The Business with VASA Treasurer Ian Stangroome Over the past few years, getting staff in any sector of employment has become increasingly difficult. The skills shortage in the automotive repair sector has fared no better with little to no improvement in recent times. Workshops have great difficulty finding staff to fill vacancies in their businesses. Continue reading Multiskilled Technicians and their role in addressing the labour shortage

With Australian Refrigeration Council CEO Glenn Evans As a member of VASA, you no doubt know about the ARCtick licensing scheme for Australia’s climate control industry – you most likely hold an ARCtick refrigerant handling licence (RHL) or refrigerant trading authorisation (RTA). The automotive sector has more than 32,000 RHLs and well over 10,000 RTAs Continue reading Inside ARC: A look at licensing and environmental Initiatives

View from NZ with VASA New Zealand Director Catherine Tocker A robust refrigerant stewardship scheme for New Zealand, backed by government regulations and aided by the establishment of a domestic end-of-life refrigerant destruction facility is edging closer to reality – but addressing the skilled labour shortage remains a key ingredient to meeting environmental goals. Uncertainty Continue reading NZ edges closer to robust, regulated refrigerant stewardship scheme

Perkins, Equipmake, and Loughborough University have joined forces to develop an advanced multi-fuel drop-in hybrid integrated power unit.  The collaboration aims to create a power unit that can directly replace diesel engines in terms of power density and response, enabling off-highway equipment manufacturers to accelerate their transition to lower-carbon or zero-carbon fuels.  Continue reading Perkins collaborates on off-highway hybrids

Modine EVantage Evantage Launch - Tractor Trailer

Euro EV thermal management sector grows

Thermal management manufacturer Modine is expanding its European production footprint to meet the needs of electric vehicle manufacturers.  A surge in the adoption of commercial EVs across Europe makes Modine’s expansion a timely move. By expanding local manufacturing capabilities, Modine aims to enhance supply chain efficiency on the continent, reduce lead times, and overcome trade Continue reading Euro EV thermal management sector grows

ZF Dry Brake-by-Wire System

Auto electricians could end up getting more brake work if technology like ZF’s “dry brake-by-wire” system that eliminates the need for a traditional hydraulic setup – and has recently undergone successful testing on a modified BYD Han electrified vehicle – gains mainstream adoption. In this cutting-edge system, brake fluid is no longer necessary as braking Continue reading ZF’s by-wire tech could lead to more brake work for auto electricians

Rheinmetall, known by most as a defence contractor and automotive component manufacturer, is making a name for itself for advancements in thermal management of electric and hydrogen powertrains.  The German company recently secured a major deal with a global truck manufacturer worth millions of Euros for several hundred thousand of its hi-tech CWA 2000 electric Continue reading Somebody has placed a huge order for electric truck thermal management

EV battery swapping is a process that involves replacing a depleted battery pack with a fully charged unit at a dedicated swapping station, enabling drivers to get back on the road in less than the time it takes to top-up a tank of petrol. The drained batteries are then recharged, typically during off-peak energy times. Continue reading EV battery swapping back on the agenda: But how do thermal management connections work?

SAE International has chosen Mahle’s Differential Inductive Positioning System (DIPS) as the preferred alignment method for wireless EV charging standard the SAE J2954, concluding a 10-year effort to establish a standardised solution. Mahle chair and CEO said the decision “confirms the systems expertise of Mahle in electrification”. Continue reading SAE selects Mahle tech as wireless EV charging standard

Sunswap, a UK-based clean-tech company, is on a mission to revolutionise the global cold chain industry with its groundbreaking solar and battery-powered transport refrigeration unit. The company, founded by Michael Lowe, Nikolai Tauber, and Andrew Sucis in January 2020, is driven by the goal of disrupting and decarbonising the reefer sector through their innovative technology. Continue reading Cooled by the sun: Sunswap’s solar-powered electric transport refrigeration unit