TI Fluid Systems has announced that it will provide a new generation of plastic fuel tank design capable of meeting the stringent pressure demands within a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV).
This was recently launched in volume production with Volkswagen China on the Passat and Magotan Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) models, with a planned adoption across a wider range of global platforms.
Bill Kozyra, President and CEO, said, “TIFS’s strategic initiatives to address new growth within the electrification mega-trend includes supporting all vehicle types with innovative product solutions. This includes global HEV platforms. Our innovative plastic fuel tank technology allows OEMs to tune the HEV performance driving cycle for optimum EV efficiency and performance.”
The innovative technology represents the culmination of extensive design and collaborative development, including rigorous testing and vehicle evaluations by VW and TIFS development teams across China and Europe.
Conventionally, traditional fuel tanks operate at atmospheric pressure, however, the new generation HEV models are expected to resist cyclic pressure up to 400 mbar when in certain full electric driving modes.
The new design solution, to resist in-tank pressure, introduces over-molded ball pins with snap-fit column structures that use TIFS’s patented split parison blow molding manufacturing process.
Light-weight plastic solution
TIFS has confirmed that the technology release provides a light-weight plastic solution for HEVs that overcomes the disadvantages of competitor internal tank welded structures.
TI Fluid Systems is a leading global manufacturer of fluid storage, carrying and delivery systems primarily for the light duty automotive market. With nearly 100 years of automotive fluid systems experience, TI Fluid Systems has manufacturing facilities in 108 locations across 28 countries serving all major global OEMs.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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