Magna-Power Electronics Rapid Charges Fastest Electric Car in the World

Press Release, October 1, 2010


Magna-Power Electronics, a world leader in high-power programmable dc power supplies, delivered a 75 kW MS Series III power supply used to charge the world’s fastest electric vehicle: the Ohio State Buckeye Bullet. The vehicle, powered by rapid-charge capable prismatic A123 batteries, set the world land-speed record for an electric car, averaging 307.7 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last month.

Charging the vehicle presented some unique considerations: high currents for the rapid charging, high voltages for the battery configuration, and water-cooling to account for Bonneville Salt Flats’ corrosive environment. Magna-Power Electronics delivered its standard 1,250 Vdc, 75 kW MS Series III power supply with the water-cooling option. In addition, the power supply’s communication interface enabled a computer controlled charging sequence.

The Buckeye Bullet 2.5 was built in collaboration with engineering teams from the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University, along with support from A123 Systems and Venturi Automobiles, a French company.

About Magna-Power Electronics, Inc.

Magna-Power Electronics designs, and manufactures robust current-fed power supplies in the USA that set industry standards for quality, size, and control. Its products can be found around the world feeding power to national laboratories, universities, and a wide range of industrial sites. The company’s experience in power electronics is reflected in its 2 kW to 600 kW+ product line, quality service, and reputation for excellence.

Magna-Power Electronics
39 Royal Road
Flemington, NJ 08822