Tag: electric vehicles

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

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

CES: Construction Equipment Show?

This year’s CES exhibition – formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show but famously became one of the world’s biggest car shows in recent years – included a surprising amount of earthmoving equipment among the transparent televisions, artificial intelligence toilets (no, really) and other gadgets. Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is where companies debut Continue reading CES: Construction Equipment Show?

Porsche GT4 e-Performance

Believe it or not, there is a link between the Porsche GT4 e-Performance cover star of SightGlass edition 32 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N that graced edition 31 – less obvious that both are performance cars which likely borrowed heavily from technology developed by Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac in which both companies have Continue reading Oil cooled and not a refrigerant in sight: inside the Porsche GT4 e-Performance

Queensland’s automotive service and repair sector breathed a sigh of relief as the state government stepped back from a controversial proposal that only licensed electricians should perform work on electric vehicles. The proposal, initially tabled in 2023 as part of the Electrical Safety Act review, was put forward by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office but Continue reading Queensland government rejects proposal to include EVs in sparkie licence

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made significant progress in the development of a one-megawatt electrical motor that could pave the way for the electrification of larger aircraft. The current focus on electrifying aviation aims to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint, and while smaller all-electric planes have been successful, larger jets require Continue reading Megawatt motor brings electric planes closer to reality

Chemicals firm BASF has established a state-of-the-art facility for battery material production and recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany with both production and recycling at the same location. Minimising transportation of materials between the two facilities reduces costs and environmental impact while improving operational and logistical efficiency. Co-location of both production and recycling epitomises the concept of Continue reading Battery material production logically placed on same site as recycling facility

Toyota has partnered with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to create a cutting-edge electric storage system that utilises recycled electric vehicle batteries. Energy stored in these batteries will come from renewable sources and be used during times when wind-generated power isn’t enough to meet grid requirements. The new electric storage system will have an Continue reading Toyota repurposing used EV batteries into grid-scale renewable energy storage

Daimler Truck head of truck technology Andreas Gorbach

Mercedes-Benz has been making headlines recently. First, its GenH2 prototype – approved for public road use – completed the #HydrogenRecordRun, where it covered 1047km using just one fill of liquid hydrogen. Soon after, an eActros 600 prototype took the spotlight, travelling over 1000km with only a single intermediate charge. Daimler has since confirmed that the Continue reading Mercedes-Benz pushes the range envelope with hydrogen and electric trucks