Fisker selects Ricardo to support integration of 800-V electric powertrain
Fisker Inc., a developer of electric vehicles, announced its strategic partnership with Ricardo PLC to integrate the new Fisker EMotion 800-V electric powertrain. The partnership will include integration of Fisker’s 800-V ultra charger, 800-V battery pack, and e-axle systems.
The EMotion powertrain is based on an 800-V system architecture, which includes the motors, inverters, and power electronics. LG Chem will deliver 21700 cylindrical cells based on NCM (nickel cobalt manganese) chemistry that are structured into Fisker’s high-energy-density battery pack. The exact details of the proprietary charging method will be debuted at the 2018 CES show in the Quanergy Systems, Inc. Booth (#3315). All vehicle system controls will also be part of the Ricardo Fisker partnership.
Fisker says the benefits of an 800-V electrification system are thinner, lighter cables; smaller, more efficient motors; lower system weight; less heat generation; lower manufacturing costs; faster charging; and higher power throughput.
“For the past year, we’ve been in stealth mode talking about our technology without discussing partners. With CES being the Global Debut of the Fisker EMotion, we are now starting to share who our partners are. Ricardo is, without question, a global leader in powertrain integration,” said Henrik Fisker, founder and CEO of Fisker Inc. “We are setting the benchmark high with the EMotion and Ricardo is yet another partner that will help make the EMotion truly a world-class vehicle.”
“I am pleased that Ricardo will be working with Fisker Inc., to overcome the challenges associated with integrating ultra-high voltage, energy storage components, and wide band gap semiconductors” said Ricardo US President Paul Rivera. “We look forward to partnering with Henrik Fisker—arguably one of the most well-known automotive designers in the world—and his team to bring the Emotion premium electric vehicle to market, while generating advanced technical solutions that benefit our customers.”
The Fisker EMotion electric car, set for release in 2019, was designed with an EV powertrain in mind: a more sloping front-end, a longer wheelbase, a stretched cabin, and more. The carbon fiber barrel wheels are sized to give the car the right body volume over the wheels. The interior will incorporate the most advanced future technologies, according to the company.