Daikin’s new AC refrigerant for EVs claims to boost range by 50%
Daikin Industries Limited, a Japanese multinational air conditioning system manufacturer headquartered in Osaka, claims to have developed an innovative refrigerant for EVs that can extend their range by up to 50 per cent. According to Daikin’s claims, its new EV refrigerant has a boiling point of around minus 40 °C, which would provide EVs with 50 per cent additional range. It means an EV with 124 miles of range would be able to cover 186 miles on a single charge if it gets equipped with the Japanese air conditioning giant’s new EV refrigerant. Thus, in this case, the EV would get an additional 62 miles.
Amid increasing carbon emissions, producers and customers around the globe are being pushed by governments to make a shift from conventional internal combustion engines to environment-friendly EVs. The world has a seen a significant increase in launch of new electric models, particularly over the past couple of year. However, range anxiety in addition to lack of adequate charging infrastructure continues to be massive hurdles on the way to mass adoption of EVs. Despite much hype about EVs, the battery-powered vehicles still represent only a tiny fraction of the total automobile market. According to a recent study, EVs currently make up just 3 per cent of total car sales worldwide.
In extreme temperatures, cooling and heating of car cabin consumes a significant amount of power from an EV’s battery pack, which adversely affects the vehicle’s range and performance. As a result, almost each and every EV owner around the globe is in search of some technology to get a longer range between charges. Thus, Daikin’s new EV refrigerant would be of great help it is really as efficient as being claimed by the manufacturer.
However, Daikin’s innovative EV refrigerant will take time to reach the market. As per the manufacturer’s plans, it will be sometime in or around the year of 2025. Currently, the product is being verified for its performance and safety in operating conditions by the US-based SAE international.
The Japanese manufacturer said it would decide the price of the new EV refrigerant after taking market prices of existing refrigerants into consideration. At present, the most common EV refrigerant, developed jointly by American companies Honeywell and Chemours, costs roughly 30,000 Yen (US$270) per vehicle.
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