Delphi to Turn a Mondeo CD 132 Estate Into a Mobile Energy Laboratory for Ford
WUPPERTAL, Germany, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In tomorrow's vehicles the steering, air-conditioning, and brakes systems, among others, will be controlled by highly advanced electronic systems. The conventional 12-volt battery voltage used in today's cars will simply not be up to driving the large number of power systems. Together with Ford of Europe, Delphi plans to throw open the door to smart energy management based on 12-volt and 42-volt technologies. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020315/DEF002LOGO ) "This is where Ford and Delphi are breaking new ground," explains Gerhard Mertes, Delphi's new global Product Line Manager for 42-volt and Multiple Voltage Systems. "By developing a mobile energy laboratory, we'll try to answer many of the questions that are critical to the development of 42-volt systems, such as 'how will the 42-volt system behave under full load, and which electrical loads or electrical functions can be turned off/turned down in various situations.'" A Reliable Power Supply Through Energy Management The most unusual feature of the new Ford Mondeo CD 132 Estate research car will be its two electrical systems -- the standard 12-volt plus a 42-volt system -- as witnessed by the two separately mounted 12-volt and 36-volt batteries. With the energy management system, Ford's scientists will be able to test the interplay of the various 12-volt and 42-volt loads, generators and energy stores and identify the optimum load for the 12-volt/42-volt system. For example, how does a sudden peak in demand affect the vehicle's electrical system when the driver brakes hard with the electric brake while putting full lock on the electric steering to avoid an obstacle? How does the system respond to the sudden cut-in of loads with high energy demands, and how does this sudden surge in load affect the energy stores/batteries? The onboard electronics that have been developed by Delphi simulate the different load states and the high demand peaks in the 42-volt system. At the same time the energy management system simulates the optimal adaptation of the 12-volt vehicle system. The result is that Delphi will convert the research car, a Mondeo CD 132 Estate, at its Customer Technology Center in Wuppertal and on site in Luxembourg. Ford Europe will be carrying out the one year long programme of road tests to develop the control mechanisms and procedures for the energy management system at its Research Center in Aachen. For more information about Delphi, please visit Delphi's Virtual Press Room at www.delphi.com/vpr . MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X99010318RELATED LINKS
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