Xtalic introduces materials that improve battery charger connector wear by up to 40 times
Xtalic Corp. announced products designed to extend the life of connectors in electric battery chargers by up to 40 times.
“As more electric-powered vehicles take to the highways, the life expectancy of their battery charging interfaces are becoming critical,” said Tom Clay, Xtalic’s Chief Executive Officer. “Extending the lifecycle of the charger’s connector contacts has become an important customer satisfaction issue for electric vehicle manufacturers.”
Xtalic has applied its Xtronic and Luna nanostructured alloys to lengthen the service lives of electric vehicle charger connectors. Traditional connector contacts employ a silver-over-nickel-over-copper construction that wears through after 250 charge cycles. Xtalic replaces these layers with its materials to significantly enhance the connectors’ hardness, durability, and corrosion resistance. The Xtalic alloys have reportedly achieved up to 10,000 charge cycles in high normal force applications.
Xtalic products can also reportedly operate at 150° C or higher—temperatures that may cause conventional materials to lose critical properties required for safe operation. All Xtalic materials are stable at high temperatures due to a carefully engineered crystal structure.
Xtalic says it is also developing Xtalium, a nanostructured aluminum alloy, to help improve range and performance in the electric vehicle market. This durable, corrosion-resistant coating enables the use of low-cost, lightweight magnesium alloy for automotive components. The magnesium parts weigh less than aluminum, and the company says they have substantial corrosion protection when coated with XTALIUM alloy. In addition, XTALIUM reportedly increases the corrosion resistance and performance of rare earth magnets.