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John Deere for New Modular Inverter

December 7, 2015 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PD400 for ‘Space Savings and Flexibility’ in Hybrid Electrics

John Deere Electronic Solutions is promoting its new PD400 modular inverter for hybrid electric vehicles as a parts count-reducing and space-saving unit for high-voltage/high-power hybrid electric vehicles.

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The new PD400 inverter from JDES is designed to work with the company’s full suite of JDES advanced motor control software.



“The PD400 all-in-one system eliminates the need for multiple interfaces, while also matching exact system requirements, simplifying work, and allowing system designers to optimize machine performance in the often-extreme conditions of off-highway and heavy-duty applications,” JDES says.

As such, it “provides space savings and flexibility to system designers,” the firm says – in large part because the PD400 can be configured as a dual inverters, taking the place of two conventional units.

‘Advances in electrified vehicle design aren’t impacting only consumer vehicles, but are also beginning to influence system design and development in on- and off-highway heavy equipment,’ says John Deere Electronic Solutions.

‘Advances in electrified vehicle design aren’t impacting only consumer vehicles, but are also beginning to influence system design and development in on- and off-highway heavy equipment,’ says John Deere Electronic Solutions.

Simpler Connections

As an additional benefit, Deere says, “the PD400 protects both itself and the machine’s other systems from resonance at a low cost while freeing up space with its compact design.”

Energy loss is decreased and heat control improved as the liquid-cooled PD400 design eliminates multiple connector and cooling interfaces. The PD400 features a common electronic control architecture that supports the full suite of JDES advanced motor control software – “accurately synchronized [with] mistake-proof integration.”

A Full John Deere Inverter Line-Up

Additional features also include an optional DC-DC converter as a potential alternator replacement and an available integrated isolation-monitoring feature for preventive maintenance use.

The PD400 modular inverter joins a JDES line-up which includes the PD300, PD550 Single and PD550 Dual – all said to be suited “for a variety of off-highway and heavy-duty vehicle applications, such as waste management, agriculture and drilling.”


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Source: John Deere Electronic Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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