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Electric Mopars move forward again

by David Zatz on

Reader “patfromigh” noted that Delta Products is participating in a Department of Energy program to develop an efficient 6.6 kW bi-directional on-board charger for plug-in electric vehicles, partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (along with GaN device maker Transphorm and Virginia Tech). The $3 million award is to support “novel designs” based on GaN power switches with a goal of over 95% energy efficiency and volume and mass that are half or less that of current designs.

Delta as already developed solutions for plug-in electric cars, including on-board chargers, DC-DC converters, fast charger modules, battery-disconnect units, and off-board charging systems. [Original source: CompoundSemiconductor.net]

Chrysler made numerous electric minivans in the 1990s, but cheap fuel and, later, ownership by Daimler put an end to their efforts. Eventually, Daimler restarted electric vehicle research at the company, and Fiat, on acquiring a large share of Chrysler Group, gave the task of developing electric and hybrid-electric cars to the American company. The first FCA hybrid-electric car is expected to be the next-generation minivan, while the first FCA electric car is a Fiat 500 reportedly developed in the United States, to meet California’s requirements.

The TEVan shown above used 180-volt batteries with a built-in, 220V battery charging system built in. It was not particularly fast but they appeared to be durable, and a number of them ended up in private hands after being sold by their fleets. The processors were created by Pentastar Electronics.


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