Rheinmetall has secured more new orders for its heat pump solution

3. May 2024

The technology group Rheinmetall is expanding its electromobility business into new areas of application as planned with two new independent orders for ist innovative plug-and-play heat pump solution. The first new order is a major contract in the high single-digit million euro range from an international expert in electric bus conversions, while the second order is from a German expert in offroad electric vehicles and is also worth a single-digit million euro range.

These two new orders mark the next milestone in the Group’s marketing and positioning strategy following the market launch of the heat pump module, which was specifically designed for the electrification of drive systems in commercial vehicles, construction machinery, and boats. The intelligent cooling and heating management of the heat pump pre-filled with R1234yf not only increases the range of vehicles and battery service life but also makes driving more comfortable. The heat pumps are already being delivered to the customers, and this still has a term of five years for the first order and seven years for the second.

The first customer is starting the process of converting conventional buses to a modern electric drive by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the base vehicle and analyzing the operator’s operating cycles. This acts as the foundation for modeling a conceptual powertrain and validating it through simulation. After removing the diesel unit and all associated systems, the existing drive compartment is fully scanned for CAD and digitized to develop an electrical e-drive platform tailored to the engine compartment.

The second new customer has designed a stand-alone off-road electric vehicle and is now launching series production. With a background in off-road motorsports, including participation in the Dakar Rally, the developers have designed a robust vehicle for the mining industry with a modular design that makes it suitable for a wide range of applications worldwide, including in developing countries. The customer’s basic design for the vehicle has been developed with sustainable production and a circular life cycle in mind, with a clear focus on the recyclability and degradability of the materials used. The heat pump ensures optimized temperature control of a 72.5 kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery inside the vehicle. The system voltage is designed for up to 450 V (HV2) and can be increased to 850 V (HV3) if required by the customer. The maximum cooling capacity used is designed for 8 kW.

These new orders signify further success for Rheinmetall in the future market of electromobility with its high growth potential. As these orders demonstrate, this complete system can be integrated into both new and existing vehicle platforms and is also suitable for individual customer-specific applications. More information about the product can be found here.

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