Magna International Inc. Chief Technology Officer Ted Robertson, said the rapid development of electric vehicles not only for the auto parts supplier and a potential risk, but also provide a huge return.
Electric vehicles will need a lot of new parts. Many current carburetor parts will repeat the mistake.
When the Magna Chairman FrankStronach told Robertson to design electric car, Robertson was his face on the complexity of surprised. He pointed out that electric cars have 13 new gasoline-powered car system was never used.
This includes control the high engine speed electric vehicles the special gear box, electric power steering and traction motor cooling fluid allow for recycling of electrical pumps, converters, battery and heater.
In an electric car at the informal meeting activities, Robertson told reporters an overview of a number of pure electric vehicles will disappear in the system. This includes fuel tanks and pipelines, as well as mechanical pumps. He said, “we will have with the electric pump and electric cooling system deal with.”
Still a lack of supplier
Find the parts, and other qualified electric vehicle parts supplier is not easy. This Just ask General Motors, you can know. GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in for the hybrid car has been battered to find suppliers, and the upcoming models on sale in November 2010.
GM Voltec project manager JohnFerris said: “The lack of major suppliers is comprehensive: the electrification of vehicles, power electronics, braking, drive and heating and cooling equipment, we are missing a major supplier.”
Ferris at the same meeting, told reporters, “We found that some suppliers had never been to the electrical goods for the automotive industry.”
Most auto parts suppliers are the traditional automotive parts and mechanical systems, drive shafts, belts and chains are the most common. If they want to Transferring electrical or electronic components, could face a high cost.
At the same time, in the automotive industry, new entrants, some consumer electronics manufacturers who have had parts, but they sometimes are not familiar with the automotive industry for large-volume, zero defect, crash testing and long-term warranty requirements.
Ferris Biao Shi, “In some cases, only a handful of (supply business) can Zhiliang, performance, technology and compliance (trade) volume of financial capability, Dadaoqiche product of Shengchannengli He Yaoqiu.”
Magna’s electric car plan
Magna is the largest auto parts supplier in North America (based on 2008 sales of original equipment parts), which is being jointly developed with Ford Motor Company a Focus-sized electric vehicles, Ford has been held in January over the Detroit Motor Show vehicles, and plans on sale in 2011. Magna is responsible for most vehicle power systems, including traction motors, transmission and vehicle controls.
In March at the Geneva Motor Show, Magna’s MagnaSteyr installed in their Mira (MilaEV) electric concept car debut. Mira electric vehicles (MilaEV) will not be a production vehicle, but the concept car for the Magna hopes to use some of the components found by the customer.