Electric vehicles mean greatly simplified manufacturing. Here’s a look.
When asked to compare the number of components in an internal combustion engine and an electric vehicle powertrain, consultant Paul Eichenberg, managing director of Chief Strategist, replied, “It’s like apples and oranges.”
Eichenberg added, “The e-Golf has many tiny redundant parts like bus bars, fuses, brackets, relays, etc., not metal castings, stampings, forgings and injection molded components.” With the last grouping being characteristic of ICEs.
But the differences in fruit notwithstanding, there is a fundamental simplicity of the electric powertrain compared to the conventional ICE.
Ever wonder why the start-up vehicle manufacturers like Lucid, Lordstown Motors and Nikola all have electric powertrains (yes, even a hydrogen-fueled vehicle is an electric vehicle)?
Because of the complexity of the powertrain.