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ON Semiconductor and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team partner on innovations for electric power trains

The Mercedes EQ Formula E Team has gained a new supplier with ON Semiconductor, a leading provider of semiconductor-based solutions.

The relationship will build on the existing cooperation between ON Semiconductor and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Formula One in which ON’s technology is already utilized in the energy recovery pack that controls ignition and injection on the Formula One race car.

The Mercedes EQ Formula E Team will work with ON Semiconductor to develop next-generation electric power innovations for cutting-edge performance and efficiency.

Formula E cars see massive power transfers during their running, so it’s not a simple electrical problem. Our comprehensive expertise that spans both mechanical and electrical engineering offers full solutions to the innovation of next generation electric vehicles. We look forward to continuing our work with Mercedes to further capitalize on this expertise in the development of technological advancements in power devices and electric vehicle technology.

—Dave Priscak, Vice President, Global Solutions Engineering at ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor can offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions, including insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT), high-voltage gate drivers and wide band gap (WBG) developments in Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) that are suitable for next‑generation electric vehicles. These and other technologies provide longer driving range between charges, faster battery charging times and better thermal management. The more efficient the semiconductor device, the less power is lost to wasted heat, resulting in better mileage or miles per watt of energy.

Two all‑electric racing cars from the new Mercedes EQ Formula E team will join the series for the start of the 2019/20 season.

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