Maximizing Thermal Management Technology Value

As regulations continue to tighten globally, they are driving different thermal technology choices for conventional and electrified vehicles. U.S. federal and state regulations are uncertain, but may be finalized as soon as 2019. Regulations in Europe and China are continuing to evolve to incentivize electrified vehicles and include technology credits for passenger comfort technologies.

Improvements in thermal systems will continue to be a high value pathway for meeting drive cycle emissions, as well as off-cycle energy use in the real world. Furthermore, some thermal management technologies may have direct perceived customer benefits. Companies are making great strides in system value– achieving significantly longer vehicle range and improving battery life while keeping mass and cost in control. With great improvements in fuel consumption and thermal system improvements, conventional powertrain vehicles, such as the Toyota Camry, are not standing still. Meanwhile, mild and strong hybrid vehicles continue to need cost reductions and value improvements.

In order to contain costs, thermal component and system integration innovations are necessary. Thermal management advancements may involve hardware and increasingly software revisions to improve system start-up, reduce thermal losses, or recapture waste thermal energy.

This report will examine the on- and off-cycle value of 60 thermal management technologies and over 100 component and system suppliers. The analysis will consider how benefits and costs affect technology value propositions and commercialization priorities. Furthermore, the analysis explores how to unlock potential credit value. The ITB Group’s research will incorporate feedback from Asian, European, and North American OEMs and suppliers. This report includes market, technology and economic analyses in order to identify key thermal priorities. Thermal technology analyses cover conventional and electrified powertrains as well as passenger comfort systems and their interdependencies.

Key points of the research will include:

  • Evaluating and prioritizing technology value in terms of on-/off-cycle benefits and range extension.
  • Market projections by powertrain and selected technology, including OEM differences.
  • Regulations, incentives, and their effects on vehicle and technology commercialization.
  • Assessment of market positioning for leading suppliers.
  • Technology roadmaps and strategies for leading OEMs and suppliers

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