Geleen, NL, 1 Feb 2022 16:00 CEST
Today, DSM Engineering Materials announces it has taken the next important step on its journey to making electric vehicles safer, lighter and more sustainable by expanding its comparative tracking index (CTI) test laboratory to meet the next-generation, high voltage requirements of its customers. This move builds on a long track record of working with automotive tiers and OEMs, and leverages its leadership position on sustainability as well as its strong credentials in the automotive, electrical and electronics industries. By installing the industry’s most advanced CTI test capabilities, it is now enabling a new standard to support manufacturers in increasing the voltage of EV batteries safely and shortening charging times even further to help accelerate the shift to electric mobility.
Driven by growing consumer demand, regulatory pressure, and technological advances, the transition to electric mobility is accelerating and is forecast to accelerate further. However, long charging times remain a key barrier to the wider adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Shortening these charging times requires higher battery voltages up to 1,000V or above. To enable this ultra-fast charging at the right safety and reliability levels, manufacturers will need to use insulation plastics with better resistance to high voltages.
DSM Engineering Materials has already established portfolio and approach to make electric vehicles safer, lighter, and more sustainable:
Now, in line with its EV-focused automotive strategy, DSM has expanded its CTI test laboratory with equipment to validate tracking resistance to voltages up to 1,500V AC and 1,000V DC. High-voltage component manufacturers have shown significant interest in collaborating with DSM on this testing for voltages between 600 and 1,500V.
Franz Janson, Principal Product Development Engineer, PEE Global Automotive Resin Material Platform at TE Connectivity*, one of the world’s largest connector manufacturers: “We are very happy to see that DSM is investing in strong materials as well as the right test laboratory. We look forward to cooperating more closely to understand the impact of high-voltage exposure on material properties and to implement suitable materials for our next-generation high-voltage systems.”
Jud Gibson, Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing at DSM Engineering Materials: “To introduce such an advanced electrical test laboratory enabling CTI characterization is a key milestone for DSM and an industry first. We’re proud to be using this technology to make electric cars safer, lighter, and more sustainable – not only for today’s customers, but also for generations to come.”
*TE Connectivity is a trademark licensed by the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies.
Three examples of DSM materials making Electric Vehicles Safer (left; EV charging plug with enhanced electrical safety properties required for fast-charging), Lighter (middle; JEC 2020 innovation award-winning lightweight FRP center tunnel for Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman) and more Sustainable (right; SPE Automotive 2021 innovation award-winning wire-harness clips for Ford Bronco Sport made of ocean plastics). Source: DSM Engineering Materials.
With the end of the internal combustion engine era on the horizon, automotive OEMs need advanced materials that make electric vehicles safer, lighter, and more sustainable. DSM’s portfolio of tough yet lightweight materials are enabling manufacturers to produce automotive components that are lighter, reduce friction, and operate in extreme environments – including at high temperatures – with drastically smaller carbon footprints. From compounds for EV charging plugs and materials that improve the flame retardancy, heat and tracking resistance of electric vehicles to its dedicated technical expertise and support, DSM provides a wide range of solutions to support the automotive industry’s transition to electric mobility. For more information on DSM Engineering Materials in EV please visit our webpage here.
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