Electrification innovations for commercial vehicles unveiled at IAA Transportation

Hayley Everett
BorgWarner presented a series of new products at IAA Transportation 2022, such as the high-energy flat battery system. Image via BorgWarner.

Mobility products and propulsion systems developer BorgWarner has revealed the latest additions to its commercial vehicle electrification portfolio at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover, Germany.

The company showcased a series of new electric commercial vehicle (eCV) products during the event that are geared towards streamlining the electrification of commercial vehicles.

One such addition is the firm’s new high-energy flat battery system, which features a new flat module architecture. The system has a height of less than 120mm in order to adapt to the underbody architectures of electrified lightweight commercial vehicles and buses.

Another innovative product on display was a new modular high-voltage eFan system, which can be combined with either existing cooling fans or new customised fan designs to achieve improved efficiency and reduced noise. A powerful electric motor is combined with an inverter to provide a continuous output of 40hW between 550V and 850V to cool components such as the fuel cell, traction motor, electric brake, or the battery pack in battery-electric or fuel-cell commercial vehicles. Meanwhile, the system’s robust and fully encapsulated design enables reliable long-term operation under extreme conditions.

Having amassed more than 130 years of experience as a supplier and technology partner to global OEMs in the commercial vehicle market, BorgWarner anticipated the trend towards electrification early on. As a result, the firm is continuing to develop components and system solutions for eCVs ranging from light, medium and heavy-duty trucks to off-highway applications. 

The firm's portfolio currently covers several areas of electric propulsion, including battery systems, electric motors, integrated drive modules, power electronics, and thermal management solutions.

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