Vitesco Technologies (formerly Continental's powertrain division) announced it was supplying Volkswagen the key drive control unit for the ID.3.

"This product makes us part of VW's electrification ecosystem, which is proof of our strong system and electronics expertise across the entire vehicle propulsion system and beyond", claimed Wolfgang Breuer who heads the supplier's electronic controls business.

Vitesco developed the new server-based drive control unit for the VW group modular electric drive platform (MEB).

In the ID.3, this device assumes a number of key functions in the electric propulsion system: it activates the electric motor, coordinates all commands initiated by the accelerator pedal, plays an integral part in charging and energy management as well as the management of the high voltage electrical system. It also acts as an interface to the other control units inside the vehicle. The device also allows connectivity with the outside world to enable software updates, and functional enhancements at any time in the field. As a result, in addition to functional safety, great attention was also placed on cyber security during the development of the new component.

The product contains software components developed by Vitesco and is also an integration platform for software provided by VW to seamlessly ensure the overall device function. Both companies were able to bring the control unit to production within approximately two years.

The component will go into further electric vehicles from VW group brands sharing MEB.