HV/HC connector meets commercial vehicles electrification challenges

May 15, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The growing number of commercial vehicles with hybrid-electric and all-electric powertrain technologies with their high voltage and amperage requirements is addressed by Molex Inc.'s Imperium High-Voltage/High-Current (HVHC) Connector System. Capable of handling up to 1000 V and 250 A per contact, the connectors withstand even the most extreme shock and vibration conditions found in today’s commercial vehicles.

The Imperium HVHC system features an integrated MX150 High-Voltage Interlock Loop (HVIL) crimp terminal that helps eliminate high-voltage arcing during disconnects and helps ensure operator safety. The closed-loop 360-degree shield design with grounding tabs provides EMI and RFI mitigation for more reliable in-vehicle communications while the header face shield simplifies the grounding process for device manufacturers.

The one-piece contacts (in plug and receptacle) reduce resistance for lower power loss and the protective, insulated plug and receptacle contact caps meet touch-proof industry safety requirements. The connectors are also rated IP6K9K while mated to provide protection from fluids in harsh environments - with this rating, the connectors withstand powerful water jets with increased pressure for a duration of at least 3 minutes and an impact energy of 10 joules - the second highest notch in the IK ratings scale.

For more information visit www.molex.com/link/imperiumconnectorsystem.html.