Continental has announced a new strategy for its hose and line business revolving around two primary objectives.
According to the technology company’s Head of Mobile Fluid Systems – the business unit at Continental responsible for automotive hose and lines, Philip Nelles, “On the one hand, we are more strongly targeting eMobility as a major growth market. On the other hand, we are committed to helping automotive manufacturers further reduce emissions and meet increasingly strict emission standards.”
He added: “Hose and lines are absolutely essential factors in achieving emission-free and low-emission mobility. This is where we are stepping in to make an important contribution to sustainable mobility, and our order books are already reflecting this.
Last year, alone, we received orders worth roughly 275 million euros for hoses and lines to be used in battery and hybrid drives for vehicles produced by German, Asian and North American manufacturers.”
The reason behind this trend is increasing global demand for zero-emission electric and hybrid vehicles.
A main feature of Continental’s lines and hoses is sophisticated thermal management. This is driven by the fact that batteries in EVs are efficient when operated at temperatures ranging from 20 to 40°C.
Battery life can be upped by either cooling or heating batteries in response to ambient temperatures.
This paves way to complex circuits which place significantly greater demands on individual components, such as hoses and lines.
Hoses and lines help to keep batteries and highly sensitive control circuits cool in electric and hybrid vehicles. Among other things, this has a beneficial impact on the range of vehicles powered by batteries.
The future-ready hoses and lines of Continental also benefit from the company’s worldwide efforts to enhance its plastics expertise.
Says Nelles, “We aim to be in pole position when it comes to meeting the needs of the promising eMobility growth market. This is why we need state-of-the-art development centers and engineers dedicated to trailblazing the future, and that is precisely what we have.”
One more promising application for Continental’s high-tech lines is for air conditioning systems utilizing R744 as the most climate-friendly refrigerant available today.
These next-gen lines help to save weight while regulating the temperature of the passenger compartment in a highly efficient and climate-friendly way. As a key part of a vehicle’s temperature management system, they contribute to increased efficiency and range.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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