While some developers are still focused on aspects like range and the ‘hardware’ of electric vehicles, the most compelling products will be based on a complete eco-system, says Stephan A. Tarnutzer, AVL Powertrain Engineering. And: “The race to e-mobility cannot be won alone.”
Today, the eco-system focus when developing electrified drives often rests on components like the battery, as well as e-motor and inverter design. However, attributes such as HMI, drivability, connectivity, ADAS and autonomous functions, services etc. should not be ignored: to make electric vehicles a viable option, a complete ecosystem approach that includes all these aspects is required. As a result complexity – and with it, the need for sophisticated integration, testing and validation – is dramatically increasing. To maintain development lifecycles of 2 to 3 years at OEMs and suppliers, the use of virtual simulation and validation tools needs to become mainstream. OEMs will still partner with traditional suppliers, and will additionally cooperate with suppliers and engineering services from areas such as telecommunications, infrastructure and the consumer field. At the same time, software tools that support the integration of all these areas are becoming more and more important.