Connectors Suit Electric Vehicles
Protecting against the possibility of surface damage caused by arcing via surface platings, FCI’s Apex 950 and RCS-800 families of connectors target electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). The Apex 950 interconnects reach a current carrying capacity up to 150 A, and the RCS-800 terminals contain an 8-mm round-pin design that is said to facilitate more efficient use of space than an equivalent square terminal, and can operate up to 250 A and above. A 2-step mating process guarantees that the connectors cannot be disconnected while high currents are applied. Two separate movements are required of the user, and there is a three-second delay between the power being cut off and connector being free for release. The terminals have a plastic protective grid casing, an “interlock” device, and the ErgoMate axial mating system.