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Hillcrest completes design specs for high efficiency inverter 

The Hillcrest HEI will help reduce overall vehicle weight, increase payload and range capability and reduce heat production/loss.

February 28, 2022   by CM Staff

Rendering of Hillcrest HEI commercial prototype (CNW Group/Hillcrest Energy Technologies Inc.)

VANCOUVER — Hillcrest Energy Technologies has introduced design specifications for the company’s first High Efficiency Inverter (HEI) commercial prototype.

According to the company, the silicon carbide Hillcrest HEI leverages propriety IP to achieve an adaptable design qualifiable to automotive standards and mass production specifications.

“We are focused on investing in and developing novel energy solutions that will power a more sustainable and electrified future,” stated Hillcrest CEO, Don Currie.

“We have built an exceptional team to help us do just that and are excited to introduce our first high-efficiency inverter commercial prototype, purpose developed to enhance EV performance.”

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According to Hillcrest, the new HEI is lighter, more compact than current inverters. The Hillcrest HEI will help reduce overall vehicle weight, increase payload and range capability and reduce heat production/loss.

The technology eliminates switching losses which helps the HEI achieve higher switching frequencies without increasing semiconductor losses and temperatures.

Anticipated to be rated to 250 kW 800V (with maximum of 1000V) the Hillcrest HEI is expected to achieve efficiency exceeding 99 per cent with a power density approaching 50 kW/L.