Concept of the Day: Frecco

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Not a design concept today, but an industrial testbed: Frecco (Fraunhofer electric concept car, generation 0) is a demo vehicle for the Fraunhofer Institutes’ Electromobility project and the culmination of a two-year research programme supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Showcased at an event last month in Papenburg, Germany, Frecco has tested questions of electricity storage and infrastructure demands, as well as helping researchers from the 33 Fraunhofer Institutes draw up business models and study everything from related decentralised power generation, engineering and systems integration, consumer acceptability, reliability and functionality.

The first Frecco car – based on the Artega GT – used commercially-available components, but v2.0 added new developments such as in-wheel hub motors built by the Fraunhofer teams, new power electronics, torque-vectoring and a new thermal management system. The hub motors also allowed for comprehensive re-packaging. Frecco – along with the capabilities of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials – is now available to car-makers and suppliers for component testing.
More at the Fraunhofer site.

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