Orange Is the New Tube

Shown here are an array of products from a Swiss company, HUBER + SUHNER, a manufacturer of a variety of cables and systems for applications including electric vehicles.

Shown here are an array of products from a Swiss company, HUBER + SUHNER, a manufacturer of a variety of cables and systems for applications including electric vehicles. For example, the company has the RADOX high-power charging system, which allows charging at up to 500 kW, with the potential of achieving charge times to 80 percent in 15 minutes or less while having a smaller cross section than conventional high-power cables. There are cables for high-temperature applications. There are cables with a “grease-like filling material” that protects the inside of the cable from being affected by fluids ranging from oil and water to AdBlue. There is a high-voltage distribution system that provides even power distribution throughout the high-voltage component system in a vehicle.

Cables

What is striking about this image is this: It wasn’t all that long ago when a similarly ghosted view of a car would have had fewer orange cables and a whole lot more tubes and pipes and reservoirs for fluids. Clearly there is a change in the way that things are controlled and actuated in vehicles, from which there is no going back.