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TM4 Launches BCI20, a Charger-Inverter

September 6, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Unit Functions as Both Battery Charger and Inverter

Canada’s TM4, “in a strategic move to broaden its product offering,” is talking up its new BC102 as an innovative and economical combination charger and inverter for electric vehicles.

TM4’s new bi-directional charger-inverter, the BCI20

The bi-directional unit, developed in collaboration with Quebec’s Convertronix, is designed to use the full current range of AC power as defined in SAE J1772 for a maximum charge power of 18 kilowatts with 240 volts.

“When the vehicle is in use, the charger becomes a dual inverter that can provide two independent three-phase outputs of 9kVA each to power various AC auxiliary loads,” TM4 says.

‘Multiple Functionalities in One Box’

“The charger combined with two inverter outputs,” TM4 sales and customer service director Eric Azeroual says in the BCI20 announcement, “is very beneficial for our customers.

“It simplifies the vehicle integration by combining multiple functionalities in one box, moving TM4 closer to our one-stop shop approach,” he said.

Lion Electric’s all-battery school buses may see the first commercial use of TM4’s new BCI20 bi-directional charger-inverter.

The Lion Electric Company is the first client to gauge the benefits of the new integrated product, TM4 says, testing the BCI20 in battery-electric school buses.

“To our knowledge, no other unit on the market offers so many features, such power density, quality and ease of integration at such a competitive cost,” Lion engineering director Bruno Pilon, says in the TM4 release.

Flexible Installation in Multiple Mounting Locations

The BCI20 allows for flexible installation in multiple mounting locations “due to its compactness and lightness,” TM4 adds.

The BCI20 will be shown for the first time next week at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Mich.

Higher-power and three-phase units are planned, as is a unit suitable for V2G/vehicle-to-grid applications.

Check out TM4’s excellent BCI20 video

TM4 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hydro-Québec utility. The company designs and manufactures electric motors, generators, power electronics and control systems suitable for commercial, automotive, marine, mining, rail, motorsports and recreational vehicles.

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Source: TM4 with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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