Conference Paper


R. Armstrong, L. Dawson, A.J. Rowell, C.A. Marshman and A.R. Ruddle, "The effect of fully electric vehicles on the low frequency electromagnetic environment", submitted for Joint IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and EMC Europe (EMC Europe 2015), 16th-22nd August 2015, Dresden, Germany. Accepted.


The rapid development of fully electric vehicles, their charging systems and their increasing availability to the general public presents both the automotive industry and consumers with some new challenges. Electromagnetic compatibility has been well understood by the industry, but the deployment of high power inverter drives as part of the powertrain is currently not covered by automotive EMC standards. Of particular concern are potentially high levels of low frequency magnetic field emissions; this is also the case with some charging systems. There are also possible concerns that electric vehicle occupants may be exposed to relatively high electromagnetic field levels. This paper concludes that additional requirements are required for radiated emission testing of electric vehicles and that low frequency emissions can be high enough to merit consideration in the design of the vehicle and installation of the drive train. In addition, it provides some guidance on installation of in-vehicle high power electronics to mitigate emissions effects on the electromagnetic environment.








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 Electrical powertrain Health Monitoring for Increased Safety of FEVs

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Start date: 01/06/2012
End date: 28/02/2015

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