While the Purdue EcoMakers have received helped from all of the sponsors, one sponsor has been extremely helpful: Magna E-Car Systems. Magna E-Car Systems is a global supplier of components and systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, which offers a wide array of products including lithium-ion cells and battery packs, electric drive motors, generators, inverters, converters, onboard chargers and powertain control modules.
Purdue was one of the few universities that received an entire motor assembly from Magna E-Car Systems. This integrated motor, inverter and gearbox unit significantly reduced the effort that the team needed to expend in integrating the electric drive in the Chevrolet Malibu, and as a result also reduces risk. There are many aspects and complexities in integrating such a component, and by Magna E-Car Systems providing the motor as an integrated the unit, it significantly reduced the complexity of such an integration.
In addition to their generous donation, Magna E-Car Systems was also extremely helpful in providing the EcoMakers with CAD drawings and quick response via email and telephone conversations. Without this help from Magna E-Car Systems, the team would not have been as successful during the vehicle design process. Check out Purdue’s sponsor success video below!