MAHLE becomes key supplier of e-compressors

E-compressors are at the heart of thermal management and crucial for service life, charging speed and the cruising range of the battery.

MAHLE CEO Arnd Franz with two MAHLE products for e-mobility: the e-compressor (left) and the brand new MCT electric motor.

Establishing itself as a major supplier of e-mobility components, MAHLE has secured numerous series orders for electric A/C compressors in the passenger car and commercial vehicle sectors. The company has total order worth approximately Euro 1.4 billion.

MAHLE introduced the most powerful e-compressor currently available on the market with a peak power of 18 kW. E-compressors are the heart of thermal management in electric vehicles. The key component is important for the temperature control of the e-drive and thus crucial for the service life, charging speed and cruising range of the battery. In addition, it ensures pleasant passenger comfort.

Commenting on it, Mr Arnd Franz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of the MAHLE Group, said, “MAHLE will continue to expand its role as a complete system supplier for air conditioning in electric vehicles.”

With its electric A/C compressor, MAHLE is a pioneer in high-voltage technology, i.e. voltage levels above 400 volts, and large compressor displacements. These characteristics enable, for example, ultra-fast charging, which is so important for modern EVs. The company currently offers its high-voltage compressor in voltage ranges up to 900 volts and displacements up to 57 ccm3. Its compact design means that it can be used in all vehicle classes, from passenger cars to heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The extremely small installation space requirements are made possible by the patented refrigerant cooling of the compressor motor and electronics. The noise-optimized high-voltage compressor from MAHLE effectively causes slightest vibrations. This results in very smooth running and best acoustics.

In addition to e-compressors for e-mobility, MAHLE also develops and produces electric actuators, auxiliary components, engine accessories, auxiliary aggregates, the electronics and software, and the entire thermal management system. E-mobility and thermal management are among the technology group’s strategic fields.

Between 2022 and 2026, more than 20 electrified vehicle platforms from leading passenger car and CV manufacturers will be launched on the market that rely on MAHLE technology and products. The supplier is thus fully on course for transformation. It already generates over 60 percent of its sales independently of the passenger car combustion engine. This should increase to 75 percent by 2030, the company informed.