Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have unveiled new details of their heat pump system, deployed in their electric vehicle (EV) line-ups to maximize their all-electric driving range in low temperatures.
The innovation can increase the distance that its EVs can travel on a single charge, scavenging waste heat to warm the cabin. It enables EV drivers to heat their car’s cabin in cold weather without significantly impacting electric driving range, unlike other EVs.
Hyundai and Kia’s heat pump technology made its debut six years ago on the first-generation Kia Soul EV.
In a press release the company state: ‘The industry-leading heat pump technology has been developed further for new EVs from Hyundai and Kia. It now harvests significantly more energy by recycling additional waste heat not only from power electrics (PE) modules (such as drive motors, on-board chargers, and inverters), but also from the battery pack and slow charger’.
Under its ‘Strategy 2025’ plan, Hyundai Motor aims to sell 670,000 battery EVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) annually and become a top-three EV manufacturer by 2025.
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