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We are re-branding! Exciting new podcasts on the way! Learn about all aspects of electric and autonomous vehicle technology from award winning engineer and founder Ryan Maughan and our expert special guests! Ryan has been developing components and systems for electric and hybrid vehicles since 2005, working with some of the most innovative and successful vehicle manufacturers from around the world. In this podcast he shares what he has learnt and speaks to special guests from some of the worlds leading technology companies. We will be uploading a variety of podcast types all with the aim to allow you to understand more about the technology that is allowing the electric vehicle boom to be possible. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss out on an episode, and don't forget to visit our website to see more information on the technologies being discussed and to read our white papers and blogs. Site: https://www.etech49.com
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#68 | Interview, Mark Preston
#68 | Interview, Mark Preston
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Mark Preston CEO the DS TECHEETAH Formula-E team and CSO & Co-Founder of autonomous driving business StreetDrone. Mark began his career in Australia where he began working in motorsport designing and building Formula Ford racing cars before deciding to move to the UK to progress a career in Formula 1, initially with Arrows before moving to McLaren and then taking the bold move to start his own team Super Aguri in 2005. Mark was one of the first to see the potential in Formula-E being only the 6th team to enter the championship whilst it was being set up again under the Aguri banner. Mark is now the CEO of DS TECHEETAH one of the most successful teams in the Formula-E championship. As if that wasn't enough Mark also co-founded an autonomous vehicle business Streetdrone. Mark and Ryan discuss motorsport and Mark's career history, where he came from and the successes and challenges that led him to where he is today. They talk about Formula-E in depth how the championship and cars have evolved and what is happening in the next season. We will be doing a separate episode discussing Streetdrone so keep your eyes out for that in the future! Mark Preston LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markpreston/ DS TECHEETAH Corporate Website: https://www.dstecheetah.com/ Streetdrone Corporate Website: https://www.streetdrone.com/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website – https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter – https://twitter.com/acexryan
11-01-2022
47 mins
#67 | Interview, Victor Kalinin, Chief Scientist at Transense Technologies
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Dr Victor Kalinin Chief Scientist at Transense Technologies PLC. Victor began his career in Russia at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, he later moved to the UK to take up a post at Oxford Brookes University. He joined Transense in 2001 to lead the technical development activity of the Surface Acoustic Wave sensor systems, applying his expertise in Physics and RF Engineering. Transense's technology has been successfully applied in applications ranging from heavy duty off highway tyre pressure monitoring to torque sensing in aerospace turbine engines. Transense also recently signed a deal with McLaren Applied Technology who have been successfully applying the technology to monitor torque in motorsport applications for several years. Ryan and Victor talk about Surface Acoustic Wave sensor technology, its origins how it works and how it can be used. Victor Kalinin LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victor-kalinin-383a7622/ Transense Corporate Website: https://www.transense.com/ Link to story about McLaren Applied Technology JCA: https://www.investegate.co.uk/transense-technlgy/rns/5-year-jca-with-mclaren-applied-ltd-for-saw-tech/202109140700076319L/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website – https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter – https://twitter.com/acexryan Note this episode was not specifically sponsored by Transense, however since it was recorded Ryan has joined the team at Transense as a Director helping to commercialise the technology in applications such as electric propulsion and machinery.
01-12-2021
1 hr 3 mins
#66 | Welcome Back#65 | Interview - Doug MacAndrew, COO InoBat
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to fellow North Easterner and electric vehicle innovator and trailblazer Doug MacAndrew about his vast experience in the Electric Vehicle market. Doug is a hugely experienced automotive engineer having come up through the ranks at Rover Group, JLR then to McLaren Automotive where he worked on the SLR super car program. After McLaren Doug moved back to the North East and joined a little known company called Smiths Electric Vehicles, Smiths were one of the oldest electric vehicle manufacturers in the world and they had an ambitious plan to launch a range of high performance electric commercial vehicles. Saying that today in 2020 this might not seem all that special with electric commercial manufacturer start-ups appearing all over the place, but way back in 2007 this was something really unusual and special. Smiths could trace its roots back to 1920 when it started as a manufacturer of electric delivery trucks for milk and tea. Its products had been quite low performance until that point focusing on low speed industrial electric vehicles they had a vision for transforming urban logistics with higher performance electric delivery trucks and vans. As an early mover in the electric commercial vehicle market unfortunately Smiths did not manage to break through with investment issues meaning they ran out of money before they managed to fully mature the product and gain scale in the market. After the Smiths adventure Doug then moved onto another massive challenge at electric personal aircraft company AeroMobil taking his experience of cutting-edge product development onto what could only be described as a unique challenge! Ryan and Doug discuss the electric vehicle market looking at what is happening in the market now, the challenges of vehicle development, achieving reliability and the vehicle powertrain engineering process. From electric delivery vehicles to flying autonomous cars including bringing together the skills of automotive and aerospace engineering! Including how electrification can significantly simplify and reduce the cost of small aircraft leading to huge opportunities and challenges for the established aircraft industry. After AeroMobil Doug has taken up a new challenge as Chief Operating Officer of battery manufacturing company InoBat, where Doug is leading the delivery of InoBat’s plan to develop and scale up battery technology in Europe. Ryan and Doug discuss the battery industry, cell technology cell form factors and packaging from solid state tech to the new form factors of cells coming to the market. Doug explains the plans at InoBat to scale their business as they bring new battery technology and manufacturing capacity to the market. Rather than just licensing in battery tech and building a manufacturing plant InoBat is aiming to take a leading position in global battery supply by developing their own battery chemistries and manufacturing technology for world class sustainable and ethical battery cell production in Europe. Doug’s passion for engineering and his vast knowledge of the electric vehicle market make for a fascinating discussion. Doug MacAndrew - https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-macandrew-c-eng-fimeche-72847717/ InoBat - https://inobatauto.eu/ Gordon Murray - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Murray Frank Coppuck - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Coppuck Barry Lett - https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-lett-361a13140/ Interview with Barry Lett about Mercedes SLR - https://jalopnik.com/the-mercedes-benz-slr-mclaren-is-and-is-not-a-supercar-1833557369 Aeromobil - https://www.aeromobil.com/ Smith Electric Vehicles - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Electric_Vehicles Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter -...
06-01-2021
1 hr 25 mins
#64 | Interview - Dr Ben Upcroft, VP Technology, Oxbotica#63 | Interview - Dr Jerry Barker, Founder & CTO Faradion#62 | Interview, Luke Dowell, Head of Research & Development, BP Chargemaster
For this episode of the eTech podcast, Ryan Maughan talks to Luke Dowell Head of Research and Development at BP Chargemaster. Luke tells us about his background in electronics and electric vehicle development including AVID, Jaguar Land Rover and then Dyson. Following the closure of the Dyson EV project Luke moved to head up Research and Development at BP Chargemaster. Luke has had a lifelong passion for engineering and has become recognised as a leading expert in electric vehicle charging. Going from spending 10 years in vehicle development to grid infrastructure has been a huge change and BP Chargemaster is at the cutting edge of charging hardware and infrastructure development. It forms a key part of BP’s strategy to get to Net Zero by 2050. Ryan and Luke discuss some of the challenges around vehicle charging, particularly standards compliance and interoperability to ensure a consistent user experience and a robust and reliable charging experience. They also talk about EV charging practises and how people charge their vehicles and where the infrastructure is required as well as the different designs of EV charging solutions from home charging to high power fast charging solutions. Listen to this podcast to learn more about charging hardware and the work happening at BP Chargemaster to develop its electric vehicle charging products. Luke Dowell LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukedowell/ BP Chargemaster corporate website - https://bpchargemaster.com/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
24-11-2020
56 mins
#61 | Interview, Dr Russell Fowler, National Grid PLC
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Dr Russell Fowler a Senior Project Manager from the UK National Grid company focused on transport decarbonisation. Russell is a mathematician by background having gained a PhD in Maths from the University of Birmingham in 2006. He has worked in the energy sector since then joining the National Grid company in 2012. He is now responsible for managing programs and planning to ensure that the UK has the necessary infrastructure to transition to more decarbonised transport over the coming years. National Grid is the UK’s energy infrastructure company. Responsible for the national electricity and gas transmission networks running throughout the country. National Grid is a huge organisation with over 20,000 employees world-wide, they are responsible for more than 7,000 km of overhead electricity lines and over 7,500 km of high-pressure gas pipes. Russell and Ryan discuss the challenges of increased electric vehicle adoption and additional renewable energy, as well as the long term planning process to ensure that the National Grid is developing effectively to adapt to these changing requirements. If you are interested in the energy market and infrastructure challenges associated with electric vehicles and renewable energy check out this podcast. Russell Fowler LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/russell-fowler-18922b128/ National Grid Corporate Website - https://www.nationalgrid.com/ National Grid Carbon Intensity App - https://www.nationalgrideso.com/news/introducing-our-carbon-intensity-app Rapid Project - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-vision-for-the-rapid-chargepoint-network-in-england/government-vision-for-the-rapid-chargepoint-network-in-england North Sea Link Energy Connector - https://northsealink.com/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
17-11-2020
56 mins
#60 | Interview, Stefan Permien CEO and Co-Founder UniverCell
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Dr Stefan Permien CEO of a new German energy storage manufacturing company focused on the battery cell electrode - UniverCell. A chemist and professional kite surfer by background after 3 years working as CTO in a battery development company Stefan made the bold decision to set up a specialist battery manufacturing company, UniverCell. Stefan talks to Ryan about his journey including building a new electrode manufacturing line in their facility in Northern Germany. UniverCell is focused on energy storage for specialist applications such as stationary energy storage and medical technology, their market is growing quickly as more applications seek improved energy storage. UniverCell manufacture electrodes for 3rd parties including, lithium iron phosphate, lithium titanate, lithium sulfur and sodium ion battery technology in addition to collaborating with other battery cell developers they also have their own proprietary chemistries. UniverCell are making new battery chemistries in batch production processes and also have a higher volume continuous extrusion process which allows for a reduction in solvent. Stefan has a vast knowledge of different battery technologies and critical manufacturing processes. If you want to learn more about battery manufacturing and applications outside of automotive and how different battery chemistries and properties such as volumetric and gravimetric energy density are important and vary between these different applications, then check out this podcast. Stefan Permien LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-permien/ UniverCell Holding GmbH corporate website - https://univercell.de/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
03-11-2020
48 mins
#59 | Interview, Kimmo Rauma, VP Danfoss Editron
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Kimmo Rauma who was the founder and CEO of Visedo Oy now part of the Danfoss Editron group. Kimmo tells us about his personal journey, his early experience in business and how he came to set up Visedo and the early years and then the transition when Visedo was acquired by Danfoss in 2017. Ryan and Kimmo discuss some of the key electrification areas in the off-highway market, electrifying machines like stone crushers and forestry equipment. Kimmo encountered many challenges and difficulties in those early days engaging with the market and convincing customers why they should be looking to electrify their machines. Kimmo explains that he came to realise that there was more to the business case for electrification than fuel savings alone. Passenger cars often get the big headlines, but there are major advancements happening using electrification to improve the productivity and efficiency in off highway machinery. Machines that often work 7 days a week and in one year will operate for more hours than an electric car would in its entire life time. But understanding the nature of the challenge and the business case to make electrified machines a viable proposition is essential. Kimmo realised the electric motors low speed torque delivery and ability to manage transient load conditions better than a conventional diesel engine drive system was the key to unlocking huge benefits from improved control and productivity. Listen to this episode to learn more about Kimmo’s journey as an entrepreneur from pioneering start-up to major global corporation and find out more about the challenges and opportunities for electrification in the heavy duty vehicle and marine markets. Danfoss Editron - https://www.danfoss.com/en/about-danfoss/our-businesses/power-solutions/danfoss-editron/ Kimmo Rauma LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimmorauma/ Vacon Drives - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacon Singapore harbour autonomous electric trucks project - https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/psa-to-launch-tender-for-driverless-vehicles-this-year Electric ferry News 1 - https://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/02/20170202-visedo.html Electric ferry news 2 - https://www.greenport.com/news101/Products-and-Services/hybrid-electric-propulsion-system-to-reduce-ferry-emissions Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
29-09-2020
1 hr 8 mins
#58 | Interview, Dane Davis, CTO, Nikola Motor Company
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Dane Davis the CTO of Nikola Motor Company. Ryan and Dane discuss the meteoric rise of Nikola. Having been founded by Trevor Milton in 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, they recently burst into the public eye following a reverse takeover listing on the Nasdaq and high profile investments from Bosch and CNH Industrial to name but two. Dane joined Nikola more than 4 years ago and he has an extensive engineering history in controls and vehicle design, even being involved in very early hydraulic hybrid systems. He has led the development of their cutting edge Fuel Cell and Battery Electric Trucks Dane has recently moved with Nikola to Phoenix, Arizona he talks about the move and Nikola’s new facilities and he discusses the technology behind the Nikola truck in detail, the reasons behind Nikola’s use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells rather than solely focusing on battery electric technology and some of the key features of the Nikola truck powertrain. Dane and Ryan also discuss business strategy, leadership and the importance of the right culture in a disruptive technology business. This is an excellent and in-depth discussion between Dane and Ryan and definitely worth a listen if you are interested in the future of truck powertrain or the Nikola motors story. Dane Davis LinkedIn profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/rdanedavis/ Nikola Motor Company Corporate Website - https://nikolamotor.com/ Nikola Video Showing Some of their new facility - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPRpmyBh9xE CNH Industrial Corporate website - https://www.cnhindustrial.com/en-us/Pages/homepage.aspx Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
20-08-2020
55 mins
#57 | Interview, Nick Kitchin, Cumulus Energy Storage#56 | Interview - Dan Murphy, Principal Engineer, ST Microelectronics#55 | Interview - Matt Windle, Executive Director of Engineering, Group Lotus
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Matt Windle the Executive Director of Engineering at the famous sports car maker, Lotus. Matt talks about his background and how he got into engineering and progressed to his current role at Lotus. Matt and Ryan discuss the Lotus Evija hyper car, the inspiration behind this amazing project and the engineering challenges and solutions that led to such an amazing result that really put Lotus on the map. How did Lotus manage to achieve the dynamic goals whilst dealing with the electrified powertrain systems. The Evija is an important halo product for the company setting the design direction and a clear statement of intent as they move into electrifying their model line up. Matt and Ryan then go onto discuss Lotus’ plans for the future, the recently announced focus on electrification and what that means for future development programs at Lotus. Lotus is an iconic sportscar brand and now as part of the Geely group of automotive companies they have the resources to invest heavily in new product development. This is driving an ambitious program of vehicle development that will see the company launch an exciting range of new vehicles under their Vision80 plan. Matt Windle LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-windle-a360ba16/ Lotus Corporate website - https://www.lotuscars.com/ Lotus Vision 80 - https://media.lotuscars.com/en/about/vision80.html Phil Popham Interview - https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/lotus/352492/lotus-abandons-petrol-power-all-electric-future Four wheel drive lotus type 63 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_63 Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
09-07-2020
46 mins
#54 | Interview - Kevin Brundish, AMTE Power, Battery Cells
For this episode of the eTech podcast Ryan Maughan talks to Kevin Brundish the CEO and co-founder of AMTE Power the UK’s leading battery cell development and manufacturing company. Ryan finds out more about AMTE Power, their history which stretches back over 20 years to the start of the Lithium battery industry and their exciting plans for the future. AMTE has a flexible battery cell production facility based in Thurso in the North of Scotland where they have been developing new battery cell technology and manufacturing processes for many years. The Thurso facility is one of a very small number of such facilities in the world. Kevin and Ryan discuss lithium battery technology, and the place that AMTE fit in the market supporting the research and development of new battery cell technologies and manufacturing processes. AMTE are helping to drive forward the performance of Lithium Ion battery cells for specialist high performance applications. As well as Lithium Ion batteries the company is also heavily involved in the development of new Sodium Ion battery technology. AMTE has been in the press recently as they are involved in not only one but two battery Giga Factory developments, the first to scale up their manufacturing for specialist cells and the second supporting Britishvolt with their plans for a high-volume production facility for more conventional cells. This was a fascinating discussion covering many aspects of battery cell technology and manufacturing from an expert in the field. Kevin Brundish LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-brundish-59158221/ AMTE Power Corporate website - https://amtepower.com/ Britishvolt Corporate Website - https://britishvolt.com/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
01-07-2020
1 hr 8 mins
#53 | Interview - Dr Mark Selby, Ceres Power PLC, SOFC Fuel Cell's
In this episode of the eTech podcast, Ryan Maughan speak to Dr Mark Selby the CTO of Ceres Power PLC. Ceres Power develop and licence Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology from their base in the UK. This episode follows on from an earlier episode with Proton Motor Power Systems who are leaders in low temperature PEM fuel cell technology, we had a lot of listener questions about alternative fuel cell technologies so we asked Mark to come and talk to us about SOFC technology. Ryan and Mark discuss many aspects of solid oxide fuel cell technology, Mark’s passion and expert knowledge make this a fascinating conversation. We learn why solid oxide fuel cells are called that, how SOFC’s work and what kind of applications they are being used in from data centres to range extended buses. Mark also tells us how SOFC fuel cells compare to low temperature PEM fuel cells. The Fuel Cell market is set to grow as the world transitions to zero emission technology to reduce CO2 and Improve air quality, there is unlikely to be a single solution that takes the whole market and it does seem like SOFC will be a critical technology for the future of clean renewable energy, green chemical production and electro mobility. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment or send us a question that you would like answered. Mark Selby LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-selby-aa664312/ Ceres Power PLC Corporate Website https://www.ceres.tech/ Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
22-06-2020
59 mins
#52 | Interview - Dr Greg Offer, Imperial College London, Battery Technology
For this episode of the eTech podcast, Ryan Maughan speaks to Dr Greg Offer from Imperial College London about battery cell technology. Greg is a world-renowned expert in battery cell electrochemistry and technology, in particular thermal characterisation and degradation characteristics. They discuss a huge range of battery cell technology including; the importance of cell thermal management and the impact on degradation in battery cells. Imperial’s cell cooling co-efficient. That all battery cells even of the same form factor are not created equally and there are huge differences in the thermal characteristics which can have a knock-on impact on the real world performance of the battery pack. The differences in cell form factor, how cylindrical cells compare to prismatic and pouch cells. As well as Tesla’s recent patent on cylindrical cell design to eliminate jelly roll, improve volumetric fill, improve current collection and heat rejection. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/patent/search/family/068655755/publication/US2020144676A1?q=us%202020%2F0144676 IE article about Tesla patent - https://interestingengineering.com/teslas-new-battery-cell-patent-way-more-important-than-it-sounds-says-elon-musk Dr Greg Offer LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-offer-3180379/ Dr Greg Offer, Imperial webpage - http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/gregory.offer Ryan Maughan LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maughan-a2893610/ eTech website - https://www.etech49.com Follow eTech49 on social media: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/etech49-limited Twitter - https://twitter.com/acexryan
17-06-2020
55 mins
#51 | Overview of 800V for Electric Vehicle Powertrains#50 | Interview - Alastair Walker, Lorit Consultancy, Functional Safety and ISO26262#49 | Interview - Manfred Limbrunner, Proton Motor Power Systems PLC (Fuel Cells)

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