TE News: GreenSilver

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



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Deanna McCoy

TE Connectivity



BENSHEIM, Germany – October 13, 2021

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


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 Unfortunately, outdated connector surface technology limits not only performance, but also hinders sustainability efforts due to the extensive use of metals and production methods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

TE Connectivity is a global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions enable the distribution of power, signal and data to advance next-generation transportation, renewable energy, automated factories, data centers, medical technology and more. With more than 85,000 employees, including 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter).

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