PARIS—Ford Motor Co. is employing a new Hutchinson S.A. vibration isolation technology on its electric vehicles, the French rubber and plastics components maker has announced.
The "e-compressor brackets" are designed to isolate passengers of a vehicle from vibrations generated by the electric driven air conditioning compressor, according to Hutchinson.
The latest versions of the e-compressor bracket, it said, are being fitted on Ford's new generation of EVs: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning and Ford Transit Electric.
Based on Hutchinson's NVH expertise, the design reduces vibrations transmitted to the vehicle by up to -30dB, "improving its acoustic signature and the passengers' comfort perception."
The company added that "the thermoplastic material design also yields weight reduction contributing to extend the BEV vehicle driving range."
Using a "highly integrated" manufacturing process, Hutchinson said it will support Ford's plans to double its forecasted production volumes by 2023.