Surge protection plays a vital and critical role in every electrical system. This is increasingly true in the Automotive world. Even though the threat of external surge events such as lightning strikes are not a problem, the vehicles of today faces a big challenge with ever more sophisticated electronics embedded in the car….
Volvo Cars design and produce some of the most high tech cars in the world but even so they need to constantly develop their vehicle platforms to meet the never so high demand of smart and safe car-systems. This means more electronics is added to the car, which in turn creates more demand on the surge protection measures. This was the case when the special product division of Volvo Cars came to PAE looking for a auxiliary fuse box to integrate in the SPA-platform cars (V90/S90/XC90/XC60). The original fuse boxes where simply fully packed and protection for the new system had to be placed somewhere else. Through the vast portfolio of Littelfuse products PAE managed to define the right fuse box (performance, size, shape, etc.) to be fitted together with the standard system already in place. PAE then supported Volvo through the design integration progress (including prototyping, documentation, product registration , etc.). As a solution provider PAE managed to fix the customers problem in a fraction of time to what that the big Tier 1 or 2 suppliers could accomplish. By thinking outside the box and use standard components PAE solved the issue quickly and at a low cost for the customer. PAE is now involved in three new projects for future Volvo products in regards to surge protection.