BorgWarner Claims Agnostic On-Board Charger

An on-board battery charger (OBC) claiming to capabilities to accept all automotive battery chemistry has been developed by BorgWarner.

The renowned auto technology supplier says the new charger uses silicon carbide technology and can be installed in hybrid or electric vehicles to convert alternating current (AC) from the power grid to direct current (DC) for charging batteries.

It accepts an extended range of AC inputs including 7.4 kilowatt (kW), 11 kW and 22 kW power ratings with DC-to-DC converter rating integration from 2.3 kW to 3.6 kW as an option and accepts voltages of 400 volts, 650 volts and 800 volts.

“Our technical center in Lugo, Italy, is dedicated to designing on-board battery chargers that are uncompromisingly suitable for the global electric and hybrid vehicle markets,” said Joel Wiegert, president and general manager, BorgWarner Morse Systems. “We are proud that our latest offering with its silicon carbide technology provides maximum power conversion efficiency, thus saving energy and delivering an extended range for vehicle manufacturers and their customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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