Hybrid and electric solutions for construction, commercial and agricultural vehicles
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In all-electric drive trains, electric machines controlled by power electronic inverters replace mechanical components. This makes a CAV more reliable and available by further reducing its complexity. CAV often need auxiliary machinery like balers, saws, mowers, rotating brushes or harvesters. Productivity can be improved simply by upgrading these from hydraulic to electric drives.
The efficiency and endurance of the electric drivetrain for e-CAVs is key if zero-emission vehicles are to establish themselves as reliable alternatives to today’s fossil-fuel transport. IGBT switching devices are subject to extreme thermal cycling, transient voltage spikes from load-dumps and mechanical stress due to vibration.
To withstand stress levels, Infineon PrimePACK™ 3 devices can be used for each inverter, rated at 1700 V and 1000 A featuring TRENCHSTOP™ IGBT4. Other Infineon IGBTs that have found a home in these applications are the cost-efficient EconoDUAL™ 3 half-bridges rated at up to 900 A and 1700 V. The HybridPACK™ drive module can also be used in EV applications.
Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices are up-coming technology for power switches that can also be considered for e-CAV applications. Providing similar headline specifications to IGBTs, the devices can switch at much higher frequencies. Exceeding 50 kHz, this enables the use of smaller passive components and filters. Even when switched at lower frequencies, SiC devices can reduce the sum of losses by up to 80% compared to IGBTs.
Many applications for Infineon to address and leverage existing expertise within and around vehicles
New white paper about electrified heavy-duty vehicles
Electrification as a key to reducing emissions and improvements in energy storage technology and developments in supplemental infrastructure enables the fully autonomous long-haul operation. Standardization for autonomous trucks, busses, and in-city delivery vehicles needs to improve to support cross-border or even cross-continental interoperability.
This whitepaper covers the electrification of heavy-duty vehicles focusing on battery, charging, drive train, and power semiconductor aspects. Learn more about the technical bits and pieces to solve this global puzzle in this white paper.
Podcast4Engineers: Electric transportation – keeping goods and people moving
E-mobility is not only a hot topic but also a broad one. Our experts paint the picture of electromobility in our podcast series, ranging from toy-sized hoverboards to oversized mining trucks and many vehicle applications in between. Learn how Infineon is helping to make the world of transportation easier, safer and greener.
Eco-friendly solutions for CAV
Electrification of commercial vehicles
Electric commercial vehicles are powered by electricity instead of diesel or gasoline. They can be buses, vans, trucks, agricultural vehicles, such as combine harvesters or tractors, and construction machinery such as excavators or wheel loaders. The energy to drive them comes from an on-board battery.
Today, electrification is revolutionizing transportation. But commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles, pose challenges for power electronics. Machines operate anywhere from the artic to the desert, have a long operating life and minimum down time – and are constantly exposed to shock and vibration.
CAV product portfolio overview
Infineon – Your best partner for CAV, Detailed insight into Infineon products for Commercial, construction and agricultural vehicles with detailed technical explanations. Successful designs with proven expertise and a comprehensive portfolio of robust, high-quality control and power semiconductor solutions.
In this training, you will:
- to know about the market trend “Electrification” in commercial, construction, and agricultural vehicles (CAV)
- Understand the importance of customer enablement and how Infineon serves eCAV
- Get to know Infineon solutions for low-side power switch ICs and identify which solutions meet specific automotive and industrial application requirements
- Become aware of the support material that Infineon provides for its low-side power switch portfolio