Towards a fast-uptake of mEdium/Low-voltage eLectric power trains

  • Framework: Horizon 2020
  • Type: IA
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 30/11/2021
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars
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The TELL project addresses the large-scale manufacturing of Low and Mid voltage power converters and more in general Low and Mid voltage powertrain solutions targeting:

  • The electrification of the small and lower-medium segments accounting for about 70% (8 millions/year) of the current total passenger cars sold in Europe,
  • Hybrid vehicles adopting a low voltage add-on electric propulsion,
  • The light weight urban mobility sector which on a global scale is exponentially growing.

For the purpose TELL brings together an integrated supply chain including a world leader in Power Semiconductors, 2 leading Tier1s in Automotive and Industrial powertrains, a high-tech Small-Medium enterprise in e-mobility applications and a leading-edge RTO.

Specific objectives are:

  • Develop technologies, know-how and best practices for handling thinner wafers throughout the entire supply chain aiming at increasing the global efficiency in urban mobility and those driving cycles having a high number of stops and starts,
  • Increase the yield both in the production of chips and at the inverter-level integration,
  • Explore the potentiality of Wide Bandgap Semiconductors at low voltage using a novel GaN inverter and a novel synchro motor with integrated GaN switches;
  • Develop two types of advanced super-compact powertrains based on Si-Mosfets and GaN FETS on thin chips with embedded state of-the-art control algorithms enabled by electrical powertrains,
  • Introduce a higher degree of smartness at a system level in both powertrains.

The achievements will be demonstrated in two EV platforms: 4WD operated at a nominal voltage of 100V and 2WD operated at a nominal voltage of 48V.

The proposed solutions will be 100% made in Europe, robust, efficient, low-cost:

  • 25% of cost reduction in mass production with increased user-friendliness and experience,
  • highest quality devices and two powertrains solutions meeting and overcoming the current automotive standards.