AEM: Not Just About Fossil Fuels

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more of a part of our scene–check out our video on this Tesla Model 3 autocross car as one example–so it’s no surprise that the aftermarket is stepping up to support their modification. What is surprising? One company doing it: AEM, long known more for fire-spitting race cars than for thoughtful conservation, has officially launched AEM EV

Their first products: "Under the AEM EV brand, the initial rollout includes two Vehicle Control Units (VCUs) that will deliver motorsports-ready EV tuning capabilities through a simplified, user-friendly interface, a powerful 8-Channel Power Distribution Unit (PDU) module that provides mounting flexibility through the ability to daisy-chain up to eight units together over a CAN bus network and a CAN-based switch panel.” 

Sounds like electrifying your car has never been easier. Check out the full release below:

HAWTHORNE, CAAEM Performance Electronics is launching AEM EV, its new Performance EV Controls brand, and initial suite of performance electric vehicle control solutions. The AEM EV mission is to deliver products that simplify the EV conversion process and provide powerful control for EV motorsports applications that are intuitive and simple to use. The AEM EV brand allows the company to differentiate its EV performance products from its existing and future performance products for internal combustion race engines.

I speak on behalf of everyone at AEM when I say we are incredibly excited to develop and launch AEM EV”, stated AEM President Greg Neuwirth. “The EV segment is growing rapidly, from OEM development to conversions and of course, in motorsports. We recognize the challenges that builders and tuners have incorporating this new technology, and we believe our motorsports background combined with our experience in vehicle control systems will allow us to deliver EV products that make integration easier for builders and enthusiasts, without any compromise in safety, regardless of application.”

Under the AEM EV brand, the initial rollout includes two Vehicle Control Units (VCUs) that will deliver motorsports-ready EV tuning capabilities through a simplified, user-friendly interface, a powerful 8-Channel Power Distribution Unit (PDU) module that provides mounting flexibility through the ability to daisy-chain up to eight units together over a CAN bus network and a CAN-based switch panel. Working versions of these systems will be on display at the 2019 PRI Show in Indianapolis IN, December 12th-14th in booth 2101. AEM EV will reveal additional products in the near future.

AEM is fortunate to have partnered with several key players in the EV segment upon its decision to enter the EV market. Cascadia Motion, EV West, Hancock and Lane, Pat McCue and MLe Racecars, and Napoleon Motorsports have all played a critical role in the ramp up of the AEM EV product line. Release of AEM EV’s first round of products is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

 

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DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Reader
12/6/19 10:34 a.m.

Having had various EV/hybrid ideas, this is looking promising, I think I may be back to thinking about it a tad more seriously if I can ever come across a TL EV or Hybrid Camry/Optima...

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE HalfDork
12/6/19 11:30 a.m.

I wonder if this'll drop before the Axiom controller, or how it'll compare.

Carbon
Carbon UltraDork
12/6/19 11:55 a.m.

Oh hell yes. 

trigun7469
trigun7469 SuperDork
12/6/19 12:24 p.m.

yes

Carsandbikes
Carsandbikes Reader
12/6/19 2:40 p.m.

Crap, this will make the decision concerning my next new (to me) car, all that much more difficult.  I had been leaning towards one of 2 ICE cars...and a Prius or Camry hybrid.

The Toyotas I am not in love with, as far as looks, but I want to be environmentally responsible.  And I can't quite afford the new(er) hybrid or electric cars.

Mojave
Mojave
12/6/19 3:49 p.m.
GIRTHQUAKE said:

I wonder if this'll drop before the Axiom controller, or how it'll compare.

It's apples and oranges. The AEM VCUs are Vehicle controllers, where the Axiom is a Motor controller

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
12/6/19 7:58 p.m.

This just made me wonder if anyone has LS swapped a Tesla yet. 

Error404
Error404 Reader
12/6/19 8:41 p.m.
DirtyBird222 said:

This just made me wonder if anyone has LS swapped a Tesla yet. 

You, I like you. The rage that would spew from that would be well worth it.

Carbon
Carbon UltraDork
12/7/19 10:27 a.m.

This has sent me down a road of research that is monetarily inconvenient. 

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
12/8/19 4:00 p.m.
Error404 said:
DirtyBird222 said:

This just made me wonder if anyone has LS swapped a Tesla yet. 

You, I like you. The rage that would spew from that would be well worth it.

If this is real, our prayers have been answered Tesla LS

captdownshift
captdownshift UltimaDork
12/8/19 4:08 p.m.

This really makes me want to hunt for a high mileage first gen Leaf to narrow the front of the body, and axles, and to make a ghettowing for non-competitive class at the challenge

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE HalfDork
12/8/19 6:26 p.m.
DirtyBird222 said:
Error404 said:
DirtyBird222 said:

This just made me wonder if anyone has LS swapped a Tesla yet. 

You, I like you. The rage that would spew from that would be well worth it.

If this is real, our prayers have been answered Tesla LS

Nobody could be mad at that thing. The TL;DR version is- it cost north of $100K, required all new frame strengthening, a custom aluminum floorpan, and at the end of the day is a wacky, heavy C5 corvette.

 

TreDeuce
TreDeuce New Reader
12/8/19 9:06 p.m.

Aww!  There is a bright shining light among the brain dead Coal Rollers... Kudos.

NOAH TEATES
NOAH TEATES
12/9/19 12:43 p.m.

Can we please agree to stop calling the combination of rare-earth batteries and coal-fired electricity "environmentally responsible"?

Paul_VR6
Paul_VR6 Dork
12/9/19 6:24 p.m.

^ this but it is likely to change at least to massive amounts of natural gas soon. Renewables would be nice. The cobalt is an issue.

It would be nice to tune something without having to worry about the EPA because it doesn't matter how many electrons cause emissions.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua UltimaDork
12/9/19 7:32 p.m.
Paul_VR6 said:

 

It would be nice to tune something without having to worry about the EPA because it doesn't matter how many electrons cause emissions.

How does this actually work for a swap? I know Flyin Miata swaps all the emmisions stuff from the newer donor onto the recipient. If that is the rule, what does a Tesla have that is considered "required" for a legal swap onto an older chassis? Would a non OEM computer be OK? 

Paul_VR6
Paul_VR6 Dork
12/9/19 7:41 p.m.

I only tune race cars, so I am not totally sure. I am thinking because there are no point emissions on a BEV there is no issue here from an EPA or CARB point of view.

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