National Instruments and EA Elektro-Automatik have joined together to offer bidirectional power supplies that support battery cycling and power-level test for electric vehicles. EA’s power supplies will be integrated into NI’s software-connected toolchain as part of NI’s power electronics portfolio to optimize battery test workflows.
According to NI, the UN 2021 Climate Report’s findings that global temperatures will reach critical levels in the next 20 years have expedited the demand for wide scale adoption of EVs as a crucial way to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In order to scale this technology, EV batteries must be tested and validated efficiently and effectively. Power electronics are essential for EV battery testing to meet safety and performance expectations, without compromising on the flexibility that rapid innovation requires. Integrating EA’s devices into NI’s toolchain will give test engineers and lab managers more flexible battery cycling configurations for their test labs, and a quicker response time for new power level test requirements.