MAHLE has developed a new battery housing concept with integrated thermal management designed to increase rapid charging capability and vehicle range.
MAHLE claims the new housing allows manufacturers to use batteries that are about 40% smaller, which not only reduces the CO2 footprint of the EV, but also lowers the demand for raw battery materials.
To meet the high cooling performance required during rapid charging, MAHLE’s designers have equipped the housing with dielectric fluid that surrounds the battery cells. The German parts maker says the fiber-reinforced plastic design is lightweight and extremely robust.
“With our new battery housing concept, we are making EVs more economical and environmentally friendly,” says Dr. Otmar Scharrer, MAHLE Head of Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering. “Both its moderate production costs and the elimination of expensive, powerful batteries are making a targeted contribution to bringing affordable electric vehicles to a broader market.”