Drive Motors and controllers

By: Future Vehicle Technologies  09-12-2011
Keywords: Drive Motors

We do more than just design and build motors, we provide solutions. FVT has a wealth of experience in EV design and access to some of the best machine and power electronic designers available. From individual component design and engineering to complete system development, we do what many other companies can’t do.

Drive Motors

FVT designs, engineers and builds drive motors for custom EV applications with a focus on high voltage, high amperage DCBL and AC induction motors. Motor designs are scalable from small output to 50kw or more and are water or air cooled. Custom voltages and winding configurations are available for automotive, marine, light aviation, military and recreational applications.


FVT’s multi-platform traction inverter operates over a wide range of power levels and input voltages. Compatible with multiple types of AC and brushless motors, it will drive most high output electric motors on the market. FVT designs, engineers and builds matching inverters for our custom drive motors. FVT high-performance traction inverters convert high- voltage DC power into multi-phase AC power required to drive three-phase induction or permanent magnet electric machines. Our water cooled inverters use the latest chipsets, are CANbus capable and have high capacity.

Keywords: Drive Motors

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In Development

FVT has developed a 20kw running genset prototype and at the heart of the system is a proprietary inverter and source code that make the small gas engine and generator work together. With the addition of a small genset the market for electric vehicles could completely consume the ICE market within a short timeframe. Regenerative suspension allows the user to harvest energy from the suspension system and return it to the batteries.


Code Development

The fact that many in the industry consider it a “black art” is a testament to its importance in the functioning of the drive system. FVT’s experience is that most motor and controller problems are a result of inadequate source code development. FVT develops custom firmware and source code to improve motor performance and inverter efficiency. AC & DCBL motor control - including regenerative braking.


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Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with Future Vehicle Technologies, was awarded the APC grant to research how the excess heat from electric vehicles can be harnessed to provide vehicle air conditioning. This will be one of the first complete studies of electric vehicle thermodynamics at a fundamental, scientific level and sees SFU and FVT join Toyota, Ballard, and Bombardier to be awarded funding from APC.


Battery Management System (BMS

Boards can either be wired to each cell or mounted directly to bus bars eliminating all wires, dramatically reducing installation time and improving reliability. Designed for any lithium cell type, each board protects and monitors up to 12 cells providing information and control via CANbus. It also sets a new standard for speed, expandability, and balancing precision. FVT’s high performance BMS increases battery performance.


Battery Systems

These battery “systems” have the ability to control outside sources such as contactors, chargers, fans and other peripherals. FVT’s proprietary BMS oversees all packs ensuring long cell life, optimized energy density, and full communications. FVT’s custom lithium battery systems have one of the highest energy density and cycle life ratings available.