UK engineering consultancy Ricardo has won two government-backed innovation competitions to develop technological solutions for heavy duty vehicles. It will work with the University of Bath on both programs, which will focus on enhancing efficiency and performance as well reducing the overall outlay of next-gen electrified trucks.

For the first project, which is being funded by the Faraday Battery Challenge and supported by Innovate UK, Ricardo will explore the efficacy of integrating power electronics – a modular, series-connectable inverter and charger – into a battery pack, with the aim of understanding whether this novel approach could help to reduce the total cost of ownership. Essentially, the work will look to improve efficiency and reduce the powertrain mass – hopefully creating savings of around US$1,366 (£1,000) per vehicle. Ultimately, it aims to speed up mass introduction of electric commercial vehicles.

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