Automotive

Volkswagen adopts NXP battery management solutions

2nd November 2020
Alex Lynn

In a keynote speech opening the NXP Connects developer conference, NXP CEO Kurt Sievers announced a collaboration with Volkswagen centred on the electronics for electric vehicles (EVs). Volkswagen has adopted NXP’s battery management system (BMS) into its innovative MEB platform to help increase vehicle range, extend battery longevity, and enhance safety.

NXP’s BMS provides the flexibility and scalability needed to meet the diverse range needs of today’s electromobility customers, whether they seek a compact car, the ID.3, a plug-in hybrid, or a luxury electric vehicle like the ID.4, Audi e-Tron or Porsche Taycan.

“As part of the first wave of Volkswagen’s battery electric vehicle initiative, we’ll deliver up to 75 full-electric vehicle models to market by 2029,” said Dr Holger Manz, Head of Development for Vehicle Energy Supply and High Voltage Systems, Volkswagen AG. “Incorporating a functionally safe battery management system that can scale across many car models makes it easier to achieve the full power potential of a battery, optimized range, and the extension of the battery’s lifetime.”

After many years of automotive industry EV development, the core challenge facing the sector remains the extension of range. With the release of Volkswagen’s ID series, Volkswagen is pressing the boundaries of EV travel with a flexible offering that enables 45, 58 or 77kWh powered models. The medium battery can recharge to enable a range of up to 260 miles in 30 mins, in quick charge mode with DC (direct current) with 100kW performance. The larger battery can enable a vehicle to travel up to 340 miles on a full charge.

“Volkswagen offers its customers rich options for the coming age of electrification,” said Lars Reger, NXP’s CTO. “We are proud to offer precision system-level solutions that scales across models, making it easy to design-in while offering the highest levels of safety.”

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