Magna will make electric cars more powerful and cheaperNovember 5, 2019
Magna has developed a more powerful and affordable electric motor.
Canadian-Austrian automotive component maker Magna received a US Department of Energy grant to develop and “automatically” evaluate advanced electric motor technology for next-generation propulsion systems. Magna will apply its experience in the field of power units, electronics and electric vehicles to create a high-performance electric motor of an automobile class with increased power and less cost in comparison with modern electric motors.
The objective of the project is to develop an electric motor that is two times cheaper and eight times higher than specific power, while providing a peak power of 125 kW – this is how to pack 50 liters of milk in a half-liter container.
“Magna’s mission is to make the impossible possible by addressing some of the most complex challenges in the automotive industry. Reducing dependence on rare-earth magnets solves two key problems for accelerating access to electrification – sources of supply and cost, ”said Swami Kotagiri, Magna’s chief technologist.
The project will combine exclusive technology of electric motors with a transmission and an inverter as part of a common electronic drive system. The scope of the project includes the development and use of innovative materials, cooling technologies, winding technologies, simulation models, as well as control and optimization methods. Designing for automotive standards and low-cost manufacturing using Magna’s integrated design framework is another key element of the project. Electric motor technologies will be presented to US DOE for evaluation in 2021.
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