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SPE Names 2023’s Best Automotive Plastics Innovations

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in early November, 2023 announced the winners of the 52nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala (IAG). The annual competition highlights...

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Freudenberg Battery Lab Design Considered Human, Environmental Safety

As more OEMs and suppliers begin developing and manufacturing batteries for EVs, many are discovering the specific needs of a testing program. Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has answered that need by adding such a facility to existing R&D space at its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich.

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Deep Breathing for EV Batteries

As batteries become more sophisticated, the need to protect them from the elements has never been greater. Battery pack engineers understand vehicle applications and by marrying them with proper venting...

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Power

Battle for the Box

Whether you call them packs, boxes, or trays, the structures that envelop and protect EV battery cells and their supporting electrical and thermal-management hardware are among the industry’s top subsystem...

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Energy

BMW Plans Move to Structural Battery Packs and ‘46120’ Cells

The technology below the smooth skin of BMW’s i Vision Dee concept car, unveiled at CES 2023, marks a major step forward in the company’s electric-vehicle...

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AR/AI

Ultrasound Tech Offers Sophisticated Battery-Testing Intelligence

The production and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the global EV and stationary energy storage systems (ESS) markets is growing at an exponential rate. At the same...

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Webasto Delivers Battery System for Zeus EV Chassis

Electric work trucks are beginning to roll off the line at Zeus Electric Chassis’ production facility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Zeus is providing the Sacramento Municipal...

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Power

Using CT to Detect Defects in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Because of their power density, lithium-ion batteries as used by electric vehicles (EV) are subject to strict quality monitoring. Industrial computed tomography (CT) increasingly is...

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Energy

An Immersive Solution for Thermally Safer EV Batteries

R&D work to solve an excessive noise problem created by an EV’s battery fast charger has led to advances in thermal management, heat dissipation – and reduced fire risks....

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Energy

Constellium Develops New Alloys for EV Battery Enclosures

Aluminum is the dominant material for electric vehicle (EV) battery enclosures for one simple but significant factor: lightweighting capability. All currently available...

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Energy

NAWA Aims for 5-Minute EV Charge

A French nanomaterials company has developed a technology that it claims can significantly increase the storage efficiency of electric vehicle batteries. NAWA Technologies’ Ultra-Fast Carbon Electrode...

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Materials

A Novel Materials Approach to EV Battery-Box Design

A battery enclosure that features a single-piece, metal-reinforced composite tray and one-piece composite cover is a step closer to an electric vehicle (EV) production application....

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Power

Greater Precision for EV Battery Leak Testing

Exposure to water vapor is a death sentence for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in hybrid-electric and electric vehicles. If moisture enters the battery cell and reacts with the...

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Venting for EV Battery Packs

Batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) need protection from harsh external conditions. Generally located on the underside of the vehicle, EV battery enclosures protect the cells from exposure to water, dust,...

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Static Testing of EV Components

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. To offset the immense weight of their batteries, a heightened focus has been put on lightweighting, which has brought many new materials and...

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Battery Experts: Solid-State EV Tech Could Be Five Years Out

Solid-state batteries are the “reach” energy-storage technology slated to take electric vehicles (EVs) –and to a lesser extent, other consumer-electronic products – to...

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Software

Detecting Battery Leaks at Production Speeds

Inficon has launched what it said is an industry-first, robotic-compatible leak-detection system that can use either helium or hydrogen-forming gas to ferret out minuscule cracks in the...

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