Industry Analyst -- Propulsion and Technology
Bob covers Propulsion & Technology: Engines, transmissions and drivetrains and related electrified systems such as electric vehicles, hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles.
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SEG Automotive is charging ahead in the vehicle-electrification space, adding a range of 48V products including a new belt-starter/generator and an updated e-motor capable of producing 20 hp and 63 lb.-ft. (85 Nm) of torque to the drive wheels.
“It’s like bringing a lightning bolt versus a match to light a campfire,” says the co-founder of Transient Plasma Systems. The California-based start-up is validating its new ignition technology for internal-combustion engines, including those that run on gasoline or compressed natural gas, as well as hybrids.
Outlook Q3 2019: Powershift - 48V technologies and applications; What comes next and who’s leading the way
Formula E electrified racing takes some adjustment for fans raised on the roar of internal-combustion engines, but as the leading edge of electrified automotive powertrain development the series demands attention as more and more BEVs hit the road in the coming decade.
The new high-power 48V system is targeted first at Europe but could be used in U.S. midsize or fullsize SUVs as a starter-generator hybrid application and to supply juice for devices such as power tools.