Continental Uses Performance Electric Motor Without Rare Earth Materials
Manufacturing or driving cars raises the issue of pollution. While there are no silver bullets, companies are finding better ways of refining components while reducing global footprints. Continental might be a company you associate with tires but its other departments are involved with ways of reducing pollution, refining electric car components and making electric motors particularly efficient without sacrificing pollution.
Continental’s Electric Drivetrain Department. Continental has been converting regular cars to full electric by using its in-house components, which include electric motors, batteries, electronics, propulsion, charging systems, as well as its Conti.eContact tires. For instance, its Conti.eContact tire offers an intelligent solution to low-roll resistance solution by moving away from a 195/55R20 tire and replacing it with a traditional 205/55R16 whose flexible sidewall help reduce energy loss when deflecting or rebounding and substantially reduced rolling resistance.
Electric Motor. When it comes to electric motors, we know we have a choice between AC and DC motors. DC motors are cheap and do fine with a homemade conversion but they don’t allow for regenerative braking, something AC motors can do. Continental’s electric motor goes a step further by using a synchronous electric motor that is “externally excited”.