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Simplify the Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Process

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Vehicle electrification is one of the biggest trends in the automotive industry today. Automakers have mastered the art of designing, validating, and building vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs) over the last century. Bringing these to market today requires a complicated process with handoffs between multiple teams working sequentially. Today’s electric vehicle manufacturers show that electric vehicle technology can be developed rapidly and profitably by focusing on innovation and smart manufacturing. However, legacy automakers are struggling with adopting the same approach to innovation while maintaining the same levels of quality and efficiency.

Smart Manufacturing for Vehicle Electrification

Electric vehicles (EVs) require a significant increase in electronics content, a more complex electrical architecture, multiple voltage systems, and complex electric vehicle software. Further, even engineers working on designing a single part need to consider more implications than ever before. Automakers that fail to deal with these challenges can seriously jeopardize their viability and potentially miss out on the fastest-growing market segment in the automotive industry. However, automakers that introduce a digital twin approach will master the electric vehicle development process by increasing efficiency, moving faster, and effectively scaling up while keeping costs low. By doing so, EV development will favorably shift economics, which will reduce the existing gap between electric vehicles and ICE vehicles, paving a smart path to an electric mobility future.

Implement a digital twin to improve the Vehicle Electrification Process

By implementing comprehensive digital twin technology, automakers will improve the collaboration across electrical, mechanical, embedded software, design engineering teams and partners in the supply chain. It creates ways to share requirements, design, and manufacturing data across engineering disciplines, making it easier to track all changes and ensure traceability automatically. Electric vehicle simulation software allows teams to explore more ideas and perform testing earlier in the product lifecycle. It will enable the user to optimize system design and implementation in new vehicles more efficiently and faster. In the increasingly complex electric vehicle space, implementing a comprehensive digital twin is necessary to stay relevant in the race to vehicle electrification.