TE Connectivity. has filed a patent for a charging socket designed for electric or hybrid vehicles. The socket includes a socket wall and a heating module shaft for accommodating a heating module. This innovation aims to improve the efficiency of charging processes in such vehicles. GlobalData’s report on TE Connectivity gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on TE Connectivity, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. TE Connectivity's grant share as of January 2024 was 64%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Electric vehicle charging socket with heating module shaft

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: TE Connectivity Ltd

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034162A1) describes a charging socket for electric or hybrid vehicles that includes a socket wall and at least one heating module shaft for receiving a heating module. The design allows for efficient heating of the socket to prevent freezing or other issues during charging.

The charging socket also features a front side for connecting to the charging plug and a rear side where the heating module shaft extends from. The heating module shaft can extend over half of the depth of the socket and has a bottom towards the front side. Additionally, the socket includes a contact body for contact elements, with an annular gap between the socket wall and the contact body. The heating module can be received in the heating module shaft without play or in a press fit, ensuring a secure fit. Overall, the design aims to provide a reliable and efficient charging solution for electric and hybrid vehicles, with specific adaptations for AC and DC charging sockets.

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