Mahle receives record order for eMobility components

Mahle has secured two major orders for thermal management modules for use in electric vehicles with a total value of almost 1.5 billion euros. One of the two deals is the largest single order for the technology group in its corporate history.

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This record order comes from an unnamed “established, globally positioned vehicle manufacturer”. The second order comes from an “up-and-coming, innovative car manufacturer from the Asian region”. In other words, with one of the large, traditional car manufacturers and a (presumably) Chinese EV startup, Mahle has secured orders from both ends of the spectrum.

Both customers have ordered thermal management modules. In these modules, Mahle combines the previously separately installed components for the temperature control of the battery, vehicle interior, powertrain and power electronics. This means that these areas can be optimally harmonised, which increases the efficiency of the overall system compared to the individual components. The modular approach also enables smaller installation spaces and drastically reduced assembly costs. As the thermal management modules play “a key role in e-mobility”, according to the supplier, by helping to “make vehicles attractive and affordable”, Mahle also describes thermal management as a driver of electrification.

The thermal management modules were developed by an international team at the Mahle Tech Centre in Stuttgart and in regional development units. The solutions for the two major orders also differ slightly, although Mahle does not go into detail here. It simply states: “One of the modules is particularly highly-integrated, as it connects the refrigerant circuit with the coolant circuits. This ensures that the battery, powertrain and vehicle cabin are both supplied with sufficient heat in winter as well as kept optimally-cool in summer.”

“Our deep understanding of the system, coupled with years of experience in series production were decisive for securing both appointments. This successfully sets MAHLE apart from the competition,” said Jumana Al-Sibai, member of the Group Management Board and responsible for the Thermal Management division. “By being able to look at thermal systems in vehicles as a whole, we can develop innovative, tailor-made concepts for our customers.”

As heating and cooling play a significantly greater role in electric cars (also due to the lack of a combustion engine as a heat source), the sales potential per vehicle is also three times higher for suppliers of electric cars, according to Mahle. Globally, the market for these technologies is expected to grow from around 35 billion euros in 2021 to 50 billion euros by 2030. “The Group intends to participate disproportionately in this growth,” wrote Mahle.


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