Achieving the power electronics and electrical machines goals will require the development of new technologies. These new technologies must be compatible with high-volume manufacturing; must ensure high reliability, efficiency, and ruggedness; and must simultaneously reduce cost, weight, and volume. Of these challenges, cost is the greatest. Key components for hybrid vehicles (with either fuel cell advanced combustion engines as the prime mover) include motors, inverters/converters, sensors, control systems, and other interface electronics.
Power electronics and electrical machines research is a collaboration among government, national laboratories, academia, and industry partners. These partners work together to ensure that technical attributes, vehicle-scale manufacturing, and cost sensitivities are addressed in a timely fashion and that the resulting technologies can be adopted by companies willing and able to supply products to automakers.