With the increasing demand for electrification, aftermarket sellers and OEMs are seeing a much bigger need for innovation in battery thermal management (BTM) than ever before. Over the last five years, electrification and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have become increasingly popular. While consumer and commercial vehicle producers are demonstrating that the future is electrification, we can only progress as quickly as technology allows.
As the market slowly shifts toward alternative drive technology for on- and off-highway equipment, there is an increasingly sophisticated demand for power conservation and BTM. This is why Red Dot has designed the E-18000, their own proprietary BTM system which comes equipped with a heat pump to support efficiency in the BEV’s thermal system.
“The efficiency of a battery electric vehicle’s thermal system is critical when dealing with electrification. Most BEVs lose up to 40% of their travel distance capacity when dealing with cold weather because of the electricity draw that accompanies operator cab heating,” said vice president of engineering at Red Dot, Matt Jun. “That’s why we took a new approach to the BTM systems you see on the aftermarket. We introduced a heat pump to our BTM system which offers an A/C solution for electric vehicles that require battery cooling.”
Red Dot’s E-18000 is currently in development and offers a dual-loop heat pump for a full-vehicle thermal solution. From cabs and batteries to motors and electronics, the E-18000 offers a solution to battery thermal management with the future of electrification and the comfort of the cab operator in mind.
To meet these evolving needs, Red Dot works closely with OEMs to develop individualized systems and HVAC solutions that work symbiotically with the components of the vehicle. The most important aspect when working with OEs is to integrate with them early in the process in order to ensure the most cost-effective solutions.
“We love the challenge of working with our customers and partners on this systemic evolution toward electrification and ensuring that those electric vehicles are fully capable of battery thermal management,” said Jun. “We took the robust knowledge that we have on heat pumps and paired it with our ‘built to survive’ philosophy to create the BTM system as a single-box solution.”
The E-18000 can also be used in an internal combustion system that is being repurposed into an electric system. This means that the BTM system works perfectly in tandem with an electric compressor such as Red Dot’s R-9926.
With extensive experience in battery thermal management, electronic component management, electrification of HVAC systems and more, Red Dot has the capability and knowhow to create premium-quality mobile HVAC solutions for any situation. Additionally, Red Dot offers the industry’s most comprehensive catalog of mobile HVAC all-makes parts, accessories and unit kits.
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