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.
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.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.
This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”