# Grounding cable in Hybrid Vehicle

Discussion in 'Automotive Electronics' started by Petros.Alexakis, Sep 1, 2016.

1. ### Petros.Alexakis Thread Starter New Member

Mar 10, 2016
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Hi

I have a question. On an automotive 48V system that the phase current is 200A is there a way to calculate the size of the ground cable you need to use?

2. ### crutschow Expert

Mar 14, 2008
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Of course, it's not guess work.
You determine how much voltage drop you can tolerate for the resistance of that length of cable and then look in a wire table to determine what wire size has a resistance no higher than that for that length.

3. ### tranzz4md Member

Apr 10, 2015
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So, for example, 3℅ is considered a reasonable but fairly low voltage drop. A car is maybe a 20' circuit, #3 wire probably won't get too hot, unless that ampacity is pretty constant, and the resistance for 20' is 0.00508 (0.254 per 1000), and your voltage drop is close to 1V - close to 2%.

I'm uncertain of your application, but suspect that conductor heating may be a larger concern than voltage drop. I also work more with higher voltages and greater distances typically, but I can't imagine why considering a smaller conductor would be defensible for the small quantity of wire needed.

Best of luck!