Infineon Promotes Electro-Mobility, Partners with Volkswagen’s ID.3 Tour Throughout Germany

October 30, 2020 by Alessandro Mascellino

Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon has partnered up with the ID.3 Tour in Germany to promote electro-mobility applications.

As part of the new collaboration, Volkswagen's new electric model will stop at Infineon's fast-charging points across the country.

The tour is set to last 65 days and counts 640 charging stations featuring a charging capacity of more than 60 kilowatts.

Long-distance driver Rainer Zietlow and his co-driver Dominic Brüner will travel more than 20,000 kilometers to showcase the ID.3’s electro-mobility capabilities.


The ID.3.
The ID.3. Image used courtesy of Volkswagen.


A fast-growing industry

The collaboration between Infineon and Volkswagen comes at a time of rapid expansion of the electro-mobility industry.

Figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority of Germany show an increase of more than 150 percent in newly registered electric cars and plug-in hybrids between January and August 2020.

Tapping into this expanding market, car manufacturers are now trying to increase the efficiency of their vehicles.

This is due not in small part to semiconductors, as these components are responsible for improving range, charging time, and costs of electro-mobility.

Volkswagen's ID.3 encloses more than 50 semiconductors from Infineon, including microcontrollers, power semiconductors, and driver components. 

The car’s main power module is from the HybridPACK Drive product range, which is responsible for power conversion between battery and motor.


he HybridPACK DSC S2.
The HybridPACK DSC S2. Image used courtesy of Infineon.


The Global EV Outlook Report

The global trend of electro-mobility's growth is also corroborated by data from The Global EV Outlook, an annual publication that analyzes developments in the field across the globe.

The latest iteration of the report shows how the global electric vehicle market expanded significantly over the last decade, thanks to supportive policies and technology advances.

The document combines historical analysis with projections to 2030 to examine various key areas of interest.

These include electric vehicles and charging infrastructure deployment, ownership cost, energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, and battery material demand.

The 2020 edition of the Global EV Outlook also features case studies on transit bus electrification in Kolkata (India), Shenzhen (China), Santiago (Chile), and Helsinki (Finland). 

It also suggests policy recommendations for the adoption of electric vehicles developed by observing frontrunner markets and considering policy frameworks and market systems.

Finally, the Global EV Outlook 2020 report expands on 2019’s findings related to the performance and costs of batteries. This section includes recommendations about end-of-life treatment, as well as off-peak electricity demand charging, dynamic controlled charging (V1G), and vehicle-to-grid (V2G).

You can read the report in its entirety and this link here.


Follow the ID.3 TOur

As for the ID.3 Tour, the 20,000-kilometer marathon started on September 28 from Oberstdorf, the southernmost town in Germany, and will go back and forth across the Federal Republic. 


Image courtesy of Infineon.
Image courtesy of Infineon.


The ride was calculated by the Institute for Transport Logistics (ITL) at the Technical University of Dortmund and will end at the northernmost parking lot in the country, west of List on Sylt, in December. 

Students at the Stuttgart Media University (HdM) are currently providing texts, photos, and videos of the route on social media on a daily basis.

The initiative supports the SOS Children's Village in Bernburg / Saale.

For more information about the event, you can check the organizers' event’s website here (in German.)