Advanced Fluids for Electrified Vehicles (AFEV) Consortium Overview


Date Recorded: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Hosts: Pete Morgan and Rebecca Warden
Duration: 26:39


SwRI is pleased to present a webinar overview of a new industry consortium that is currently forming.

This consortium will focus on advancing understanding of the unique requirements of electrified powertrain lubricants. As electrified vehicles continue to develop outside the envelope of conventional powertrains, a better understanding of critical performance mechanisms and evaluation methods is needed to ensure proper fluid selection for each unique application. As next generation vehicles look to push speeds and power levels ever higher, it is critical to understand the role the lubricant plays in protecting hardware and delivering desired performance. To choose the best fluid, relevant methods must be available to allow for accurate development and comparison. Critical fluid performance metrics include durability, oxidation control, aeration, heat transfer, material compatibility, electrical conductivity, efficiency, and more. All must be considered as the industry looks to provide fluid solutions for electrified vehicles into the next generation.

Discussion Topics:

  • Electrified Powertrain Fluids - Current Industry Status Overview
  • Consortium Mechanics, Details, Plans
  • Potential Consortium R&D Projects

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