Visteon features R744 hybrid compressor at Paris Motor Show

By team, Oct 03, 2008, 00:00 2 minute reading

The leading global automotive supplier will be presenting a new electrically-driven air conditioning compressor in a BMW 7-series mild hybrid at the Paris Motor Show. A second design allows for the use of the natural refrigerant CO2 (R744).

Visteon’s electrically-driven compressor solution fits into the package space of a belt-driven compressor used in conventional powertrains. This enables vehicle manufacturers to minimize the complexity of integrating the electric compressor into hybrid alternatives, and to provide full thermal occupant comfort in these vehicles. Based on its expertise in developing electrical and electronic capabilities, Visteon designed a lightweight compressor suitable for mild (lower voltage) or full/plug-in hybrid (higher voltage) applications.

At the Paris Motor Show, opening tomorrow, 4 October, the automotive supplier will feature its newest product for the first time inside a BMW hybrid demonstration vehicle. Its modular design extending to the mechanical portion of the compressor allows for a second design for alternative refrigerants, such as R744.

In a press release issued on 2 October, Visteon confirmed that the electrically-driven compressor will be available to all carmakers investing in hybrid vehicles as from end-2009 on, when series production will start.

Strong R744 portfolio

With its latest product Visteon is not only positioning itself as a supplier for next-generation vehicles, but is also strengthening its CO2 Technology portfolio. Last September, the company announced full readiness to provide global carmakers with R744 Mobile Air Conditioning systems saving up to 25% fuel compared to today’s R134a systems. By then, it had already delivered more than 30 prototype vehicles with CO2 MAC across different platforms to more than 12 carmakers. To complete the R744 package solution, Visteon designed a robust fitting technology and a range of compressors supporting all vehicle classes from small to luxury cars. The electrical compressor for hybrid vehicles was announced as the next step to promote next-generation R744 technology.

About Visteon

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. It is the third largest supplier of air conditioning compressors for the global passenger and light commercial vehicle market.



By team (@r744)

Oct 03, 2008, 00:00

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