PCBs are a key components in development of battery packs for electric vehicle

13-10-2015 | Newbury Electronics | Design Applications

Newbury Electronics has announced it is supplying PCBs to Detroit Electric, an innovator in the design and development of pure electric vehicles. The PCBs are a key component in Detroit Electric’s development of the battery packs for the Geely Emgrand EC7 sedan, which is a medium to high-end luxury brand vehicle scheduled to be available for purchase in July 2016.

John Perrott, senior supply chain VP, Detroit Electric, explained how the company came to work with Newbury Electronics: "We had a tight manufacturing lead time and the company supplying the PCBs for the SP:01 units couldn’t support us. Fortunately I was given the contact details for Newbury via Lotus Cars and we have not looked back since then."

Newbury Electronics has supplied 675 PCB’s that are used within the battery pack for measuring and monitoring the cell temperatures within the modules. The packs, sufficient for 25 vehicles, have been used to support initial pre- production build of the vehicles. The plan is to source all material locally in China for when full production commences.

"Quality prototyping carried out with experienced engineers is a key part of the development of any new vehicle and we are delighted that an international company like Detroit Electric was referred to us and that we have been able to meet their demands;" said Newbury Electronics' managing director, Philip King.

Detroit Electric is an iconic brand in the electric vehicle sector, an original innovator and pioneer that began life in 1907. Five years after the brand's resurrection by CEO Albert Lam, excitement is building at the heart of Detroit Electric once again. The company's first commercial offering, the SP:01 two-seater pure electric sports car, delivers on Detroit Electric's mantra of 'Pure Electric Performance', offering superior performance, driving dynamics and class-leading handling. The limited-edition SP:01 will herald a new family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that are planned from 2016, says the company.

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