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TE Connectivity launches new green technology that enables automakers to meet sustainability goals without sacrificing required performance

Breakthrough GreenSilver connector surface technology contributes to CO2 emission reduction as well as reduces energy and water consumption while enhancing performance in automotive applications including high voltage EV powertrains

BENSHEIM, Germany – Oct. 13, 2021 – As vehicles become more complex, with electric powertrains, extensive data connectivity, autonomous features and more, they require higher-performing connectors to enable those advanced new technologies. Unfortunately, outdated connector surface technology limits not only performance, but also hinders sustainability efforts due to the extensive use of metals and production methods that consume water and energy. To overcome this barrier, TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has developed GreenSilver contact surface technology for connectors, which features a truly innovative “green” coating that delivers needed performance while improving sustainability.

The GreenSilver contact surface technology on TE’s new connectors uses less precious metals, less energy and less water consumption and also helps to reduce pollution by improving performance in low- and zero-emission Electric Vehicles (EVs). It is designed to enhance connector performance in high voltage applications for EV powertrains by enhancing vibration tolerance and heat dissipation, withstanding temperatures of up to 180°C. It is also suited for low-power and signal transmission purposes in miniaturized connectivity.

“With GreenSilver contact surface technology, TE has achieved an automotive industry breakthrough by delivering an alternative to a process for automotive contacts that has been used for over 100 years,” said Pedro Iglesia Gonzalez, product manager at TE. “GreenSilver technology enables a highly stable electrical connection under very high vibration and temperature conditions, while at the same time offering significant environmental sustainability benefits in comparison to traditional electro-galvanic plating techniques.”

TE’s GreenSilver contact surface technology helps to make automotive advances and environmental goals a reality by supporting highly complex and reliable connections while also creating a positive impact on the sustainable automotive manufacturing process.

For more information, visit te.com/automotive.

ABOUT TE CONNECTIVITY

TE Connectivity is a global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications and the home. With approximately 80,000 employees, including more than 7,500 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.

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