What way for modern electric vehicle thermal management?

With EV manufacturing ramping up, what new thermal management requirements do automakers face, and what options do they have? By Xavier Boucherat

In the world of electric vehicles (EV), things are getting very real. Despite the financial uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, EU registrations of new battery EVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) more than doubled over 2020 compared with 2019, from 575,000 units to 1.42 million units. This accounts for 12% of all new passenger vehicle sales, despite higher showroom prices. Driving this was VW and the release of the MEB architecture-based ID.3, a full EV which in December 2020 was Europe’s second best-selling vehicle, narrowly beating Tesla’s Model 3.

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