the China Electric Vehicle Symposium in October 2010, Siemens' Inside Electric
Cars business unit has as its goal to be one of the world's principal providers
of key components for automobiles and light commercial vehicles powered only by
electricity. Inside Electric Cars is part of Siemens' Drive Technologies
Division and will initially focus on electric motors, inverters and onboard
to announce the launch of the new business unit at the China Electric Vehicle
Symposium largely due to the government of Shenzhen's recent announcement of plans
to spend $30 billion RNB (about U.S. $4.5 billion) to adapt its infrastructure
to support more electric vehicle use - targeted largely at mass and personal
transportation as well as charging stations.
Electric Cars division is headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, and also has additional
development capabilities in Shanghai.
industrial players also targeting the burgeoning electric car market include
Bosch, Mitsubishi, Continental, and Delphi.
" The aim of the Inside Electric Cars
division is to provide a wide range of electric motors and power electronics
products for electrically driven serial production automobiles suited to the
varying needs of individual automobile manufacturers," says Michael
Siebert, head of communications for the Siemens Inside Electric Cars division.
out that this new venture into the electric car business is being built on
Siemens' more than 100 years of electric motors experience, Siebert says Inside
Electric Cars will work toward developing better motors for electric
vehicles with a single speed gearbox as well as developing multi-motor
Siebert adds that Siemens
is evaluating an expansion of the division to address additional electrical
components and subsystems.
new division is in the
product development process together with customers and technology
partners. Siemens expects that when a
joint concept is agreed upon, the start of series production will typically
take at least 36 months, according to Siebert. Initial product development will
focus on new electric vehicle powertrains.
with Siemens' Inside Electric Cars initiative are the company's Smart Grid
initiative (part of Siemens Energy division), through which recharging
infrastructure will be developed to support electric cars and the management of
stored power when cars are plugged in and recharging; OSRAM for LED car
lighting; and Siemens PLM for lifecycle design.
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