Managing a Higher-Voltage Future
Tougher emission regulations and expanding in-car electronics are pushing carmakers into increasingly higher-voltage power systems, notes Mary Gustanski, chief technology officer for Delphi Technologies.
In some cases, that can mean adding as much as $1,500 in electronics just to manage the greater power levels involved in plug-in or all-battery powertrains.
Delphi Technologies has seen a huge upswing in business demand for such systems since the beginning of 2017. Gustanski says the company offers a mix-and-match portfolio of products that can help lower costs and simplify such critical installations.
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