How To Smooth Bumps in the Road Toward EV Success

January 30, 2020 Malte Frohberg, Head of Automotive Product Management, Low Frequency division at HUBER+SUHNER.

Consumer culture has forced businesses to deploy larger Electric Vehicle (EV) delivery fleets to meet targets. With the mass market converting to EVs to reduce fuel costs and remain sustainable, operational expectations have grown exponentially. With 2020 predicted to be a huge year for EV development, innovative solutions are vital in order to maintain high-performing efficiency.

Making the case for tougher infrastructure

Perhaps the most salient issue for businesses is the inability to harness technological resilience within their convoy. By running on such high voltages, EV operating systems are susceptible to deterioration, making the vehicle vulnerable to damage. This – combined with the harsh conditions of long-distance – year-round traversing, increases the likelihood of failure. Exposure to mechanical abrasion, weather, moisture, and temperature can be severely consequential, causing the system to malfunction.

Operation-halting outcomes such as these dramatically decrease organizational efficiency. Disruptions in travel not only cause delays which leave consumers dissatisfied, but also result in huge profit losses through the subsequent reparations of entire damaged fleets. However, the natural elements are an unavoidable factor of logistics. This means a tougher infrastructure is essential. With the popularity of EV deployment only growing, businesses can no longer afford basic interruptions to render their operations inefficient. Investing in the implementation of long-term, leading solutions is the only way to uphold a reliable business model and stay competitive in an ever-growing market.

To combat these challenges, the adoption of a high-voltage (HV) power distribution is vital. Technical innovations that effectively and evenly distribute the HV through all EV components enable the vehicle to run more safely and with stronger resilience. By enhancing the voltage capability of the vehicle, electric power is guaranteed to be efficiently conducted, held and distributed after charging to ensure optimum performance.

Increasing EV longevity with innovation

HUBER+SUHNER has years of experience in addressing the challenges of powering EVs and delivering high voltage solutions to EV customers worldwide. Its modular High Voltage Distribution Unit 2nd Generation (mHDVU Gen.2) offers a specialized solution to increase the longevity of EVs in the commercial sector.

While the average High Voltage Distribution Unit (HDVU) unit is able to withstand 400-650 Volts DC, the mHDVU can manage up to 800 Volts DC thanks to its innovative cable and connection technology, decreasing the risk of deterioration significantly. Its housing of lightweight aluminum allows the solution to install and run at low costs. EMC protection and Internal Protection (IP) features provide a defense for the internal system and cabling against harsh environmental elements such as dust, moisture, and accidental contact intrusions.

The ability to cost-effectively withstand heavy-duty use and operate in severe environmental conditions ensures safety and efficiency while largely minimizing the error margin. To implement such cutting-edge technology would save companies considerable amounts in monetary and timely repair, and delay costs. In its elimination of concerns surrounding shortage and failure across entire EV fleets and its guarantee of extended vehicle lifespan, the HUBER+SUHNER mHDVU is the leading solution in the industry. Under the pressure of growing demands, increasing competition and heightened expectations, EV solutions such as the mHDVU are a critical solution for seamless EV performance.

The mHDVU Gen.2 is quality assured. Its in-built weight and space saving solution makes for compact installation without contributing to increased fuel consumption. Operating a unique engineering service, HUBER+SUHNER solutions function alone and as part of its larger package system including charging stations and cables, tackling challenges throughout the entire EV ecosystem. This multi-faceted approach offers precision and customization to suit, making its solution accessible for all implementations. 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.

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