Future Vehicle Technologies

By: Future Vehicle Technologies  09-12-2011
Keywords: Electric Vehicles, Electric vehicle, Battery Packs

 Traditionally, Ontario is the center of Canada's automotive development and production, but with west coast enthusiasm earning an Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) grant of $1.38 million, a slight "shift" might be in the works. 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.

The full scope of the project involves a thermodynamics study of hybrid electric vehicles to develop new innovations for electric drive systems, battery packs, and 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.

From drive motors to custom inverters, battery management systems to racing dynamics, and high performance battery packs to 200 mpg sports cars FVT creates cutting-edge electric solutions. This is the place where high performance means more than just speed - it also means high environmental performance. This is the place where electric ideas become reality.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Automotive Development, Battery Packs, Drive Motors, Electric vehicle, Electric Vehicles,

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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.


Drive Motors and controllers

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. FVT designs, engineers and builds drive motors for custom EV applications with a focus on high voltage, high amperage DCBL and AC induction motors. FVT has a wealth of experience in EV design and access to some of the best machine and power electronic designers available.


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.


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.