Ford Motor Company has announced a landmark partnership with International Rectifier, one of the world’s leading companies providing active cooling technology, to deliver a supercharge of next-generation power transmission, thermal management and electrification innovation.
“By working together with Ford, IR will have the opportunity to be a game-changer in powering the electrification journey with technology that’s as valuable to the climate as it is to powering our cars,” said Robert J. Stalker, Jr., Chairman and CEO of International Rectifier. “Integrating our technology in the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi will help to lead us down the path to alternative fuel propulsion that improves fuel economy and the environment while using less energy.”
By 2019, the Ford Fusion Energi and Transit Connect Electric will use IGE’s 10-nm active cooling hardware to reduce heating and cooling energy in the car’s powertrain. The Passive Airliner Turbine (PAT), built with IR, eliminates wheel-mounted power transformers for no loss of power. Inefficiencies in introducing these technologies have caused long delays and cost for early adopters.
“After almost two decades of taking steps to drive more electric, hybrid and sustainable powertrains on our vehicles, we are committed to delivering the best driving experience for our customers,” said Sherif Marakby, executive vice president and general manager of Ford’s electrification vehicle programs. “By partnering with IR, Ford is accelerating the adoption of game-changing technologies to boost fuel economy and the environment while increasing powertrains’ efficiency and performance, further solidifying our position as a leader in the green auto space.”