Volkswagen adopts NXP battery management for MEB platform

October 20, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen adopts NXP battery management for MEB platform
Volkswagen’s MEB modular e-drive kit has already found broad acceptance not only within the Volkswagen Group but also at partners like Ford Motor Company. Driving range, lifespan and safety of battery-electric vehicles greatly depend on a sophisticated battery management (BMS). Volkswagen now has announced that it is using NXP chips for the BMS of its MEB platform.

In an interview with eeNews Europe, Robert Li, who is responsible for battery management systems at NXP, explained that Volkswagen relies on the BMS from NXP for its MEB platform. The scalable BMS platform from NXP provides the necessary flexibility and scalability to meet the different customer expectations in terms of range - whether in a compact car like the ID.3, a plug-in hybrid or high-end electric vehicles like the ID.4, Audi e-Tron or Porsche Taycan, he said.

For Volkswagen, the ID.3 and ID.4 vehicle series represent a major technological shift towards electric mobility. "In the first wave of our electromobility product offensive, we plan to launch around 75 fully electric vehicle models by 2029," explains Dr. Holger Manz, Head of Energy Supply and High-voltage Systems at Volkswagen AG. "With a functionally reliable battery management system that can be scaled across a wide range of vehicle models, we can fully exploit the battery's potential, optimize range and maximize battery life".

Extending the range is still a major challenge for the automotive industry. With the market launch of the ID. family from Volkswagen, the company is redefining travel with electric vehicles: The flexible range includes models with 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh. Using rapid charging with 100 kW direct current (DC), the average battery can be recharged to a range of 415 km within 30 minutes. With the larger, fully charged battery, a range of up to 544 km can be achieved.

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