Keeping pace with high power terminal block demand

In this article, Hitaltech explains that electric vehicle charging is driving a surge in demand for high power terminal blocks.

High current requires high power terminal blocks and connectors. One field of high current application that has been growing faster than any other over the past few years is electric vehicle charging. Now the government has determined that no new petrol and diesel vehicles can be produced from 2030, the growth in electric vehicles, and demand for the infrastructure to support that growth, is set to accelerate.

As a connecting technologies specialist, Hitaltech has been tracking growth in the sector and knew that increasing production of its high-power terminals, mounting headers and other components would be essential to enable the required growth in the number of EV charge points.

Capable of drawing high current, the components are suitable not just for EV charging but also the wider renewable energy market.

Sales manager, Matt Hughes, said: “Hitaltech’s terminal blocks and connectors come in a range of sizes. Anything above 40A is classed as high power. We have nine variants in the high-power range which are much bigger than their low power counterparts because they have to carry more current. The largest is rated at 135A and is used in inverters, servo drives and power supplies as well as EV charging. All our products have UL approval and documentation to help our clients ensure safety and meet their compliance requirements.”

More than a components supplier, Hitaltech is working with EV and renewables manufacturers to customise its parts to ensure manufacturers can meet the rising demand as simply as possible.

Matt added: “Already our range includes PCB moulded screw-type blocks, screwless types and a pluggable range. To that we can add tailored printing, colours, kitting, machining and more. That supports manufacturers in their search for process efficiency, improves the quality of the end product and makes life easier for the people who will use, maintain and repair the charge points in the future.”