Volkswagen adopts NXP battery management for MEB platform: Page 2 of 2

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.

NXP also sees electric mobility as a great business opportunity and a "hot market", as Li put it. According to the NXP expert, it can be assumed that by around 2024 electric vehicles will be on a par with internal combustion engines in terms of cost and benefit.

Currently, 16 of the top 20 automakers have chosen NXP's battery management solutions, including the "Three Greats" - Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, albeit not exclusively: As recently as September, GM has announced to use Analog Device’s wireless BMS for certain models.

Meanwhile, research institutes and companies worldwide are working on improved chemical formulations for batteries and electrodes. NXP's BMS systems are already prepared to handle innovative chemicals, Li explained in an interview with eeNews Europe. The NXP chips can also handle powertrains based on hydrogen fuel cells. "We are involved in some feasibility studies," Li said.

Key systems in xEV powertrains (Source: NXP)

However, according to the NXP expert, the focus of technological development and industrialization in the coming years will clearly be on battery electric drives. „In the coming years, BEV will dominate over Fuel Cell drives”, he said.

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