 
Fuel Cell Demo Shows Benefits, Issues
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Fuel Cell Demo Shows Benefits, Issues
 
The results of a five year demonstration project are in: buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells (video) showed mixed returns. On the positive side, hydrogen refueling went well with no downtime or safety issues. Negative? Operating and maintenance costs need improvement. Details are provided in this NREL technical report.
 
 
 
No Concensus on Charging Methodologies
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No Concensus on Charging Methodologies
 
A survey of EV charging methodologies worldwide notes standardization issues are still in flux. The overview covers both DC and AC charging, which breaks down the latter connectors into Type 1 (U.S., Japan) and Type 2 (Europe) — not to mention versions with an additional DC connector (called Combo 1 and 2). Add to this mix some automotive OEMs with dedicated chargers for faster recharge times.
 
 
 
Printed Inverter for Battery Powered Vehicles
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Printed Inverter for Battery Powered Vehicles
 
Using wide-bandgap silicon carbide, a team at the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a 30 kW traction drive inverter. The team also used 3D printing to quickly fabricate and test component shapes and configurations. The compact inverter, said to be 99% efficient, features low electrical losses.
 
 
 
From Driver Assist to Autonomous Control
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From Driver Assist to Autonomous Control
 
Germany's Fraunhofer Institute is developing a control system that extends driver assist capabilities such as collision avoidance or blind spot warning. The researchers envision short range autonomous navigation uses — locating a parking space or charging station, for example.

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