Nidec has a new in-wheel motor system that could be mass-produced for an electric car as soon as 2023. But old obstacles like weight and cost remain.
Argonne develops lighter, cheaper, more efficient motor for EVs, charging
Saving weight and increasing efficiency and power are among the most common goals for electric-car engineers. The biggest breakthroughs in those specs generally come in batteries. But it's not the only place. Now scientists at Argonne National Labs have developed a lighter, cheaper, and more...Eric C. Evarts
Better electric motors can boost electric-car efficiency
One of the greatest challenges faced by modern electric cars is the vehicle's range, which is largely proportional to the energy capacity of the battery. Range anxiety often keeps buyers out of electric cars and in their fossil-fuel powered counterparts. Most of the attention given to solving the...Sean Szymkowski
Brewing Hybrid Battle: Is One Electric Motor Better Than Two?
The word "hybrid" means many things. It can be interpreted as "high gas mileage," or "annoying leftie smugmobile," or--by engineers--an automotive powertrain that uses two different sources to generate the torque that moves the car. But among "full hybrids"--those powertrains that can move the car...John Voelcker
Daimler Adds Bosch To Electric Car Collaborative Projects
You’d be forgiven for thinking that German automaker Daimler was trying to build its own little electric car empire. Not only does it have active electric car projects running with Nissan-Renault, BYD and Tesla, but it has now announced intent to work on a project with the automotive arm of...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
No Engine, No Brand Identity? Electric Cars And Branding
Let us run a few engines past you. A warbling flat six. A growling V8. The howl of an inline four changing cam profiles. The smooth buzz of a rotary. How about some names now? Hemi. Vortec. Powerstroke. VTEC. Renesis. Ecoboost. Noticing a pattern? The first list is clearly engine layouts, and the...Antony Ingram