HVAC in Electric Vehicles

HVAC in Electric Vehicles

Publication Date: 29/03/2020

HVAC systems in automobiles, irrespective of propulsion systems, have become an intrinsic part of automobile cabin comfort today. Global warming is causing extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperatures, increasing the need for effective and efficient HVAC solutions for automotive cabin comfort. Irrespective of the propulsion technology applied, effective cabin thermal management has become an integral part of passenger comfort and wellbeing in the recent competitive global automotive market. The HVAC system must quickly ventilate, cool, and heat the passenger cabin to a comfortable temperature with minimal exertion of power demand on the propulsion module.

The scenario is especially critical in the case of EVs considering the current limitations on battery technology, charging times, and charging infrastructure. While heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and cabin thermal management strategies were carried over from conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with some modification for electric application, the next-generation of BEVs and HEVs are being equipped with tailored and more optimized solutions, such as heat pump-based HVAC, an intelligent interconnected thermal management circuit capable of heat recovery. As the e-mobility sector gains strategic importance, OEMs and suppliers alike are realigning their research and development focus to engineer competitive offerings.

About this report

This report aims to take an in depth look at the various HVAC technologies in use in the global BEVs and full HEVs. The market and supply chain dynamics on a global and regional level are also included. Emerging and holistic cabin thermal management technologies are also included as there has been an emerging emphasis on these strategies globally, while OEMs look to maximize e-mobility performance

Questions the report will answer include:

  • What are the size and scope of the global market for EV HVAC components?
  • What are the key drivers pushing the sector?
  • What is the business outlook for the EV HVAC sector?
  • What is the supplier-OEM landscape for the market?


Research scope
This report will answer the following questions
Research methodology


Why the world is migrating to electric?  
The industry faces a watershed moment
Thermal management for the changing automotive propulsion landscape will impact the existing ecosystem
Automakers are developing new platforms to support a varied propulsion ecosystem

Technical overview

Temperature is the key for EVs (BEVS, full HEVs, and FCEVs)
HVAC design in EVs        
The heat pump and its role in the APV HVAC system       
Electrically driven–compressors              
HVAC refrigerants—the roadmap to sustainability           
Taking a holistic approach to EV cabin thermal management
Alternative HVAC approach        

Market analysis

Global overview             
Regional overview         
Supplier market overview           

Key takeaways

Key findings      

Tier-1 supplier profiles

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