Continental Structural Plastics Named PACEpilot Finalist for Multi-Material Battery Enclosure Concept

April 26 2021

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group Company, informed it has been named a finalist in the 2021 Automotive News PACE pilot award for its innovative, multi-material battery enclosure. This award recognizes innovations from suppliers that have reached a working pilot demonstration phase but are not yet commercialized with a contracted sale.

CSP and Teijin’s full-sized, multi-material battery enclosure features a one-piece composite cover and one-piece composite tray with aluminum and steel reinforcements. By molding the cover and the tray each as one piece, CSP has created a system which is easier to seal and can be certified prior to shipment. The company has two patents pending for its innovative box assembly and fastening systems.

The company also developed a mounting frame utilizing a structural foam for energy absorption. This enables a reduced frame thickness and weight, while improving crash performance. Additional benefits of the multi-material battery enclosure include:

• Non-conductive
• Can be molded in complex shapes
• Less complexity in tooling
• High strength
• Dimensional stability
• Mold-in sealing features
• Ability to mold-in shielding, including EMI and RFI protection
• Corrosion resistance
• Reduced tooling cost

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