FuelTech VCU: (Vehicle Control Unit) is the control system for the electrified vehicle. FuelTech VCUs have been updated to control the electrified system to provide maximum performance, drivability and safety in all applications. The PowerFT and VisionFT lines are compatible with the most popular inverters, Battery Management Systems (BMS), DC-DC converters and on board charges in the market and incorporates the necessary drivability, safety and diagnostic features for the conversion.
Powertrain: This is the drivetrain of the electric vehicle. The electric motor and inverter have their own characteristics of power, torque and operation.
Battery pack: The bank of batteries which feed the electrified system. The choice of “pack” will determine the autonomy of the vehicle as well as guarantee the performance, power and torque of the powertrain.
BMS: “Battery Management System” is the electronic system responsible for monitoring the lithium batteries by reading the voltage and temperature of the cells. The BMS is also responsible for balancing the cells and for indicating to the systems the limit of electric current that can be charged or consumed from the battery.
PDU: “Power Distribution Unit” is the unit that distributes power from the high voltage battery to the system's components.
Power cables: These are electrical wires with adequate insulation, which interconnect the high voltage system.
DC-DC Converter: Is responsible for converting the high voltage of the vehicle's traction battery into low voltage for traditional 12V batteries.
On-Board Charger: (OBC) This equipment is intended for charging the traction battery by converting alternating current (AC) from the charging station to direct current (DC) which can then be stored in the high-voltage battery
Charging socket: Location where the battery charger socket will be inserted. There are several models, the most common being Type 2.
Transmission: Composed of the gearbox and clutch mechanism of the vehicle that will be connected to the electric motor.
FuelTech Switch Panel: This is an optional accessory that can result very useful when doing adaptations. The panel has buttons that can be used to activate various functions in the electrification system and/or the vehicle and it connects through the FuelTech VCUs via the CAN network.
Cooling pump: Electric pump used to circulate coolant through the Powertrain (Engine and Inverter), batteries and sometimes chargers. The system requires a coolant reservoir and a radiator kept within the vehicle.
Vacuum pump: Electric pump responsible for generating vacuum for the brake booster (compensating for the vacuum previously created by the combustion engine).