Behr to Develop New Hybrid-Electric Technologies
Hybrid vehicles are equipped with a start-stop function that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped or idling, reducing emissions and lowering fuel consumption. Some of that fuel conservation is due to the air conditioning compressor being switched off as well. In doing that, however, temperature inside the vehicle rises quickly making it uncomfortable for occupants.
To alleviate that condition, Behr engineers have developed a storage evaporator which helps maintain cabin temperatures and air flow up to 95 percent of all idle stops in city traffic. The air flowing into the vehicle is adequately cooled by the latent medium, even during vehicle stops.
Behr also has developed the world's first air-conditioning system where driver and passengers have the option of varying not only the direction of the air outflow, but also the type of outflow as well.
In addition, the system has more cooling power and is quieter when compared to other systems. It also optimizes cabin air quality.
A variety of Behr's engine-mounted components contribute to new environmentally friendly gasoline-and diesel-powered vehicles with significantly improved fuel economy. New charge-air coolers for turbocharged engines and engine-mounted charge-air coolers for gasoline engines enable engineers to downsize engines without compromising power.
Products such as charge air coolers, EGR coolers, exhaust heat-management systems and Visco clutches also provide for fuel efficiency improvements while making vehicles more environmentally sustainable.
Uwe Krueger, vice president of engineering for the company in North America, said: â€œThe need to improve fuel economy and lower emissions is essential in today's marketplace. As a leader in automotive air conditioning, engine cooling systems and battery thermal management, we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry with safe, comfortable and ecologically sound thermal management systems.â€
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