Engineering services provider Ricardo has received funding from the UK’s Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles, in partnership with Innovate UK, for a project to optimize in-car thermal and energy management systems to improve EV range and battery performance.
Partnering with Jaguar Land Rover and using a Jaguar I-PACE as a demonstrator vehicle, engineers will look holistically at vehicle thermal management and use digital modelling techniques to optimize the thermal and control systems. The research seeks to optimize energy consumption and passenger comfort, with the aim of increasing range and reducing overall cost.
Ricardo President Teri Hawksworth said, “The UK Government has committed to banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. There is a real need for innovative technology solutions which will drive cost out of electrification and enhance electric vehicle performance, efficiency, safety and cost.”