STMicroelectronics has signed two deals to supply power devices and battery management chips for electric vehicles.
A strategic deal with Renault will cover design, development, manufacturing, and supply to Renault’s electric and hybrid vehicles with custom chips and wide bandgap power devices from 2026.
The two will develop modular components based on silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) transistors, along with related packages and modules. This will drive ‘significant volumes’ from 2026-2030 says ST. This follows a deal in 2019 on SiC power devices.
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The deal with UK startup Arrival covers the entire vehicle portfolio, including its Van, Bus, and Uber Car. Alongside smart power and battery management devices, Arrival will also use ST’s secure automotive microcontrollers for their modular ECU platform.
Arrival designed its own hardware, software and robotics for production in decentralised microfactories that can be deployed around the world to service demand and supercharge local communities by hiring local talent, using local supply chains, and paying local taxes. The company is deploying its first four microfactories in Bicester, UK and Madrid, Spain as well as North and South Carolina in the US.
Arrival’s car has been designed with Uber for ride-hailing, and delivery company UPS is planning to buy up to 10,000 electric vehicles from Arrival, with the option for 10,000 more. Trials are starting later this year.
“We have been working with Arrival since their early stages, and we are proud of the journey accomplished together as they head towards production,” said Michael Anfang, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region at STMicroelectronics. “ST is a broad-based technology supplier for the mobility industry’s transition to electrified and digitalized platforms. This collaboration with a leading new entrant on the market is a testament to our ability to support various operating models. Arrival’s vehicles using ST technology will be an additional step towards our shared vision of cleaner mobility.”
“At Arrival, choosing the most advanced technologies for our vehicles is crucial to extending the life of our products, improving their value whilst making them even more sustainable by extending their usable life,” said Sergey Malygin, EVP of Technology at Arrival.
“We are delighted to work with market leader STMicroelectronics to integrate their advanced power electronics and to co-develop technologies to further improve the energy capacity of our electric and hybrid vehicle batteries and their performance on the road and when charging. This partnership secures future supplies of key components which will significantly contribute to reducing wasted energy by 45 percent and decreasing the cost of the e-powertrain by 30 percent, helping us fulfil our ambition of making electric vehicles affordable, profitable and popular,” said Luca de Meo, Chief Executive Officer at the Renault Group which has a partnership with Nissan and Mitsubishi and also includes the low cost Dacia and Lada brands as well as the electric Mobilize range.