Vitesco Technologies developed the drive control unit for the completely new, server-based electronic architecture of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular E-Drive Kit (MEB). In the Volkswagen ID.3, it performs several key functions in the electric drive train: it activates and controls the drive; it coordinates all commands triggered by the accelerator pedal; and it is integrated into the charge and energy management and high-voltage coordination of the system. It also forms the interface to the vehicle’s other control units. This in turn ensures networking with the outside world, so that updates, function extensions or the activation of additional functions are possible at any time. The subject of cyber security was therefore given high priority in the development of the new component, in addition to functional safety.
In the development of the new drive control, Vitesco Technologies was able to rely on its many years of electronics know-how on the one hand. On the other hand, Continental also sees the order as confirmation of its software and integration competence. In this project, for example, the company developed its own software components as well as integrating software components provided by Volkswagen into an overall system. Thanks to the close and trusting cooperation between the development departments of both companies, the control unit was ready for series production in around two years.
Following Volkswagen ID.3, the component will go into series production in other electric vehicles from Volkswagen and other Group brands using the MEB. In addition, Ford plans to use the MEB platform for certain electric vehicles.
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