Hitachi Energy launches power semiconductor module for electric vehicles globally, Auto News, ET Auto

New Delhi: Global technology and power grid market leader Hitachi Energy has announced that it will globally launch RoadPak, its pioneering power semiconductor module for electric vehicles at PCIM Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for power grids. electronics in Nuremberg, Germany, May 10-12. 2022.
According to the company, RoadPak sets a new benchmark for electric vehicle performance. This compact module uses state-of-the-art silicon carbide (SiC) technology to achieve exceptional levels of power density for faster charging, reliability over the life of the vehicle, and the lowest possible power losses for longest battery life possible, Hitachi Energy said. in one version.

“RoadPak is the result of more than 100 years of Hitachi Energy innovation and leadership in the power electronics market. Together with our Grid-eMotion Flash and Fleet EV charging systems, it builds on our commitment to take e-mobility to the next level and advance a more sustainable energy future for all,” Niklas Persson, Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business, mentioned.

    RoadPak semiconductors are designed to operate trouble-free for more than four million start-stop cycles over the life of the vehicle.
RoadPak semiconductors are designed to operate trouble-free for more than four million start-stop cycles over the life of the vehicle.

Tested by numerous EV manufacturers and with two seasons of flawless performance with the Mahindra Racing Formula E team, RoadPak is available in 750-volt and 1,200-volt ranges. This makes it ideal for all types of electric vehicles – regular and luxury cars, utility vehicles, buses, agricultural electric vehicles, heavy trucks and high performance racing cars.

“We have had the privilege of racing this advanced power module on our Mahindra M7Electro and M8Electro race cars for the past two years which has proven to significantly increase performance and reliability. enables the development of cutting-edge, next-generation green automotive solutions and enhances the driving experience,” said Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal, Mahindra Racing.

Power semiconductors are an essential component of electric vehicles. They are the heart of the inverter, which converts direct current from the vehicle’s battery to alternating current that drives the motor. Reliability is key. RoadPak semiconductors are designed to operate trouble-free for more than four million start-stop cycles over the life of the vehicle.

The electric vehicle market is growing exponentially. Global electric car sales grew 40% in 2020 and nearly doubled in 2021. All major automakers have pledged to phase out their gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030 or earlier.

Hitachi Energy has two distinct manufacturing sources providing worldwide security of supply for its SiC-based power semiconductors, including RoadPak. The company manufactures its own SiC chips in its semiconductor factory in Switzerland and relies on an independent SiC chipmaker in the United States, thus guaranteeing supply in terms of volumes and geographical availability.

Its advanced semiconductor technology is a key component of Hitachi’s grid integration solutions that enable large amounts of renewable energy to flow reliably through power grids and between nations. They are also essential to the traction converter systems that run high-speed electric trains and subways, and to the electric vehicles that make road transport clean and sustainable.