Kinda cool, if only because this system is small, lighter and significantly safer than current systems...one of the big deals is it is only 48 volts so less chance of fire or electrical arcing if something goes wrong. Plus water cooled motors...great idea there.
Continental is rulling automotive development right now, how much you want to bet this system can basically drop in the Alfa and interface perfectly, considering the brake system is also Continental and there is a 48 volt system already on the 2.0 in Jeeps?
Notice the article talks about the Porsche Taycan being an 800 volt system...
...if something happened with the electrical of that system to cause the power to arc to the chassis (say an improper repair at the dealer resulting in a loose ground, as has happened to members of this board and was scary when it happened.)...it will cause the car to explode into a fireball. The good news is no medical bills...the bad news is, well, funeral expenses...maybe other people die too.
800 volts...doesnt seem to be a typo, other sites report the same...holy crap...50 volts can kill.
800 volts in something the moves, gets jostled, bumped and beaten while being exposed to every temperature extreme and type of weather and is repaired, often, by people who are inexperienced and inadequately trained.....this is one one the stupiest things humanity has ever done that doesn't revolve around war IMO.
As a reference Tesla is 375 volts...and notice how fast they catch fire when the electrical is compromised. Highest death rate in accidents in any luxury car. Yes, they have less accidents, but the chances of death are still higher. This isn't just because of the electrical, it is because of the high voltage.
Everyone is taught how dangerous 220 is in a house. Special protective plugs, only one or two outlets, highly regulated. But almost 400 volts or more in a car...that isn't dangerous...nah......no way...big IQ smart people say so. Billionairs even...no way a super-genius billionaire could do something dangerous without thinking of the risk to their consumer....and a German car company, especially VW (own Porsche) no way they would do something dangerous and borderline unethical....(except they have before but that wasn't with an EV.)
IMO there is going to be an accident so bad at some point, people on the sidewalk get electrocuted because the power arcs to some metal on the street. 800 volts...you are literally sitting in a powerplant capable of running a house for 2 days...with almost 8x's the voltage and a better chance of an accident resulting in failure.
With no protective clothing or any sort of insulation separating the occupants from the electrical system or chassis, so in a failure any power released is guaranteed to go directly to the driver and passengers.
In a house, ground runs to the earth, that is so if something goes wrong the power will run to literal ground and not go into the frame of the home, will not start a fire and will not electrocute people in the house. We developed this system because..well, stuff burned and people died early on, we figured out how to stop it.
In a car that is not possible, ground goes to the frame, the opposite of a home....power released will go into the frame and any occupants inside that frame. We havent figured out how to stop that yet.
Except Continental just did sorta..they dropped the voltage to semi-safe levels.
To give you an idea of how strong 800 or even 375 volts is, realize arc welders run at 300-500/volts. So that is an arc welder running to your body in the wrong circumstances.
Tesla death rate stats.
Information on arc welding and electrical current.