Motorcar Parts of America’s wholly owned subsidiary D&V Electronics USAhas received notification that its high-power direct current emulator is being utilized in the development program of an extreme fast EV charger spearheaded by Delta Electronics’ automotive division and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The charger is expected to have up to 400kW capacity to provide an approximately 180-mile range for electric vehicles with less than ten minutes of charging time.
The bi-directional battery emulator plays a key role in the development of this extreme charging system by allowing engineers to test multiple input voltages and varying loads along with simulating vehicle-to-grid scenarios.
The emulator is located at NextEnergy in Detroit, Michigan – the site of the microgrid retrofitted for testing and analysis of the fast charger by Delta’s engineering team.
“This project highlights the critical role of diagnostic and testing equipment in the development of innovative electric vehicle technology, components and systems, and the high regard of D&V Electronics in the industry. We look forward to continued opportunities to participate in the electric vehicle industry, while also offering innovative products and solutions to the aftermarket industry,” said Selwyn Joffe, chairman, president and CEO of Motorcar Parts of America.
“Fast charging is critical to expediting adoption rates for EVs,” said Dr. Charles Zhu, Delta’s VP of Automotive Vertical and the principal investigator in the Department of Energy program. “We are excited to utilize the battery emulator to test all 400kW charging conditions with 200V-1000V charging voltage ranges that encompass all EVs currently in the market.”
The program is also being supported by Delta’s Power Electronics Laboratory, based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, as well as partners that include General Motors LLC, DTE Energy, CPES Virginia Tech, NextEnergy, the Michigan Agency for Energy Office and the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability.