Exploring the Capacitor Technologies Needed in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Peter Matthews on May 8, 2024 8:14:00 AM

The electrical power systems in most modern technologies, like electric vehicles (EVs), are complex. In EVs specifically, power systems are responsible for performing many tasks such as converting AC to DC and DC to AC as well as managing changing power levels in DC/DC conversion. When performing these tasks, manipulating AC voltages and removing noise from DC voltage requires passive components such as capacitors, to perform many “jobs” inside the power system. But no single capacitor type can perform all these jobs since each one has different requirements for voltage, size, temperature, and reliability. Therefore, a variety of capacitor technologies, such as ceramic, film, and aluminum, are required to meet all these needs.

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Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles

Examining the Latest Electric Vehicle Technology Trends

Posted by Peter Matthews on Apr 17, 2024 8:11:00 AM

The market demands and technology trends that impact all aspects of electric vehicle (EV) development are constantly evolving. As trends change, so do the requirements for EV power systems, which impacts the demands placed on the components we supply. Therefore, we feel it is our duty to stay on top of shifting EV trends and share what we are seeing with our customers. This blog looks at three key trends impacting EV development that we are currently monitoring around shifting semiconductor development, in-vehicle system integration as a way to control costs, and the evolution of the EV charging ecosystem.

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Topics: Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Examining Trends in Power Electronics

Posted by Peter Matthews on Feb 21, 2024 8:15:00 AM

At Knowles, it is our mission to provide specialty components that meet even the toughest performance and reliability requirements, especially for applications where failure is not an option. But, markets and requirements are constantly changing, which means we must closely monitor the trends impacting all the industries and applications where you might find our components. One area where we are seeing rapid innovation spanning the industries we serve is power electronics. At a high level, the trends driving power electronics innovation are largely centered around methods for providing more energy more efficiently while using smaller components. Below are four key power electronics trends we are currently monitoring and a how we can help you stay on top of each trend with your designs.  

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Topics: Automotive, Electric Vehicles, High Reliability

Today’s RF Power Applications Require Understanding Equivalent Series Resistance & Q Factor

Posted by Steve Hopwood on Dec 20, 2023 6:00:00 AM

As a fundamental component of circuit design, equivalent series resistance (ESR) is the measurement of all the non-ideal electrical resistances in series with a capacitor. When current flows through a multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) due to application of alternating voltage, heat is generated in the MLCC due to the losses, specifically ESR. As a result, this self-heating can cause various performance and reliability issues in the circuits of today’s more complex and smaller electronic systems.

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

The Roles of Capacitors in EV Traction Inverter Topologies

Posted by Jordan Yates on Dec 13, 2023 8:15:00 AM

The power electronic systems in an electric vehicle (EV) feature a wide variety of capacitors. From DC-link capacitors to safety capacitors and snubber capacitors, these components play a critical role in stabilizing and safeguarding the electronics from factors like voltage spikes and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Here, we’ll focus on the capacitors used in the EV traction inverter.  

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Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles

The Evolution of Electric Vehicle Battery Management Systems: From Passive to Active Cell Balancing

Posted by Jordan Yates on Aug 16, 2023 8:30:00 AM

As electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers work to make batteries more affordable and easier to produce in mass quantities, we’re seeing changes in battery chemistry. For example, the industry is shifting from traditional lithium ion batteries with cobalt to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. Rare-earth metals like cobalt are in short supply, and materials like LFP are a more plentiful, sustainable, and efficient alternative.

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Topics: Electric Vehicles

Looking Closer at Resonant Capacitors in Electric Vehicles

Posted by Simon Mao on Jul 26, 2023 9:00:00 AM

One of the primary goals in electric vehicles (EVs) is to increase the efficiency of its power conversion devices. The more efficiently power is converted, the further distance the EV can travel on one charge. For example, by reducing losses in a DC-to-DC (or DC/DC) converter, the converter (and overall vehicle) benefits from improved energy efficiency, a more streamlined design, and diminished heating from components.

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Topics: Capacitor, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Why Bidirectional Charging for EVs Requires Special Attention to Design

Posted by Jordan Yates on May 10, 2023 8:45:00 AM

As interest and adoption increase in the electric vehicle (EV) arena, associated technologies are advancing quickly. Batteries are becoming more powerful and charging infrastructure is increasingly robust and efficient. With all these advancements, EV batteries are good for more than powering cars on the road.

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Topics: Capacitor, Electric Vehicles

Overcoming EMI in Electric Vehicle Applications

Posted by Peter Matthews on Apr 5, 2023 8:00:00 AM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, electric vehicle (EV) sales in the U.S. reached record high monthly volume in March 2021 and continued to rise, nearly doubling in 2021. This marks the sixth consecutive year of growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales and the demand is continuing to grow.

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Topics: Automotive, Electric Vehicles

Resonant Capacitors: Your Key to Building Stable and Reliable Wireless EV Charging Technology

Posted by Jordan Yates on Jan 18, 2023 8:45:00 AM

As electric vehicle (EV) adoption for both consumer and commercial purposes rapidly grows, so does the need for a more widespread, and faster, charging infrastructure. While we’ve seen vast improvements in charging technology in the last few years, as additional regulations on combustion vehicles are implemented and reliance on EVs increases, further EV charging innovations are needed. Currently, wireless charging is the newest EV charging technology evolving. 

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Topics: News and Events, Automotive, Electric Vehicles

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