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Three Innovative Material Systems for Electric Vehicles

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By: Joe Kaiser, VP of New Product Development

Materials used to make components for the high power environment associated with electric vehicles (EVs) must offer a range of properties that can’t be met by just a single material. While there are several ways to join two materials, cladding creates design flexibility and unique property sets that address the challenges of EV applications. Unlike other joining methods, alloys, not only pure elements, can be cladded together, further broadening the range of property possibilities.

During our upcoming webinar, hosted by WE Automotive, I will discuss the cladding process as well as three innovative clad material solutions that solve challenges in automotive electrification—specifically in charging, thermal management, and lithium-ion interconnects.

Here is a preview of the clad solutions I will discuss during the presentation:

  • eStainless® Clad – A unique deep drawable composite material designed for battery cans and enclosures that offers 85% of the stiffness of solid stainless steel but 10 times its thermal conductivity. The design utilizes a copper core for maximized thermal performance or an aluminum alternative that reduces component weight by more than half.
  • Dovetail Clad® – The most advanced copper-to-aluminum joining material available for both lithium ion busbars and tabs. Its patented joint geometry offers the highest electrical conductivity between cells as well as unmatched mechanical performance in battery modules.
  • iON EV™ Clad – A proprietary silver alloy specifically designed for its low insertion friction/force, outstanding wear characteristics and high electrical conductivity can now be selectively clad for next generation charging applications.

Click the button below to register for the webinar on September 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and feel free to email me directly for questions or to continue the discussion on this topic.

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