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Debut of 2016 Model-Year Cars & Keystone’s Part with Electric Car Builds

August 6, 2015

There’s a keystone in every great invention.

Moore’s Law

Electrical parts for cars and transistors have something in common. In the mid-1960’s, one of Intel’s co-founders observed that the number of transistors that could be packed into a given area doubled about every two years, and correctly predicted that the trend would continue for some time. This prediction became known as Moore’s Law, named after the Intel co-founder, Gordon E. Moore.

As a result of this phenomenon, computer systems have continued to decrease in size. In fact, computers have reduced size by half roughly every two years, for a given amount of computing power. Today, a relatively powerful computing system can be carried around in your pocket, as opposed to taking up an entire room.

A Similar Law for Auto Parts

Electrical and electronic car parts have not necessarily followed Moore’s Law, but the continued innovation in the automotive industry has nevertheless involved something quite similar. In your great-grandfather’s time, an automobile had a battery, wires, a few clips and terminals.

With the advancement of technology, cars became equipped with electric windshield wipers, electric-powered windows, lighted instrument panels and radios. These technological advances required a larger number and variety of high-quality electrical parts.

Today’s automobiles are chock-full of digital devices, including microcomputers, digital instrumentation, electronic display panels, GPS systems, USB ports as well as analog and digital electrical sensors. In today’s digitally-connected cars, the number of electrical parts required has grown nearly exponentially.

The 2016 Domestic Models

2016 model automobiles such as the new and sleek Chevy Volt (which some have dubbed it the Volt 2.0), Tesla’s Model X and the Ford Focus Electric depend on a multitude of parts and components for their performance.

While today’s automobiles are often equipped with the ultimate digital gadgets, there’s a drawback to their complex builds. A loose terminal, which could be easily accessed and repaired in most 1920 or 1930 model cars, can create unpredictable and difficult-to-diagnose problems in today’s models. Consequently, automobile parts have to be more dependable than ever.

Look under the hood of a Volt, Model X, Focus or any of the several foreign automobile models, and you will see more than just batteries. There will be contacts, blade fuses, blade fuse holders, clips, plugs, pins, jackets and sockets—the electronic hardware galore. A good percentage of these electrical and electronic parts have been manufactured by Keystone, as is also the case for many of the foreign-made electric vehicles. To learn more about Keystone’s automobile products, download Keystone’s free Automotive Fuse Clips & Holders resource.