Analog Devices Wireless BMS Helps Lotus Cars Redefine Mobility in Electric Vehicles
WILMINGTON, Mass .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Analog Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI) today announced that popular UK performance brand Lotus Cars plans to integrate ADI’s wireless battery management system (wBMS) into its vehicle architecture new generation electric (EV). ADI’s wBMS was selected for its increased design flexibility, battery repairability and lighter weight. The technical collaboration will allow Lotus to safely power its future fleet of electric vehicles and to continue to push the boundaries of design and technology.
ADI’s wBMS technology eliminates the traditional wiring harness, reducing cabling by up to 90% and battery volume up to 15%. It also improves design flexibility and ease of manufacture, without compromising the range and accuracy of state-of-charge over battery life. ADI’s wBMS enables simplified assembly and disassembly of battery packs to ensure faulty battery cells can be removed and repaired quickly and efficiently.
âWe have worked closely with Analog Devices to integrate wBMS into our new Light Electric Vehicle (LEVA) architecture, which will form the basis for all future Lotus electric vehicles,â said Richard Lively, Director, Propulsion Engineering and of the chassis, Lotus Cars. âThe removal of the wiring harness for wBMS ensures that Lotus can offer a lightweight solution that optimizes performance and is consistent with our brand of delivering powerful performance cars with exceptional handling. ”
The body architecture of every Lotus car is designed for optimum performance. The design flexibility of wBMS will allow Lotus engineers to freely design the vehicle and integrate the battery into the design, instead of designing the car around it. Additionally, since ADI’s wBMS enables maximum use of the energy per cell required for optimized vehicle range, it aligns with Lotus’s focus on sustainability.
âLotus has an excellent reputation for building high performance and durable race and road vehicles, and many achieve classic status,â said Roger Keen, general manager of the E-Mobility group at Analog Devices. âTogether, we’ve rethought what’s possible and developed a game-changing element for the electric vehicle industry: a new ultralight powertrain architecture and a wireless battery management system that enables peak performance as well as a more sustainable environment for a healthier planet. ”
It is crucial that the battery matches the longevity of the Lotus vehicle. wBMS helps measure health and simplify battery pack assembly and disassembly to ensure faulty battery cells can be removed and repaired efficiently. With wBMS, maintenance is easier and faster for on-road and on-track vehicles, as the battery modules are software programmable for quick and convenient live updates. The Cell Controller lives with the Lifetime Battery Module as a serviceable unit, reinforcing the simplified service model.
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Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) operates at the center of the modern digital economy, converting real-world phenomena into actionable information through its comprehensive suite of analog and mixed signals, power management, radio frequency ( RF) and digital signals and sensor technologies. ADI serves 125,000 customers worldwide with more than 75,000 products in the industrial, communications, automotive and consumer markets. ADI is headquartered in Wilmington, MA. Visit http://www.analog.com.
Lotus Cars is based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK, and is the global headquarters of the sports car and hypercar manufacturing operations, the Lotus Advanced Performance Center and the iconic 2.2 mile test track. Lotus Cars builds world-class high-performance cars, born from legendary track success, including 13 FIA Formula 1 world titles and many other championship honors. In July 2021, Lotus unveiled the all-new Lotus Emira, its latest and best gasoline-powered sports car. The first customer cars will be delivered in 2022. In July 2019, it launched the Evija, the world’s first fully electric British hypercar. Customer deliveries will begin in 2021.