Visteon is working with Hyundai to produce an advanced energy efficient thermal
system. The project is expected to result in a vehicle climate control system
that requires less power, which will help increase fuel economy, while helping
to decrease vehicle emissions. The partners plan to complete the project by summer
Visteon has developed several new technologies that will improve vehicle thermal
insulation, will increase the ability of the vehicle to achieve and maintain
better thermal comfort, and will help reduce climate control power consumption
by as much as 60 to 75%.
VCC has replaced traditional glass windows with proprietary glazed, dual pane
windows, which will insulate the car from solar energy on hot days.
Additionally, enhanced body insulation will be added to efficiently maintain
the inside temperature of the vehicle and help to reduce energy losses.
Developers are also working to reduce the "thermal mass" of the interior.
Hyundai will provide a magnesium cross beam for the development car which will
cause it to absorb less heat, thus requiring less cooling for the car. Because
magnesium is lighter weight, it also results in enhanced fuel economy.