26. März 2021, 11:00 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
Vitesco Technologies is supplying an 800 V inverter with silicon carbide technology for Hyundai's new e-vehicle platform.
Vitesco Technologies has won a major order with a sales volume in a triple-digit million Euro amount for a high-voltage component based on silicon-carbid technology. The company will be supplying an 800-volt inverter in significant quantities for the new electric vehicle platform of Hyundai.
Up until now, most electric vehicles have used a voltage of 400-volts for the drive. Only a few battery-powered premium models and sports cars have an 800-volt architecture. The E-GMP electric car platform from Hyundai, which was presented just a few weeks ago, also works at a voltage of 800-volt. This brings several advantages for drivers of electric vehicles: For example, the doubled voltage significantly shortens the battery’s charging time. Depending on capacity, it should be possible to charge the battery to 80 percent in less than twenty minutes, depending on battery capacity. In addition, the 800-volt electrical system enables a higher power output. It also significantly improves the efficiency of the electric drive.
Vitesco Technologies uses semiconductors made from silicon carbide for the 800-volt inverter, which significantly increase the efficiency. This technology is the only way to harvest the full potential of the high-voltage architecture while at the same time providing maximum efficiency.
With the new E-GMP platform, Hyundai is underlining its intention to launch a total of 23 battery-powered models by 2025, 11 of which will be exclusively battery-powered, and to sell more than one million vehicles in this drive category worldwide.