Taking electric vehicle innovation off road

Munro Vehicles equips its new all-terrain EVs with ABB’s Harnessflex® cable protection solutions

Protecting the wiring that powers electric vehicles (EVs) is essential to maintain everyday performance. Cable protection is even more crucial for off-road and on-the-job EV operation. This led Munro Vehicles, the British start-up and builder of rugged four-wheel-drive EVs, to integrate Harnessflex cable management solutions from ABB Installation Products into its new, all-terrain, all-electric vehicles.

A vehicle’s electrical wiring is its heartbeat and ABB’s Harnessflex cable and connector protection solutions are developed and tested to meet the specific and evolving requirements for electric heavy-duty vehicles.

The Harnessflex team works with EV makers, transportation providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on electrical wiring protection solutions – which are used in a wide range of commercial applications such as electric generators and heavy-duty electric automobiles, as well as construction and municipal equipment, buses, lorries, trucks, trams, trains, and other EV transportation. Harnessflex EVO™ conduit systems are manufactured in RAL2003 orange for full compliance on EV systems that require identifiable cable runs. They’re engineered to protect EV systems operating in demanding environments from the following:

  • Increased running temperatures.
  • Abrasion, impact, ingress and excessive strain.
  • Vibration damage with built in VFP (Vibration Friendly Profile) conduits to extend cable life.
  • Corrosion and exposure to detergents, oils, fuels and grease.

The ABB team designed Harnessflex routing and cable protection to easily integrate into the high and low voltage wiring on Munro Vehicles. The alliance brings together nearly 40 years of ABB Harnessflex cable and conduit technology with Munro Vehicles, which is forging a new all-terrain EV segment.

Equipped with ABB’s Harnessflex cable protection system, Munro Vehicles recently unveiled its prototype Munro Mark 1 all-electric 4×4 at ABB’s cable protection facility in Coleshill, UK.
Pictured (L-R): Nathan Cook – Global Brand Manager for ABB Harnessflex, Ross Anderson – Co-Founder of Munro Vehicles, Russ Peterson – Co-Founder of Munro Vehicles, Elliot Nunes – ABB Harnessflex UK Sales Specialist

“We built our all-terrain electric vehicles with readily available, durable components that perform in all types of conditions a Munro driver may encounter exploring or working,” said Russ Peterson, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Munro Vehicles. “Working with ABB Installation Products and the Harnessflex team to integrate trusted solutions that are well proven in the heavy automotive sector is enabling us to drive innovation and offer an entirely new kind of electric vehicle.”

ABB engineers developed a range of Harnessflex® products used on Munro Vehicles, including ABB Type CPC EVO™ (Electric Vehicle Orange) Conduit; ABB’s Harnessflex X-Temp™ (Extreme Temperature resistant) Conduit; Concept EVO backshells for HV connectors; Backshells for LV connectors; Joiners, T pieces, Y pieces and manifolds for conduit routing; and Harnessflex conduit clips and accessories.

Introduced in 1984, Harnessflex cable management solutions are designed for fast and easy assembly and are subjected to extensive testing to recognised industry standards. Whether used for everyday transportation or challenging off-road and working conditions like Munro 4x4s, Harnessflex solutions help maximize productivity and protect against electrical system failures.

The full line of Harnessflex products are produced and tested at ABB’s Coleshill, UK facility and can be viewed at harnessflex.abb.com.

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Nathan Cook

Nathan is the Global Business Development Manager for ABB’s Harnessflex Brand of products, the leading and best range of cable and connector protection systems in the Heavy Automotive Sector. Harnessflex is dedicated to innovating and delivering maximum circuit integrity and performance in productivity critical heavy vehicles, including construction, agricultural & mining machinery, bus, truck, and drive train technology. Harnessflex is moving into the future with specialty ranges and advancements for growth industry sectors and high-spec applications such as EV development and high temperature protection. Nathan is based in the UK and works with customers and colleagues around the globe to protect electrical systems from in-field failure and the resulting machine downtime.
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