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New Inverter Promises Lighter, More Powerful and Efficient EVs

A new 30-kilowatt power inverter developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful, and more efficient, using components made with a 3-D printer.

“At the core of this development is wide bandgap material made of silicon carbide with qualities superior to standard semiconductor materials,” Science Daily reports. “The Oak Ridge inverter achieves much higher power density with a significant reduction in weight and volume.”

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Specific advantages of the new design include higher reliability and efficiency, higher frequency operation, tolerance for higher temperatures, lighter weight, and higher power density. (h/t to The Energy Mix subscriber David Daly for pointing us to this story)