Space grade carbon fibre battery cooling for electric supercar

July 24, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Space grade carbon fibre battery cooling for electric supercar
Kulr Technology is to supply carbon fibre thermal interface (FTI) material to electric supercar maker Drako Motors for battery cooling.

The thermal conductivity, ultra-lightweight and flexible mechanical properties of FTI used in the Drako GTE electric supercar for battery cooling were designed for space exploration and is used in Mars 2020 Perseverance rover that is scheduled for launch next week.  

Drako Motors will use the FTI material as part of the thermal management system in the Drako GTE, a quad motor 1,200 horsepower, 206 mph luxury electric supercar. This enables the highest continuous output battery system in production at 1800A continuous and 2200A peak, says the company.

“Designing the highest performance and most sophisticated electric supercar in the world requires extreme levels of technology and innovation.” said Shiv Sikand, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Drako Motors. “Utilizing Kulr’s battery cooling architecture developed for NASA’s most demanding applications enables us to safely push the limits of electric vehicle performance on both road and track.” 

Kulr has combined its various space-proven technologies to a thermal management platform for EV applications. This includes battery thermal management with FTI materials for battery cooling, battery safety with passive propagation resistant (PPR) design, battery safety testing with internal short circuit (ISC) technology, and electrical motor and component cooling with FTI and phase change material (PCM) solutions.

“In our collaboration with Drako Motors, we are demonstrating a reference design platform for the highest performance EV supercar in the world,” said Michael Mo, CEO of Kulr.

“Anyone who’s ever held an electronic device knows batteries can get hot and high-performance, top-end batteries can get extremely hot when pushed to their limits,” he added. With a unique quad motor, 1,200 horsepower architecture designed for the absolute highest levels of automotive performance, Drako GTE is the ideal EV platform to showcase the superior performance of Kulr’s thermal solutions.”

www.kulrtechnology.com

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The Drako GTE electric supercar uses FTI carbon fibre cooling

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