BASF expands range of engineering plastics for hybrid and electric vehicles; high-voltage connectors
BASF is expanding its range of engineering plastics for the dynamic market of electric and hybrid vehicles. Tailor-made Ultramid and Ultradur materials are now available globally for equipping vehicle-interior and -exterior high-voltage plug-in connectors with precisely fitting characteristics.
The special polyamide and polybutylene terephthalate grades meet the demands on flame retardancy, color stability, mechanics, and electrical isolation. They therefore allow automotive manufacturers to save on weight and installation space around the battery and at the same time help to improve safety in e-mobility.
One example is the connectors for hybrid and electric vehicles which TE Connectivity, Schaffhausen (Switzerland) has developed from various Ultramid grades for numerous automotive companies in close collaboration with BASF.
The high-voltage connectors can be identified by their typical orange color (color batch from BASF Color Solutions). The light-colorable BASF polyamide used is color stable and resistant to thermal aging. Particularly in the sensitive range of high voltages the color coding of the i