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Willow offers high current blowout relay for electric vehicles

Willow Technologies are selling a magnetic arc blowout relay from Durakool which has a maximum switching voltage of 145Vdc. It is designed for electric vehicle systems which might use 48Vdc, 72Vdc or 80Vdc, which can be difficult to switch using traditional relays. According to Willow, the DG85CM electric vehicle relay features AgSnO2 contacts with high inrush capability 150A at 12.8Vdc, ...

Electric vehicle-to-grid charging project gets go-ahead

Aston University, and Birmingham-based design consultancy ByteSnap Design have been awarded a two-year collaborative project to develop a communications and control platform for UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The project called VIGIL (Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control) will develop and an off-vehicle system that controls how, when and the rate at which electric vehicle batteries are charged/discharged with respect to local substation ...

Ford plans 40 EV models by 2022

Ford is to spend $11 billion on EVs by 2022 with the aim of having 40 EV models – 16 all-electric and 24 hybrid – by then, reports Reuters. “We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream vehicles, our most iconic vehicles, and we’re electrifying them,” says Chairman Bill Ford, “if we want to be successful with electrification, ...

UK grid could support more EVs

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Smart grid technology could unlock spare capacity for increased electric vehicle use, according to UK Power Networks which is running a trial using existing infrastructure in the hope of avoiding network reinforcement or substation replacement. The project, called Active Response, involves a responsive, automated electricity network that reconfigures itself, moving spare capacity to where the demand is using power electronics and ...

Nissan gives boost to the internal combustion engine

Of the various options for the technological development of transportation, transformational improvement of the internal combustion engine has remained unconsidered. Until now. Nissan has developed a car engine (pictured) which has a variable compression ratio system which significantly increases power. The engine has a maximum thermal efficiency of around 40% – double the usual level in petrol engines – so ...

Nauto raises $159m Series B

Driverless car start-up Nauto has raised a $159 million Series B led by Softbank and Greylock Partners. Its Series A in April in 2016 raised $12 million. Other investors are GM, BMW, Toyota and the insurance company Allianz but the company has yet to become a Unicorn, says CEO Stefan Heck. Nauto collects information about driverless driving by using smart ...