Silicon Carbide Inverter
McLaren Applied’s 800V Silicon Carbide Inverter, IPG5, is the ideal solution for automotive OEMs who want to deliver the next generation of electric vehicles. It paves the way for electric vehicles to adopt a faster, more efficient and lightweight drivetrain that delivers faster charging, higher efficiency and longer range.
McLaren Applied has been pushing the boundaries of inverter technology for over a decade, through high-performance automotive and motorsport applications, culminating in this fifth-generation inverter that takes cutting-edge development from Formula 1 and optimises the technology for the wider automotive market. IPG5 uses Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology which delivers a significant increase in switching frequency allowing the use allows the use of a faster, more efficient and lightweight drivetrain, including the inverter, motor and battery systems.
This drive for efficiency allows for overall vehicle component optimisation, including reduction in battery size, driving further weight and sustainability benefits. The combination of the smaller battery, with a downsized cooling system, the lower size and weight of IPG5 itself and the smaller, higher speed motor that IPG5 enables, means that weight and cost are reduced throughout the drivetrain. All these benefits are delivered through the use of SiC.
Medium Voltage EV Charging Station
Turbo Power Systems is developing unique EV charging equipment that can provide ultra-rapid vehicle charging from the Medium Voltage (MV) electricity distribution network where greater available electricity capacity can be accessed.
A modular solid state Medium Voltage to Low Voltage sub-station converter is being developed, using the ESCAPE Silicon Carbide power module, which enables extremely high-power conversion efficiencies and an equipment footprint much smaller than that of a traditional transformer.
A unique DC rapid vehicle charger has also been developed, using Silicon Carbide technology, to enable a highly efficient, galvanically isolated, solution. The charger is capable of delivering up to 120kW and four chargers can be connected to a single sub-station converter; ideal for applications such as delivery vans and public transport vehicles. Using this smart approach to charging will reduce installation costs and energy bills for the vehicle operator.