Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

DRIVEMODE

Integrated Modular Distributed Drivetrain for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles

The DRIVEMODE project is developing a new compact and efficient high speed 30-50 kW electrical machine that will be integrated with an efficient fully Silicon Carbide (SiC) drive and a gearbox within a powertrain traction module for mass produced electric vehicles. An important perspective is the simplicity and modularity in vehicles, which allows the integration of several powertrain modules into a vehicle. The same drive modules can be used in very light cars and in high performance vehicles, as well as in middle-sized and some heavy-duty vehicles. A new compact and efficient high speed electrical machine will be integrated with an efficient fully SiC drive and a gearbox within a powertrain traction module. This will allow increasing the power density of power electronics by 50% and reducing losses by half. The distributed drive will dramatically change the stability control and the way of steering and braking. This will lead to higher customer acceptance. The possibility to integrate the functions of steering assistance, braking and ABS into the drive control will eliminate many parts and lower the requirements for maintenance. This will help reduce cost, which is a significant factor in further deployment of electrical vehicles.

Project reference: 
769989
Topic: 
GV-04-2017
Call for proposals: 
H2020-GV-2017
Duration: 
01/11/2017 to 31/10/2020
Funding scheme: 
RIA
Total cost: 
€9,519,068
EU contribution: 
€9,519,068
Coordinator: 
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy