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Title: NREL Works to Increase Electric Vehicle Efficiency Through Enhanced Thermal Management (Fact Sheet)

Researchers at NREL are providing new insight into how heating and cooling systems affect the distance that electric vehicles can travel on a single charge. Electric vehicle range can be reduced by as much as 68% per charge because of climate-control demands. NREL engineers are investigating opportunities to change this dynamic and increase driving range by improving vehicle thermal management. NREL experts are collaborating with automotive industry partners to investigate promising thermal management technologies and strategies, including zone-based cabin temperature controls, advanced heating and air conditioning controls, seat-based climate controls, vehicle thermal preconditioning, and thermal load reduction technologies.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1136203
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-6A42-62241
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Innovation Impact: Transportation, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Communications and Outreach
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS VEHICLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT; ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGE; VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL; ZONE-BASED CABIN TEMPERATURE CONTROLS; ADVANCED HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTROLS; SEAT-BASED CLIMATE CONTROLS; VEHICLE THERMAL PRECONDITIONING; THERMAL LOAD REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES; VEHICLE TESTING AND INTEGRATION FACILITY; PRECONDITIONING; PREHEATING; PRECOOLING; DRIVING RANGE; BATTERY LIFE; POWER ELECTRONICS