When recently ask by an electric team how they were to incorporate the major electrical systems like the inverters, harnessing, battery control boards, accumulator, etc. when the slide categories in the template seemed more geared towards combustion vehicles; SAE took this question to the source and here is what guidance our Design Event Captains had to offer:
“Formula SAE vehicles with Electric Powertrains should treat the full EV powertrain/drivetrain inclusive of motors, accumulators, batteries, inverters, primary drive controllers, etc.… as part of the Powertrain section for the purposes of the Design Review Brief.
It is acknowledged that there are several areas where the lines between the EV Powertrain and the overall electrical system/system integration are blurred; however, it is up to the team to determine how best to ‘tell their story’. To convey the overall system designs, some overlap in coverage between the sections is acceptable, if not recommended.”