Ricardo to develop critical electric vehicle components for LS Automotive Technologies in S. Korea.

A UK Engineering consulting company, Ricardo, has announced that it has won a contract with LS Automotive Technologies to develop a high voltage DC-DC converter to power the low voltage network in electric vehicles.

LS Automotive Technologies is a South Korean based manufacturer of automotive electronic components. Ricardo is contracted to develop the innovative DC-DC converters, which take energy from the direct current high voltage battery that powers the electric vehicle's propulsion and converts it for use by the low voltage direct current. The low voltage direct current will power the vehicle lights, fans pumps, wipers, and electronic control units. The power conversion has to be performed at high efficiency to ensure that the equipment is cool and only occupies a small footprint in the vehicle. Ricardo will be using silicon carbide and gallium nitride power electronics to achieve the high efficiency, high energy density, and performance targets needed.

Teri Hawksworth, Managing Director of Ricardo Automotive and Industrial EMEA Division said: “We are delighted to have won this contract to support LS Automotive Technologies, a leading player in the South Korean power electronics industry. We are proud that our engineers’ considerable expertise in innovative electrification technologies will provide the best knowledge transfer for the engineers of LS Automotive Technologies, helping them gain competitive advantage and accelerate their route to market.”

Mr Chol Woo Lee, CEO of LS Automotive Technologies said: “After an extensive global selection process we established that Ricardo was the best electrification engineering partner in the world for LS Automotive Technologies. We are pleased to start the cooperation with Ricardo on the high voltage DC-DC converter which will help consolidate our position as a top-tier supplier in the automotive power electronics market.”

As part of the contract, LS Automotive Technologies will embed engineers within the Ricardo engineering development team to facilitate knowledge transfer, helping to accelerate future new product design and manufacturing.

As on-highway European original equipment manufacturers face stringent European emissions regulations: a 30% improvement against 2019 CO2 fleet average by 2030, and an expectation that this target will be raised, manufacturers are seeking to use wide bandgap devices Ricardo’s heavy duty electrification solutions can help this transport sector progress towards achieving zero carbon emissions.