Mahindra: Perfect high-voltage partnership
Indian car manufacturer Mahindra is launching a hybrid version of its XUV500 off-road vehicle. As Mahindra’s official partner, HUBER+SUHNER is supplying a high-voltage distributor system tailor-made for this production vehicle.
Due to the high currents they use, electric and hybrid vehicles pose particularly stringent requirements in terms of the reliability and safety of the wiring and its shielding. As a specialist in high-voltage distribution systems of this kind, HUBER+SUHNER has developed a special cable system for the Mahindra XUV500 Hybrid. As a partner to the Indian car manufacturer, HUBER+SUHNER is on a par with other well-known automotive suppliers such as Continental, ZF, SB LiMotive or AVL. This was expressly affirmed by Rajan Wadhera, Head of Product Development at Mahindra, in his keynote at the 33rd International Vienna Motor Symposium at the end of April 2012. A perfect, high-voltage partnership.
Assembled in India
HUBER+SUHNER will complete its customised development work on the space-saving high-voltage distribution system for the XUV500 Hybrid over the course of this year. The system will be installed in the vehicle by Mahindra in India from 2013 onwards. An adapter plate is attached to the power electronics to control the energy transfer between the battery and the electric motor. High voltage here means 200 volts. The compact RACS plug-in system is integrated into the adapter plate to provide reliable connections to the shielded RADOX cables thus greatly reducing electromagnetic interference. An interlock system is also installed to switch the power off if the connector is disassembled. Through its longstanding experience and innovative solutions, HUBER+SUHNER has established itself as an important supplier for high-voltage systems in the forwardlooking market for electrical and hybrid vehicles.
Mahindra is a large Indian car manufacturer with growth potential. In 2011, the company produced almost 380,000 vehicles, corresponding to growth of 20%. Mahindra mainly builds off-road vehicles and small commercial vehicles. The latest model is the XUV500, a classic SUV. Mahindra has been so inundated with orders in India that customers were determined by drawing lots. A hybrid vehicle has now been developed on the basis of this model.