Eberspacher has now passed the significant milestone of supplying more than 1,000,000 high-voltage water heaters for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The growing trend towards electric mobility is increasing the demand for innovative heating concepts, as these vehicles do not generate sufficient waste heat to heat the interior to the usual comfort and safety standards we expect.
Eberspächer’s catem high-voltage water heaters are developed especially for hybrid and large electric vehicles with their own water circuit. Eberspächer catem PTC air heater elements and PTC water heater elements have been developed for these special applications. They provides additional electrical heating for voltage ranges up to 500 V and heat output ratings of up to 7 kW are possible, even if the available installation space is limited.
Based on Eberspächer’s proven ‘PTC’ technology, the new, third generation of its power and weight optimized electrical heater has integrated power electronics and bus communication designed specifically for electric operation in order to heat these vehicles. The complex PTC heaters have been manufactured in Herxheim, Germany since 2010, and production for the Chinese market has also started at a new plant in Tianjin in November.
Eberspächer is a family-owned business that was founded in Germany in 1865 by a master tinsmith, Jakob Eberspacher. It is now a major supplier to many car and commercial vehicle manufacturers plus other markets which include; rail, defence, ambulance, welfare, motorhome, off-road and marine. It is represented in 29 countries with around 10,000 employees at 80 locations across the world. Eberspaecher components and systems provide more comfort, greater safety and a cleaner environment on or off the road. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of around 4.5 billion euros.