Research Articles

by Dr James Edmondson

13 Oct 2021

Thermal Management in the Silicon Carbide Revolution

For electric vehicles (EVs), efficiency is the name of the game. In the past few years, we have started to see wide bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide (SiC) adopted in EV inverters to replace the typical silicon insulated-gate bipolar transistors (Si IGBTs).
10 Aug 2021

EV Fires: Disaster for Automakers, Opportunity for Material Suppliers

Whilst IDTechEx expects EVs to continually improve in safety, there will always be the risk of a battery fire due to many potential causes. This presents an opportunity for those material suppliers making thermal interface materials (TIMs), flame-retardant materials, or fire protection materials.
08 Jul 2021

Unexpected Trends from IDTechEx's EV Data & Tools Portfolio

2021 is cementing the electric car's dominant position in the future of the auto industry as OEMs have increased electrification targets, announced more battery-electric models, and planned new technology adoption strategies. To properly understand these trends, granular, high-quality data is essential.
01 Jul 2021

Key Trends That Are Turning Up The Heat In The EV Market

Within the EV market, increases are being seen in battery capacity, range, charging rates, wide bandgap semiconductors, and high-performance traction motors. Additionally, EV fires and related recalls have brought the concept of thermal runaway detection, prevention, and protection to the fore. All of these trends demand more effective thermal management systems, solutions, and materials.
30 Jun 2021

A New Database for Electric Car Sales, Models and Technologies

The electric car market has grown rapidly over the past 5 years, and within this growing market, several trends can be seen when looking at batteries and traction motors. To help organizations to analyze these trends, IDTechEx has released the "Electric Car Sales, Models & Technologies Database".
18 Jun 2021

How Key Data Center Trends Impact the Thermal Interface Materials

Worldwide events and trends are causing a greater demand on data centers. A key area for data centers is thermal management, and regardless of the overall thermal strategy adopted, the considerations around thermal interface materials (TIMs) are crucial.
12 May 2021

Electric Vehicles to Drive Demand for Thermal Interface Materials

There are several industries that are starting to emerge and/or focus more on thermal management and the requirement for TIMs, leading to new and extremely large potential markets.
26 Apr 2021

3 Types of Car That Have Prospered Despite COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a drastic effect on the automotive industry. Despite these damning figures, there is a silver lining. This article looks at the 3 types of cars where sales saw an increase across most of the globe.
12 Apr 2021

Big Gains for Low-loss Materials in the 5G Market

The emphasis on low-loss materials in 5G has already started to take effect.
19 Mar 2021

Create Your Own Materials Market Forecast for Electric Vehicles

IDTechEx has released a new spreadsheet-based tool that lists our assumptions for several material intensities at a cell- and pack-level for battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) batteries in the car market.
25 Jan 2021

Hybrid Electric Vehicles: A Stay of Execution for NiMH Batteries

With the growing market for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), will this drive further demand for NiMH batteries and stop them from being eliminated from the automotive market?
22 Jan 2021

EV Battery Cell and Pack Materials, a $52 Billion Market by 2031

The lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) present very different material demands at the cell- and pack-level compared with the internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles they replace.