Vicor Corporation To Unveil New High-density Approaches For Powering xEVs

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At the World Congress Experience (WCX) in Detroit in April 2022, Vicor will present three unique high-density solutions for xEVs.

Vicor’s presentations on three key electrification themes give novel modular solutions that simplify power system design while also increasing scalability and flexibility. Vicor solutions that use high-density power modules and unique power delivery architectures have been shown to reduce power losses by up to 50%. These approaches will be unveiled at the World Congress Experience (WCX) in April 2022.

The World Congress Experience brings together the engineering community to discuss mobility’s most pressing issues, such as mass deployment of electric vehicles, autonomous vehicle development timelines, and the understanding of global supply chain constraints affecting the automotive industry. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) hosts the World Congress Experience.

Reduced size and weight of the power delivery network are essential factors for the next generation of xEV platforms. Vicor products are the most power-dense products available for EVs. For example, 2.5kW of power from the Vicor BCM6135 can be held in the palm of your hand. (Credit: Vicor Corporation)
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Here are the three approaches:

  • Getting Rid of the 12V Lead Acid Battery: A clever power architecture that substitutes the 12V battery with a “virtual battery,” saving space and weight while also removing legacy technology: Patrick Kowalyk, Automotive Principal Field Applications Engineer, will be the speaker. (April 5, 10:30 AM, Room 140B, session PFL710)
  • Miniaturized Power Modules’ Effect on Electrification: For xEV development, power-dense modules combined with new power architectures provide unparalleled design freedom, scalability, and space savings: Greg Green, Director, Automotive Customer Programs, is the speaker. (April 6, 10:30 AM, Room 140C, session PFL740)
  • Compatibility with DC Charging Stations: Higher-voltage primary batteries (800V) cause a 400V charging station incompatibility, which can be overcome by using onboard charging with compact, efficient, and bidirectional power modules: Haris Muhedinovic, Automotive Senior Field Applications Engineer, will be the speaker. (April 7, 9:30 AM, Room 260, session AE600)

Vicor’s high-performance, high-density power modules are specifically designed to address the issues of vehicle electrification. Power system designers are wrestling with how to create much greater power delivery networks as the automotive industry actively moves toward fully electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles require up to 20 times more electrical power than typical internal combustion engines, necessitating a commensurate increase in size and weight for the power electronics. Vicor power modules assist engineers in designing lightweight, efficient, and scalable high-density power supply networks for EV, PHEV, HEV, and BEVs.


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