Continental Structural Plastics is PACE pilot finalist for multi-material battery housing concept
An exploded view of the CSP multi-material battery case. Image credit: CSP
April 19th Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA), a Teijin Group company (Tokoyo, Japan), announced that it has been named a finalist in the Automotive News PACE Pilot Awards 2021 for its innovative multi-material battery housing. This award recognizes innovations from providers who have reached a functioning pilot demonstration phase but are not yet commercialized with a contract sale.
The full-fledged multi-material battery housing from CSP and Teijin has a one-piece composite cover and a one-piece composite shell with aluminum and steel reinforcements. By molding the lid and tray out of one piece, CSP has created a system that is supposedly easier to seal and can be certified before shipping. The company has registered two patents for its innovative box assembly and fastening systems.
The company also developed a mounting frame with structural foam for energy absorption. This enables a thinner frame and a lower weight while at the same time improving the crash performance. CSP covers the additional benefits of the multi-material battery case, including its supposedly 15% lighter weight than steel battery cases here.
For the past 26 years, the Automotive News PACE Awards have heralded some of the industry’s most highly commercialized breakthrough innovations. The increased pace of change has led to enormous innovations in processes, products and systems that are in the pilot phase but have not yet been brought to market. The PACEpilot Award recognizes these pre-series innovations. The winners will be announced on September 30th, 2021.