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HVAC in electric vehicles

HVAC in electric vehicles

Publication Date: 06/08/2021

Irrespective of what is powering the vehicle, the HVAC system’s main role is to maintain the temperature and humidity within the passenger cabin as per the passenger’s comfort preferences. In EVs, the design of the cooling and heating system is a challenge considering the inherent design and operational limitations.

The dependence on the on-board battery to power the power-intensive ancillary HVAC components and the lack of a major heat source on-board (like the ICE) are some design challenges that need to be addressed.

OEMs and suppliers are now developing cabin thermal solution specifically for EVs, applying a mix of specific components like heat pumps, intelligent control systems, and heat recovery.

This report provides an understanding of the EV HVAC technology and market trends, an in-depth demand outlook, and an overview of the main players and market drivers—on both global and regional levels. 

1. Overview
a) Report summary
b) Research methodology
c) Definitions
d) Introduction

2. Technology analysis
a) Electric history, electric future
b) Supply chain challenges
c) Temperature is key
d) EV battery
e) E-motors and power electronics
f) EV HVAC design
g) Controlling EV climate
h) Heat pump adoption
i) Taking a holistic approach
j) Exploring alternatives

3. Market analysis
a) Global markets
b) Regional markets
c) Supplier analysis
d) OEM analysis

4. Conclusion
a) Key takeaways

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