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KEB supports e-mobility and the vehicle drive of the future

01 July 2019

Engineers of the future have built an electrically driven racing car for Formula Student. For the "Speeding Scientists Siegen" Racing Team (S3) KEB Automation is supporting the vehicle drive of the future: e-mobility in an endurance test. But how does this relate to auxiliary power drives for buses?

“At the Hannover Fair 2012, we sealed our cooperation with a handshake,” says Kuno Winkelheide, KEB Applications Engineer in the field of e-mobility. At that time, the young engineers of the University of Siegen in Germany came to the KEB stand in search of suitable inverters for its electric racing car. 

A few weeks ago, the 2019 Formula Student car was unveiled by the students – christened “Molly”. Initially, F5 drives from KEB were used, but now the team uses KEB COMBIVERT H6 drives. The advantage of the H6 drive is its modular design, which also makes it a pioneer for KEB’s recently launched COMBIVERT T6 APD (Auxiliary Power Drives) e-mobility solution. “This allows the S3 Racing Team to adapt the size of the inverter drives to the requirements of an electric racing car,” adds Winkelheide.

This means that the components can be installed where there is space. “To place four times 75 kilowatts in a ‘small shoe box’ is already an exciting accomplishment by the students,” comments Winkelheide, enthusiastic about the performance of the young engineers.

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA

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