With the rise in alternative powertrains comes a greater need for high-voltage electrical systems. But higher voltages can pose safety challenges, including the potential for dangerous arcing events.
Yazaki North America, a family-owned global wiring harness supplier based in suburban Detroit, has been developing new products and technologies for electric and hybrid vehicles as electrification moves forward.
One such technology is DC arc suppression for 48-volt and other high-voltage systems.
As voltage and current increase in electrified powertrains, and the energy released in an arcing event increases, so does the potential damage to system components.
Yazaki's arc suppression protection device is a solid-state circuit that absorbs arc energy, preventing it from damaging wires or igniting flammable materials.