Posts Tagged: Ricardo

Volvo to use Ricardo for large-scale EV battery cell testing program

UK engineering icon Ricardo will assist Volvo Cars to develop a large-scale testing program to assess the life-cycle characteristics of new lithium-ion cells to determine their suitability for various future electrified vehicle applications. Ricardo noted that the work will build on the company’s extensive experience in all aspects of electrified vehicle powertrains. In terms of… Read more »

Ricardo announces 48 V e-motor with improved power density

As per the goals of the European Competitiveness in Commercial Hybrid and AutoMotive PowertrainS (ECOCHAMPS) project, Ricardo Innovations has developed a new 48 V e-motor and inverter combination that it says delivers a 50% power density increase compared to alternatives. ECOCHAMPS brought 25 European commercial and academic partners together to design powertrains with at least… Read more »

Ricardo opens new power electronics and vehicle laboratories in California

Global engineering firm Ricardo sees Silicon Valley as the emerging capital of automotive technology and innovation, so it is expanding its Santa Clara Technical Center, investing in new power electronics and vehicle build facilities. The Santa Clara facility already serves Ricardo’s customers in California, such as Peloton Technology. “Improved driver safety is one of the… Read more »

Ricardo’s new model-based BMS enables next-generation cell chemistries

UK engineering firm Ricardo has developed a new Battery Management System (BMS) that uses model-based control methods to optimize the performance of both existing and next-generation cell chemistries. According to Ricardo, the more affordable and lighter-weight cell chemistries of the future are likely to require a more intensive level of model-based management and control than… Read more »

Ricardo licenses Qualcomm Halo wireless charging technology

Ricardo, a consultancy business specializing in powertrain and vehicle engineering, has licensed Qualcomm’s Halo wireless EV charging (WEVC) technology. Ricardo plans to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for automobile manufacturers. Ricardo sees WEVC as an enabling technology that will drive mass adoption of plug-in vehicles by simplifying charging. Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise… Read more »

Next-generation switched reluctance motor uses no rare earth elements

Ricardo has developed a new prototype 85 kW synchronous reluctance motor designed for EV applications. Most EV motors use permanent magnets made from materials such as neodymium-iron-boron and samarium-cobalt. However, the rare earth elements in these compounds can be expensive and problematic to obtain. Switched reluctance motors, which do not use permanent magnets, show great… Read more »