Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG (Kautex), a Textron Inc. company, debuted a custom version of its Pentatonic battery system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, on Jan. 6 to 8. Featured as part of Stellantis’ RAM Revolution exhibition, the concept is part of Stellantis’ vision for next-generation vehicle design and new technology.
The Kautex Pentatonic battery system is a lightweight, customizable solution produced from a thermoplastic or composite metal hybrid. The system offers OEMs several advantages versus its steel and aluminum counterparts, including improved thermal management and insulation, resistance to corrosion, up to a 40% reduction in CO2 footprint, and up to a 60% reduction in weight. Additionally, the one-shot production process decreases downline complexity, eliminates welding, and reduces the system’s existing bill of material.
The Pentatonic system recently won the Enabler Technology Award from the Internationale Gesellschaft für Kunststofftechnik, SPE Central Europe, and a Langxuan Innovation Award in China.
Additionally, last fall, the system underwent rigorous testing in accordance with internationally recognized standards, including China's GB 38031 and ECR R100 from the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). The system successfully met requirements in mechanical shock, crush, drop, vibration, and bottom impact tests.