Valeo’s new low-voltage (48V) all-electric prototype is making its world début at CES 2018. As countries and major cites become more and more intent on reducing CO2 emissions, this system offers a new angle on the future shape of urban mobility. The small two-seater electric tech demo car, which charges at any EV charging station, delivers a top speed of 63 mp/h (100 km/h) and offers a range of 63 miles (100 km), is ideally suited to the short journeys and lowspeeds of urban driving. The 48V all-electric car is also, and above all, more economical (by 20%) than a high-voltage all electric solution, largely because it can do without some of the components and systems that a high-voltage system is required to have for user safety reasons. Pricing for a small 48V all-electric car could be as low as 9 000 dollars.
By making the all electric vehicle more affordable, this innovative solution could well lend further momentum to the electrification revolution. To develop its innovative 48V all-electric drive solution, Valeo has built on its experience and expertise in 48V systems for hybrid applications, a field in which it leads the market.