Eaton to provide Breaktor® circuit protection technology to Europe-based leading vehicle manufacturer for new electric vehicle models

Eaton to provide Breaktor® circuit protection technology to Europe-based leading vehicle manufacturer for new electric vehicle models

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan, United States, April 20, 2022– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Eaton, the energy management company, announced today that its eMobility business has been awarded a contract to supply its Breaktor circuit protection technology® for a European vehicle manufacturer for use in various models of 800 volt battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

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Eaton’s Breaktor offers fast, safe and reliable protection for high-power battery and inverter systems. (Photo: BusinessWire)

Breaktor Technology is a new advanced circuit protection solution for BEVs that combines the function of fuses, pyro switches and contactors into a single coordinated device. As the power levels of electric vehicles rise, the Breaktor circuit protection solution solves the growing challenge of coordination between fuses and contactors, providing fast, safe and reliable protection for high power inverter and battery systems.

“To meet consumer demand for electric vehicles for longer range and faster charging, the new electric vehicles have increased power levels, which increases the need for advanced circuit protection for these high voltage systems,” he said. said Scott Adams, president of Eaton’s eMobility. “Our Breaktor technology offers increased safety and reliability for the EV system with a simplified architecture. In fact, a Breaktor circuit protection unit can replace up to 15 components. We are thrilled to bring such a critical part of the EV system to this car manufacturer. international category “.

Breaktor Circuit Protection Technology is an innovative solution that takes full advantage of Eaton’s industrial electrical technology and automotive expertise to deliver performance and reliability with a simplified architecture. With less than 4 millisecond actuation for short circuit faults up to 900 volts and 25,000 amps, Breaktor circuit protection technology increases vehicle safety and protects components from any level of overcurrent more effectively than traditional methods of circuit protection. The Breaktor circuit protection solution can be reset as a circuit breaker, allowing the device to be reactivated after a functionality check and reducing costs for both OEM and consumer.

“In the event of a collision, Eaton’s Breaktor Circuit Protection Technology works in conjunction with the vehicle’s safety systems,” said Adams. “Quickly disconnect the high voltage battery from the rest of the vehicle, for protection and safety in unsafe conditions.”

Breaker circuit protection technology offers BEV manufacturers a number of additional benefits, including:

  • An automatic tripping device capable of detecting a current spike and breaking the circuit without the need for any external sensing or tripping.

  • A current limiting device in the event of a short circuit, which improves protection at the system level.

  • Operation independent of the direction of the current, which allows both charging and use in full electrical load service.

  • Availability in various configurations, including different voltage levels and multipole designs.

The Breaktor circuit protection solution was designed and tested at Eaton’s advanced electrical plants in Bonn, Germany, with underproduction scheduled for early this year in Gummersbach, Germany, and final assembly in Győr. , in Hungary.

Eaton is an intelligent energy management company dedicated to improving the quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. We are driven by our commitment to do business right, operate sustainably and help our customers manage energy, today and for a long time. By leveraging global growth trends in electrification and digitalization, we are accelerating the planet’s transition to renewable energy, helping address the world’s most pressing energy management challenges and doing what’s best for our stakeholders and the our entire community. the society.

Founded in 1911, Eaton has been listed on the NYSE for nearly a century. We had revenue of $ 19.6 billion in 2021 and serve customers in over 170 countries. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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