AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – TI Automotive, a leading global supplier of automotive fluid systems technology, announced on January 22 that it will provide blow molded plastic fuel tanks for Karma Automotive’s luxury electric vehicle program.
TI Automotive’s industry leading technology allows the low weight plastic tanks to handle the high vapor pressures that are created in extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) like Karma’s Revero.
Starting next fall, the tank will be part of a new Karma luxury EV, representing the global introduction of TI Automotive’s unique double molded tank for HEV applications. This innovative plastic tank, already being used by pre-production validation vehicles, not only weighs significantly less than traditional steel tanks but also tolerates fuel vapor pressurization up to 500 mbar. This allows optimization of the vehicle’s full electric operating range driving mode. TI Automotive manufactures this tank using its patented and 2014 PACE innovation awarded Tank Advance Process Technology (TAPT) manufacturing process.
“TI Automotive is using its design and manufacturing technologies to develop a wide range of advanced plastic tank products to meet and exceed various EREV fuel vapor pressure requirements. The double molded tank for Karma’s vehicle represents our highest performing product for the diverse luxury electric vehicle market. Our global customers are very excited about this technology advancement as we continue to expand our fluid handling leadership,” said Hans Dieltjens, executive vice president, Fuel Tank and Delivery Systems.
Karma currently produces two luxury EVs, the Revero and limited-edition Aliso, both of which are designed to deliver distinctive luxury EV experiences through innovative design, technology and personalization.
“We have the right people in place to achieve our goals, a robust pipeline of new products and relationships with the right partners who can help us accelerate technology and product development,” said Bob Kruse, CTO of Karma. “Few electric grand touring vehicles in the world can match the performance, luxury and efficiency of the current Karma Revero and TI Automotive’s innovative plastic fuel tank technology will enable our next-generation luxury electric vehicles to achieve even greater levels of performance.”
Karma is due to debut its next generation EVs at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2019 in April.