Bidirectional charger inverter for electric and hybrid applications
TM4 announced the launch of a new bidirectional charger inverter, the BCI20. The product was developed in collaboration with Convertronix, a Quebec-based manufacturer of power conversion equipment.
The TM4 BCI20 functions as battery charger and inverter for use in electric and hybrid vehicle applications. It is designed to use the full current range from the AC mains as defined in SAE J1772 for a maximum charge power of 18 kW on 240 VAC.
When the vehicle is in use, the charger becomes a dual inverter that can provide two independent three-phase outputs of 9 kVA each to power various AC auxiliary loads. "The charger combined with two inverter outputs is very beneficial for our customers. It simplifies the vehicle integration by combining multiple functionalities in one box, moving TM4 closer to our one-stop shop approach," said Eric Azeroual, Sales and Customer Service Director at TM4.
The BCI20 is designed to satisfy the IP67 rating for reliable operation in harsh under-hood vehicle environments. Its compactness and lightness enable a flexible installation in multiple mounting locations.
In the future, TM4 aims to expand the product series and offer to the North American and European markets both a single-phase and three-phase bidirectional charger inverter in 450 VDC and 750 VDC options.
The BCI20 will be shown for the first time in booth 1110 at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, occurring from September 12-14 in Novi, MI.