Products
CAT-D799-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Contact Retainer
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 5.41
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 24
  • Number of Rows 4
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PEI (Polyetherimide)
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 13
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance No
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.4
  • Height 45.16
  • Width 46.43
  • Length 36.58
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94-HB
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 100
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Bus Bar-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Bus Bar
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 4.45
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code 2
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 7.5
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature With
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.19
  • Height 35.56
  • Width 55.12
  • Length 50.62
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating 12mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 170
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-H396-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Panel
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 6
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter .99
  • Connector Mounting Type Panel Mount
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance No
  • Height 41.53
  • Width 50.8
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP67
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 1
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D485-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Component-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 7.11
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 7.5
  • Connector Mounting Type Cable Mount (Free-Hanging)
  • Mounting Feature With
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4
  • Height 31.62
  • Width 20.22
  • Length 43.69
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 500
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-H342 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Headers  1
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Sealable Yes
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Printed Circuit Board
  • Shielded No
  • Hybrid Header No
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Number of Sections 2
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Voltage Rating (Max) 12
  • Voltage Rating (Max) 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Pin Diameter 1
  • Interface Plating Gold (Au)
  • Termination Method Through Hole - Solder
  • PCB Mount Retention Type Solder Tail
  • PCB Mount Retention With
  • Panel Mount Feature With
  • PCB Mount Alignment With
  • Mounting Orientation Horizontal/90°
  • Connector Mounting Type Board Mount
  • Mounting Holes With
  • Locking Interface With
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.34
  • Width 59.2
  • Length 35.25
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Operating Temperature (Max) 100
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94V-0
  • Packaging Quantity 125
  • Packaging Type Box
CAT-AM7-FRB69 Other Hard Wired Boxes  1
  • Component Type Fuse Holder
  • Fuse Type Mini ATM Fuse
  • Relay Type 280 Plug-In
  • Sealable Yes
  • Number of Fuses (Maximum) 2
  • Number of Relays (Maximum) 0
  • Number of Positions 4
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Secondary Locking No
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 20
  • Centerline (Pitch) 7.8
  • Operating Temperature (Max) 125
  • Operating Temperature Range -40 – 125
  • Degree of Protection IP67
CAT-D48-ST273 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Terminals  1
  • Sealable No
  • Wire Type Copper
  • Seal Type Family Seal
  • Crimp Type O-Crimp
  • Typical Current Rating 7.5
  • Terminal & Splice Type Pin
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Interface Plating Gold (Au)
  • Contact Termination Area Plating Material Nickel (Ni)
  • Termination Method Crimp
  • Wire Size 4
  • Wire Size .5
  • Wire Size Search 4
  • Wire Size Search .5
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Packaging Quantity 1
  • Packaging Method Package
  • Terminal Transmits 0 – 24 A (Low Power)
  • Customer Preferred Contact No
CAT-D486-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 2.39
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 25
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 6.71
  • Height 18.06
  • Width 22.43
  • Length 47.42
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP 68
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 600
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-W416 Automotive Connector Locks & Position Assurance  1
  • Accessory Type TPA (Terminal Position Assurance)
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Color Black
  • Material PA GF
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94-HB
  • Packaging Method Package
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D485-W416 Automotive Connector Locks & Position Assurance  1
  • Accessory Type TPA (Terminal Position Assurance)
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Color Black
  • Material PBT GF
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Serviceable Yes
Story
Nikola One, by Nikola Motor Company
Nikola One, by Nikola Motor Company
Bringing the high-tech world to the rugged world of long-haul trucking is a challenge we needed help with...we need suppliers willing to come fix problems or give expertise on-site.

Customer: Nikola Motor Company  

Focus: Transforming the transportation industry

Solution: Hydrogen-electric trucks engineered for zero-emission performance

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Websitehttps://www.nikolamotor.com 

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/nikola-motor-company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
• Affordable high-voltage connector solutions
• Charging and high-speed data solutions
• Speed of innovation, design and delivery

Nikola is seeking to transform the transportation industry by enabling a zero-emissions future. To achieve this daunting goal, they are building electric, hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 trucks, which they expect to bring to market in 2022. With the help of their technology partners, they successfully demonstrated at Nikola World in April 2019 how their fully functioning trucks will create a cleaner, efficient approach to the long-haul transport of goods.


Creating the technology required to power Nikola One and Nikola Two — their zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell trucks — required the engineering team to solve for very unique requirements: to develop a powertrain capable of delivering up to 1,000 horsepower, with 2,000 ft-lbs of torque, and the capacity to carry a 110,000 pound load, achieve full recharge in 15 minutes, and display real-time performance data. To solve for high-voltage power connectivity, accelerated charging solutions, and high-speed data transmission, Nikola identified early on the need for a technology partner with proven high-voltage connectivity expertise, specifically around integrating the connectors, cables, sensors and other components that would optimize the performance, safety and reliability of their design.

Nikola Motor Company CEO Trevor Milton
“One of the things I really admire with Nikola is their purposeful culture and how their CEO Trevor Milton [pictured above] is the driving force behind that. They approach their design and everything they do with this intention to change the world."

“Bringing the high-tech world to the rugged world of long-haul trucking is a challenge we needed help with,” said Dane Davis, Nikola’s chief technology officer (CTO). “Long-term partnership is what we strive for. We need knowledgeable, consultative suppliers who are continually engaging with us, can innovate quickly and are flexible enough to meet our technology needs and strict timelines. When we have a problem, we need suppliers willing to come fix problems or give expertise on-site.”


Along with producing vehicles with true zero-emission impact on the environment, Nikola wanted to solve a major problem in the trucking industry. “Today, the number one problem in the trucking industry is availability of drivers for long-haul trucks — with a shortage of over 100K truckers in U.S.,” said Varoujan Sarkissian, Nikola’s head of electrical and control systems. “The technology in these vehicles will enable more capability to improve the experience of truckers.”


This technology includes video camera displays in rearview mirrors and digital displays equipped with programs to plan routes and track mileage, sleep, and expenses. By designing the trucks to help truckers, they are enabling transport companies to operate more efficiently. For example, the truck’s data architecture is designed to support more autonomous functionality, that can be used in the future when regulations allow. When the industry decides to use these features, transport companies can leverage the high-speed data connectivity to platoon vehicles and predict maintenance, repair, and overall cost-of-ownership, making it easier to manage the fleet and safer to operate on the road, while also helping reduce driver errors and fatigue issues.

  1. How Nikola's Hydrogen-Powered Electric Truck is Fueling a Revolution

Breaking barriers starts by asking a lot of questions. When Nikola started asking about high-voltage sensors, they turned to TE and our DEUTSCH line.

PARTNERSHIP SOLUTION
• High-voltage connectors and cable assemblies
• Deliver products, assistance, innovative solutions at speed
• Technical and design expertise

While developing the technology powering their hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, Nikola found that very few companies could provide what they needed, especially at the production speed required to meet their strict go-to-market timelines. With TE’s broad portfolio and breadth of expertise, Nikola identified early on that the company provided the opportunity to help them address their core engineering challenges.


Tony Heaton, Nikola’s head of battery systems, explains: “We have a full development cycle with fewer resources than most established OEMs, so we rely on TE and all our suppliers to provide products quickly while taking ownership of our milestones such as our most recent event, Nikola World. Our vehicles at Nikola World had a significant amount of TE products and they were able to expedite many of the products for us.”

The Nikola team.
The Nikola team, in the company's production facility.

In addition to getting products and prototypes quickly, Nikola was able to leverage expertise from across TE, partnering with engineers specializing in connectivity for automotive, commercial transportation, hybrid mobility and sensors. The Nikola and TE teams worked side-by-side to design and assemble the high-voltage connectors, cable assemblies and wire harnesses needed to run the trucks as well as develop solutions for optimizing the vehicle’s high-speed data connectivity and sensing capabilities.


Through this partnership, TE supplied prototypes and samples of high-voltage connectors—such as 30-amp and 60-amp connectors used for smaller battery cables, and HVP 1100 connectors for 300 amps and higher. Having TE part of the engineering team enabled Nikola to choose the optimal connectors and cable sizes needed to optimize performance in their battery system and hydrogen-fueled powertrain. For example, TE engineers helped Nikola select high-voltage connectors with integrated high-voltage interlocks (HVILs), which ensures that electrical current stops anytime the connectors are unmated. The HVILs are crucial for eliminating destructive arcing between terminals during unmating. The connectors are also fully shielded—with individual shields and insulation inserts—to prevent electromagnetic interference from or with other critical circuitry. For the battery charging system, high-voltage interlocking lines are built into the cable, so if a cable is cut, the current shuts down, making it safe for the driver, service technicians and first responders. HV cables and connectors can carry a maximum of 600 volts AC/1000 volts DC. The HVP cable assembly used will carry 200 amps from the battery to the motor and other devices. The high-voltage cables use silicone to provide dual insulation—around copper strands and over the braid shield and aluminum foil shield—to protect drivers and service personnel from accidental touching of the cable while current is flowing.


TE’s high-speed interconnection solutions were also needed to provide a reliable way to transfer high-volume data between various systems and displays. These play an important role in optimizing the driver’s experience and the efficiency of the operation. For example, the TE team helped Nikola engineer an IP6k9k USB Type C connector that optimizes the vehicle’s infotainment hardware, making this technology adaptable to use in all of Nikola’s different vehicles, not only in its trucks.


When building a high-voltage service disconnect for the battery, TE and Nikola collaborated with their tier-one supplier to develop prototype concepts, work through design implications, and iterate around engineering challenges and possible solutions. Joe Bolewitz, TE’s Industrial & Commercial Transportation chief technology officer, commented: “For the manual service disconnect, fusing technology isn’t quite where it needs to be yet in terms of reliability and robustness for Nikola’s trucks. We didn’t have the product, but we had enough knowledge to help them figure out what interface they’ll need and what everything will look like at higher voltage and current levels. This project is not just about supplying products, it’s about being a partner in helping them achieve their purpose.”

Inside view of Nikola Two.
Inside Nikola Two, the cab is equipped with advanced connectivity features.
Quote from Varoujan Sarkissian, Nikola’s head of electrical and control systems.
“The technology in these vehicles will enable more capability to improve the experience of truckers.”

TE’s Dinesh Shah, senior product engineer, explains how working with Nikola at their facility in Phoenix was crucial for success: “Nikola was under intense time pressures to get fully functioning vehicles built for Nikola World. We know how to build harnesses with our DEUTSCH connectors, crimping the contacts with our own hand tools and putting them in connector cavities. By working side-by-side with Nikola engineers we could give them the knowledge they were missing to help them finish builds faster and meet their time commitments. By collaborating this closely and understanding their needs more fully, we can also help them think of different ways to do things to accomplish their design goals.”

 

As Nikola finalizes their designs and prepares for mass production, TE is working to make the high-voltage connectors and cable assemblies more affordable to help Nikola trim costs. Assembly and manufacture for HV products is time consuming and very manual; workers need to strip the cable, fan out the braid, trim the braid, crimp the ferrule (done on crimping press with tools), apply components, and more. Mission alignment around making the transportation industry safer, more productive and sustainable has inspired the TE team to find ways to automate and improve the production process.

 

With their goal in sight, of having trucks start appearing on the road in 2022, Nikola is positioning its zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell trucks and hydrogen infrastructure stations as a solution for transforming the transportation industry. Bolewitz added: “One of the things I really admire with Nikola is their purposeful culture and how their CEO Trevor Milton is the driving force behind that. They approach their design and everything they do with this intention to change the world. You can feel the energy and that energy multiplies through the supply chain. It’s a terrific initiative to be involved in.”

Nikola One, Nikola Two, and Nikola World are trademarks of Nikola Motor Company.

 
Related Materials
Nikola One, by Nikola Motor Company
Nikola One, by Nikola Motor Company
Bringing the high-tech world to the rugged world of long-haul trucking is a challenge we needed help with...we need suppliers willing to come fix problems or give expertise on-site.

Customer: Nikola Motor Company  

Focus: Transforming the transportation industry

Solution: Hydrogen-electric trucks engineered for zero-emission performance

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Websitehttps://www.nikolamotor.com 

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/nikola-motor-company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
• Affordable high-voltage connector solutions
• Charging and high-speed data solutions
• Speed of innovation, design and delivery

Nikola is seeking to transform the transportation industry by enabling a zero-emissions future. To achieve this daunting goal, they are building electric, hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 trucks, which they expect to bring to market in 2022. With the help of their technology partners, they successfully demonstrated at Nikola World in April 2019 how their fully functioning trucks will create a cleaner, efficient approach to the long-haul transport of goods.


Creating the technology required to power Nikola One and Nikola Two — their zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell trucks — required the engineering team to solve for very unique requirements: to develop a powertrain capable of delivering up to 1,000 horsepower, with 2,000 ft-lbs of torque, and the capacity to carry a 110,000 pound load, achieve full recharge in 15 minutes, and display real-time performance data. To solve for high-voltage power connectivity, accelerated charging solutions, and high-speed data transmission, Nikola identified early on the need for a technology partner with proven high-voltage connectivity expertise, specifically around integrating the connectors, cables, sensors and other components that would optimize the performance, safety and reliability of their design.

Nikola Motor Company CEO Trevor Milton
“One of the things I really admire with Nikola is their purposeful culture and how their CEO Trevor Milton [pictured above] is the driving force behind that. They approach their design and everything they do with this intention to change the world."

“Bringing the high-tech world to the rugged world of long-haul trucking is a challenge we needed help with,” said Dane Davis, Nikola’s chief technology officer (CTO). “Long-term partnership is what we strive for. We need knowledgeable, consultative suppliers who are continually engaging with us, can innovate quickly and are flexible enough to meet our technology needs and strict timelines. When we have a problem, we need suppliers willing to come fix problems or give expertise on-site.”


Along with producing vehicles with true zero-emission impact on the environment, Nikola wanted to solve a major problem in the trucking industry. “Today, the number one problem in the trucking industry is availability of drivers for long-haul trucks — with a shortage of over 100K truckers in U.S.,” said Varoujan Sarkissian, Nikola’s head of electrical and control systems. “The technology in these vehicles will enable more capability to improve the experience of truckers.”


This technology includes video camera displays in rearview mirrors and digital displays equipped with programs to plan routes and track mileage, sleep, and expenses. By designing the trucks to help truckers, they are enabling transport companies to operate more efficiently. For example, the truck’s data architecture is designed to support more autonomous functionality, that can be used in the future when regulations allow. When the industry decides to use these features, transport companies can leverage the high-speed data connectivity to platoon vehicles and predict maintenance, repair, and overall cost-of-ownership, making it easier to manage the fleet and safer to operate on the road, while also helping reduce driver errors and fatigue issues.

  1. How Nikola's Hydrogen-Powered Electric Truck is Fueling a Revolution

Breaking barriers starts by asking a lot of questions. When Nikola started asking about high-voltage sensors, they turned to TE and our DEUTSCH line.

PARTNERSHIP SOLUTION
• High-voltage connectors and cable assemblies
• Deliver products, assistance, innovative solutions at speed
• Technical and design expertise

While developing the technology powering their hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, Nikola found that very few companies could provide what they needed, especially at the production speed required to meet their strict go-to-market timelines. With TE’s broad portfolio and breadth of expertise, Nikola identified early on that the company provided the opportunity to help them address their core engineering challenges.


Tony Heaton, Nikola’s head of battery systems, explains: “We have a full development cycle with fewer resources than most established OEMs, so we rely on TE and all our suppliers to provide products quickly while taking ownership of our milestones such as our most recent event, Nikola World. Our vehicles at Nikola World had a significant amount of TE products and they were able to expedite many of the products for us.”

The Nikola team.
The Nikola team, in the company's production facility.

In addition to getting products and prototypes quickly, Nikola was able to leverage expertise from across TE, partnering with engineers specializing in connectivity for automotive, commercial transportation, hybrid mobility and sensors. The Nikola and TE teams worked side-by-side to design and assemble the high-voltage connectors, cable assemblies and wire harnesses needed to run the trucks as well as develop solutions for optimizing the vehicle’s high-speed data connectivity and sensing capabilities.


Through this partnership, TE supplied prototypes and samples of high-voltage connectors—such as 30-amp and 60-amp connectors used for smaller battery cables, and HVP 1100 connectors for 300 amps and higher. Having TE part of the engineering team enabled Nikola to choose the optimal connectors and cable sizes needed to optimize performance in their battery system and hydrogen-fueled powertrain. For example, TE engineers helped Nikola select high-voltage connectors with integrated high-voltage interlocks (HVILs), which ensures that electrical current stops anytime the connectors are unmated. The HVILs are crucial for eliminating destructive arcing between terminals during unmating. The connectors are also fully shielded—with individual shields and insulation inserts—to prevent electromagnetic interference from or with other critical circuitry. For the battery charging system, high-voltage interlocking lines are built into the cable, so if a cable is cut, the current shuts down, making it safe for the driver, service technicians and first responders. HV cables and connectors can carry a maximum of 600 volts AC/1000 volts DC. The HVP cable assembly used will carry 200 amps from the battery to the motor and other devices. The high-voltage cables use silicone to provide dual insulation—around copper strands and over the braid shield and aluminum foil shield—to protect drivers and service personnel from accidental touching of the cable while current is flowing.


TE’s high-speed interconnection solutions were also needed to provide a reliable way to transfer high-volume data between various systems and displays. These play an important role in optimizing the driver’s experience and the efficiency of the operation. For example, the TE team helped Nikola engineer an IP6k9k USB Type C connector that optimizes the vehicle’s infotainment hardware, making this technology adaptable to use in all of Nikola’s different vehicles, not only in its trucks.


When building a high-voltage service disconnect for the battery, TE and Nikola collaborated with their tier-one supplier to develop prototype concepts, work through design implications, and iterate around engineering challenges and possible solutions. Joe Bolewitz, TE’s Industrial & Commercial Transportation chief technology officer, commented: “For the manual service disconnect, fusing technology isn’t quite where it needs to be yet in terms of reliability and robustness for Nikola’s trucks. We didn’t have the product, but we had enough knowledge to help them figure out what interface they’ll need and what everything will look like at higher voltage and current levels. This project is not just about supplying products, it’s about being a partner in helping them achieve their purpose.”

Inside view of Nikola Two.
Inside Nikola Two, the cab is equipped with advanced connectivity features.
Quote from Varoujan Sarkissian, Nikola’s head of electrical and control systems.
“The technology in these vehicles will enable more capability to improve the experience of truckers.”

TE’s Dinesh Shah, senior product engineer, explains how working with Nikola at their facility in Phoenix was crucial for success: “Nikola was under intense time pressures to get fully functioning vehicles built for Nikola World. We know how to build harnesses with our DEUTSCH connectors, crimping the contacts with our own hand tools and putting them in connector cavities. By working side-by-side with Nikola engineers we could give them the knowledge they were missing to help them finish builds faster and meet their time commitments. By collaborating this closely and understanding their needs more fully, we can also help them think of different ways to do things to accomplish their design goals.”

 

As Nikola finalizes their designs and prepares for mass production, TE is working to make the high-voltage connectors and cable assemblies more affordable to help Nikola trim costs. Assembly and manufacture for HV products is time consuming and very manual; workers need to strip the cable, fan out the braid, trim the braid, crimp the ferrule (done on crimping press with tools), apply components, and more. Mission alignment around making the transportation industry safer, more productive and sustainable has inspired the TE team to find ways to automate and improve the production process.

 

With their goal in sight, of having trucks start appearing on the road in 2022, Nikola is positioning its zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell trucks and hydrogen infrastructure stations as a solution for transforming the transportation industry. Bolewitz added: “One of the things I really admire with Nikola is their purposeful culture and how their CEO Trevor Milton is the driving force behind that. They approach their design and everything they do with this intention to change the world. You can feel the energy and that energy multiplies through the supply chain. It’s a terrific initiative to be involved in.”

Nikola One, Nikola Two, and Nikola World are trademarks of Nikola Motor Company.

 
CAT-D799-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Contact Retainer
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 5.41
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 24
  • Number of Rows 4
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PEI (Polyetherimide)
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 13
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance No
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.4
  • Height 45.16
  • Width 46.43
  • Length 36.58
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94-HB
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 100
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Bus Bar-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Bus Bar
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 4.45
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code 2
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 7.5
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature With
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.19
  • Height 35.56
  • Width 55.12
  • Length 50.62
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating 12mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 170
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-H396-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Panel
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 6
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter .99
  • Connector Mounting Type Panel Mount
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance No
  • Height 41.53
  • Width 50.8
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP67
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 1
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D485-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Component-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Row-to-Row Spacing 7.11
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 7.5
  • Connector Mounting Type Cable Mount (Free-Hanging)
  • Mounting Feature With
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4
  • Height 31.62
  • Width 20.22
  • Length 43.69
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 500
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-H342 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Headers  1
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Sealable Yes
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Printed Circuit Board
  • Shielded No
  • Hybrid Header No
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Number of Sections 2
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Voltage Rating (Max) 12
  • Voltage Rating (Max) 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Connector Code A
  • Pin Diameter 1
  • Interface Plating Gold (Au)
  • Termination Method Through Hole - Solder
  • PCB Mount Retention Type Solder Tail
  • PCB Mount Retention With
  • Panel Mount Feature With
  • PCB Mount Alignment With
  • Mounting Orientation Horizontal/90°
  • Connector Mounting Type Board Mount
  • Mounting Holes With
  • Locking Interface With
  • Centerline (Pitch) 4.34
  • Width 59.2
  • Length 35.25
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Operating Temperature (Max) 100
  • Degree of Protection IP68
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94V-0
  • Packaging Quantity 125
  • Packaging Type Box
CAT-AM7-FRB69 Other Hard Wired Boxes  1
  • Component Type Fuse Holder
  • Fuse Type Mini ATM Fuse
  • Relay Type 280 Plug-In
  • Sealable Yes
  • Number of Fuses (Maximum) 2
  • Number of Relays (Maximum) 0
  • Number of Positions 4
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Secondary Locking No
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 20
  • Centerline (Pitch) 7.8
  • Operating Temperature (Max) 125
  • Operating Temperature Range -40 – 125
  • Degree of Protection IP67
CAT-D48-ST273 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Terminals  1
  • Sealable No
  • Wire Type Copper
  • Seal Type Family Seal
  • Crimp Type O-Crimp
  • Typical Current Rating 7.5
  • Terminal & Splice Type Pin
  • Mating Pin Diameter 1
  • Interface Plating Gold (Au)
  • Contact Termination Area Plating Material Nickel (Ni)
  • Termination Method Crimp
  • Wire Size 4
  • Wire Size .5
  • Wire Size Search 4
  • Wire Size Search .5
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Packaging Quantity 1
  • Packaging Method Package
  • Terminal Transmits 0 – 24 A (Low Power)
  • Customer Preferred Contact No
CAT-D486-CH8172 Automotive, Truck, Bus, & Off-Road Housings  1
  • Connector Style Housing for female terminals
  • Connector System Wire-to-Wire
  • Sealable Yes
  • Hybrid Connector No
  • Primary Locking Feature Integrated in Housing
  • Connector & Contact Terminates To Wire & Cable
  • Strain Relief Add By Accessory
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Number of Rows 1
  • Blank Cavity Position 0
  • Nominal Voltage Architecture 12
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Operating Voltage 250
  • Color Black
  • Cable Exit Angle 180°
  • Body Material PA GF
  • Mating Pin Diameter 2.39
  • Contact Current Rating (Max) 25
  • Connector Mounting Type Bulkhead
  • Mounting Feature Without
  • Polarized Yes
  • Terminal Position Assurance Yes
  • Centerline (Pitch) 6.71
  • Height 18.06
  • Width 22.43
  • Length 47.42
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Circuit Application Power & Signal
  • Degree of Protection IP 68
  • UL Flammability Rating 20mm Flame Test per Standard UL-94
  • Agency/Standard SAE J2030
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Packaging Quantity 600
  • Connector Position Assurance Capable No
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D487-W416 Automotive Connector Locks & Position Assurance  1
  • Accessory Type TPA (Terminal Position Assurance)
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Color Black
  • Material PA GF
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • UL Flammability Rating UL 94-HB
  • Packaging Method Package
  • Serviceable Yes
CAT-D485-W416 Automotive Connector Locks & Position Assurance  1
  • Accessory Type TPA (Terminal Position Assurance)
  • Connector System Wire-to-Board
  • Number of Positions 2
  • Color Black
  • Material PBT GF
  • Operating Temperature Range -55 – 125
  • Packaging Method Box
  • Serviceable Yes