Leading automotive suppliers Faurecia and Mahle have announced that they will be collaborating on the development of breakthrough interior thermal management technologies for future mobility solutions.
As part of the collaboration, Faurecia will contribute its expertise as a full interior system integrator, while Mahle will contribute its expertise in thermal technologies and help optimize them for energy efficiency and passenger comfort and energy efficiency.
Some of the areas that the two partners would focus on include air conditioning and air distribution solutions for electric vehicles and the development of personalized thermal management solutions for the cockpit of the future.
Speaking about the partnership, Patrick Koller, CEO, Faurecia said that it marks another important step for Faurecia when it comes to the development of an innovation ecosystem for the Cockpit of the Future. Earlier this year, Faurecia had announced that it would be working with ZF on advanced safety solutions. With the automotive industry undergoing a major transformation, partnerships like these are expected to help Faurecia to bring new solutions rapidly to the market.
Wolf-Henning Scheider,CEO and chairman, MAHLE Management Board said that thermal management will be one of the significant enablers of future mobility concepts and Mahle’s thermoelectric technologies will help develop completely new solutions for interior thermal comfort. In the case of new e-Mobility vehicles, the efficiency of air conditioning systems and new packaging solutions will play a key role in development of more optimal interior layouts and allowing vehicles to achieve higher driving ranges.
With the development of new technologies, the traditional manner of seating will change. Additional comfort features will be added into the interiors and innovative thermal management solutions will be required to ensure occupant comfort in all positions.
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