Electronics for electrification

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  • Along SEAT S.A.’s journey towards electrification, the transformation of people and processes is vital
  • The e-House is a department where people from very different backgrounds work side by side on the electronics of the urban electric cars that will be produced at the Martorell plant
  • Brigitte Bellina and Daniel Moreno recount their story of transformation and what it’s like to work at the e-House

There's a department at the Prototypes and Pre-Series Centre of the SEAT S.A. plant in Martorell which develops the electronics of the family of urban electric cars that will be produced at the factory. It's the e-House, an innovative working method that’s been implemented to continue progressing on the road to electrification. How? By means of a complete transformation of people and processes. This is the story of Brigitte Bellina and Daniel Moreno, two examples of the major change that the company is undergoing.

Where transformation begins. Brigitte and Daniel’s paths had never crossed before they started working together at the e-House, as they come from very different career backgrounds. They’ve both experienced a transformation in order to take on the company’s greatest challenge to date - the transition towards electric cars. "I used to be in charge of mechanics, however, I did several postgraduate courses focused on electric vehicles and automation, and now I’m in charge of the e-House’s high-voltage laboratory, the eLab" explains Brigitte. As for Daniel, he graduated from the SEAT S.A. Apprentice School with qualifications in mechatronics and maintenance, but "after working in this field for 10 years, I decided to continue my transformation process with a SEAT S.A. training course specifically dedicated to electric vehicles; thanks to this, now I work in wiring analysis" he points out.

Making a change to move forward. "The e-House is a new way of understanding electric vehicles" underscores Brigitte. She goes on to say that "it’s necessary to skillfully deal with the complexity of electronics together, analysing it in advance, before the assembly of prototypes and pre-series, to ensure the success of the series production." For Daniel, this is a fundamental part of the transformation process towards electrification: "It’s a complete paradigm shift in which we consider the electric car as an interconnected whole, leaving aside silos to work together towards a common goal."

Drivers of electrification. A cross-disciplinary push to propel the project of the first electric car to be manufactured in Martorell is a major challenge, but for Brigitte it’s a source of pride. "This transformation will not only have a great impact on SEAT S.A., but on society and on the world as well" she says. "I personally feel part of a great team that’s passionate about electric mobility; working side by side we can set a great historic milestione, breaking down barriers" concludes Daniel.