Anwar, M., Hayes, M., Tata, A., Teimorzadeh, M. et al., "Power Dense and Robust Traction Power Inverter for the Second-Generation Chevrolet Volt Extended-Range EV," SAE Int. J. Alt. Power. 4(1):145-152, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-1201.
The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range that is capable of operation on battery power alone, and on engine power after depletion of the battery charge. First generation Chevrolet Volts were driven over half a billion miles in North America from October 2013 through September 2014, 74% of which were all-electric [1, 12]. For 2016, GM has developed the second-generation of the Volt vehicle and “Voltec” propulsion system. By significantly re-engineering the traction power inverter module (TPIM) for the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), we were able to meet all performance targets while maintaining extremely high reliability and environmental robustness. The power switch was re-designed to achieve efficiency targets and meet thermal challenges. A novel cooling approach enables high power density while maintaining a very high overall conversion efficiency.