The ELDRIVET project in Sweden is investigating new cooling and testing methods to improve the performance and lifespan of electric motors and power electronics. As part of the work, an analysis of alternative materials in power transistors is being carried out. The project also aims at increasing the collaboration between industrial partners as well as between industry and academia.
ELDRIVET is being jointly run by small, mid-sized and large companies in the Swedish automotive industry and a university. The companies taking part are: AB Volvo, Volvo Cars, Scania, Semcon, Kollmorgen, Kongsberg Automotive, BEVI, BAE Systems Hägglunds and Innovatum. The university taking part is Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering.
The project is being carried out within the framework of the FFI—Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation program, run jointly by the state and the automotive industry. The Swedish Energy Agency has provided SEK 18 million (US$2.65 million) to finance the project.