Exhibitor Interview – Bernhard Grasel, Product Manager Power & E-Mobility, DEWESoft GmbH

Bernhard Grasel obtained a DI (Diplomingenieur) degree in energy and environmental engineering from the University of Applied Science of Pinkafeld in 2012, and a B.Sc. in Business Engineering from the University of Applied Science of Wr. Neustadt in 2010. In his current position he is in charge of the business unit for power and eMobility at DEWESoft GmbH. One major application field is measurement and testing on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Which customer or market demands were the biggest drivers of your company's growth during the past three years?

As a manufacturer of measurement and testing systems, the biggest drivers for growth of the past years were the flexibility of our systems. There is a strong need of our customers for multifunctional measurement systems, which can measure different parameters such as electrical, mechanical, and so on. But at the same time the systems should be dedicated related to use of the instruments. And that’s exactly the key benefit of our solution – flexible in hardware, powerful and easy to use on the software side.

Do you anticipate that those demands will continue to be your biggest growth drivers for the next three years, or are you anticipating new trends?

Yes, this flexibility will ensure growth for the next years but we are also continuously adapting to new customer needs. Furthermore, the electrification of the drivetrain will give us a huge opportunity to grow. With our Power Analyser we can measure at any kind of drivetrain and wherever needed, on test bed or during real drive.

What are your areas of R&D focus, and what timeline do you anticipate for bringing your next new products to market? Can you tell us anything about those products?

For now, we have a perfect product portfolio which allows using them in a wideband application field. Nevertheless, there will follow a couple of new products in the future. One focus in R&D is on distributed measurements; another one is on very small and rugged measurement instruments.

What new trends do you anticipate and what market demands do you see evolving/changing over the next five years?

For our testing and measurement market, I see a strong trend towards real-drive efficiency testing. Talking about electric vehicles, the real energy consumption can differ by up to 60% of the manufacturer’s range specification. Real drive test perfectly shows the impact of the different factors which influence the energy consumption.

What would you say are the key challenges and opportunities currently faced by the industry?

The electrification of vehicles will bring new players to the market. Also, existing players have to rethink their profile. A key challenge will be to stay on eye level with technological trends and also to be compliant with regulations like new emissions rules.

What products will you be featuring at the show this year and what response are you expecting?

We will present our Power Analyser for electric and hybrid vehicle testing. The instrument is unique in market due to the flexibility on hardware site and the powerful software. For example, it’s possible to do power analysis at an EV with four in-wheel motors within just one measurement instrument – completely synchronously.

Why are you exhibiting and what connections do you hope to make at the expo?

We want to show our great capabilities in measurement and testing of electric and hybrid vehicles. We also use the show to meet and chat to existing customers.

DEWESoft GmbH are exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe at stand 519.
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