Auxiliary heaters in hybrid and electric vehicles play an important role in managing the temperature of the powertrain, battery and electronics as well as regulating passenger comfort in the vehicle cabin. Air heaters are part of the HVAC system and coolant heaters belong to the cooling circuit. Auxiliary heaters must withstand temperature extremes while delivering hot air or coolant to their respective systems.
Ascend’s Vydyne grades are an excellent choice for trim pieces and connectors on air heaters and an alternative to metal housing in coolant heaters. Lightweight design, a density advantage and lower thermal conductivity all contribute to greater efficiency when compared to metals. Due to better tool lifetime and function integration, the cost of a Vydyne solution will also be lower than a traditional metal approach.