HUBER+SUHNER Take The Wheel, Sparking Electric Vehicle Innovation

HUBER+SUHNER Take The Wheel, Sparking Electric Vehicle Innovation

With increasing consumer demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs), manufacturers face the challenge of creating high-performing vehicles on mass scale.

While high-power charging infrastructure is essential, there is also a vital demand on the performance of high voltage (HV) distribution within the EV in order to efficiently conduct, hold, distribute and use electric power after charging. HUBER+SUHNER has years of experience in addressing the challenges of powering EVs and delivering high voltage solutions to EV customers worldwide.

Addressing several EV requirements, HUBER+SUHNER appreciates that a co-ordinated system of integrated solutions is the way forward for electric vehicles.

Resisting current issues

The number of EVs on the road is increasing as businesses work towards a more fuel-efficient workforce to reduce costs and maintain sustainable values. However, as consumer demand rises and enterprises roll out more EV fleets to meet targets, EV technology faces the challenge of delivering resilient performance.

To withstand the high voltage nature of the vehicle, EV operating systems are known to deteriorate rapidly, leaving transport susceptible to damages. Such issues are especially prevalent under harsh conditions such as mechanical abrasion, weather, moisture and temperature when travelling; elements that are unavoidable in transit.

The inefficiencies that failures such as this cause in EVs is disruptive to travel and has become a salient issue across industry sectors as they struggle to sustain satisfactory performance levels. Damages inflicted by poor EV cabling across entire fleets can prove costly, and the reduction of the vehicle’s running and charging performance can interrupt business operations, losing businesses time and money.

This is a rising issue, and manufacturers must combat this by implementing performance-enhancing innovations to their models. This is the only way to deliver efficient and reliable EV vehicles in order to stay competitive on the market.

Technical innovations that effectively and evenly distribute the HV through all EV components, means the vehicle can run more safely and with stronger resilience. The RADOX modular High Voltage Distribution Unit 2nd Generation (mHDVU Gen.2), developed by HUBER+SUHNER, offers just this; a specialised solution to increase the longevity of EVs in the commercial sector. 

The driving force of the solution 

The implementation of end-to-end interconnected systems which use high voltage cables can eliminate the concerns surrounding shortage and failure in entire EV fleets. In the development of the RADOX system, HUBER+SUHNER has combined cutting-edge technology to ensure consistent performance levels over the lifespan of the vehicle. By utilising their High Voltage Distribution Unit (HDVU), safety and efficiency can be guaranteed with the ability to withstand heavy duty application.

With the average HDVU technology being able to manage 400-650 Volts DC, the RADOX mHDVU can carry up to 800 Volts DC. The increased capability roll-out will be housed in lightweight aluminium, making the solution even more cost effective for customers.

This makes the HUBER+SUHNER HDVU the leading solution in the industry, and the most effective one in extreme cases of heavy usage in harsh environments, e.g., EMC protection, etc. By eliminating the likelihood of cable damage, the RADOX HDVU can better serve customer needs, saving companies significant amounts in repair and delay costs.

The RADOX mHDVU Gen.2 is quality assured. Its in-built weight and space saving solution makes for compact installation without contributing to increased fuel consumption, whilst its housing is certified with the International Protection (IP) marking, guaranteeing its effectiveness in protecting against dust, moisture and accidental contact intrusions. Such features are invaluable to any large-scale business with a high EV demand, ensuring that reliable and sturdy operating systems are in place to allow for uninterrupted journeys.

The HDVU is available in two versions for different uses. 500 Volts DC covering all voltage levels up to 500 Volts DC and the 800 Volts DC variant covering the voltage level between 500 and 800 Volts. The flexibility offered by HUBER+SUHNER puts them at the forefront of the industry and exemplifies their dedication to customer satisfaction.

Their engineering service allows for solutions to be provided to customers rapidly and with exact precision, and the communication between their engineers and customers ensures that the solution is suitable and correct.

Powering EVs with the combination of three

Being in such high demand and receiving positive feedback, the RADOX mHDVU Gen.2 is proven to be a resilient solution for the requirements of EVs. The configurable nature of this modular technology is a great benefit and contributor to this, with the box being able to fit among any existing systems due to its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) compatibility and complete interoperability. In case additional functions and components are required, HVDUs can also be designed to the exact needs and dimensions a customer would need, resulting in a fully customized HVDU.

Though not exclusive to the HUBER+SUHNER brand, optimum performance is achieved by using the RADOX HDVUs alongside the latest innovation by HUBER+SUHNER in cable systems; RADOX EV-C. The high voltage cable system compliments the HDVU, being able to withstand its superior voltage capability, whilst the EV-C ensures a very reliable operation over lifetime. 

By investing in the complete HUBER+SUHNER RADOX EV system, customers will benefit from shortened installation time and flexibility of lead time to provide a single, finalised solution.

Another major benefit of combining all three RADOX components is the HUBER+SUHNER certification guarantee. This assures that the appropriate operation qualifications are readily provided by the system as it comes, with no further action necessary to officiate its certification status. When used with other outsourced components, clients will have to certify the technology again as the use of the HDVU with OEMs may need to be qualified to different standards.

This can be costly in terms of money, time and effort as clients would have to fund the certification process themselves to ensure the appropriate EMC protection and resistance levels are met. The HUBER+SUNER promises pre-certified compatibility in the form of the RADOX system offers reassurance and convenience for every customer without limiting customization capability. 

EV technology is ever advancing, and innovation is needed to help the industry sustain high performance under high demand. HUBER+SUHNER offers this by way of their RADOX HDVUs and its other systems, providing complete solutions to overcome industry challenges and improve overall performance to benefit businesses worldwide.

Committed to developing high-quality, consistent products and providing rapid, flexible and reliable customer service worldwide, their focus on meeting specialised demands puts them at the forefront of the industry. 

By Malte Frohberg, Head of Automotive Product Management, Low Frequency division at HUBER+SUHNER.

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