New LSIS high-voltage DC relays feature arc extinguishing structure

Sponsored by LSIS 

LSIS was established in 1974 and spun off from the LG Group in 2003. The company business focus is on green energy electric power equipment and automation. LSIS has led the Korean electric power equipment market for the last 40 years and with the expansion of the renewable energy market, the company’s particular focus is on DC device commercialization for the solar and electric vehicle markets.

HVDC Relays are used to supply and cut off the DC power, by opening and closing contacts by an actuator. Arcing that occurs when the DC power is cut off may cause damage to the contacts and surrounding components, so the arc should be extinguished as quickly as possible in the desired direction. The LSIS HVDC Relay is a product of power field technology and know-how gained over the last 40 years. It has excellent electrical durability, compact size, with low noise and features a permanent magnet and hydrogen inside for optimal arc extinguishing.

HVDC Relay in Electric Vehicles (GER series)
LSIS’ HVDC Relay came to the market for the first time in electric vehicles (HEV, PHEV, EV). Now they are mass produced to keep up with demand from well renowned global automobile manufacturers, who have accumulated trust in LSIS’ products. The HVDC Relay, applied to an electric vehicle, is installed between the vehicle battery and the inverter to cut off the charge and to discharge the DC power of the battery. It is also used between the external charger and the vehicle battery. Applied products are from the general electric relay (GER) series with a rated voltage of DC 450 V and rated current 10 A ~ 400 A.


GER series


Electric vehicle application system


HVDC Relay expanding high voltage application (GPR-M, GPR-H series)
LSIS has been developing mass production of their GPR-M (DC 1000 V class) and GPR-H (DC 1500 V class) series. Generally, as the rated voltage increases, the size of the product must be increased to ensure insulation. However, the GPR-M (1000 V) series is implemented in the same size as the GER (DC 450 V) series, thus improving the customer’s space utilization. The GPR-M and GPR-H series are equipped with the same hydrogen barrier as the GER series.

As the battery capacity of the vehicle increases, the rated voltage is increased and the external charge is expanded. Therefore, it is required to monitor the increase of the DC relay voltage and the On/Off of the contact point.

GPR-M series has a rated voltage of DC 1000 V, 10 A ~ 400 A. The GPR-M400 can be used to check contact On/Off by monitoring the auxiliary contact. These products are all UL, IEC, CCC certified.

GPR-H series has a rated voltage of DC 1500 V, 500 A and an auxiliary contact. They are all UL and IEC certified. In addition, an advantage is that the GPR-H series can be used in a system in which bi-directional blocking, such as reverse blocking or charge / discharge of a system can occur, by applying a bi-directional magnet arc extinguishing structure.

Demand for the LSIS HVDC Relay is expected to increase exponentially with the continued global trend of expansion of renewable energy. The rapid charger for an electric car switches the AC to DC to supply electricity to the vehicle and the HVDC relay is used to supply and cut off the power. ESS, a system for storing electricity, uses a HVDC Relay between the battery and PCS. The HVDC Relay is used for On/Off of solar modules in PV systems.

Based on its achievements in DC 450 V electric vehicles, LSIS will continue to commercialize HVDC relays to DC 1000 V and DC 1500 V for electric vehicles and chargers and will continue as a leader in the renewable energy market.

For more information on LSIS HVDC Relay and Contactors, click here.



Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Tesla confirms Model 3 is getting a CCS plug in Europe, adapter coming for Model S and Model X

After years of speculation, Tesla finally confirmed today that Model 3 is getting a CCS Combo 2 plug in Europe and an adapter is coming for Model S and Model X. more…

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Tesla’s Bug Bounty Grows In Reach And Payout

Tesla could pay up to $15,000 to security analysts and/or hackers who help find system vulnerabilities.

People worry about new in-car technology and the advent of connected cars. Tesla, being a strong force in this drive, realizes this concern and is pushing forward to assure that its vehicles are “cyber” safe. The automaker already encourages hackers and security gurus to attempt to hack into its cars and then report the issues. Now, Tesla is taking it a step further.

Tesla’s “Bug Bounty” initiative offers people money to expose and divulge vulnerabilities in Tesla vehicles. Not only could they be awarded with up to $15,000, they can also rest assured that the cars they hack will not have their warranties voided, as long as they follow Tesla’s guidelines. In addition, if the discovery process renders anything in the car inoperable, the automaker has vowed to help update or fix it. Tesla explains (via Teslarati):

If, through your good-faith security research, you (a pre-approved, good-faith security researcher) cause a software issue that requires your research-registered vehicle to be updated or “reflashed,” as an act of goodwill, Tesla shall make reasonable efforts to update or “reflash” Tesla software on the research-registered vehicle by over-the-air update, offering assistance at a service center to restore the vehicle’s software using our standard service tools, or other actions we deem appropriate.

Tesla started the program years ago with $25 to $1,000 rewards. More recently, the company began to offer some $10,000 for successful hacks and insight. Now, Tesla has upped the ante to a maximum of $15,000. This is not unlike programs from other tech companies like Google. Being that people have grave concerns that connected cars and new technology could not only cause their car to stop working, but also be hacked, stolen, or comprised in some way, this makes perfect sense. It’s especially true when you consider that Tesla vehicles offer semiautonomous driving and may eventually have Full Self-Driving Technology. We don’t want to see the entire global fleet of Tesla vehicles ordered to head to Rhode Island.

Many people refer to Tesla as a tech company, i.e. software and hardware maker, as much as it as an automaker. As the future unfolds, we can only imagine the level to which this technology may improve. For that reason, it’s urgent that Tesla moves forward with this process now.

Teslarati reports that newly discovered bugs must be reported within seven days in order for hackers and/or tech specialists to partake in a reward. Click here for additional information.

Source: Teslarati

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Kia Sees Profitable Future In Electric Cars

Profitability of Kia EVs is within 3 years.

According to Autocar, Kia expects that break even on EVs is achievable in Europe within 2-3 years, which would be somewhere near the end of 2021.

Currently, the South Korean manufacturer is offering two models: Soul EV and e-Niro.

“Making profit out of electric cars is not easy, but Kia reckons it will break even in Europe on its range of two battery-electric cars within two to three years – even at the competitive price of £30k for the e-Niro unveiled recently. Kia plans to sell 30,000 electric cars annually by 2020/21.”

The thing that catches our attention is the planned volume of 30,000 electric cars annually by 2020/2021, which sounds low, not only for the booming EV market, but also from a profitability standpoint. Maybe the number concerns only Europe though?

Source: Autocar

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Germany announces $1 billion investment in local battery cell production to support EV growth

The German government doesn’t like to see its local automakers rely on battery cells from Asia to build electric vehicles, which is why it announced today a 1 billion euro investment to support local battery cell production. more…

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GM, Tesla, Nissan & Others Form Coalition To Reform EV Tax Credit

Come together, right now, for EVs.

Getting the various manufacturers of electric vehicles to agree on something has, in the past, been challenging. A single high-speed charging standard springs to mind. Now, though, it seems there has been a joining of hands on the issue of the federal tax credit. Tesla, GM, Nissan, and a number of other companies and organizations have come together to form the EV Drive Coalition in an effort to reform the electric vehicle tax credit program.

Started when President George W. Bush signed the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 into law (as part of the more sweeping Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008)the legislation currently gives electric vehicle buyers a tax credit of $7,500. After a manufacturer sells 200,000 vehicles eligible for the program, a phase-out stage reduces the credit amount by half, and then half again, before finally ending altogether.

Tesla has now reached that 200,000-vehicle threshold, and GM is quickly approaching it. To help electric vehicle uptake keep (and hopefully improve) its momentum, the program needs some changes. This is, as you probably have imagined, where the EV Drive Coalition comes in.

According to a press release (below, in full) issued today by the new group, it wants to build on the success of the program by removing the 200,000-vehicle cap. We, of course, wish them good luck with their mission. And while we wonder just what kind of reception the effort will receive from the current Congress, we know there are at least some elected officials they should be able to get on their side.


Urges Congress to pass electric vehicle tax credit reform

Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2018) – The EV Drive Coalition, a broad coalition with a
focused goal to reform the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, today announced its official
launch as Congress convenes for its lame duck session. The EV Drive Coalition brings together
a diverse group of industry, consumer and environmental stakeholders with a single unifying
mission: encourage passage of legislation reforming the federal electric vehicle tax credit to
ensure that it works better for more consumers for a longer time frame and spurs increased
growth of the U.S. EV market.

The original electric vehicle tax credit, which goes directly to consumers not manufacturers,
catalyzed the market, increased consumer awareness and grew a nascent industry. To promote
continued market growth and stabilization, members of the EV Drive Coalition are advocating
for reform to lift the current cap on the number of consumers who can take advantage of the
credit through each manufacturer.

“Arbitrary constraints with the federal credit limit consumer options and make it harder for
consumers to purchase the cars they want,” explains Joel Levin, Executive Director of Plug In
America. “Lifting the cap would create a more level playing field for all manufacturers, giving
consumers the freedom to decide which car they want in a free and fair market. Increased
competition spurs more American innovation and technology”

“A federal tax credit to help make electric vehicles more affordable for all consumers is integral
to reaching a zero emissions future and establishing the U.S. as the leader in electrification,”
said Dan Turton, Vice President, Public Policy at General Motors North America. “We feel that
the tax credit should be modified so all customers continue to receive the full benefit going

“A reformed tax credit will affect more than those who purchase electric vehicles,” reassured
Janet Peace, Senior Vice President at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. “While a
mature EV market will be a boon to the American economy, it will also play a major role in
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a significant contributor to climate change. This would be a
win for consumers, for the economy and the for environment.”

“We’ve been able to make tremendous strides in the underlying technology of electric vehicles.
The battery power and the range have improved significantly over the last few years. With every
new advancement, we get closer to becoming an economically sustainable market. However,
we’re not there yet, and keeping the cap will have a negative impact on a sustainable U.S.
electric vehicle market,” explained coalition spokesperson Trevor Francis.

This is an urgent issue. Choosing not to reform the tax credit will severely hinder America’s
ability to compete in a global market. “At that point, it wouldn’t be just an automotive issue. As it
stands now, electric vehicles are responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs. This is a jobs issue and
an economic issue in addition to a consumer issue,” emphasized Francis.

A reformed electric vehicle tax credit will ensure the domestic manufacturing, infrastructure and
market of electric vehicles continues to grow. Electric vehicles are the way forward and the EV
Drive Coalition will work to ensure a flourishing, mature and cost-competitive U.S. EV market.
To learn more about the coalition, its members, its mission and the proposed legislation, visit

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla: We Are Improving The Design Of Our Battery Cell

Production lines, battery modules and cells are evolving

Tesla distinguishes itself from other manufacturers because it constantly upgrades its cars (others apply changes in packages every few years).

That same policy Tesla utilizes in other areas like battery production at the Gigafactory. According to Tesla’s President of Automotive, Jerome Guillen, production at the Tesla Gigafactory evolves on various levels:

  • new production lines are installed so the effect of scale is bigger (output exceeds 20 GWh annually)
  • the design of production lines is improving
  • the design of 21700 (or 2170) lithium-ion cells is improving – there is “a nice roadmap of technology improvements for the coming years”

Recently, CNBC had an exclusive opportunity to check out the Gigafactory full of automated production lines, which provides about 5,000 Model 3 packs a week.

With progress on all fronts, there is huge potential to increase production even further.

As Electrek notes, the battery modules are going to be upgraded in the new Model 3. Elon Musk said:

“We came up with a new design that achieves the same outcome, that’s actually lighter, better, cheaper and will be introducing that around the end of this year, probably reach volume production on that in Q1 or something. That will make the car lighter, better, and cheaper and achieve a higher range. That line is under construction, will be active in about six months.”

Improving battery production efficiency and reducing costs (below $100 kWh/kWh on cell level) will bring Tesla closer to profitable on the $35,000 Model 3 and in general on future more affordable electric cars.

Source: Electrek

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BBC To Broadcast Formula E Races Live

The BBC will screen every race of the 2018/19 Formula E season via its website and TV red button platforms for viewers in the UK.

The broadcaster will also show at least one FE race live on one of its network TV channels – BBC One or BBC Two – during the upcoming season.

The deal to screen FE events means live motorsport returns to the BBC for the first time since it stopped broadcasting Formula 1 events at the end of the 2015 season.

FE has already announced that each race of the 2018/19 season will be shown live on YouTube in the UK,with the BBC arrangement running alongside that deal.

The BBC will also distribute FE races on its iPlayer catch-up service.

“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to be broadcast to the masses and across a variety of platforms in the UK,” said Ali Russell, FE’s media and business development director.

“It’s imperative that Formula E remained on a free-to-air network in such an important territory and key market for motorsport.

“What better place to showcase some of the best and most competitive racing than on the BBC.

“We’re fully-charged and ready for the new season on the streets of the most recognisable cities – and this year promises to be more intense and unpredictable than ever.”

It has not been announced what form the BBC’s FE coverage will take – whether it simply takes the championship’s world feed. understands that any plans for an on-site presenting team at the live races are yet to be confirmed.

“It’s great news that live motorsport is returning to our screens at the BBC,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

“I’ve no doubt the upcoming season will bring with it some exciting wheel-to-wheel moments and we can’t wait for it to begin.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model 3 Display Fleet To Arrive In Europe This Week

Tesla invites reservation holders to see the Model 3 in Europe

Finally, Tesla has begun the presentation of the Model 3 to reservation holders in Europe. According to the latest news, invitations were sent out to at least several countries – France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Italy, but more will be included soon.

In France, the cars will be presented between 14 to 29 November in the Paris Madeleine store.

According to Elon Musk, by the end of this year, Tesla will launch an order page for Europe (initially probably only for reservation holders).

Production is expected to begin in January and the first deliveries should occur in February-March.

“We expect to start producing a significant volume for Europe in January, and obviously take some time to ship. So deliveries, probably if we finish the deliveries in Europe kind of in the late February, March timeframe.”

Tesla Model 3 in Europe:

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