Rheinmetall Group has secured what it refers to as “large-scale orders” for its CWA 400 electrically powered pump for an unnamed automaker.

The orders, placed with Rheinmetall division, Pierburg Pump Technology, are worth EUR215m (US$243m).

The transaction involves the extension of an existing contract and the launch of a new engine project. Production of the electric coolant pumps will take place in Hartha in the German State of Saxony.

They will be used for the main coolant circuit of four-cylinder engines with two-litre cubic capacity in European and Chinese vehicle models. The pumps will be shipped to one of the customer’s plants in Europe as well as to several of its factories in China.

The variable-flow electric coolant pumps enable on-demand control of the coolant flow.

Depending on ambient temperature and engine load, this can result in fuel savings of up to 4%. Moreover, since they do not depend on the engine’s mechanical driveline, these pumps are also suitable for hybrid and electric vehicles.

A version of the pump is available for 48-volt electrical systems.

Core competencies of the Rheinmetall Group’s Automotive arm include reduction of pollution and fuel consumption; downsizing and friction minimisation; as well as stage-management and electro-mobility.

Its product range encompasses exhaust gas recycling and secondary air systems, actuators, solenoid valves and pumps, pistons, engine blocks, structural components made of aluminium, and plain bearings.

The company also supplies electric drives for vehicles, aluminium housings for batteries and electric motors as well as electrically powered pumps.

Additionally the company markets spare parts in more than 130 countries and supplies products for the non-automotive sector.