Semiconductor Technology Helps Break Down the Barriers to Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 24, 2015  by  

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By Sravan Vanaparthy, Technical Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor

The anticipated penetration of the combustion engine powered passenger car market by vehicles with electrified powertrains – be they pure electric or hybrid – is not happening as quickly as perhaps many industry observers had anticipated just a few years ago. There are several reasons for this, not least that many automakers such as Ford and Volkswagen have been able to develop smaller capacity engines with direct gasoline injection and newer turbo technologies that develop the required power but with high efficiency, better economy and lower emissions. In addition, battery technology has still not made the giant step needed to enable the development of mass production electric vehicles that have a range between charges that sits comfortably with the car buying mass market segment and puts convenience on a par with combustion powered units…

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