NI Expands Electric Vehicle Testing Ecosystem with D&V Electronics

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

November 08, 2021


NI Expands Electric Vehicle Testing Ecosystem with D&V Electronics

NI announced two new offerings to enhance testing environments and workflows for electric vehicle (EV) traction inverter validation: a new Inverter Test System (ITS) and a collaboration agreement with D&V Electronics for power-level inverter test. 

These offerings promise to accelerate innovation for EVs by integrating test earlier in the product development lifecycle. By simulating EV powertrains to perform hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) tests of traction inverter electronic control units (ECU), the ITS allows EV test engineers to create more life-like scenarios not easily and accurately reproduced on the road. 

NI solutions, coupled with D&V Electronics, are designed to allow customers to spend more time engineering toward Vision Zero and less time troubleshooting their test systems. Through this collaboration between NI and D&V, electric motor and direct current power emulators can be inserted into the test workflow to enable durability and thermal testing of the inverter component at full power in a high quality, cost-effective, and safe environment. Per the company, adding more simulation fidelity and capabilities speeds up the entire development process at a lower overall cost than field tests. 

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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