PEM Opens E-Motor Research Site With Ford in Cologne

14/10/2022

The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University has opened a new 1,000 square meter research site for electric motors at the Ford plants in Cologne. As part of the "HaPiPro2" project, one of the most important electric motor components, the so-called hairpin stator, is to be further developed with other partners from industry and science by August 2023. In the future, a prototype demonstration line will be used to advance the production technology for different variants of this e-motor component, which is crucial for performance and efficiency.

  NRW minister Mona Neubaur and Professor Achim Kampker look at a hairpin Copyright: © Alexander Bertrams

"In the public discussion about electric mobility, much of the focus is on the battery – but equally important components such as the electric motor are almost forgotten," says head of PEM, Professor Achim Kampker: "Efficient production processes for e-motors are of central importance to the success of electric mobility." The new infrastructure maps all process steps from hairpin production to assembly processes and laser welding to impregnation and insulation. The aim of the project is to make the hitherto complex production of e-motors significantly cheaper in the future and thus shorten their time to market.

NRW minister Neubaur: "Sustainably secure jobs"

"For the climate-friendly transport of the future, electric mobility is particularly important. Here, NRW is already making an important contribution with strong companies from the automotive industry and top-class research," says Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: "With the HaPiPro2 project, optimum conditions are being created for pioneering innovations at the tradition-steeped automotive location of Cologne. This is also good news for sustainably secure jobs."