Sevcon (Nasdaq: SEV), a manufacturer of controls for EVs and hybrids, has introduced an AC motor controller based on the company’s new GEN5 technology.
The GEN5 on-road controller is designed to be easy for OEMs and drivetrain integrators to incorporate in their designs – hardware installation requires only 15 minutes, says Sevcon. Communications protocols can be modified to suit manufacturer requirements.
The controller is compact, to facilitate installation in crowded spaces, and the lightweight metal enclosure is designed to withstand harsh environments.
“People do not want to drive on the highway at 60 mph in a vehicle using a modified fork lift controller,” said Sevcon Group Product Manager Stephen Chilton. “Our technology is designed from the ground up to ensure maximum functional safety in on-road vehicle applications. The GEN 5 controller is available with ISO26262 ASIL C certification that assures the product contains the state-of-the-art functional safety demanded by on-road vehicle manufacturers.”
The GEN5 on-road controller is currently being tested by 12 vehicle manufacturers around the world, and will be available for delivery in early 2016.