Busbar Technology Is Anything but Flat

Randy Sumner
Director, Global High Voltage
Wiring Product Line
Tom Drummond
Manager, Global High Voltage
Product Engineering

The rapidly accelerating shift from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles has contributed to a reimagining of vehicle architectures. OEMs have realized that the architectural break represents a tremendous opportunity to optimize components throughout a vehicle — right down to the fundamental building blocks of electrical architecture.

That spirit of innovation extends even to the cabling itself, as OEMs look at flat conductors called busbars as an alternative that carries more electrical power than traditional cables and maximizes the use of space within the vehicle — all while enabling greater automation in vehicle assembly to reduce costs and increase safety.

But despite busbars’ clear advantages for certain applications, they also have some limitations. By addressing those limitations with innovative solutions, OEMs can build a better foundation for the next generation of electric vehicles.

For example, innovations in connectors can reduce the amount of equipment and labor needed during installation. Shielding can minimize interference with other components. And other innovations can address situations where a busbar may be a little too rigid.

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