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