Woking – McLaren Applied, the British engineering and technology company, was awarded four prizes at the E-Mobility Awards ceremony held at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. The company was awarded the ‘Prix d’Honneur’ overall top prize and the ‘Emobility/EV design and/or engineering team’ award. It also received Merit Awards in the ‘Emobility electronics/software team’ and ‘Emobility/EV Engineering Ingenuity’ categories.
The awards recognize the skill and hard work that has gone into developing the McLaren Applied IPG5 800V silicon carbide inverter. The IPG5 inverter, which is just 3.79L in size and weighs 5.5 kilograms, offers unrivaled power density, efficiency, and motor control.
Shakeel Meharban, Director of Automotive at McLaren Applied, said, “McLaren Applied has been pushing the boundaries of inverter technology for over 10 years, through high-performance automotive and motorsport applications. These awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of the team that has developed and brought the IPG5 inverter to market, offering carmakers the opportunity to differentiate their EV products through best-in-class power density and motor control.”
Derived from decades of innovation in top-tier automotive and motorsports applications, the IPG5 inverter is highly controllable and offers variable switching frequencies and unparalleled motor response. The variability in switching frequency up to 32kHz enables engineers to use a faster, more efficient and lightweight drivetrain.
The automotive team at McLaren Applied sees efficiency as leading the next ‘wave’ of electrification. The first wave involved early pioneers of technology, the second wave is characterized by the breakthrough of EVs to the mainstream, and the third stage focuses on efficiency. The fourth stage is about improving margin by reducing cost and increasing product differentiation. The McLaren Applied IPG5 inverter helps OEMs achieve this by improving drivability and adding character back into the powertrains of electric vehicles, enhancing driver engagement. High switching frequencies and the ability to control the drivetrain more sensitively enables OEMs to start programming different characteristics into the drivetrain.
The next-generation IPG5 800V silicon carbide inverter can power electric motors to more than 400kW peak, 250 kW continuous, at an unprecedented weight and volume. It has been designed for automotive applications, including direct drive, that are capable of operating high-speed motors efficiently and adhere to ISO 26262 ASIL-D standards.