The IISB-One Electric May Be The Most Important Car You Have Never Heard About
Published August 13, 2015
You may have seen this car before! It looks much like the discontinued Artega GT, but it is much more than that. Believe it or not, this fairly simple, humble red sports car may be the most important vehicle you will see this year. It may be the most important vehicle for the entire future of motoring. For one, it is German (and they don’t mess around), secondly, it is built as a testbed platform and for three, it has an EV drivetrain which can be easily replaced with another one in the name of testing and in the name of science.
Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology, the Artega based EV will provide the ultimate platform for testing different kinds of electric propulsion technologies in the coming years. While this particular model will never come in production, it will, apparently, influence many of the EVs of future since German scientists plan to develop some impressive tech which will be used for on every electric vehicle of tomorrow.
The first thing that pops into mind when you see it is the Tesla Roadster. That small Lotus based vehicle had a similar start like this and if you don’t know what happened after, google “Am I Normal If I Haven’t Heard About The Tesla Motor Company”.
The Artega based test car is called the IISB-One (so German) and instead of the usual and conventional propulsion technologies inside it received a full arrangement of advanced EV stuff making it rather extraordinary. Looking only at the power specs you won’t find anything that interesting and spectacular, but the IISB-One is equipped with three different types of charging systems (wireless charging via induction, charging system capable of charging the car via a public charging system and a system enabling you to connect the car to a regular outlet in the house). You can plug the thing to a network wherever you find a power source. We don’t claim perfect knowledge, but there cannot be many test cars out there with all three charging systems onboard.
The charger will charge the lithium ion batteries. It seems that they’ve positioned them in such a way so that they can be replaced with any other battery setup if needed. That’s neat stuff right there. As for the propulsion, we can say that you’ll be a bit disappointed. The IISB-One Electric has two electric engines providing 107 HP each. That is not a lot, but each engine dedicated for a wheel at the back implies that the traction and power utilization will be as perfect as possible. While the HP value may be a bit low for today’s standards, the torque is gargantuan. Official announcement says that the engines provide the IISB-One Electric with 1,475 lb-ft of torque. That is huge! So huge that we actually aren’t certain how are they able to transfer all of that to the ground.
The engines are fully integrated in the drivetrain. We didn’t obtain official sketches or anything, but it may well be that the engines are just right next to propshafts. This way, the weight is reduced and space is freed so that he engineers had more room to play with the power outputs without thinking about long and complicated moving elements. Apart from the advanced hardware, the scientist from the Institute had to develop a whole lot of software and adapt all the elements for this particular task. The good thing is that the Erlangen Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology has all the things needed for development – research centers, chip production facility, electronic and software development and other. This is a very serious project we are talking about here and we cannot wait to see the results.
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