Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles

Electro mobility is a hot topic of discussion in the automotive industry. Due to an increasing awareness of the dearth of natural resources and the problems involved in global climate change, the demand for electric vehicles has reached a new dimension. The important question that remains: When will EVs (electric vehicles) actually replace conventional vehicles? Government grants and massive R&D investments by major players have triggered huge progress in the field in the last two to three years, but some major challenges remain.

Inherently new concepts for heating and cooling are required for the interior of future electric vehicles

The high-temperature levels of combustion engines can no longer serve as energy source for the HVAC system in the electric vehicle. The power demand of existing technologies is draining the battery immensely, which has an unacceptable impact on the vehicle range. Various competing technologies are currently being developed, improved and discussed for greater EV efficiency.

Experts are currently facing the following challenges:

– Opportunities from intelligent battery thermal management to optimise battery performance and range
– Minimisation of battery drainage from the HVAC systems to avoid compromising on vehicle range
– Integrated thermal management in electric vehicles
Heating technologies for EV applications for greater energy efficiency
– Incease passenger comfort and safety through intelligent climate control

What are suitable solutions to those challenges?

Read more about Thermal Management for Electric Vehicles here.

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Posted on May 4, 2011, in Electric / Electronic. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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