Regensburg, March 23, 2021. Vitesco Technologies, a leading international provider of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions
, is strengthening its electrification strategy with a Smart Thermal Management, thereby increasing the attractiveness of electrified mobility. With a market growth of around 30% annually until 2025, the technology is one of the company’s long-term core areas.
It’s an experience that owners of electric vehicles and hybrids have hardly been able to avoid until now. In winter and summer, the electric range of their vehicles drops significantly, because electricity for heating or cooling also has to be provided by the battery. Due to this effect, the range can decrease by up to around 40% at -10 °C, for example. Vitesco Technologies is using its system expertise to significantly reduce this loss in range. Existing and new products make it possible to control the heating and cooling requirements in the entire vehicle in a more energy-saving way. This is what’s known as Smart Thermal Management.
In addition to the longer range, especially in winter, other advantages of the system include faster battery charging, an extended service life for central components, and more comfortable vehicle air conditioning.
Smart Thermal Management from Vitesco Technologies regulates the optimum temperature window for components such as the power electronics, electric motor and battery in every operating situation, and then keeps this temperature constant. The trick here is that both heating and cooling requirements are provided flexibly. Sensors, electrical pumps and switchable multi-way valves (coolant flow control valves, CFCVs) are used for this purpose. From these three product platforms, custom solutions for all vehicle architectures can be implemented in accordance with the economical modular principle.