Hillcrest Vitality and Hercules Electrical companion on electrical powertrains


Hillcrest Vitality Applied sciences, a developer of energy conversion applied sciences and management system options for next-generation electrical methods, and Hercules Electrical Mobility, an organization bringing electrical propulsion methods to marketplace for leisure boating and marine purposes, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Beneath the phrases of the MOU, the businesses will collaborate on a challenge to construct, check and probably commercialize a system that features a Hillcrest 250 kW, 800 V inverter that has been optimized for a Hercules electrical powertrain.


Hillcrest’s 250 kW steady, 350 kW peak, 800 V nominal, 1,000 V peak SiC inverter prototype has an estimated quantity of 6.5 liters and anticipated energy density of ± 50 kW/L.

As a part of the challenge, they’ll collaborate on a sequence of configurations utilizing the Hillcrest inverter within the Hercules electrical propulsion system to check and work in the direction of the top purpose of demonstrating a powertrain containing an optimized Hillcrest inverter.

The challenge will start this month and is predicted to run via March 2023, with potential purposes together with marine, automotive and different electrical mobility merchandise.

With a shared modular design philosophy, our corporations have a variety of synergies. This strategy permits us each to adapt to buyer wants, combine the most recent applied sciences into our merchandise, and enhance pace to market. The Hercules workforce brings a powerful depth of expertise and we’re proud to affix forces with them on our first improvement MOU.

—Hillcrest CEO Don Currie

Designed to be smaller, lighter and extra highly effective than at present out there inverters, Hillcrest expertise is constructed on proprietary management software program. This software program mixed with distinctive {hardware} design know-how overcomes conventional challenges confronted with present vast bandgap gadgets.

Hillcrest inverter expertise has been confirmed in product-development testing to scale back losses and ship new ranges of effectivity and efficiency in future generations of electrical drive methods. This shared modular, customizable design gives the flexibleness to satisfy buyer wants rapidly and to adapt to essentially the most up-to-date applied sciences.

Hercules Electrical Mobility, Inc. was based in 2018 by James Breyer, an auto-industry veteran who labored in superior engineering on a number of electrical car initiatives with world automakers. Hercules is initially centered on bringing electrical propulsion methods to marketplace for leisure boating and marine purposes via its Hercules Electrical Marine model.

Since then, Hercules has developed and constructed superior electrical propulsion expertise in a modular design that’s pushed by digital controls and software program. The Hercules 200-kilowatt e-Drive system was not too long ago chosen by Coach Marine Group as the electrical propulsion system it’ll use in its Coach and Xcursion branded pontoon boats.

If all milestones are met, Hillcrest and Hercules count on to enter right into a definitive commercialization settlement.


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