Volkswagen aims to seize the top spot in the global electric vehicle market currently held by Tesla. To do this, Volkswagen has been pouring billions of dollars into electric vehicle development. The latest in this regard comes from the German auto giant’s new electric motor, which it claims is capable of an impressive 282 peak horsepower. The electric mill, called the APP550, can power the Volkswagen ID.7 EV, the all-electric successor to the VW Passat sedan, which is due to debut on April 17.
Volkswagen claims the newly developed electric motor can produce a peak power of 282 hp and a maximum torque of 550 Nm, depending on the vehicle’s gear ratio. Electric motors are designed and developed to provide higher performance and greater efficiency. Volkswagen also said the electric motor will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Talking about its performance, the automaker says the improved performance can be attributed to a variety of factors, including a reinforced stator with a higher effective winding count and larger wire cross-section. The motor is also equipped with stronger magnets to handle the massive amount of torque produced.
The automaker also says the motor is designed to be more efficient. The power mill is said to be equipped with several optimized components, including a thermal management system. It has a cooling system that does not rely on an electric oil pump. Instead, the heated oil is cooled by the EV’s coolant circuit, keeping the drive at operating temperature. It also has a heat sink integrated on the outside of the stator to control the temperature.
First published date: April 13, 2023 at 09:36 AM CST