Future Vehicle Architecture (FuVA) is a methodology created from the R-Intelect approach utilising programme experience and in-house toolsets (such as IMBD). The design concept is developed around a holistic approach to integration of the vehicle sub-systems. FuVA brings together knowledge and experience of working with automotive partners in developing high voltage EV vehicle platforms. It considers the highest value items on the vehicle and defines a path to reduce cost whilst maintaining attribute targets.
Consisting of multiple processes, across critical areas of multi-energy vehicle development, FuVA delivers a scalable primary and secondary architecture concept in contrast to the skateboard structures seen in many electric vehicle platforms. Considering battery pack, propulsion system and whole vehicle thermal management and advanced controls. Manufacturer specific brand attributes are targeted along with BOM and Development cost reductions providing a pathway for technology road-mapping.
The FuVA concept, IMBD toolset and associated processes handle complex propulsion optimisation, vehicle structure constraints and integration aspects of vehicle development, which brings the following benefits:
- Optimises vehicle design and BOM material cost around the highest value item within xEVs across a common platform
- Improves vehicle attributes through assessing complex interactions between technologies, delivering optimum synergies
- Reduces product development time and cost through:
- Supporting hardware selection and assisting control strategy development
- Creation of full vehicle models well adapted to a virtual calibration process
- Improves robustness and quality of early system decisions through capturing a broader range of operating conditions and system interactions – avoiding late hardware change surprises