eMobility Charging Connectors available now from Foremost

15 February 2011

Innovative power connectors for National electric vehicle architectures

Foremost Electronics, the Essex based specialist distributor of electromechanical components, announces the introduction into the UK of the eMobility range of electric vehicle charging connectors manufactured by FCT Electronic GmbH.
A leading manufacturer of high reliability connectors, FCT has developed this new range of charging connectors for the worldwide net integration of electric vehicles. Increasingly powerful electrically charged vehicles are being developed by car manufacturers worldwide as solutions are being found for the technical challenges of vehicle cruising range and charging cycles.

After a development time of just three months, the innovative eMobility charging connector was field tested in Israel where complete integration of an electric vehicle network architecture on a national level is planned. The project is then expected to be rolled out in further countries such as Denmark and Austria.

Due to the rapid development and short implementation period of the design project a need for harmonization and consolidation at a European level arose to ensure the compatibility of the charging connectors with the electrical characteristics required and the network architecture. The new eMobilty connectors meet the requirements of IEC 62196-2 ruling (German Proposal) where the mechanical and electrical benchmark figures are specified. Extensive testing and certification have been carried out and a conformity declaration according to IEC 60309-1:1999 +A1:2005 for the charging connector 32 A has been accredited at the “Österreichischen Verband für Elektrotechnik“ (Austrian Association for Electro-technology).

Standards in the automotive industry are particularly stringent as not only climate conditions extreme but even more intensive operational conditions, such as the effects of salt and sand, must be provided for. The eMobility connector features a suitable contact plating to meet all of the necessary requirements.

Alan Cook, managing Director of Foremost Electronics comments;”The new FCT eMobility connecter is an important addition to our product range and is demonstrates our intent to continue to invest and grow into new and emerging markets.”

Outline specifications of the eMobility connector are; single and 3-phase operation at 230, 400 and 500VAC, current up to 70A, safety mounting and dismounting connection sequence, safety cut out connection, weatherproof to greater than IP44 and operating temperature range -30 to +70ºC.

For full information on the FCT eMobility connectors and all of the wide Emech product range available from Foremost Electronics, visit www.4most.co.uk or by call +44 (0)1371 811171.

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