HELLA, Bender Collaborate on Battery Management Systems

October 16, 2012

Innovative electronics developed for monitoring isolation resistance in lithium-ion battery management systems for hybrids and electric vehicles.

LIPPSTADT, Germany -- /PRNewswire/ -- HELLA is partnering with Bender to develop a new isolation monitor for lithium-ion batteries which facilitates the safe and reliable operation of high voltage batteries for electric and advanced hybrid vehicles.

A major global supplier in automotive electronics, HELLA is leading the market in battery management systems for 12V lead-acid battery sensors. Bender has worked on electric isolation monitoring systems for more than 65 years, and is recognized as a technology expert throughout the world.

HELLA's advancement in developing an electronic system for monitoring lithium-ion batteries provides battery management algorithms to measure and monitor current, voltage, and temperature. The isolation monitor is a vital component of the system, providing effective protection against electric shock by carefully detecting the isolation resistance of the high-tension onboard system.

In partnership with Bender, HELLA is expanding its product portfolio into the field of high-voltage battery management. Since its development in 2003, the intelligent battery sensor has annually sold 8 million units. Today, it is a global leader in the field of battery sensors for 12 V lead-acid batteries in automotive applications.

Focusing on high-voltage technology promises to provide the automotive supplier with greater market expansion opportunities and a highly favorable position in a rapidly growing industry.

HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co. develops and manufactures lighting and electronic components and systems for the automotive industry. Its joint venture companies also produce complete vehicle modules, air-conditioning systems, and vehicle electric systems. In addition, HELLA has one of the largest automotive aftermarket organizations in the world, with its own sales companies and partners in more than 100 countries.

HELLA Group sales were 4.8 billion euros in fiscal year 2011-2012. HELLA is one of the top 50 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany. Nearly 25,000 people work at 70 locations in more than 30 countries, including more than 3,800 research-and-development engineers and technicians.

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