The use of SiC power semiconductors will increase the range for electric vehicles compared to today's standard silicon technology. Due to high battery costs, the efficient electric drive represents an enormous growth potential for the foreseeable future. In particular, silicon carbide technology in conjunction with the 800-volt vehicle electrical system voltage makes a significant contribution to further increasing efficiency.
“Partnering with a tier-one leading global automotive supplier like ZF for the use of SiC-based power inverters in next generation electric vehicles is indicative of the integral role silicon carbide plays in extending the capabilities of EVs everywhere,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree.
Electrified drivelines are making vast contributions to achieving worldwide emission targets and making mobility more sustainable.
Cree’s technology will initially be used to fulfill orders that ZF has already received for SiC based electric drives from several leading global automakers. Through the partnership, ZF expects to make SiC electric drivelines available to the market by 2022.
Since January 2016, ZF has bundled its electromobility activities in the E-Mobility Division headquartered in Schweinfurt, Germany. More than 9,000 employees work in this division, spread across various locations around the world.
Cree is said to be one of the leading SiC technology companies. Recently, the announced a capacity expansion for SiC products with a mega materials factory in Durham, N.C. and the world’s largest silicon carbide device manufacturing facility in New York.