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July 2022
Tesla Asks Texas Customers to Avoid Charging During Peak Hours

Tesla Asks Texas Customers to Avoid Charging During Peak Hours

­In an effort to relieve pressure on the power grid and possibly help prevent Texas blackouts, Tesla is imploring its customers to avoid charging during peak hours. The Austin-based automaker and energy company sent out a message using their in-car notification system: “A heat wave is expected to impact
Where are all the Electrical Engineering Students?
2022 IEEE VLSI Symposium on Technology and Circuits

College enrollment EE vs CS

According to Wikipedia, the phrase white elephant “refers to an extravagant, impractical gift that cannot be easily disposed of. It is said to come from the historic practice of the King of Siam (now Thailand) giving rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, so that they might be ruined by the animal
Automated Vehicles Malfunction, Creating Traffic Jams

A Cruise Chevy Bolt, like the ones that recently malfunctioned in San Francisco, creating traffic jams and obstructions.

­A computer that “can’t make mistakes” is only as “perfect” as the humans that program it — case in point, the Cruise robot cars that’ve been going kaput and creating obstructions for human drivers in San Francisco. Several months ago, we asked what happens when a rogue autonomous vehicle won’t obey traffic laws. How do
Bosch Announces 3 billion Euro Chip Investment

Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the Bosch board of management

Bosch has announced an investment of 3 billion euros in its semiconductor business, which will include the exploration of new technologies, including GaN.   The new investment is planned for the period until 2026 and will see Bosch invest an additional 3 billion euros in its semiconductor division as part of th
Could Foxconn Become the World Leader in EV Manufacturing?

One of Foxconn's EV prototypes.

­Wired has an interesting piece up about the future of EV manufacturing and how the most populous nation on earth could become the epicenter for electric vehicles. Back in October 2021, the infamous consumer electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, announced a collaboration with Taiwanese automaker, Yulon, to pr
 Creating Memories for Vehicles
Researchers at Cornell University have developed a way to help autonomous vehicles create “memories” of previous experiences and use them in future navigation. One of the problems of designing software for autonomous vehicles is that they are in a continuous state of seeing the world for the first time.
Battery Buffering Could Amplify the Number of Quick-Charge Connections

Modern high-speed chargers require as much as 350kW of power each

­Could a special technique enable charging stations to accommodate vast number of quick-charge connections? ADS-TEC Energy believes that a technology called “battery buffering” can amplify the grid power at the charge point, providing “a quick charge within minutes up to 320 kW. It’s able to carry