Controlling the Temp with New Automotive Heat Management Systems

At BASF, we recognize and embrace research that improves fuel economy for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and increases driving range for electric vehicles (EV) - two of the most important trends in the automotive industry today.

Energy consumed by the use of heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in vehicles is one of the major causes for increased fuel consumption and limited battery range. Up to 40 to 50 percent of an electric vehicle's cruising range can be lost when a driver must turn on the heater to warm up the car or use the car's A/C unit to cool down the cabin.

"The result is not only improved fuel economy and increased battery range, but it also reduces CO2 emissions," says Dr. Uwe Seemann, innovation manager for the Automotive Industry at BASF.

Our most recent advancements in this area include:

  • Solar Heat Management - including near IR-fraction (NIR) reflective coatings, glazing and interior surfaces
  • Thermal Insulation - including state-of-the-art polymer foams (PU, EPP, EPS, open-celled MF foam) and high-performance foams (SLENTITETM)

"We've developed passive heat management solutions that can help maintain the cabin's temperature and significantly reduce the amount of energy being used by the HVAC system," says Dr. Uwe Seemann, innovation manager for the Automotive Industry at BASF.  "The result is not only improved fuel economy and increased battery range, but it also reduces CO2 emissions."

"Through comprehensive simulations we've been able to quantify and show that passive heat management technologies are a viable solution to some of the most important challenges in the automotive industry today," says Vuk Milojkovic, strategy manager for the Transportation Industry for Performance Materials at BASF. "Our holistic and materials-based approach focuses on the optimization of heat flow in the whole vehicle and increases the energy efficiency of auxiliary systems."

The BASF heat management solutions package can provide:

  • 25 percent more driving range on long trips in the summer for a battery-powered electric vehicle
  • 12 percent in fuel savings by combining all of our heat management solutions in a conventionally-powered vehicle

If you would like to find out more about how our materials can help improve vehicle fuel and energy efficiency and reduce their CO2 footprint, please let us know by using the form on our contact page.