Volvo Invests in Technology That Could Revolutionize Electric Vehicles

TranSiC AB has developed a conductor based on silicon carbide, which is as tough as a diamond and has enormous resistance to heat, enabling more compact power electronics.

Published: 06-Dec-2006

Volvo has invested £150,000 in a company that says it has developed am energy-efficient conductor that could revolutionise hybrid and electric car making.

The conductor is used, among other things, when battery direct current is converted into alternating current in an electric motor. The basis for most semi-conductors in vehicles today is silicon, which has the double disadvantage that it can withstand neither high temperatures nor high electrical voltages.

TranSiC AB, however, has developed a conductor based on silicon carbide, which is as tough as a diamond and has enormous resistance to heat.

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