Many of you might be familiar with Infineon for its computer memory or communications products. Fewer are aware that the semiconductor giant is a crucial supplier to the automotive industry, especially in the electric vehicles (EV) segment.

I met with Infineon representatives recently. They pointed out that California policies and regulations are accelerating the transition to EVs in reference to the upcoming 2035 California mandate that all new cars and trucks must be zero-emission.

To raise awareness around its contribution to the EV industry and as a technology demonstration, Infineon is collaborating with Volkswagen’s ID.4 team (VW) on a 37000 miles tour across the USA in an  ID.4, VW’s new all-electric SUV.

Renowned driver Rainer Zietlow will be at the wheel, and it’s not surprising since he’s been leading other projects like this. Infineon’s footprint on the vehicle is sizeable as they supply 50 semiconductor components for that car, including microcontrollers, integrated circuits, and power-related semiconductors.

According to the official data, The ID.4 car has an 82 kWh battery pack and “over 250 miles” range. When charging is required, support for 125 kW charging allows the battery to go from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes. It’s not the absolute fastest charging I’ve heard of, but it’s very decent.

Infineon points out that it also supplies components for charging stations, including necessary equipment to enable fast charging. If you want to follow this project and see if it goes near your location, check the official map, which is updated every 15mn.

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