Fallbrook Technologies Establishes Advisory Board for Automotive Product Development

first_imgDesigned for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. SAN DIEGO — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., a company dedicated to improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for engine and human-powered devices, has established an Automotive Business & Technology Advisory Board to assist the company in evaluating product requirements and market opportunities for its NuVinci DeltaSeries products. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement David Cole, chairman emeritus at the Center for Automotive Research, is the initial automotive/transportation industry member of the advisory board, which will include former executives with significant automotive business and technical experience serving as impartial advisors. Fallbrook recently announced its entry into the automotive market with its NuVinci DeltaSeries, a line of continuously variable accessory drives and primary transmissions that increase fuel efficiency and vehicle performance. Fallbrook launched the NuVinci N360, the second-generation of its award-winning continuously variable bicycle drivetrain this summer. The company is also developing transmission technologies for electric vehicles, small wind power and lawn care equipment. “I’m delighted to be part of Fallbrook’s advisory board,” said Cole. “Their NuVinci technology is very impressive, particularly the breadth of potential applications and the potential to be manufactured at a reasonable cost. I’m looking forward to helping Fallbrook achieve its objective of making its technology a game-changer in a number of arenas.” “It’s a real honor to have Dave Cole on our team,” said William Klehm, Fallbrook’s chairman and CEO. “He’s been recognized for his strategic vision, technical knowledge and marketing expertise, all of which will help us define and build quality products that provide value and meet market needs.”,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions.  The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021.center_img The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.”  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.last_img

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