EV, Hybrids & Charging Infrastructure

September 2022
PSDcast – A Solar Canopy with 30x Faster Installation

Tom McCalmont, the CEO and co-founder of Paired Power

­Paired Power has developed a solar canopy charging station for EVs that doesn’t require permitting and installs 30x faster than traditional solar canopies.
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09/27/2022
NXP Collaborates with Elektrobit to Develop Software for Next-Generation Automotive Battery Management Systems

NXP Collaborates with Elektrobit to Develop Software for Next-Generation Automotive Battery Management Systems

­The software jointly developed with Elektrobit aims to reduce the entry-level cost of battery management system (BMS) development and enhance ease-of-use of NXP’s high-voltage BMS reference design (HVBMS RD). What’s new: NXP Semiconductors has joined forces with Elektrobit to co-develop the softw
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09/22/2022
3-Phase EMC Filter Series Designed for Machine Safety

3-Phase EMC Filter Series Designed for Machine Safety

­SCHURTER expands the FMAC NEO and FMAD NEO 3-phase filter families to meet IEC 60204-1. Downsized for smaller footprint, without any compromise to performance, the two new filter series are suitable for use in energy applications such as EV fast charging and battery storage, as well as industrial applications in
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09/21/2022
Savant Enhances Smart Home Experience with Schumacher Electric Vehicle Charger

Savant Enhances Smart Home Experience with Schumacher Electric Vehicle Charger

­Savant Systems, Inc., has added a premium EV charger as part of their suite of energy management products. The Savant LVL 2 EV Charger complements the already robust Savant Power System platform that includes intelligent load management and monitoring, scalable battery storage solutions, and environmental co
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09/20/2022
Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

­As the first global truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo Trucks is now starting series production of heavy electric, 44 ton* trucks. Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of the electric versions of the company’s most important product range, its heavy-duty trucks: Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo
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09/14/2022
Reaching National Electric Vehicle Goal Unlikely by 2030 Without Lower Prices, Better Policy

John Graham

­The United States government has set an ambitious national goal of reaching 50 percent penetration of plug-in electric vehicles by 2030, but a new study from researchers at Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that the U.S. is unlikely to meet th
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09/14/2022
Dispelling a Myth – GaN and Motor Drivers

Marco Palma, Director of Motor Drives Systems and Applications at EPC

There is a commonly held belief in the industry that GaN devices are wasted on inverters for electric motors. After all, if the performance of the system is restricted by the use of a 20KHz PWM, then there can be little benefit in using a material that gains the majority of its advantages from faster switching sp
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09/13/2022
Flexible Power Modules from STMicroelectronics Simplify SiC Inverter Designs

Flexible Power Modules from STMicroelectronics Simplify SiC Inverter Designs

­STMicroelectronics has released two STPOWER modules that contain 1200V silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFETs in popular configurations. Each uses ST’s ACEPACK1 2 package technology to ensure high power density and simplified assembly. The first of the new modules, the A2F12M12W2-F1, is a four-pac
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09/06/2022
Testing Times for Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1: Wireless charging is emerging as a solution to range anxiety

­With the growing awareness of the damage that can be caused by fossil fuels, electric vehicles are certainly having their moment in the sun. But are potential drivers and buyers of EVs convinced that these vehicles can give them what they need? To really allow the EV market to take off, consumers need to know th
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09/01/2022
Current Sensing for Electric Vehicles

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Figure 1: 4p108s Battery Pack Configuration

­Electromobility in the form of electric bicycles or Electric Vehicles (EVs) has gained popularity as gasoline prices increase and the public becomes environmentally aware. These electromobility vehicles consist of an electric battery for energy storage, an electric motor for movement and a controller to manage th
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09/01/2022
Accurate Current Sensing for Next-Generation EV Designs

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Figure 1. Conventional Hall sensor in concentrator air gap

­Automotive manufacturers need to enhance the performance and capabilities of their electric vehicle (EV) models to differentiate and attract buyers to switch from conventional vehicles. Reliability, extended driving range, and safe fast-charging are important buying criteria that can be improved with precision cu
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09/01/2022
Pushing EVs Ahead of the Curve

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Figure 1: A bidirectional OBC enables new vehicle-to-everything use cases

­Electric vehicle (EV) on-board chargers (OBCs) can take several forms based on power level and functions. Charging powers vary from less than 2 kW in applications such as electric scooters to 22 kW in high-end EVs. Traditionally, charging power is unidirectional, but bi-directional charging is gaining traction. Why bidirectional OBC
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09/01/2022
GaN Drives Development of Next-Generation EVs

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Figure 1: Applications for GaN power semiconductors in EVs

­According to a recent report1 transportation generates around 8 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually, with passenger vehicles responsible for almost half the total. As we drive towards ‘net zero’, moving to electric vehicles (EVs) is being seen as a large part of the solution. However, there remains an
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09/01/2022
STMicroelectronics Introduces Stellar P6 Automotive MCU for EV Platform System Integration

STMicroelectronics Introduces Stellar P6 Automotive MCU for EV Platform System Integration

­STMicroelectronics has unveiled new microcontrollers (MCUs) targeting the coming electrified drivetrains and domain-oriented, over-the-air updateable systems that are the foundation of the next generation of EVs. As the vehicles generate, process, and transfer large data flows, especially to support th
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Date:
09/01/2022