October 26, 2020
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched 100%EV, a strategic initiative to drive eMobility. Hexagon’s initiative promises to enable rapid innovation toward new classes of vehicles that outperform combustion to overcome customer performance and cost concerns, the company reports.
Hexagon’s design, engineering and manufacturing technologies are employed by industry leaders such as Volkswagen and Bosch, from optimizing the efficiency of new electric vehicle (EV) powertrain design and production to quality inspecting new range-boosting batteries. Through 100%EV, Hexagon is focusing its combined technologies and expertise to help manufacturers integrate these processes and accelerate the global transition to EVs, the company reports.
Electric vehicles are expected to represent a third of the automotive market by 2025, but customers remain concerned about their range and need compelling reasons to buy at current prices, according to Hexagon. In response, carmakers plan to launch 400 new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) models by 2025 and manufacturers require efficient ways to develop EV platforms and models, but without prohibitive cost.
“We believe the journey towards a cleaner and more sustainable 100% EV future can, and should, be accelerated through innovation,” says Paolo Guglielmini, president, Manufacturing Intelligence division at Hexagon. “The automotive industry is rallying to meet the demanding deadlines for the rollout of EVs, but wrestling with the complexity of producing new vehicles that consumers want to buy.
“There is a race to build better and more tailored models and we want to help companies think beyond contemporary practices and win market share. We believe such a rapid pivot can only be addressed through smart manufacturing technologies that support eMobility development from concept to customer, making the journey toward 100% EV faster and more cost-effective,” Guglielmini adds.
Hexagon’s 100%EV solutions will help the automotive industry overcome new EV challenges. For example, optimizing the efficiency of electric powertrains from mechanical design and lubrication to precision machining, optimizing the acoustics of the vehicle to avoid motor noise, to optimizing manufacturing and quality inspection to produce more efficient batteries and electric motors. They will join up fragmented development processes, bringing together previously siloed disciplines to unlock innovation and enable widespread adoption ahead of the regulatory deadlines.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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