Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) announced that it is closing two automotive battery manufacturing plants as part of its ongoing restructuring plan to reduce automotive production capacity in North America. The company also announced further restructuring actions in its European operations, including workforce reductions at two manufacturing facilities and a reorganization of its transportation business sales […]
The Canadian Government announced a CDN$5.8 million investment in a CDN$17.7 million project to support Stuart Energy Systems Inc. (Toronto) in developing a system for improving the refuelling of hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses. The Stuart high-volume refuelling system is said to allow bus companies running fuel cell vehicles to refuel more vehicles overnight, reducing costs […]
Cherry Semiconductor Corp. (East Greenwich, RI) introduced the new CS-1108 Automotive Single Lamp Driver, an application specific standard product (ASSP) that provides...
DCH Technology Inc. (DCHT, Valencia, CA) and Freewing Aerial Robotics Corp. (College Station, TX) have agreed to begin an exploratory development program to integrate PEM fuel cells into the Freewing Tilt-Body Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicle (UAV). Freewing's air vehicles have extremely short takeoff and landing capabilities. DCH's modular approach to fuel cell systems is claimed to […]
Amsdell Inc. (Richmond Hill, ON) announced it has received approval of a CDN$200,000 grant for a "Pulse Width Modulation Controlled Converter for High Power Applications" project from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) under the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). In addition to the government assistance, Amsdell is investing $500,000 in the project. The […]
Lithium Technology Corp. (LTC, Plymouth Meeting, PA) announced it has received a small purchase order from the NASA Lewis Research Center for 20 large prototype lithium-ion polymer cells. The company had responded to a NASA Lewis solicitation seeking potential sources of li-ion polymer batteries for testing against the varied requirements of NASA's aerospace mission. LTC's […]
US Electricar Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced it has delivered its tenth electric delivery truck to the US Postal Service (USPS) in Westminster, California, completing a two-phased program to build EV postal trucks. US Electricar has been contracted by the Postal Service to convert gasoline-powered Grumman Olsen built Long Life Vehicle (LLV) delivery trucks into electric […]
AER Energy Resources Inc. (Atlanta) reported net revenues of $352,000 for the year ended December 31, 1998, compared with $108,000 for the year ended December 31, 1997. The company's net loss for the year was $6,632,000, or $0.27 per share, down from a net loss of $8,766,000, or $0.36 per share, for the prior year. […]
BAT International (Chula Vista) subsidiary Southern States Power Co. (SSPC) has formed a joint venture with Anuvu Inc. to complete development and demonstration of an advanced proton exchange membrane fuel cell that will be demonstrated in a series of fuel cell powered electric vehicle runs in California and other locations. The joint venture company, Global […]
Elna Co. (Japan) has reportedly developed a compact, high-capacity, high-output capacitor for use in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The capacitor measures 35mm x 50Mm and boasts a charge/discharge outptu of 100A.
IRC Inc. (Corpus Christi, TX) is employing its thick film-on-aluminum technology to manufacture electronic circuits with high-thermal transfer characteristics. The company claims...
STMicroelectronics Inc. (Lexington, MA) announced it has developed a new range of IGBTs using its PowerMESH technology claimed to offer improved performance compared to conventional IGBT technology. ST has developed families of IGBTs optimized for low-voltage drop, high-switching speed and automotive-ignition applications, respectively.According to ST, the patented PowerMESH technology replaces the traditional cell geometry by […]
Ultralife Batteries Inc. (Newark, NY) announced that Bruce Jagid has resigned as CEO and Chairman of the Board, and that the board of directors has retained executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist in recruiting a new CEO. The board elected Arthur Lieberman, a co-founder and director of the company, to be the new […]
ZAP Power Systems (Sebastopol, CA) has signed a marketing agreement with Smith & Wesson (Springfield, MA) under which Smith & Wesson will be the exclusive law enforcement bicycle platform for ZAP's patented electric motor system. Smith & Wesson has likewise agreed to sell its bicycles for electric applications exclusively to ZAP. The companies have also […]
Ballard Power Systems (Vancouver, BC) announced it has received a CDN$3.5 million (US$2.3 million) contract from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan) to supply Ballard fuel cells, related equipment and support services. Nissan plans to use the fuel cells in their research and development program for evaluation and development of fuel-cell powered electric vehicles."Nissan has been […]