McLaren chooses STMicroelectronics for silicon carbide power modules


McLaren Applied has selected STMicroelectronics (ST) as a key supplier of silicon carbide (SiC) power modules for its next-generation IPG5 800V inverter.

At 3.79L in size and weighing 5.5kg, IPG5 can extend an EV’s range by more than 7%.

Derived from decades of experience in automotive and motorsports applications, McLaren Applied’s IPG5 is highly controllable, offering variable switching frequencies.

The next-generation IPG5 800V silicon carbide inverter can power electric motors to more than 400kW peak, 250kW continuous, at a greater weight and volume.

Stephen Lambert, head of electrification at McLaren Applied said, “Silicon carbide and the need for greater efficiency is absolutely going to be a key trend in the increasing adoption of EV technology.

“Inverter technology is rapidly adopting silicon carbide semiconductors, especially in 800V architectures, and this deal with ST secures access to the best SiC semiconductor technology available today.”

Philippe Prats, Head of Automotive Marketing & Application EMEA STMicroelectronics said: “Using Acepack Drive power module based on SiC Mosfet technology helps McLaren Applied achieve the greatest efficiency and longest driving range possible for their innovative, high performance powertrain systems.”


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