The component manufacturer is confident the production of the power distribution and utility protection unit for the 48 V architectures of the Renault Group’s mild hybrid range will make them an increasingly important player in the field of vehicle hybridization. The first car equipped with the technology is the Renault Austral, followed by the Dacia Duster, Renault Kangoo, and Dacia Jogger. These models combine a 48V electric motor with an internal combustion engine.
The unit is located in the engine compartment and is connected on one side to the 48V battery and on the other side to the belt starter generator (BSG), a system that replaces the starter motor and alternator in mild hybrid vehicles.
The product is supplied in three variants that differ in the number of MidiVal 48V clinched fuses, manufactured by MTA, and in the orientation of the connectors. The 48 V unit is produced at the MTA Morocco plant, where plastic molding and assembly take place, and is then sent directly to Renault.
This supply further consolidates MTA company’s longstanding partnership with the marque, which over the years has led to the development of many units intended for traditional electric architectures as well as the new frontiers of hybridization and electrification.