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CDA Partners Attend SAE Symposium (Part 3 of 3)

March 18th, 2011

The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Electric Vehicle Symposium (Feb. 9-11, 2011) addressed the latest technical innovation in electric drives, motors, energy storage, and system engineering from the innovators of hybrid and electric vehicle technology. Bob Weed, CDA Vice President, OEM, met with CDA friends at the symposium.

The SAE symposium featured speakers from a number of auto industry stakeholders who presented new ideas and technologies. I shared some information about the auto industry presentations in a previous “Coppertalk” blog. While attending the SAE Symposium, I also came across some other companies that are doing innovative work in the hybrid and electric vehicle industry.

Protean Electric F-150 BEV pickup uses 4 independent wheel hub motors for outstanding traction and acceleration

It was a pleasure to see Jerry Klarr, director of hybrid programs at AVL. I caught up with Jerry at the AVL booth in Anaheim. He spoke about the exciting opportunities we’re seeing now in electric powertrains. Engineering services provider AVL, with headquarters in Graz, Austria, has been a force behind some of the most exciting innovations used by automotive OEMs and suppliers alike, including powertrain systems, electric motors, batteries, and control systems. AVL provides design, development and validation capabilities for the entire electrified powertrain, including the pure battery electric vehicle, the range extender and plug-ins as well as mild- and full-hybrid vehicles.

Although Gary Rogers, president and CEO of FEV, Inc., didn’t attend the symposium, the company had an engaging display and knowledgeable representatives on hand to answer questions. FEV is a globally-recognized independent propulsion and vehicle development expert that supplies the transportation industry with advanced testing and instrumentation products and services. The company has developed more than 15 hybrid demonstrator and prototype vehicles for several of its customers.

Protean Electric also had a presence at the symposium. Protean is a clean technology company that designs, develops and manufactures Protean Drive™, a fully-integrated, in-wheel motor, direct-drive solution. Each motor has a built-in inverter, control electronics and software that deliver a practical way to electrify small- to full-size vehicles with no compromise in performance. Wheel motors are more than 90% efficient in terms of converting energy into vehicle propulsion, according to Protean Electric President Craig Knight. The wheel motors regenerate most of the vehicle’s braking energy under deceleration. Protean provides a unique and interesting product and had a very knowledgeable staff there to discuss the potential applications.

The CDA, along with these companies, is working hard to support the innovations now occurring in the auto industry. Copper has a big role in the production of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and we’re excited about what our colleagues in the industry are doing today. For more information about copper’s role in the development of PHEVs & EVs, please email me at rweed@cda.copper.org.

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