Viritech is ready to run with hydrogen powertrain

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Viritech has launched the 60 kW VPT60N Ready to Run powertrain for OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and research bodies, enabling the rapid deployment of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles.

The complete powertrain includes the fuel cell, hydrogen storage, energy store, power electronics, e-machine and transmission. It is suitable for cars, light commercial vehicles and off-highway applications.

The battery energy store and hydrogen storage are available bespoke to help on-vehicle packaging, and a standardised option for both is available to minimise lead times. The powertrain is delivered with all-systems integration between the powertrain components and the VCU is preconfigured for system start-up.

Features include:

  • 60 kW fuel cell with balance of plant and boost DC/DC power converter.
  • 16 kW/h 400 V battery energy store with battery management system and cooling components.
  • Combined e-machine, inverter and final drive unit with up to 200 kW peak power and 4100 Nm axle torque.
  • 6 kg 350 bar hydrogen storage system with pressure regulation and SAE-compliant fill system.
  • Fully functional control unit with Tri-Volt energy management, which handles all aspects of the powertrain, including high-voltage interlock (HVIL) and related safety systems.

The powertrain comes in a non-homologated form for prototype and development vehicle use, with Viritech’s engineering division able to support integration and development (including human machine interface (HMI) and functional safety) to achieve a fully homologated vehicle.

Viritech is committed to enabling the production of fuel-cell vehicles, and to helping OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers meet zero-emission targets without compromising performance.

Timothy Lyons, CEO of Viritech, said: “We are excited to make available to OEMs and Tier 1s a viable, available and easily integrated fuel-cell powertrain, which enables vehicle manufacturers to accelerate the delivery of fuel-cell vehicles on and off highway.”