Magneti Marelli has been engaged for some years now in the development of power control systems for hybrid and electrical applications. In2009, the KERS system for the recovery of kinetic energy, developed by the motorsport sector, made its debut in Formula 1. At present, prototypes have been developed for experimental vehicles, and production is scheduled to start by the end of 2012.
The DC/DC converter is the electronic control unit connected to the two batteries fitted on the vehicle, with low voltage (12V conventional) and high voltage (up to 500V).
The power module contains the electronic power components in which the motor and DC/DC converter currents flow; this is the most innovative characteristic for automotive applications. The design and construction of the module are crucial phases in system development and production in order to achieve distinctive objectives on the market: