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Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Sevcon launches new electric motor controller for EV applications

A new electric motor controller (inverter) launched by Sevcon is expected to deliver significant growth in global markets by targeting more cost-sensitive applications with a high-quality, high-performance product.
The new motor controller is a DC variant of Sevcon’s Gen4 product, which is used in a range of electric vehicles, including the Renault Twizy. The Gen4 DC can be specified in a range of sizes to suit a wide variety of applications, from electric scooters and neighborhood electric vehicles to forklift trucks and aerial work-platforms.
The Gen4 DC controller can provide both traction and pump control for various motors, including separately excited motors and permanent magnet brushed motors. The controller can also offer precise torque and speed control over the motor, as well as battery current regeneration in most configurations. The Gen4 DC also features a CANopen bus that allows easy interconnection of controllers and devices such as displays and driver controls. Inputs and outputs can be wired to any node on the vehicle and accessed from any controller over the network.
The Gen4 DC Size 4 weighs 2kg and is available with operating voltages of 36/48V and 60/72V and with peak current of 400A or 550A. All types of motor are driven via four-quadrant armature control, resulting in immediate delivery of motor torque. Armature boost current ranges from 480A to 650A and armature continuous current ranges from 150A to 170A.

18 October 2013


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