NEXT-Generation Powertrain

    The core of electric vehicles lies within the powertrain. State-of-the-art electric vehicles employ a battery directly connected to a standard two-level voltage source converter. This limits powertrain developments to incremental optimization of the system to increase the range of the vehicle. Research at UTEV focuses on identifying new system topologies to substantially increase efficiency and safety of electric vehicle powertrains.

    • Identifying new EV powertrain topologies to unlock additional benefits in terms of driving efficiency and EV range

    • Integrated driving and charging topologies which minimize power electronic converters required in an EV

    • Reduced charging time, increased charging efficiency, and reduced system cost

    • Opportunity to charge directly from renewable energy sources

    • Advanced electrical and thermal modeling for maximum efficiency and power-density

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