Azure Dynamics – Transit Connect EV2011VE A Retrospective on

Azure Dynamics – Transit Connect EV2011VE A Retrospective on
Azure Dynamics – Transit Connect
EV2011VE
A Retrospective on the Transit
Connect Battery Electric Vehicle
Design
September 27th 2011
Bradley E. Oldham, EIT
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Overview
Who am I?
Previously:
‐ Electrical Team: schematics, harnesses and routing
Currently:
‐ Systems Team: component sizing and systems interconnection
1. What is the TCBEV
Transit Connect Battery Electric
Vehicle
> Delivery vehicle
> Brought to North America in 2010
> Part of Ford’s Global Platform Program
> Initially released in Europe
Battery Electric Vehicle
> 28 kWh Lithium Ion Pack
> 300 Nm Induction Motor
> Over 120 km range
- Depending on loads and driving style
> Sold in Europe and North America
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1.1 Where is it Designed
Vancouver: Concept to Prototype
Controls, Electrical, Mechanical
Mississauga: Program Management
Close to Ford (partnership)
Boston: Traction System Components
Motor, DMoC, Gearbox modification
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1.2 Where is it Built
Holland – Build Facility
AM General resident team
Worcester ‐ Build Facility
LLS resident Team Detroit
Manages Production and Year to Year updates
Stevenage
Support European Deployment
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2.1 West Coast Perspective
> Multicultural Office
> Multiple languages facilitates
communication with designers
in native language
> Familiar with working in different
cultures
> Ease of travel to restrictive
countries on short notice
> Fresh perspective
> Not all of the engineers are
Automotive industry trained, leads
to fresh perspectives; experienced
management
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2.1 West Coast Perspective
> Work occurring around the
clock:
+ 8 hours to Tokyo
- 8 hours to London
- 3 hours to Toronto
Manufacturing Issue Resolution
> Company Structure:
> Design flow allows for all office
locations to address issues
> Synonymous with Cloud
computing
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2.2 Canadian Perspective
> International Suppliers
> Yazaki in Japan, US, Mexico
> Beuler in Germany
> Hellermann Tyton with US, UK and German
manufacturing
> International Benefits
> Metric Designs
> Meet EU End of Life Directives (EU ELV),
RoHS, etc.
> Meet material marking requirements for
recyclability
Ford Transit Connect Gasoline Vehicle
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Example: Harness Retainers
Concept
Prototype
Production
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2.3 Avoiding Sales Agents
> Most automotive suppliers are located in the East
> Not likely to come out West promoting prototypes
> Majority of correspondence in writing increases
accountability
> International Suppliers require the same amount of
interaction
> Engineers (in general) suffer from putting “Design
Solution” before “Functional Specification”
> i.e. Solution in search of a problem
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2.4 Not watching your
“Neighbours”
>Innovative designs not trying to emulate
any one company
>Freedom to innovate without public
criticism
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3. Closing
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