Catering to off-highway EVs' unique thermal needs



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Modine exec says EV thermal management systems have evolved significantly from the technology used by ICE vehicles just five years ago.

A rarity only a few years ago, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming part of the daily lives of constantly increasing numbers of drivers. In the first quarter of 2024 alone, passenger EV sales soared by about 25% compared to the same period in 2023, according to the IEA's annual Global EV Outlook. While the passenger EV market charges ahead toward widespread adoption, the off-highway vehicle segment lags in electrification.

The burly and rugged workhorses that do the heavy lifting in construction and agriculture have been slower in embracing electrification due to their heavier workloads and duty cycles. In addition to larger batteries, traction motors and countless other components, the electrification of this class of vehicles also requires a steep learning curve, all of which impact stakeholders up and down the value chain. For example, navigating range requirements and harsh environmental conditions remain industry-wide challenges in electrifying off-highway machinery, as does installing the necessary infrastructure of chargers to keep the fleet running.

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Bonini, G., "Catering to off-highway EVs' unique thermal needs," Mobility Engineering, June 1, 2024.
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