Tech Tips

Traveling in an electric car? Fast charging is for you

By Craig Van Batenburg In a previous column, I discussed the options for charging your electric vehicle at home or work. For those traveling, however, you will want to...

Know your electric vehicle charging infrastructures

By Craig Van Batenburg The electrical grid that powers homes, schools and businesses has been around since Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla competed in the 1880s. Was it direct...

Understanding the inverters that electrics, hybrids use

By Craig Van Batenburg Toyota first used the word “inverter” in 2000 to describe a silver box located above the Prius transmission. The Honda Insight’s “inverter” was under the...

Performing a ‘safe down’ procedure on electric cars

By Craig Van Batenburg What have the automakers done directly or indirectly to help protect technicians working on hybrid and electric vehicles? Electric and hybrid vehicles have a lot...

How does a late intake valve closing engine work?

By Craig Van Batenburg The reason hybrids cars are here has everything to do with the internal combustion engine (ICE). Well, not the ICE itself, but what we put...

Understanding the 2 types of modern electric motors

By Craig Van Batenburg Why use an all-electric motor when an internal combustion engine (ICE) has been doing a perfectly good job for more than 100 years? There are...

Using scopes and digital volt-ohm meters on hybrids

By Craig Van Batenburg Let’s explore the ins and outs of hybrids systems and how they mix with scopes, digital volt-ohm meters, and insulation testers.  

Working with (and around) the DC-DC converters

By Craig Van Batenburg In previous columns on hybrid and electric vehicles, I discussed the two high-voltage battery types and the lead-acid 12-volt battery. Now it is time...