VinFast & Infineon to cooperate on EV platform
VinFast and the German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon are building a joint application competence centre for electromobility in Hanoi. The opening in the Vietnamese capital is planned for the first quarter of 2023.
According to a joint press release, the VinFast-Infineon Competence Centre (VICC) will discuss new mobility solutions from VinFast and the corresponding requirements for semiconductors at an early stage of development. The aim is “to support the stabilisation of supply chains”. As a first step, the centre, which is currently being established, will focus on the development of a new electric powertrain for VinFast’s electric platforms.
VinFast is currently on the market with the VF 8 and VF 9 models in the D and E segments respectively. At the Paris Motor Show, the manufacturer is currently also presenting studies of two vehicles below this, the VF 6 and the VF 7.
“VinFast’s goal is to create smart mobility solutions for a sustainable future,” commented Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice President of Vingroup and Chairman of the Board of VinFast. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Infineon – the leader in semiconductors for electromobility. Infineon’s advanced products and solutions will help to enhance VinFast’s production efficiencies and support us reach our goals faster.”
Infineon will provide technical support to VinFast in the further development of its electric platform design and advise on semiconductor selection, it says. “Based on its system understanding as well as broad product and technology portfolio Infineon will provide technical support and guidance on semiconductor selection including conventional technologies and those based on WBG (Wide Bandgap) semiconductor materials, including silicon carbide (SiC). The competence center will house a laboratory with testing and measuring equipment to provide prompt product validation.”
The two companies have been working together for just over three years. In this respect, VinFast’s electric vehicles already integrate Infineon solutions – for example in the inverter for electric motors, in the onboard charger and in the DC/DC converter.
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