Drive System Design (DSD) showcase toolsets and test capabilities essential for next generation of electric vehicles (EVs)

DSD will help customers to determine the most efficient and lowest cost electric drive architectures in the future

By
Ian Osborne
September 23, 2021
Category:
EV Biz

Leading electrified powertrain engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD), will highlight its simulation, optimisation and test capabilities created in response to the significant increase in demand for electric vehicle (EV) drive system development, at the CENEX-Low Carbon Vehicle show taking place in the UK.

DSD has deployed its latest electrified Powertrain Optimisation Process (ePOP) simulation toolset, a capability already used by many of DSDs customers to determine the most efficient and lowest cost electric drive architectures.

DSD is already prepared for the surge of development work ahead across many industries including automotive, commercial vehicle, marine, aerospace and defence.

Over the last two years, DSD has also invested heavily in additional test facilities as the industry accelerates its shift to electrified powertrains, to ensure customers can develop their products at the pace that the industry now demands.

David Kelly, Drive System Design director, said: “We are in the middle of probably the biggest upheaval ever seen in the industry, as the major players allocate more of their manufacturing to electrified vehicles.

“We believe that this will generate a “bow wave” of verification and validation testing requirements in the coming years, for which DSD is ideally placed with its continued investments in electrified propulsion system facilities”.

Providing all four of the skillsets essential in developing next-generation electric drive units, including controls, gearbox/actuation, eMachines and power electronics, DSD will be promoting two additional test cells specifically for high-performance electric drivetrains at the CENEX-Low Carbon Vehicle event.

These complement existing DSD facilities, which include a 450kW highly transient ETPS machine (Engine Torque Pulse Simulator) and three battery emulators. The company will also be talking through its capabilities in North America, at its Farmington Hills, Michigan facility, to provide enhanced support to its US customer base.

Following the continued investment of over $2.5m in the past three years, DSD Inc. provides a complete “turnkey” solution for the engineering, development and test of electrified propulsion and actuation systems.

Drive System Design (DSD) specialises in the rapid engineering and development of electrified propulsion systems and associated technologies. These have been developed through decades of experience and turnkey capabilities.

Its globally recognised engineering team works directly and collaboratively with automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defence OEMs, Tier-1s and industry research bodies through its technical centres in the U.K. and North America.

In addition, the company offers proficiency in systems integration, simulation lead design, efficiency enhancement and development testing of propulsion systems. By leveraging its unique combination of expertise and state-of-the-art testing equipment, DSD can swiftly provide innovative and optimised solutions across the design, analysis and control of transmission systems and electrified powertrains.

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