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MAHLE’s Electric AC Compressor Wins Environment Prize


The electric air conditioning compressor from MAHLE has been recognized by the European Association of Automotive Suppliers at the prestigious CLEPA Innovation Awards 2019. MAHLE prevailed in a field of 63 competitors to win the prize in the Environment category.

Otmar Scharrer, head of corporate research and advanced engineering, accepted the accolade at an award ceremony in Brussels/Belgium. “We see this award as a further acknowledgment of our work. The electric air conditioning compressor from MAHLE operates on a demand basis, so it only uses as much energy as it needs, thus ensuring greater efficiency and cruising range. In this way, it is helping to make individual mobility more climate friendly. At the same time, this technology allows the battery to be charged quickly when the vehicle is stationary—a process that requires cooling.

“This rapid charging capability makes a substantial contribution to e-mobility’s widespread acceptance by consumers.”

MAHLE’s e-compressor is the result of a cooperative project within the MAHLE Group that has spanned disciplines, business areas, and national borders.

“The know-how and experience of the experts at our MAHLE locations in North America and Europe have fed into the development of this technology. With our e‑compressor, we are supplying a product that offers outstanding adaptability to specific customer requirements,” said Armin Frommer, head of product development E‑Compressors at MAHLE.

The e-compressor from MAHLE is the beating heart of the air conditioning and refrigerant circuit in an electric vehicle. It takes on the central role of controlling the temperature in the cabin, but most importantly, it is responsible for the air conditioning of the car battery.

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